To Heat the Air or Clean the Air? Get a Machine That Does Both!

To Heat the Air or Clean the Air? Get a Machine That Does Both!

As kids start heading back to school and fall slowly rounds the corner, you might notice the distinctive crisp feel of fall in the air. For many, it signals a welcome respite to a long, hot summer; for others it means an onslaught of fall allergies, and then there are those who break out the fleece for any temperature dipping below 68. In most parts of the country, early fall is still too early to turn on the central heat, but…

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Why Summer Air Gets So Stinky — And How You Can Escape!

Why Summer Air Gets So Stinky — And How You Can Escape!

Bad odors are one thing. But a bad odor that bakes in the heat can take the stink factor to a new level. If you’re a city dweller, chances are, the stench in your town is worse than someone who lives in the country. Sure, the sheer concentration of people in an area is a factor; more people means more garbage, sewage and car exhaust is created. But as it turns out, there are some simple biological and chemical factors that,…

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Is Your Home Having a Negative Impact On Your Health?

Is Your Home Having a Negative Impact On Your Health?

Did you know that as many as 6 out of 10 homes and buildings are actually hazardous to human health? The EPA posits that most people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, where air pollution levels are typically two to five times higher than outdoors. The primary contributors to poor indoor air quality are furnishings and building materials, which release hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Being proactive about what products and chemicals are coming into…

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5 Surprising Germ Hot Spots in Your Home

5 Surprising Germ Hot Spots in Your Home

If someone asked you what the dirtiest things in your home were, you’d probably rattle off the usual suspects: toilet seat, sponges, garbage disposal, your keyboard. And you’d be right – each of those items is known for playing host to an (un)healthy share of germs. And more than likely, you guard yourself against any contact from those germs, too: after all, you wouldn’t reach into your garbage disposal, and most people wash their hands after using the restroom. (We…

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Fix Stale Indoor Air For Good!

Fix Stale Indoor Air For Good!

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, just kidding – 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…

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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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