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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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Chemicals, Allergies, Asthma & YOU

Chemicals, Allergies, Asthma & YOU

If you’re one of the millions of North Americans with allergies or asthma, or the parents of a child who struggles with one or both issues, then you know that over time, you begin to determine what can trigger an episode. Sometimes it’s a whole season; other times, it’s changing climates — say, traveling from your hometown in arid Arizona to muggy south Florida for vacation; and still plenty of other instances when stress, diet or lack of sleep can weaken your…

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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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