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Smart Technology: Allergy & Asthma-Friendly Home Trends

Smart Technology: Allergy & Asthma-Friendly Home Trends

If you or someone in your family suffers from acute allergies or asthma, then you already know that even the slightest thing can trigger symptoms: changes in local climate, exposure to chemicals, new fragrances, off-gassing, or even leaning over to pet the neighbor’s dog. In public areas, it’s hard – if not impossible – to control an environment. At home, however, it’s becoming increasingly easier to create an indoor space that’s conducive to your wellness needs. In fact, more and…

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Top 3 Reasons Your Home Needs An Air Purifier This Thanksgiving

Top 3 Reasons Your Home Needs An Air Purifier This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost here! And the majority of your time will be spent getting things ready in the kitchen. The turkey will be roasting in the oven for several hours, along with all the scrumptious sides and delectable desserts. With all that food, friends and family, it is important that the air is purified and free of germs, irritating smells, and toxins. Here are the Top 3 Reasons you need a high-quality air purifier this Thanksgiving: Reason#1: The kitchen is…

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Why Clean Air Is So Important For Your Baby

Why Clean Air Is So Important For Your Baby

Before your baby comes home from the hospital, you more than likely have spent the last nine months getting ready to create a healthy and happy environment for your baby. From painting and decorating the nursery, checking smoke detectors, baby proofing everything, deep cleaning your home and washing all the tiny clothes that you have received as gifts or bought along the way. There is not a new parent out there that would not go to every length to prepare…

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Are VOCs Polluting Your Indoor Air?

Are VOCs Polluting Your Indoor Air?

If you’ve 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. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and long term…

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How Building Materials Can Aggravate Asthma

How Building Materials Can Aggravate Asthma

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, people spend 90% of their time indoors, where air pollution levels can be 2 to 5 times more polluted, and in some cases 100 times more polluted, than outdoor air. Most of our exposure to environmental pollutants occurs by breathing the air indoors. These pollutants can trigger allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems in many people and they come from activities, products, and materials we use every day. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a significant…

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Candles and Synthetic Fragrances: More Harm Than Good

Candles and Synthetic Fragrances: More Harm Than Good

Scented candles are everywhere. They’re becoming more ubiquitous in stores both for sale and, in smaller boutiques, to create an atmosphere that’s welcoming for shoppers. They’re a popular go-to for gifts, especially for people deemed “hard to shop for”, because who doesn’t love a fragrant candle? You’ll see them in spas, travel accommodations, dorm rooms, homes, parties and work settings. They create warmth and ambiance, and if a space smells a little stale or funky, a scented candle is the first thing a…

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