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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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The Dangers of Summer Air

The Dangers of Summer Air

The dog days of summer are sometimes muggy and almost always uncomfortably hot. For anyone daring enough to leave their home, those two factors can be daunting enough. But summer, as it turns out, is also a key time for another phenomenon: air pollution, namely ozone. Ozone becomes particularly problematic in hotter months because the atmospheric reactions that produce ozone are actually accelerated by the warm temperatures, with the highest daily concentrations generally occurring between mid and later afternoon. What is…

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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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Contact Dermatitis: Is Your Laundry The Culprit?

Contact Dermatitis: Is Your Laundry The Culprit?

Maybe it’s happened to you before: you get an itchy, red rash on your wrists or limbs or hands or neck; maybe that rash leads to blisters that even begin to ooze a bit. You think to yourself, “What in the world?” as your scratch yourself silly. Turns out, it very well could be a phenomenon called contact dermatitis. Here’s the bad news: when you have it, it’s super-irritating and uncomfortable. But here’s the good news: it’s also curable and…

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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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Rethinking Plastic: The Chemicals In Your Bottled Water

Rethinking Plastic: The Chemicals In Your Bottled Water

It hasn’t been a great week for bottled water. On June 22, California-based Niagara Bottling recalled an undisclosed amount of bottled water out of an “abundance of caution” due to E. coli contamination at one of its suppliers. On top of scares like this, there are other newsworthy stories about chemicals found in bottled water – by one report, nearly 25,000 chemicals were found in a single bottle.[1] If that’s not enough to give you pause the next time you’re…

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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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What are VOCs…and could they be hiding in your home?

What are VOCs…and could they be hiding in your home?

If you have ever installed new carpet, repainted your bedroom, or purchased new furniture, then you have most likely – and unwittingly – introduced VOCs into your indoor environment. So what’s a VOC? It stands for volatile organic compound, and the EPA defines it as gases emitted from certain solids or liquids, such as paints, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials, furnishings, adhesives, permanent markers and more.[1]   VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and…

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What Can Laundry Pro Do For Your Family?

What Can Laundry Pro Do For Your Family?

Have you heard about the Laundry Pro by Aerus? If you have, it was probably something about how it gets your clothes cleaner than you’ve ever experienced before. Or maybe it was about how your towels will be fluffy like the towels in TV commercials – except without using a smidgen of fabric softener. By the way – both of those things are true! But besides just doing wonders for your clothes and linens, Laundry Pro can have a positive impact…

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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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