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Published On: 1 June 2020Categories: Latest News

It’s not an overstatement to say that COVID-19 has touched all aspects of human life. Perhaps one of the most surprising changes is in the air quality of our cities. Across the globe, metropolitan areas that are infamous for smog are suddenly clear. Calgary is no exception. The sky is bright blue instead of smudgy blue-grey, and the mountains have never looked sharper. According to the CBC, Calgary (along with Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver) has experienced, “a noticeable reduction in air pollution.” Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions in particular (which is a pollutant caused mostly by vehicles) have plummeted. With the air quality outside so much better than usual, many Calgary homeowners are wondering how they can improve their air quality inside as well.

Poor indoor air quality is correlated to asthma flare-ups and allergy symptoms, so it’s no wonder that Calgarians want to reduce how much dust, detritus, and allergens are floating around their home. 

Focus Your Cleaning.

Of course, one of the easiest ways to improve your indoor air quality is to increase indoor hygiene. Wipe surfaces more often and be sure to sweep and vacuum regularly — especially if you have a fluffy pet. Any soft materials, such as bedding, towels, and drapes should be cleaned at least twice a month. Clean everything using hot water (at least 130° F or 54° C). Finally, choosing hard-surface flooring over carpet will help to cut down on the amount of animal dander and other allergens in your home, and consider investing in dust-mite-proof covers for pillows and mattresses.

Let the Fresh Air In.

As long as the air quality outside remains excellent, feel free to throw open your doors and windows and let the fresh air chase away any lingering winter dust. Even if the temperature is a little crisp outdoors, you can effectively improve your interior air quality by just keeping your windows open for 5-10 minutes.

Change your Furnace Filter.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll never stop repeating it — change your furnace filter. Change your furnace filter at LEAST as often as the manufacturer recommends (typically every 1-3 months). If you have a shedding dog and two or three people in your home with long hair, you may very well want to change it more often. Even during the summer, when you don’t need your furnace to heat the air, you still need to change your filter. Your house’s HVAC system continues to filter air through your furnace all summer long. A clogged filter will overtax your blower, and airborne irritants can get pushed through to recirculate throughout your home.

COVID-19 has slowed down the pace of our city. Calgarians are no longer spending hours trapped in traffic twice a day, and we’d be lying if we said we missed the morning commute. With any luck, Calgary business owners can take a close look at how having their teams work from home has affected their productivity. Perhaps even after the threat of coronavirus has been vanquished, we’ll decide against going back to the status quo of sitting in traffic. We’d certainly all be able to breathe easier if we did.

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