Your Photocopier and Indoor Air Quality

If you work in an office, it’s likely you have a photocopier somewhere nearby. Ubiquitous in the modern office, this machine can be your best tool when getting your work done – when it’s working that is. Most now also function as fax machine, scanners, and staplers, but they can also be a significant source of indoor air quality pollution in your home or workplace.

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School Indoor Air Quality

school indoor air qualityAs our kids (big and small) return back to the hallowed halls of academia, pulling on backpacks and sharpening pencils, the indoor air quality of their learning environment certainly isn’t on their minds. A school both new and old can have harmful indoor air quality that may be affecting your child’s ability to learn as well as their health. Most people know that outdoor air pollution is bad for our health, but in indoor environments, pollutants that affect indoor air quality can be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. Since we all spend nearly 90% of our lives indoors, making sure that the indoor air quality of our schools is beneficial to both our children and their teachers.

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How your Air Conditioner Helps Improve your Indoor Air Quality

air conditioner air qualityThe air conditioner in your home likely doesn’t turn off until the end of September when the cool air of autumn finally begins to arrive in the GTA. After running your air conditioner all summer long, it’s a good idea to pay attention to your unit so that it’s giving you the best indoor air quality that it can.

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Indoor Air Quality when Living Near A Landfill

As the hot days of summer drag on, there can sometimes be a funny whiff on the breeze – especially on garbage collection night, when trash has been sitting on the curb for hours in the hot sun. For some folks, however, that foul scent might be lingering, garbage night or not. If there’s a funny smell persisting in your indoor air quality, it could from something other than rotten leftovers. Your indoor air quality could be affected by a local landfill site. Continue reading

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Your Pets and Indoor Air Quality

Our furry four-legged friends bring us a lot of joy. Like a bad dating website advertisement, there are lots of long walks, snuggling during your favourite TV show, and laughter. But pets could also be having a negative impact on your indoor air quality, leading to allergies and other health symptoms and diseases, like asthma.

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Wildfires & Indoor Air Quality

With wildfires raging for the past few weeks over parts of British Columbia, the importance of good indoor air quality is one of the issues many families are facing.

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Improving Office Indoor Air Quality

It’s Monday morning and you’ve just arrived at the office. You put down your bag, slide into your seat and take a big breath of… stale office air. You know the scent: old cardboard, the Xerox machine chugging away, dust frying on the florescent lights. However, your office’s indoor air quality could be affecting more than just your mood – it could be affecting your productivity or even your health. As an employee or business owner, improving the indoor air quality of your workplace can do more than lift the spirits of your employees or be another corporate wellness ploy – in fact, it’s serious enough that both Syracuse University and Harvard University are both studying the indoor air quality of offices to see how it affects the workers that use them.

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Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) and Indoor Air Quality

You may have heard of Sick Building Syndrome (or SBS) in the news, but you may not know exactly what that means or how it could be effecting you and your indoor air quality.

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) symptomsSick Building Syndrome is a term that is used to describe a range of symptoms and health effects that are thought to be caused by the indoor environment, of which indoor air quality plays a huge part. People living or working in a sick building often suffer from symptoms like: headaches, dizziness, eye, nose or throat irritation, itchy skin, or fatigue.

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Mold – The Worst Kind of Wallpaper

The cause of Napoleon Bonaparte’s death has plagued curious historians and history buffs since the day his coffin was lowered. One popular theory is that he was slowly poisoned by poor indoor air quality caused from noxious arsenic fumes given off by wallpaper. Longwood House on St. Helena’s Island where the emperor was imprisoned, was papered in the fashion of those days with bright green wallpaper, the pigment of which was created with arsenic. In a damp, hot room, the pigment would have entered the indoor air quality and been breathed in as a toxic vapour.

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Air Fresheners and Indoor Air Quality

There’s nothing nicer than the smell of a freshly cleaned home. If your home has a funky smell, or has developed one recently, you might be tempted to use air fresheners to improve your indoor air quality – but they might be doing a lot more to your indoor air quality than adding a pretty smell. Continue reading

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