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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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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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Freshen Up The Air In Your Small Space!

Freshen Up The Air In Your Small Space!

Whether your entire home is a small space (the concept of tiny homes continues to grow in popularity) or you have that one room inside your normal-sized home that always feels like walking into Stink City, it can be a challenge to keep small spaces smelling – and feeling – fresh. If you’ve got an area of your house where it’s easier to just close the door than deal with the odor, it’s time to find a better solution! First you’ll want…

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Off-Gassing: Common Sources That Could Be Polluting Your Home

Off-Gassing: Common Sources That Could Be Polluting Your Home

Even if you haven’t heard the term “off-gassing” there’s probably a good chance you’ve felt its effects. If you love that “new car smell” but find it gives you a massive headache, then you might’ve experienced off-gassing. If your eyes started to water when you walked into a department store or home improvement store, that too could be from off-gassing. If you just installed new cabinetry or carpet and can’t help but notice how much your nose is running, or…

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