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What’s Your Indoor Air Quality Like This Winter?

What’s Your Indoor Air Quality Like This Winter?

The winter months bring a lot of wonderful things: holidays, family get-togethers, sipping cocoa while it snows outside, falling asleep in front of a warm fire. So as the temperatures drop, people predictably spend more and more time indoors…which is great for staying cozy, but maybe not so great for your health. Of all the seasons, winter presents the greatest indoor air quality (IAQ) conundrum: you spend most of your time indoors to keep warm, but what kind of air…

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Is Particulate Matter Affecting Your Health?

Is Particulate Matter Affecting Your Health?

Pollution has long been connected to breathing difficulties, and considering the average adult breathes 3,000 gallons of air per day, that can be a huge problem. City dwellers often flee urban settings in favor of the “fresh air” of the country – and sometimes, with good reason. Those who suffer from respiratory complications can have an especially hard time with air quality in highly polluted areas. Polluted air can be particularly harmful – not just to those with asthma and allergies,…

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Now that’s SCARY: Inside a Dirty Washing Machine

Now that’s SCARY: Inside a Dirty Washing Machine

Maybe your clothes are dirty because your washing machine is dirty. In fact, it’s very possible that the very machine you rely on to get your clothes clean could be contaminating them without you even realizing it. So while the visible dirt and stains might be gone, bacteria like E.coli can get redeposited by the washing machine itself.   How does it happen?   It’s unpleasant to think about, but microbiology professor Dr. Charles Gerba from the University of Arizona…

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Asthmatic & Unaware: The Rise of Adult-Onset Asthma

Asthmatic & Unaware: The Rise of Adult-Onset Asthma

It might seem improbable – or even impossible – but for some people, discovering they have asthma comes later in life than one might expect. While many asthma sufferers are diagnosed in childhood, perhaps after being observed by an eagle-eyed parent or teacher, people who have less severe cases of asthma or irregular appointments with a primary care physician, can end up with a diagnosis much later in life. Prior to this diagnosis, their asthma simply presents as some other, more innocuous…

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What are the Benefits of Soft Water?

What are the Benefits of Soft Water?

Hard water can take a toll on pipes, fixtures, and big ticket items like water heaters and washing machines. Soft water units can help preserve the life of appliances, dishes, laundry and more!   Everyone’s familiar with the telltale signs of hard water: white streaks inside your shower, stubborn mineral deposits on your “clean” dishes, corroded fixtures and hard-to-remove discoloration and build-up on basins and countertops.   So what exactly IS hard water, and what causes it?   Hard water…

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Cleaner Air Can Mean Healthier Kids

Cleaner Air Can Mean Healthier Kids

  Smog: a combination of the words smoke and fog. While fog is mostly moisture, smog typically refers to dense air pollution caused by motor vehicle exhaust fumes. Smog is compounded in areas with higher populations where individuals drive cars on long commutes to and from work everyday.   The ride may include passing by factories and industrial plants with smoke stacks pumping out thick clouds of smoke. This kind of pollution can saturate the atmosphere with all sorts of…

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10 Great Reasons to Drink More Water

10 Great Reasons to Drink More Water

Most people would probably grudgingly admit that they don’t drink enough water. With so many other alternatives out there that taste good – juice, colas, sports drinks – drinking water can seem, well, boring. Or maybe they assume they’re getting enough water from other sources, like the all-day-long coffee drinker. (You know the type I’m talking about.) When you better understand not just how necessary water is to a healthy life, but the range of benefits it can have, you…

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