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Sick Building Syndrome and the Workplace

Sick Building Syndrome has become one of the hottest topics around the workplace, and while exact definitions of the term vary, it generally relates to poor air quality within a working environment. It can be caused by everything from the growth of molds within ventilation systems to fumes given off by remodeling or improperly stored chemicals. Common symptoms range from such things as headaches, eye, nose or throat irritation, dry cough, dry or itchy skin, dizziness and nausea, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, and extra sensitivity to odors. In rare instances it can be fatal. Usually sick building syndrome is associated with...Read More
Getting tested for dust mite allergies

7 Insider Tips For Controlling Dust Mite Allergies

Dust Mite Allergies - 7 Insider Tips For Controlling Dust Mite Allergies The dust mite is a formidable adversary because it is incredibly prolific, and its food source (dead skin) is unlimited. So how do you get rid of it and get your allergies under control? Well there's good news and bad.  The bad news is that nothing will get rid of them completely. The good news is that you can greatly reduce their population and the aggravating and sometimes debilitating allergy symptoms that result because of them. Here are 7 insider tips on how. 1. Dust mites generally camp...Read More
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Flow-Through Humidifiers

Need a new humidifier or is it time to upgrade? About 15-20% of the homes we visit in the GTA still have the older drum-type humidifiers on their furnaces. And easily more than half the time they don't work anyway. They've been disconnected because they were either leaking water all over the place or else the motor was making noise. The older types usually have a yellow humidifer pad that turns in a tray full of water. The tray had to be completely level and the float had to be adjusted properly at the beginning of each heating season or...Read More

Beware of possible fire hazard

City Duct Cleaning Inc. has always specialized in fire restoration work, and over the years we have seen fires in many homes that were caused by the homeowners having removed their electronic air cleaner cells and replacing them with a 4" or 5" cardboard high-efficiency air filter. This in itself is a reasonable thing to do, as these disposable filters require basically no maintenance at all as compared to the cumbersome air cleaner cells that were replaced. And if the cells were not being cleaned regularly then the cardboard replacement can be even more efficient than what they had. It...Read More
Enlarged View of a Dust Mite

This is a dust mite

Dust mites are not insects but are more closely related to spiders and ticks. They are microscopic and feed mostly on dead skin. They infest beds and carpets by the tens of millions, and there can be as many as 1,000 mites in one gram of dust. Dust mites are harmless to most people. They don't carry diseases, but they can cause allergic reactions in asthmatics and others who are allergic to their feces. Dust mites are second only to pollen in causing allergic reactions. They are a major problem because they can cause some wheezing, itching, other allergic reactions,...Read More
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