Health Canada says we spend almost 90 percent of our time indoors,making good indoor air quality as important to our general health andwell-being as, well, the air we breathe.
The Calgary Allergy Network advises your home should be between35 and 40 percent humidity in winter. You can check your levels using ahumidity gauge. Alberta’s low humidity can usually be resolved by usinghumidifiers throughout your home. If humidity is too high, mould anddust mites can grow. Try installing an air exchange or heat recovery unitto bring the moisture back down.
Any big differences in humidity or temperature between rooms couldbe the result of poor ventilation and can be fixed by a ventilation expert.
Your expert can also fix backdrafts from fireplaces — when smoke andtoxic particles get pulled into the house instead of up the chimney.
The above tips will help keep you breathin’ easy this winter.
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For more information onindoor air quality, checkout Health canada’sresidential indoor AirQuality Guidelines at hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/air/in/ index-eng.php.