As Canadians, we are no strangers to changes in weather and our long winters often mean enduring months of indoor activities. However, we tend to associate poor air quality with the outdoors, such as smog from automotive or factory emissions. “The reality is the air inside our own homes can be equally concerning to our health as the air outside,” says Gino Romanese, Senior Vice President of Royal LePage Real Estate Services. “By paying close attention to your health and other indicators, you can uncover indoor air pollutants and take appropriate measures to eliminate them.”
Romanese recommends these three tips for improving the air quality in your home:
1. Maintain a healthy level of humidity. Having the furnace running can decrease the humidity in your home. Likewise, tracking snow inside or the presence of wet outdoor clothing can increase the levels of moisture in the air. Therefore, it is important to make use of a humidifier or dehumidifier, depending on your circumstances. Indicators of a lack of humidity in your home are dry skin or waking up with a dry throat. Too much humidity can be observed in condensation on your windows.
2. Try using a vacuum or air purifier with a HEPA filter. High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters work by trapping harmful air pollutants and toxins in a fine netting. Such pollutants include pet dander, dust mites, mould spores, and pollen. HEPA filters are particularly helpful for family members with allergies or asthma.
3. Replace aging carpets with hardwood or tile flooring. While a more expensive remedy, replacing carpet can have the added benefit of increasing the resale value of your home. Flooring is an attractive alternative to carpet, which can be a haven for allergens. Want to have the best of both worlds? Purchase an area rug for your floors.
When you’re cooped up inside for the winter, try a few of Romanese’s tips and see how your air quality and health improve. Find more information on www.royallepage.ca.