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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 Amazing Benefits of HEPA Filters

The Amazing Benefits of HEPA Filters

Of all the technology-related buzzwords, “HEPA filter” seems to be at the top of the list when it comes to sticking power – and for good reason. They’re the go-to standard when it comes to filters because they’re incredibly effective at what they do — which is removing 99.97% of air particles that have a size of 0.3 microns or more (as defined by the Department of Energy [DOE] standards). But…what does HEPA mean, exactly? HEPA is an acronym for high-efficiency…

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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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Allergies or Asthma? Why Regular Vacuuming Matters

Allergies or Asthma? Why Regular Vacuuming Matters

If you’ve gone to purchase a new core household technology product or appliance  — washing machine, TV, dishwasher – you’ve probably noticed that with each iteration comes a whole lot of fancy upgrades. It’s faster! It’s smaller! You can login to social media while operating it! And while the fancy bells and whistles can be appealing, one question really remains: do these features make it a better product, and does it make life easier for you? That brings us to one…

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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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Feeling Sneezy? How Pets Affect Your Winter Allergies

Feeling Sneezy? How Pets Affect Your Winter Allergies

Ever wondered why your allergies pick up in winter months? Actually, a lot of things could be to blame…like your favorite furry friend! Pets that might spend endless hours romping around outside during warmer months can find themselves confined indoors when the temperatures drop. That’s the right call for pets, but you and your family might experience an uptick in your allergies. Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks that can keep your pets warm and your family feeling healthy. Consider this strange fact: most people aren’t allergic to animal fur, but…

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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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Research Reveals Majority of U.S. Homes Pose Health Risks: Is Yours One?

Research Reveals Majority of U.S. Homes Pose Health Risks: Is Yours One?

For most people, our home is our haven – the place where life is at its most comfortable and safe. But in 2009, the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) revealed research that showed that 67% of US families lived in a home with at least one major health risk. So what constitutes a health risk? The NCHH came up with what they call the Seven Principles of Healthy Homes, which includes keeping homes: Dry Clean Ventilated Contaminant-free Pest-free Safe…

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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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