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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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Is City Air Pollution Harming Your Health?

Is City Air Pollution Harming Your Health?

Unless you live in a remote part of the US – say, on a mountaintop in Montana, for example – the chances are good that whether you know it or not, you come into contact with some degree of air pollution on a regular basis. According to the American Lung Association (ALA), air pollution hovers at unhealthy levels in almost every major city, and breathing in particle pollution can increase the risk of early death, heart attacks, strokes and emergency…

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The Real Cost of Air Pollution

The Real Cost of Air Pollution

According to one study, the impact that air quality can have on a populace is, quite literally, a matter of life and death. A report issued in 2015 by scientists from Kings College London combined the effects of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5), and looked at the total impact it had on the health of London’s residents in 2010. What they found was staggering. These scientists asserted that nearly 10,000 people died in a year as a result…

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Unregulated Chemicals: What Congress and Companies Are Rallying Against — and What it Means For You

Unregulated Chemicals: What Congress and Companies Are Rallying Against — and What it Means For You

Thousands and thousands of products on the market today are made from or with chemicals. Chemicals are somewhat omnipresent, and many pose no harm to consumers; in fact, everything from touch-screen smart phones to roadways to furniture to automobiles require chemicals to be made. These very items can make our lives easier, more comfortable and more convenient. But with that comfort and convenience comes a cost. Children born in the United States today are likely to have hundreds of synthetic…

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Home, Sweet-Smelling Home: 9 All-Natural Odor Killers

Home, Sweet-Smelling Home: 9 All-Natural Odor Killers

Lots of factors can lead to a stinky home: pets, kids, food odors, mildew, recirculated stale air – and air freshener companies know this. There is no shortage of new scents on the market and new ways to dispense them: sprays, candles, plug-ins, potpourri. The thing is, all of those things simply mask the odor itself. Whatever is causing that odor is more than likely still there. Meanwhile, you’re saturating the air in your home with synthetic chemicals, many of…

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5 Smart Ways To Stay Cool (and Save Money!) This Summer

5 Smart Ways To Stay Cool (and Save Money!) This Summer

The dog days of summer have indeed arrived, bringing both fun (lakeside cookouts, fireworks, water skiing) and the not-so-fun (heat, humidity, and skyrocketing energy costs). With a little forethought and planning, there are small changes you can make to have a cooler, greener summer…without sacrificing any of the fun! Watch Those Windows Sunlight streaming through your window in the autumn can help warm a cool room. In the summer, it can be like adding a heating lamp to an already-hot…

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