We breathe an average of 20,000 times every day. That is significant when we compare it to the three meals we eat daily. If we are careful about what we eat, shouldn’t we be even more cautious about what we breathe?

With increased levels of air pollutants, climate change, and wildfire smoke, there is increased smog and poor air quality. It is, therefore, essential to make every effort to improve air quality in our homes as much as possible.

Do you often get nosebleeds or chapped lips? Or are you often congested or short of breath? This could mean that the air in your home is either too dry, too humid or of poor quality and needs to be remedied.

Problems Caused by Poor Ventilation

Inadequate ventilation results in poor air quality, which, with short-term and long-term exposure, can increase the risk of adverse effects and health problems.

What are these adverse effects?

Polluted air leads to:

  • Eye irritation
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Exacerbation of heart and lung conditions

Air that is too dry leads to:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Nosebleeds
  • Dry eyes
  • Chapped lips
  • Dry skin
  • Itchy skin

Air that is too humid leads to:

  • Sinus congestion
  • Mucus build-up
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Colds
  • Allergies
  • Asthma

Damp air causes mould, which in turn causes its own set of problems:

  • Increased asthma-related symptoms
  • Eye, nose, and throat irritation
  • Recurring cold symptoms (runny nose and congested sinuses)

You can spot mould problems by small black spots on walls and carpets and rings on walls and ceilings that indicate water infiltration.

Windows that constantly fog up in the winter is a sign that humidity levels are too high. If this is your case, make needed changes before mould begins to form.

Solutions to Improve Air Quality

Owning a good air exchanger is the best solution to improve air quality throughout your home. Energy recovery air exchangers (ERV) keep moisture out in the summer and add moisture in the winter when indoor air is drier. Air exchangers also help remove contaminants from the air and recover heat, saving you money on your heating bills. Using efficient filters will eliminate most of the pollutants that could enter your home. Just make sure to perform regular maintenance to optimize its performance.

Eliminate contaminants at the source. Second-hand cigarette smoke is one of the most harmful pollutants that could be in your home. Choose to make your home a smoke-free one.

Turn on the range hood in the kitchen while you cook and the bathroom fan when showering. Leave them on for at least 30 minutes afterward.

Avoid hanging wet laundry inside. Use the dryer or hang clothes outside.

Open curtains or blinds to prevent condensation on your windows, especially in the colder months. Dry the windowsill immediately if they are wet.

Clean mould with soap and warm water if it covers less than one square meter. If it doesn’t come off easily, consider replacing the infected surface with new materials. Call a professional to remove the mould if it covers a larger area.

Replace damaged grout, caulking, or tiles around sinks, showers, and bathtubs.

Fix any leaks as soon as you find them.

Vacuum often and wash your sheets weekly in hot water.

Leave interior doors open.

Open windows as often as possible when exterior air quality is good.

Monitor Your Air Conditioner

When the weather is hot, everyone appreciates owning an air conditioner or heat pump to cool down; they reduce the risk of heat stroke, dehydration, and cardiovascular problems. But beware of significant temperature differences!

A significant temperature difference can create tension in the musculoskeletal system and can lead to thermal shock.

Exposure to large temperature swings can cause health problems such as:

  • Torticollis
  • Muscle cramps
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Dryness and irritation of the eyes
  • Loss of voice
  • Arthritis
  • Sinusitis, especially in people with allergies

A poorly maintained air conditioner can also worsen allergy symptoms. Mould can lead to respiratory infections ranging from a cold to a severe lung infection.

How to Use Your Air Conditioner Effectively

It’s recommended to have a temperature difference of no more than 8°C between inside and outside the house.

At night, avoid direct exposure to the cold air outlet. Place the air conditioner in a room adjacent to the bedroom, or run it during the day and turn it off at night.

Choose air conditioners with an air purification system.

Clean or replace air conditioning system filters regularly.

Make sure there is no standing water in your air conditioner.

Follow the instructions in the owner’s manual for proper maintenance of your air conditioning system, and have it serviced by a professional at the intervals recommended by the manufacturer.

Follow the same recommendations while you drive. Avoid significant temperature differences, and don’t point cold air directly at you.

Choose a System that Best Meets Your Needs

Not sure which system is best for your home and your needs? The team at MST is here to help!

Our specialists will visit your home to evaluate which system best suits your needs.

Whether you’re looking for an air exchanger, air conditioner, heat pump, or air purifier, MST has what you need.

MST is a family-owned business that has grown over the years. At MST, expect none other than:

  • Honest consultants who help you find the right system for you, no more, no less.
  • Trained, competent, and certified technicians.
  • Fast and efficient service.
  • Support before, during, and after your purchase.

The satisfaction, comfort, and health of our customers is our priority!

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