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Clear the air

Overview

Published: 07/24/2012

by William Roebuck

 On average, Canadians spend about 90 per cent of their time indoors, so the quality of indoor air is very important. Mould can develop from too much humidity, building leaks, refrigerator drip pans, bathroom surfaces and flooding. Stale water in humidifiers and air conditioners can lead to the growth of bacteria and fungi. Air filters also collect dust and contaminants.

Improving indoor air quality is fairly simple. Here are several steps you can take.

Whether you have excess humidity, dry air or airborne contaminants, various products can combat these problems and improve the overall air quality in your home. These include air filtration/cleaning systems -- including units with the HEPA (High Efficency Particulate Air) filtration process, heat/energy recovery ventilators and humidifiers.

Indoor air quality systems help control the humidity and let more air into your home to prevent moisture from building up on walls and windows. You can measure humidity using a hygrometer, to see if you need a dehumidifier. It is advisable to keep the relative humidity in your home below 50% in summer and 30% in winter

There are other steps you can take as well. Repair leaky roofs, walls and basements, clean mouldy surfaces with a strong detergent, keep your home clean and dust-free, and regularly clean and disinfect humidifiers and air conditioners.

 

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