Raising the Heat Can Lower Your Indoor Air Quality

As the mercury drops, we generally spend more of our days curled up indoors to evade bad weather, but poor indoor air quality could be affecting your enjoyment of those quiet winter months. Something that can cause poor indoor air quality is simply raising the heat in your home.

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Cold and Flu Symptoms Vs. Poor Indoor Air Quality

Cold and flu season is already well underway in Toronto and the GTA, but do you know whether you have flu season symptoms or poor indoor air quality symptoms? It’s easy to mistake the two because they share a number of commonalities, but if you just can’t shake that flu, it might be time to consider your indoor air quality as one of the contributing factors.

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Poor Indoor Air Quality can Trigger Asthma

There are over 3 million Canadians who suffer from asthma, a disease doctors describe as a chronic inflammation of the airways. There are many reasons why people experience a flare up of the condition, but many people don’t realize that poor indoor air quality can trigger asthma.

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The Health Effects of Mold

As the nights get longer and the days colder, it’s important to be thinking of your home’s indoor air quality, since you’ll be spending that much more time indoors. One of the things many homeowners don’t realize is that mold often grows better during the winter months, making mold health effects a concern. Knowing what to look for and recognizing mold, as well as treating it promptly are key to protecting you and your family’s health.

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Maintain Healthy Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

Understanding how your home works will help you keep your indoor air quality at a high level, and reduce the conditions that cause indoor air quality pollutants to grow or accumulate. A healthy home is not just four walls and a roof, it’s a complex ecosystem with parts that need to work together efficiently in order to perform at their best.

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The Dangerous Chemical Hiding in Your Air: Formaldehyde

For those concerned with their indoor air quality, there are so many different terms, words, and chemicals that it get very confusing for the consumer. For some people, learning what and where these things can be found in your home, and if they have adverse affects on your indoor air quality can be a job in and of itself – so, faced with an insurmountable amount of learning to do, many people turn away.

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Assessing Indoor Air Quality During a Home Inspection

Whether or not you are a first-time or experienced home buyer, purchasing a new home is one of the biggest investments you are likely to make. It’s also an investment that can be fraught with worry and unknowns, and having a home inspection is key to reducing some of those mysteries. Indoor air quality is often forgotten during the home inspection process though, and as it affects the whole home, it’s important to pay attention to a home as you inspect it prior to signing on the dotted line. Continue reading

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Natural Disasters and Your Indoor Air Quality

September’s hurricanes in the southern United States caused untold damage to homes and lives. Beyond the destruction caused at a personal level, one of the under-reported aspects of this natural disaster has been the indoor air quality issues that were caused by spilled toxic waste and chemical leaks. Especially in Texas, where oil refineries, chemical plants, and coal-fired power plants are big business, indoor air quality has been taking a huge hit after Harvey moved through. In Houston, Texas, officials are reporting high levels of benzene (a chemical by-product of the oil industry) in the air near a refinery in the Manchester neighbourhood. At concentrations of up to 324 parts per billion, this is at the level at which safety professionals recommend specialized breathing equipment – for residents stuck in this neighbourhood, this is a serious indoor air quality and health concern.

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Your Car’s Indoor Air Quality

The freedom of being able to hop in your car and go off on an adventure is one that teenagers and commuters alike dream of. When you’re stuck in traffic on the 401 or any other major Ontario highway day after day, the car may not seem so much like a vehicle to adventure but the highway to hell. While we often think about the indoor air quality of our homes as being paramount, the indoor air quality of our cars is actually an important thing to consider as well, especially if you’re spending a lot of time in it every day.

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Wood Fires Indoors

With autumn finally here, those of us with wood stoves or fireplaces may be gearing up to sit next to the crackling fire on chilly evenings. While this certainly creates a wonderful ambiance in your home, making sure that the wood smoke generated by your fireplace isn’t adversely affecting your indoor air quality should be a key step in getting your fireplace ready for this season.

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