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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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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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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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Stinky Kid’s Room? Smelly Closet? Freshen Up with an Aerus Guardian Purifier!

Stinky Kid’s Room? Smelly Closet? Freshen Up with an Aerus Guardian Purifier!

Got a space in your home that could use…er…refreshing? Maybe it’s the kid’s playroom, or your son’s dorm room, or your laundry room where there’s a seemingly bottomless pile of dirty clothes. Bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms and so many other spaces can all benefit from an infusion of fresh air.  If you’ve ever owned an Aerus air purifying unit like the Lux Guardian Air Platinum or the Guardian Angel, then you know what kind of positive impact it can have on your home, your…

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7 Sneaky Indoor Air Pollutants

7 Sneaky Indoor Air Pollutants

What items are you using in your home that could be polluting the air you breathe? If you’ve got a chronically runny nose, watery eyes, or a nagging cough – and you’re nowhere near your typical allergy season – there might be an issue with the quality of air inside your environment. 90% of our time is spent indoors, and if there’s something in our home emitting a pollutant, there’s a good chance we’re breathing it in. What you might think…

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