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H E A LT H & W E L L N E S S

7 Affordable DIY Hacks to Help You Breathe Easier Clean the air in your home with these simple tips BY SAM LUONG – M.Arch, B.Arch.Sci., WELL AP in Toronto, ON STUDIOCLOUDNINE.CA

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ike it or not, we are spending a lot of time at home. We are surrounded by four walls much more than we would be during hot, summer nights and our time indoors is only exacerbated by pandemic protocols which have literally sent many of us home. In a single day, we breathe in at least 15,000 litres of air and consume four times as much of it as we do both water and food combined. Bad air and poorly-designed space (with poor air circulation, for instance) can impact our health, leading to headaches, sinus irritations, asthma attacks and serious cardio-respiratory diseases and cancer. Here are some ways to improve the air quality in the spaces you inhabit.

RIGHT The ideal living room setup to maintain great air quality.

LET THE LIGHT AND THE AIR IN

SHED SOME LIGHT ON HIGH-GERM AREAS

Cost: $0 to $20 Windows or skylights which open to the outside allow fresh air to circulate into our homes. Make sure windows do not open directly to a garage, exhaust or polluted areas.

Cost: $40 (bulbs) to $100 (lamps) Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI), light bulbs and lamps are great disinfectants, relying on ultraviolet radiation to damage the DNA and RNA of germs, thereby killing them.   Place them in high-traffic areas more susceptible to germs as an extra measure of sanitization – on kitchen countertops, in washrooms and above high-contact surfaces in your home gym.

PLANT AIR-PURIFYING POTENTIAL Cost: $5 to $50 According to NASA’s plant experiment in space, one air-purifying plant for every 100 sq.-ft. should eradicate common indoor air pollutants such formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by destroying “pathogenic viruses, bacteria, and organic chemicals ...converting all of these air pollutants into new plant tissue.” The peace lily, English ivy and snake plant are on NASA’s top purifying plants list.

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INSTALL MERV 8 AIR FILTERS TO YOUR HVAC SYSTEM Cost: Starting at $40 Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) is a certified rating system which determines how effectively your system is at preventing pollutant particles from getting into the air stream. For residential spaces, MERV 7 to 12 is generally acceptable.

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