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How Poor Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Sleep

How Poor Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Sleep

Feeling groggy and irritable during the day, and find yourself wishing for a nap? You might be sleep deprived…and the air you’re breathing might be to blame. Sleep is essential for all humans. For many of us, however, true, restful sleep can also prove to be elusive. Not getting enough quality sleep can create negative effects. While one night of little sleep isn’t usually enough to put anyone at serious (and really, who hasn’t experienced a bad night of sleep before?),…

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The Solution for Stuffy, Stale Air

The Solution for Stuffy, Stale Air

If you’ve ever walked into your home, wrinkled your nose and thought, “What is that smell?” then you might be suffering from SHD: stale house disorder. Okay, so that’s not a real disorder, but it can happen to anyone. And bad odors – particularly stale ones – can be tricky to get rid of, especially if you’d rather not use chemical-laden solutions or blanket your home with artificial fragrances to cover up the smell. Since homes today are built to be…

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Knock Out Unhealthy Indoor Air With A One-Two Punch!

Knock Out Unhealthy Indoor Air With A One-Two Punch!

A lot of factors can contribute to the indoor air quality of your home: how well your home is sealed, whether or not you have pets, if anyone smokes, if you have a fireplace, how many products you use for cleaning…the list goes on and on. Improving your indoor air quality is most achievable with a one-two punch: purify your air and clean your surfaces. Some of the very things that pollute indoor air – chemicals, fumes, smoke and bad…

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What Happens When You Don’t Vacuum?

What Happens When You Don’t Vacuum?

How often you vacuum usually depends on several dictating factors: how many people live in your home, if you have pets, if you have children, if you or anyone in your home has allergies or asthma, and how important a clean home is to you. (We all know the person who couldn’t care less about the pile of dirty dishes in the sink; chances are, they’re not too concerned with the appearance of their carpet, either!) How Vacuuming Helps According…

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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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How Poor Air Quality Affects The Ability to Learn

How Poor Air Quality Affects The Ability to Learn

Almost everyone’s heard of 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…

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EU’s Air Quality Crisis: Is America Next?

EU’s Air Quality Crisis: Is America Next?

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) issued a report last month calling for greater cooperation and a more integrated approach to tackle the challenges in the pan-European region. The most serious concern the region faces is air quality, which has been impacted negatively by air pollution. Air pollution is considered “the biggest threat with more than 95 per cent of the EU urban population exposed to levels above World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.” According to the report, “over 500,000 premature deaths in the region were attributed to outdoor air…

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Why are asthma rates still increasing?

Why are asthma rates still increasing?

Arguably, the world’s cleaned up its act over the past several decades: new emissions standards, an ever-increasing awareness about the impact of pollution and chemicals that’s spurred proactivity, and even cutting-edge technology designed to reduce our exposure to all the ickiness out there. And yet, asthma rates keep climbing – the number of people diagnosed with asthma grew by 4.3 million from 2001 to 2009 – despite our collective efforts to the contrary. What gives? Early on, there was the hygiene…

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10 Ways to Banish Dust From Your Home

10 Ways to Banish Dust From Your Home

Dust in your home is a lot of things: unsightly, unhealthy, and downright disastrous if you or a family member suffers with allergies or asthma. Dust – of both the indoor and outdoor variety – is a natural occurrence, but a mostly unwelcome one. Believe it or not, the particular dust in your home is customized, by none other than you and those who live in your house with you (both humans and four-legged friends). Varying factors like climate, your…

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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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