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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 3 Big Perks of Vacuuming Regularly

The 3 Big Perks of Vacuuming Regularly

Even if you don’t think your flooring looks dirty, vacuuming on at least a weekly basis can mean major benefits for the level of cleanliness in your home. But did you know that regular vacuuming can also help extend the life of your carpet as well as improve quality of the air your family is breathing? Turns out, it can! The most obvious reason why you would want to get into the routine of vacuuming your home is because it’s…

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Allergy & Asthma Symptoms Worsened by Chemicals in Artificial Fragrances

Allergy & Asthma Symptoms Worsened by Chemicals in Artificial Fragrances

For anyone who has asthma, allergies or sensitive skin, navigating day-to-day life can be a challenge. Depending on the severity of their condition, allergy and asthma sufferers may experience anything from mild to irritating to even critical symptoms based on their exposure to harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances. In addition to seasonal allergies, asthma and allergy sufferers are prone to experiencing flare-ups of their symptoms in what would ordinarily be an innocuous situation: visiting someone’s home, walking into a department…

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Get Ready to Tackle Fall Allergies With These Great Tips!

Get Ready to Tackle Fall Allergies With These Great Tips!

Most people love autumn, and it’s easy to see why: colorful foliage, cooler temperatures, football tailgating and upcoming holidays full of family, friends and feasts. But for some, the beauty of the season can be dampened by impending fall allergies – particularly ragweed (also known as hay fever), which can cause sneezing, runny or stuffy noses, itchy throat and ears, itchy eyes and even hives. It can even cause asthma symptoms as well, since ragweed allergies can cause the nose…

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It’s Not the Heat — It’s the Humidity!

It’s Not the Heat — It’s the Humidity!

If you grew up in the southernmost states of the US, you’ve probably heard the old cliche (most likely uttered by a very warm lady while fanning herself on her front porch): It’s not the heat I can’t handle…it’s this humidity!  Of course, humidity isn’t a strictly southern dilemma: anywhere that experiences especially wet seasons or unexpected flooding can also be blanketed by a round of humidity. And it’s usually true that wet heat is regarded as being much less…

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The Happy Student: 8 Hacks For a Healthy Dorm Room

The Happy Student: 8 Hacks For a Healthy Dorm Room

For the millions of kids headed back to college this fall, the idea of dorm life can be exciting: no curfews, friends living right next door, epic parties, and the occasional (and much-needed) study session. But for as fun as it can be, dorm living is also famous for other characteristics: the stench of week-old pizza, your roommate’s dirty lacrosse shoes, and dirty piles of laundry. The comforts of Mom & Dad’s house – where carpet was vacuumed, baskets of…

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8 Reasons You’ll Love Having A Central Vacuum In Your Home

8 Reasons You’ll Love Having A Central Vacuum In Your Home

Whether you’re in the planning stages of designing a new home or looking for small ways to upgrade your existing one, installing a central vacuum system should be on the top of your wish list! Depending on how regularly and thorough your cleaning routine might be (do you have two bedrooms or five? asthma and allergy sufferers who require clean environments?) a central vacuum can actually make a lot of sense for your home. So what exactly IS a central…

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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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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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Allergies or Asthma? Try These 7 Smart Tips for Traveling This Summer!

Allergies or Asthma? Try These 7 Smart Tips for Traveling This Summer!

You’ve waited months and months, and it’s almost here: your summer vacation! It’s supposed to be a time of fun, relaxation, sight-seeing and memory-making experiences. But if you’re one of the millions of Americans with asthma or debilitating allergies, travel can be anything but easy. With new destinations can come changes in climate, elevation, humidity, or increased air pollution. And that doesn’t account for your lodging: stale hotel air, friends with pets or the cigar smoker on the patio over…

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