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Breathe Easier Inside Your Home This Winter

"New houses are sealed too tight and it's like living inside a plastic bag. Heat recovery ventilators should be mandatory."
- Boubou in the comments

As we seal cold air out of our homes in the winter, we're also sealing in pollution, say experts. A recent article at MSNBC recommends several ways to make the air inside your home healthier to breathe this winter. Avoiding scented candles this holiday season will help lessen pollution inside your home. Candles with fragrance give off particulates that may aggravate asthma or inflame the respiratory tract. Even worse, allergens like dust may hitch a ride on particulates, making breathing more difficult. Another tip is to change your heating filter every three months, using a filter with a rating of at least 8 on the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV). Experts also recommend opening a window in your bedroom for a few minutes each morning and night to replenish oxygen levels.

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boubou commenter boubou at 5:55 am on December 5, 2010

I developed severe allergies like plugged and runny nose,( it was really bad) in the last 5 years after moving into our new home. After getting an HRV (heat recovery ventilator) which exchange the air, all my symptoms which I had put up with for 9 months disappeared in a matter of days.

New houses are sealed too tight and it's like living inside a plastic bag. HRV should be mandatory in every province and states.

Linda Cassidy commenter Linda Cassidy at 12:02 pm on December 9, 2010

I am an indoor air quality consultant and I found this article very informative for my clients with allergies. I am sharing this article on Facebook. Changing your HVAC filters every 3 months is also a good idea. Thank you for the excellent information on candles.

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