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The Air Quality Blog by Rabbit Air

What Is Sick Building Syndrome?

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That sick and tired feeling after a day at the office or in your home might not just be in your head — it may actually be in the walls around you.

How much time would you guess you spend inside on an average day? If it feels like it’s almost all the time, that’s because it probably is.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American spends 17.5 hours a day either working, sleeping, or performing indoor household activities – that’s almost three quarters of their time! So what happens if during that entire period you were actually inside of a room or building that was harmful to your health?

Would you be surprised if that space was your home or workplace? It turns out that toxic buildings are actually quite common, and the human effects of that toxicity are called Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).

The reality is that not all buildings were created equal. EPA research points out that many buildings were built before there was a cohesive scientific understanding of what constitutes a healthy interior space. It’s often the case that indoor air quality, ventilation rates, the amount of sunlight, and various other metrics of a building’s safety are not up to par, contributing to suboptimal living conditions. SBS is a serious, albeit relatively unknown, issue that affects virtually all of us in some way and at some point. Here’s what you need to know:

There’s No Discernible Cause

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), one of the biggest red flags for SBS is the experience of one or several acute symptoms, like headaches, nausea, coughing, chest pain, dizziness, or fatigue. These varied and somewhat commonplace health problems make it very difficult to identify a specific cause or illness. As expected, these symptoms will generally balloon while a person is in a particular building, then abate shortly after leaving. 


And while these might seem like minor irritants, SBS can eventually contribute to things like increased absenteeism, brought about by general sickness and lower levels of overall productivity. It’s common sense that employees work better when they feel better, and unfortunately, most people will look to almost every other cause before suspecting the very room they’re sitting in.

More than just a temporary setback, the symptoms of SBS can actually become chronic and turn into a persistent condition referred to as a Building Related Illness (BRI), according to the Global Healing Center. This means that, even after leaving a hazardous building, symptoms may require a prolonged recovery time to fully cease.

Ventilation and Contamination

The EPA also states that one of the principal causes of SBS is inadequate ventilation. Many carpets, pieces of furniture, and construction components consistently release potentially harmful or toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate matter, and even formaldehyde directly into a living space.

Unwanted contaminants are typically present in homes at relatively safe levels, but if they’re not consistently flushed out of the air, they can build up to intolerable volumes — certainly enough to cause a headache, or maybe something worse. Even a buildup of carbon dioxide from residents’ everyday breathing is enough to make someone feel fatigued and unproductive.

There are plenty of other contaminants floating around, too. Things like outdoor vehicle exhaust and cigarette smoke can be easily drawn into a building’s heating and ventilation system, accidentally cycling pollutants into living areas. Biological contaminants like mold, bacteria, pollen, and viruses can also easily create inhospitable working environments. 

Reclaiming Your Air


Luckily, you have some options to make sure you’re not living in an unhealthy environment on a daily basis. The EPA recommends performing a building walkthrough to address easily recognizable contaminants like mold, paint, and adhesives. You may also want to work with a professional to determine that your HVAC equipment is functioning at proper levels, which may include actually increasing your ventilation rates.

Some of the simplest fixes can be the most helpful ones — sufficient lighting, comfortable temperature, and adequate humidity are crucial to a healthy space. The importance of access to natural light cannot be overstated, and contributes significantly to overall mood and contentment.

One of the most proactive solutions, however, is to buy a quality personal air purifier, which ensures that your breathing space is always clean and healthy — and some of the best models in the industry are available through Rabbit Air. Whatever your method, maintaining a hospitable living environment and curating fresh air is critical to healthy living and working. We spend most of our time inside, and that time shouldn’t, under any circumstances, be detrimental to our health.

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What Is Indoor Air Quality and Why Does it Matter?

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We hear the words “indoor air quality” get thrown around quite a bit, but what are they actually referring to?

Indoor air quality (IAQ), also known as “indoor environmental quality,” measures how the air inside a given building impacts a person’s overall health and comfort. According to a study by the EPA, the air quality inside a typical home is up to five times more polluted than the air outside. Considering the fact that the average American spends approximately 90% of his or her time indoors, the impact of IAQ is of significant concern to nearly everyone.

Typical indoor air pollutants can easily lead to an assortment of ailments, including eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches and dizziness, respiratory disease, heart disease, and even cancer.

What Qualifies as “Good” Air Quality?

A building with good IAQ will be adequately ventilated, allowing the space to maintain a comfortable temperature and humidity along with a steady supply of fresh air from outside. That being said, it’s important that the building is structurally sound so that both indoor and outdoor pollutants are kept under control.

What Causes Bad Air Quality?

Bad IAQ can be traced to a wide variety of sources. Most IAQ problems originate from indoor pollutants that release gases or harmful particles into the air. Problems can arise when poor ventilation prevents enough outdoor air from circulating in and out to sufficiently dilute the harmful emissions.

Indoor sources of pollution include gas stoves, tobacco products and furnaces, which can release toxic by-products like carbon monoxide directly into the home environment. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and chemicals found in certain types of paints, cleaning products, building materials, and insecticides can also be somewhat dangerous.

Bad IAQ can also originate from outdoor sources — outdoor air pollutants can enter buildings through open windows, doors, ventilation systems, and improperly sealed structures. Some pollutants, like radon, can even creep in through a building’s faulty or dilapidated foundations.

Humidity is also a principal concern when it comes to IAQ. Inadequate moisture levels can lead to airborne illnesses and respiratory attacks stemming from chronic dryness in the nose, throat, and bronchial membrane. Conversely, an excessively humid environment can result in harmful molds and fungi. Indoor humidity levels should remain somewhere between 30-50%, with the ideal level being about 45%.

How Can I Improve My IAQ?

With all of these potential pollutants to contend with, good IAQ can often feel impossibly out of reach. There are, however, a number of ways that you can improve the air quality in your home without stretching your resources too thin.

The first step is identifying a space’s principal sources of indoor air pollution and removing as many of them as possible. The levels of dust and other dirty particles can be greatly reduced just by vacuuming once a week. Linens and stuffed toys should be washed regularly, and household chemicals and cleaning supplies should be stored securely and used sparingly.

It’s also important to keep tabs on the structural integrity of your home or workplace. Make sure that windows are sealed properly and building foundations are solid and crack-free. Radon and carbon monoxide detectors are also a helpful line of defense, and can alert you to the presence of undetectable hazards before it’s too late.

Technology Is Your Friend

While keeping your home neat and tidy is certainly helpful in terms of improving IAQ, sweeping and vacuuming can only go so far. Innovative technologies, however, can help you get the jump on harmful indoor pollutants before they get the chance to negatively impact your health.

A quality air filtration system, like the Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0, can capture particles that are small enough to escape through the vacuum and remain airborne indefinitely. The BioGS 2.0 employs a four-stage purification and deodorization system that captures everything from dust-mites and pollen, to car exhaust and VOCs. At the end of the day, the struggle for better IAQ will be significantly easier if you’re willing to do the research and utilize the proper tools.

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Do Air Purifiers Kill Dust Mites

 

Dust mites, a common cause of allergies and asthma world-wide, are tiny, microscopic creatures related to the spider. Although they can survive in all climates, they thrive in warm, humid places and prefer temperatures at or above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Favoring humidity levels of 75-80, they feed on dead human and animal skin cells and are often found in pillows, mattresses, carpeting and upholstered furniture.

Since these organisms are 0.25–0.3 millimeters in length, which is invisible to the naked eye, they float into the air when anyone vacuums, walks on carpet, or disturbs bedding. Once airborne they can easily be inhaled, ingested and trapped on your body. Although some people do not have a reaction to dust mites and their feces, as many as 20 million people in the United States suffer from allergies or asthma; so many have asked: Can you get rid of dust mites, and if so, how?

Health Concerns

Some signs that you might be allergic to dust mites are:

•    Runny nose
•    Itchy eyes
•    Watery or red eyes

•    Sneezing

•    Congestion of the nose
•    Coughing
•    Post nasal drip
•    Pain and pressure in the face
•    Itchy nose and throat
•    Difficulty sleeping
•    Swollen eyes
•    Puffy, bluish skin under the eyes
•    Rubbing of the nose, typically in children

If a dust mite allergy persists and triggers asthma, a person may also experience:

•    Tightness or pain in the chest
•    Trouble breathing
•    Wheezing
•    Shortness of breath and coughing that interferes with sleep

How to Control Dust Mites and Manage Your Symptoms

By following a few precautionary steps, you can reduce your symptoms and minimize your exposure to these unwanted guests in your home. Here are a few solutions:

1.    Dust mite covers are recommended to help prevent the spreading of dust mites in your home. To keep them out of the bedding, you can cover your mattress, pillows, and box spring with a fabric that has pores small enough to keep dust mites and their waste products out.

2.    Wash your bedding, as well as the pillows, comforters and mattress pads with hot water, preferably over 130 degrees Fahrenheit, to kill dust mites. Once a week is recommended, and if hot water is not available, using a special laundry detergent that can kill dust mites at any temperature is recommended.

3.    If washing your items is not feasible, i.e pillows, delicate fabrics and stuffed animals, place them in a large plastic bag and in the freezer for up to 48 hours. This extreme temperature will kill dust mites.

4.    Since dust mites are fond of humid environments, operating a humidifier to keep your humidity levels at 50 percent or less will help stop them from multiplying. It’s ideal to keep your humidity at 35 percent, although very low humidity may be uncomfortable for some people.    

5.    Clear your home of clutter. This could mean the corner with your childhood stuffed animals, or your blanket fort, complete with a pillow pyramid. Areas that are not well maintained can become a breeding ground for dust mites, so keeping your home, especially those areas that are carpeted, as neat as possible can help keep dust mites under control.

6.    Vacuuming properly is crucial to keeping dust mite populations down in each room, especially those that have carpeting. The problem with most vacuums is that they cannot capture particles as small as dust mites, so after sucking them out of the carpet, they quickly and easily, return back into your environment. A vacuum with a HEPA filter will not only trap dust mites, but it will actually pick up their waste and eggs as well.

7.    Dust mites and their waste products are weightless, so they can stay suspended in the air for long periods of time. Operating an air purifier with a true HEPA filter will pull in the microscopic particles into the filters so that they are no longer airborne. For an extra added oomph, the MinusA2 has a Customized filter, called the Germ Defense, that’s been specially designed to trap and reduce dust mites, as well as mold spores and other particles.

Let us help you choose the correct air purifier for your needs. Our knowledgeable, friendly and honest customer service representatives are available to you 24 hours a day. Just contact us or call 888.866.8862.

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Improve Your Home and Your Health

For many proud homeowners across the country, home improvement is top priority on their to-do list. There are several aspects to improving your house such as routine maintenance, renovations, redecoration, upgrades, and other enhancements and accommodations. There are also a variety of reasons homeowners decide to make these changes: they could be health-related, the desire for a change of scenery, a need to be more economical, or simply the urge to take on another engaging project. All of these changes will contribute to an improved quality of life in and around the home – and investing in the right projects and products can be an excellent way to achieve this while saving money.

How Your Home Can Impact Your Health

As homeowners become savvier about the kind of lifestyles which improve health, there are several ways to upgrade the home to make increased well being possible. One way is to improve the cleanliness of the home while reducing germs and pollutants, a critical factor not only for the young and the elderly, but everyone. “Sick house syndrome,” or “sick building syndrome,” is defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as a situation in which “building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified.” It is an illness experienced by Americans across the country who are exposed to various chemicals and sub-par living conditions which are prevalent, yet not always visible, in older buildings or buildings which are not structured to meet basic health standards. The result is that non-suspecting occupants may be exposed to unhealthy levels of carbon monoxide and radon, combustion particles or gases, toxicity from household cleaners, interior mold, and old lead-based paint. Even incense, air fresheners and candles can contribute to potential problems.

Solutions for a Healthier Home Environment

Fortunately, in most cases there are solutions to these problems. Household cleaners can be replaced by homemade, environmentally friendly ones which are cheap and easy to make using basic ingredients like baking soda, tea tree oil, vinegar, alcohol, lemon and toothpaste. Homeowners can also plug in carbon monoxide detectors and have their houses checked for other gases. Qualified professionals can remove asbestos and other toxic materials from the home. There are other simple upgrades which are also effective. Eco-friendly air purifiers can reduce pollutants and other chemicals, as well as improve air quality for people with allergies to dust or animal dander, and those who experience sensitivity to dry or damp air. Natural air purifiers like bamboo, yucca, and other plants are excellent enhancements which also provide an aesthetic appeal. Homeowners may wish to go even further, however, making their homes more green as an approach to improving their immediate environment. This can be effective for a variety of reasons; energy efficiency means effective natural lighting, which provides natural detoxification; energy efficient windows not only insulate well but can be opened to improve air quality and provide coolness; the use of sustainable materials which are non-toxic; and many other improvements add to the overall health factor of the home.

Financial Benefits

The financial benefits of making these changes can be substantial. While initial upgrades at first may seem costly when implemented on a large scale (like installing solar panels for instance), the long-term pay-off more than compensates for the funds initially spent. Homeowners can also enjoy the immediate effects of an improved quality of life due to a healthier environment, which will ultimately save money on trips to the hospital and doctor visits. Smaller improvements – such as investing in Eco-friendly cleaners – will save homeowners on the money spent on more expensive brand names. Making your home a safe, healthy place to live, will not only increase its value on the housing market, but, depending on what aspects of your home you have improved (like upgrading old features and securing safety measures), your insurance premiums can improve. And, of course, it’s important to make sure that the contents of your home are covered too, especially if they are upgrades which are contributing to the overall quality of the home. This means money saved in the long-run, a consideration which often takes its toll on health.

Most importantly, an improved home which is maximized for healthy living will play a hugely positive role, and become a major factor in the health and well being of the homeowners and tenants. A home is, after all, more than a place to stop between commutes – it’s the center of family, the place where memories are made, and where we ultimately spend most of our time. It is a place where we cannot afford to cut corners when it comes to our health and the health of our loved ones.

By volunteer contributor Gemma Hunt

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http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pdfs/sick_building_factsheet.pdf

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An Air Purifier May Be the Answer for Allergy Sufferers

If you suffer from allergies, you know that springtime brings more than just warm weather. It also brings air that makes you itch, sneeze, cough, and twitch. While you may not be able to combat the outdoor air, an air purifier is an easy way to clean up your indoor spaces where you spend most of your time.

What Is an Allergy?
An allergy is the body’s overreaction to an outside substance. When you have an allergic reaction, your immune system tries to fight off the foreign material, causing sneezing, wheezing, nasal discharge, coughing, and itching of the skin or airways.

Mild allergies can cause considerable discomfort, but serious sufferers may experience chronic respiratory illnesses like asthma or sinusitis. In severe cases, allergies can even be fatal. An allergic reaction may be caused by an insect bite or a certain food, drug, or synthetic substance. However, the most common allergic reactions occur from airborne particles.

Air and Allergies
Breathable air is primarily composed of oxygen, nitrogen, and argon gases. The air is also filled with unnatural byproducts from burning fossil fuels, as well as natural substances like pollen from trees and grasses. These particles cause major discomfort for allergy sufferers. Rhinitis and sinusitis are two of the most common allergic diseases. In fact, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates that nearly 40 million Americans suffer from one or both conditions.

The Allergic Defense
The human body naturally resists airborne particles in attempt to prevent them from entering your lungs. Your nose and trachea, for example, are lined with tiny hairs called cilia. These hairs serve to filter and trap particles before they enter your body. The walls of your airways also produce mucus in order to keep the pathways moist enough to collect particles that are passing through.

Under normal circumstances, these defense mechanisms work behind the scenes. If you suffer from allergies, however, your system goes into overdrive and mistakes natural particles for foreign substances. This triggers the release of histamine, which is the body’s natural inflammatory response. The blood vessels begin to dilate and the airways produce an excess amount of mucus. This is when the itching, coughing, and sneezing begin.

Cleaner Air Means Milder Symptoms
Allergies affect people worldwide, especially during the spring season when flowers are blooming and the pollen count is high. While there are plenty of anti-histamine medications that help slow these defenses, you may find that cleaning the air in your living spaces gives you the best relief. By filtering your air before you breathe it, you are exposed to a much lower amount of defense-triggering particles. Air purifying units draw in polluted air from indoor spaces and trap those particles and contaminates onto micro filters. Some systems even incorporate several layers to make filtration more effective.

Moreover, many air purifiers use HEPA filters, which are held to strict government standards. Made of stainless steel, a true HEPA filter traps 99.97% of all particles larger than 0.3 micrometers.

Buying an Air Purifier
Allergy sufferers looking for an effective air purifier should consider the following:

  • Choose a purifier that is designed to run continuously. This is the best way to ensure your air is always clean.
  • Use a HEPA filter to trap smaller particles.
  • Ensure a high CADR rating for larger areas.
  • Go for high efficiency. Most allergy suffers do best with an air exchange rate of at least 4. This means your room’s air is being cleaned every 15 minutes.

Clean air means a better way of life, especially for people with allergies. Modern air purifiers are a great way to fight these conditions before they even begin.

Let us help you choose the correct air purifier for your needs. Our knowledgeable, friendly and honest customer service representatives are available to you 24 hours a day. Just contact us or call 888.866.8862.

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Can an Air Purifier Eliminate Secondhand Smoke Toxins?

Studies have shown that the health effects of breathing in secondhand smoke are nearly as harmful as actually smoking a cigarette yourself. Chronic diseases, heart problems, and reduced bodily function can result from excessive exposure to the harmful chemicals found in secondhand smoke. As more people recognize the damaging effects such pollutants can have on bodily health, they are seeking ways to increase the air quality in their homes and offices.

 Many people are turning to air purifiers for assistance in improving air quality and achieving a better environment. However, these devices do practically nothing no matter where they are placed or how often they run, unless they are specifically designed to remove harsh gaseous pollutants such as secondhand smoke. Here are some tips regarding the use of these models to help you eliminate the odor and danger of secondhand smoke in your home or office.

 What Kind of Air Purifier Should I Use?
The specific filter within any air purifier is what makes the primary difference in whether or not it is effective in removing harmful pollutants from the air. HEPA filters not only remove the pungent odor of smoke, but filter the air significantly to rid it almost entirely of tobacco and other harmful substances to create air that is fresh, high quality, and safer to breathe.

High-Efficiency Particulate Air or HEPA filters have a mesh that is very fine that traps dangerous or bothersome pollutants including pet dander, allergens, dust, and of course smoke. The filtered air is then released into the room and the process continues in order to provide you with cleaner air to breathe. HEPA filters are extremely useful for homeowners or business owners who have family members or employees that suffer from respiratory conditions. While smoke is harmful to anyone who breathes it in, individuals experiencing respiratory issues can be especially effected and in cases like asthma, the smoke can cause difficulty breathing and even lung closure in the most extreme cases. Choosing to purchase and use an air purifier with a HEPA filter is one of the best precautions to take to improve air quality in your home or office.

Where Should I Put My Air Purifier?
Once you have selected the best air purifier to eliminate smoke and harmful tobacco pollutants, it is equally as important to understand where the best place is to put it. If you are smelling and breathing smoke as the result of a draft entering from another building or office, it is wisest to place your purifier right where that air seems to be entering.

If you are a smoker or are in the same residence as a smoker, placing the purifier in a central living area that is frequently used is usually the best option. However, studies show that breathing and respiratory function slows significantly at night which means it is even more crucial to have clean air to breathe. For this reason, the air purifier should be moved to your bedroom. This is especially important for individuals suffering from respiratory conditions to ensure safe and effective breathing throughout the night.

Buying an Air Purifier is For Your Benefit
Air purifiers have a variety of enjoyable benefits including elimination of unpleasant odors, increased air quality, reduced exposure to allergens and harmful smoke and tobacco pollutants, easy maintenance of parts, and cost efficiency for both parts and maintenance. Whether or not you suffer from respiratory problems related to smoke, there are unforeseen health effects that can be damaging and debilitating. Make the decision today to purchase and use an air purifier that has been designed with smoke elimination technology to save your health and improve the quality of the air you breathe.

Let us help you choose the correct air purifier for your needs. Our knowledgeable, friendly and honest customer service representatives are available to you 24 hours a day. Just contact us or call 888.866.8862.

 

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8 Ways to Get Clean Air in Your Home

You may not realize it, but indoor air is most likely anywhere between two and five times more polluted than outdoor air. Since we spend most of our time inside our homes and offices, you might as well make sure that the air you and your family are breathing is as clean as possible. Use these eight methods to effectively clean the air circulating in your home and keep it clean for as long as possible.

 

  1. Improve the Ventilation in Your Home

While opening the windows in your home is a good way to bring in fresh air, it’s not necessarily effective for bringing in clean air. The reason is that the air outside of your home is filled with mold, industrial pollution and dust in addition to harmful by-products created from the gas emissions expelled by vehicles. What you’ll want to do is utilize trickle ventilation, which is a screen with a series of filters that helps bring in fresh air and screen out harmful pollutants.

 

  1. Always Smoke Outside

Never allow anyone to smoke inside of your residence. Not only can smoke cling to the walls, ceiling, floor and your furniture, it’s also harmful to everyone, not just the individual who’s smoking. You might not realize it, but roughly 7,500 to 15,000 children are admitted to the hospital or become sick every year because of a respiratory tract infection. Anyone in your house who has a lung or cardiovascular illness will be at risk of further health complications.

 

  1. Install an Air Purifier with a HEPA Filter

A quality air purifier is one of the best ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality. There are air purifiers that scrub the air in a single room and larger ones that can clean the air in your entire home. It’s best that you use air purifiers that offer quiet operation rather than models that can be quite noisy, since you are more likely to use a quiet air purifier at all times of the day. There are several different types of air purifiers for you to choose from, depending on the size of the room and which harmful particulates you’d like to filter out.

You can also install HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters in your air conditioner as a way to increase clean air in your home. If you do decide to use HEPA filters, make sure that you change them regularly for maximum efficiency.

 

  1. Turn on Your Air Conditioning Unit

Running your air conditioner is also a great way to clean the air in your home in addition to cooling it down or warming it up. A majority of water pollutants are water-soluble, which means that while your air conditioner pulls water from the air inside of your home it’s also pulling pollutants out. Another advantage to using your air conditioner to improve your air quality is that it can get rid of particulate matter and pollen.

 

  1. Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector

It’s estimated that more than roughly 400 people die every year as the result of carbon monoxide poisoning in addition to thousands of people who either become sick or require medical assistance as a result of being exposed to carbon monoxide.

The largest issue with carbon monoxide is that you can’t smell it, which makes it harder to determine whether or not it’s present in your home. Some of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include flu-like symptoms. You may notice that you feel better when you’re not in your home, and there’s a chance that you may notice a difference in your pets. It’s best that you install carbon monoxide detectors close to bedrooms and that you have all of the appliances in your home that burn fuel inspected every year by a professional technician.

 

  1. Clean the Gas Jets of Your Stove

If you use a stove that uses propane or natural gas, it’s recommended that you have your gas jets cleaned and maintained at least once a year by a reputable technician in order that you can be sure the gas is burning cleanly.

Your stove gives off nitrogen dioxide, which can create ozone if it’s exposed to sunlight. The irritating gas has been known to cause wheezing in perfectly healthy individuals. In addition to having your gas jets clean, it’s a good idea to open up a window so that any nitrogen dioxide your gas stove creates can be dispersed. You can also turn on the exhaust fan to keep the gas from building up.    

 

  1. Choose Your Cleaning Products Wisely

While keeping your home clean can also improve your air quality, you can do more harm than good if you aren’t careful of the cleaning products you use. It’s best that you use products that contain either low or no VOCs, which or volatile organic compounds. You might also want to switch to cleaning products that are fragrance-free, no matter how much you might like having your home smell like a blossoming lemon tree.

Another good idea is to use liquid or paste cleaning products since they don’t spread as many particulates in the air as sprays. As you’re cleaning, keep an eye out for spots of mold since there might be spores spreading through the air of your home.

 

  1. Take Care of Leaks

Have your basement, roof and foundation checked for leaks and signs of leakage and have any problem areas repaired as soon as possible. Rain and high humidity can enter your home through leaks and lead to mildew and mold, which can lead to coughing, wheezing and other asthma symptoms. In addition to having your home inspected at least once a year for leaks, you’ll also want to make sure that rain and water runoff is channeled away from your home’s foundation as much as possible to keep runoff from seeping into your basement.

Put these methods into practice and see if your breathing and health in general don’t improve. Not only can you save your indoor air, you might also be able to save on medical bills by introducing clean air into your home.

 

Let us help you choose the correct air purifier for your needs. Our knowledgeable, friendly and honest customer service representatives are available to you 24 hours a day. Just contact us or call 888.866.8862.

 

 

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An Air Purifier Can Help Get Rid of Cat Odor

While you might love your cat, you probably don’t enjoy the distinct odor that they bring with them. Rather than consider getting rid of your cat to preserve the air in your home, you should instead consider installing a quality air purifier to not only get rid of the odor, but to improve the overall air quality inside of your home as well.

 The Power of HEPA Air Purifiers
HEPA, which stands for high efficiency particulate air, filters are highly efficient at filtering out cat odors as well as pet dander, which are small flakes of skin that cats and other pets are continuously giving off. Since the flakes are so small they are often left floating in the air, where you can easily breathe them in and start experiencing watery eyes, itching, sneezing and wheezing.

By installing an air purifier you can filter out pet dander and make it easier for you and everyone else in your home to breathe. Shed fur and dander can cause a faint odor in your home, an odor that can be taken care of with an air purifier. Look for air purifiers made specifically for eliminating pet odors. Something to take note of with air purifiers is that you’ll want one that has an activated carbon filter. The reason for this is that activated carbon filters attract and absorbs odors and chemicals from the air.

Change Your Litter
In addition to installing an air purifier, there are several other things that you can do to take care of cat odor in your home. It’s best that you not allow your cats to share the same litter box. Instead, there should be one litter box for every cat in your home.  For homes with multiple cats you may want to use a clay-based litter, as these are the most absorbent litters. Not only do you want a litter that can absorb odors, you’ll want one that’s odorless so that your cat will actually use the box. You might also want to think about sprinkling some baking soda on the kitty litter to add an extra boost of deodorization.

 

Place the Litter Box in an Open Area
It’s better that you place your cat’s litter box in a more open area rather than a cramped and closed in area. Your cat might have problems getting to the litter box if it’s placed in a tight utility room or under a cupboard. By placing the litter box in a more open area you not only give your cat easier access but you allow any odor that is produced to spread out a bit, which is usually effective for diluting the smell.

If you have more than one cat in your home, it’s best that you not keep the litter boxes in a single location since your cats might fight over the boxes. Spreading boxes out also makes sure there’s not one single area of your home that has a powerful cat odor.

Change Your Cat’s Diet
What your cat eats can go a long way in determining how they’ll smell as well as how much waste they make. Switching to high quality cat food, though expensive, can improve your cat’s overall health. The problem with some of the cheaper brands of cat food is that they often have fillers in them as well as by-products that your cat might not be able to digest efficiently. Low quality food results in more waste and smellier waste.    

Clean Litter Boxes Every Day
While it might be a pain, it’s best that you scoop out your cat’s litter box every day. Air filters, the right litter and spreading litter boxes out won’t do you much good for controlling odors if you only clean the litter box once a week or less. If you like, you can buy special devices that allow you to deposit waste in them and store them inside for a week or two before you dispose of everything. These devices can lock in odor so that you don’t have to worry about dumping the waste in the dumpster or trash receptacle every day, which can be quite beneficial if you live in an apartment.

Use Carbon Litter Box Liners
Before you change your cat’s litter, consider placing a carbon litter box liner at the bottom that looks like find sandpaper. If you do decide to add a box liner to your cat’s box, you’ll want to replace it every three or four weeks. You might also be interested in a litter box with a carbon filter system or one that’s built with special slots for the carbon box liners.

Use Cat Wipes
Even though cats are usually good about cleaning themselves, their fur can still have a distinct odor to it if they have a skin infection. Pay close attention to your cat for signs of an infection, which include hair loss, itching and red or swollen skin. If you also have a dog who likes to play with your cat, the dog might be to blame for your cat’s smelly fur. Use cat wipes to help your cat keep itself clean, cut down on odors and get rid of everyday detritus and dust. You may want to take your cat to the vet if you think the skin infection is a serious issue that wipes can’t handle.

Before you take another picture of your cat’s hilarious antics or take out some time to play with him or her, consider putting some of these tips to good use to get rid of and prevent cat odors. Buy a quality air purifier, quality food and utilize an additional method to keep the air in your home clear and clean. Avoiding an odor cat-astrophe is quite easy with a few expert tips.

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5 Reasons Why Buying an Air Purifier is Worth Your Investment

Chances are you have heard at least one person you know who has talked about, or recommended, using an air purifier. Because they are becoming more and more popular, it may be tempting to wonder if they are simply a fad that will eventually disappear. In reality, these carefully designed filters have been created to greatly improve air quality by effectively eliminating the most harmful and bothersome particles. These pollutants include dust, pet dander, smoke, allergens, and environmental pollution that always seem to find a way into your home or office. As you consider whether or not purchasing an air purifier is worth your investment you may wish to consider some of the most compelling reasons why this product is well worth every penny you will spend.

 

 You Are an Animal Lover with Allergies

Many people who adore animals and live with pets experience allergies related directly to the pet dander, hair, and fur that are a consequence of living with these lovable creatures. An air purifier works effectively to filter this dander from your air to leave the environment cleaner and healthier. In some cases, small children are more sensitive to pet dander than adults, so for families with both small children and pets, an air purifier is an excellent investment.


 Your House Smells Dirty

Sensitivity to smells is something a lot of people find bothersome and at times sickening. If your home seems to absorb odors from sports playing teenagers, a smoking roommate, dirty diapers, or your furry friends, an air purifier could be just what you need to eliminate unwanted smells and leave the air fresh and enjoyable to breathe.

 

Residents of apartments or employees in an office building, may also experience drafts coming from another part of the building that carry odors with them. Oftentimes, unpleasant smells may waft through into your work or living space. Positioning an air purifier at the entrance of these odors can help to eliminate them before you ever smell them.

 

 You Have Loved Ones With Respiratory Problems

Respiratory diseases such as asthma are unpredictable in the sense that certain allergens can immediately set off an attack that can reduce lung function and in severe cases, result in an inability to breathe. For families with children or parents with such diseases, doctors often recommend keeping air quality as high as possible to allow easy breathing and to eliminate the possibility of health problems from occurring.

 

Air purifiers are designed to filter air of harmful allergens that often trigger these attacks. Whether smoke, dander, or dust seem to make breathing harder for suffering family members, the right air purifier can increase air quality and provide everyone with peace of mind.

 

 You Live With or Near a Smoker

Studies have shown that secondhand smoke is incredibly harmful to the human body and can have serious side effects. Air purifiers with HEPA filters are specifically designed to eliminate smoke and tobacco pollutants and odors. If you live with or near a smoker, your decision to invest in a purifier could make a significant difference in the way you feel.

 

 You Have a Brand New Home

Moving into a brand new home can be incredibly exciting and rewarding. However that “new house” smell can be filled with pollutants such as formaldehyde which is a dangerous toxin that has been shown to cause health problems. An air purifier can help filter this toxic air and give everyone in the home a bit more confidence that they are breathing healthier air. This is an especially smart decision if you have small children or babies.

 

With these compelling reasons why investing in an air purifier is beneficial and rewarding, it isn’t any surprise that many people are making the decision to purchase one today. Increase the quality of the air in your home or office with this revolutionary product.

 

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Getting Rid of Cigarette Smoke From Your House

Nothing lingers like the smell of cigarette smoke. It sticks around in the air and clings to the ceilings, walls and floors no matter how many candles you light or how much air freshener you spray. Ridding your house of the smell of cigarettes can seem like an insurmountable task, but with the use of the right methods, you will be breathing clean air in your home in no time. Here are a few tips and some of the best ways to get rid of cigarette smoke.

Some Advice for Renters
If you are renting, it is important to refer to your lease to determine what your rights and responsibilities are. Often, the landlord is responsible for getting rid of the smell and footing the bill. If this is the case with your lease, getting rid of the smoke smell in your new apartment or house is as easy as calling your landlord so he or she can make arrangements for professional cleaning services. On the other hand, if you own your house or are otherwise personally responsible for getting rid of the odor, then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work.

 

Stop-Gap Remedies
You may have already tried quick fix remedies such as lighting candles or using air fresheners. While these do a great job of temporarily masking the lingering smell of cigarettes, they don’t actually get rid of it. No matter how many candles you light, the smell of cigarettes doesn’t go away for good without some serious elbow grease. This means cleaning- and a lot of it. The smell of cigarettes doesn’t just linger in the air. It sticks around everywhere. To banish cigarette smoke from your home once and for all, you need to break out the cleaning products and start scrubbing.

 

Cleaning the Air
The first step is to get as much fresh air into your home as possible. This begins by opening all of your windows, and letting nature work in your favor. While this won’t completely get rid of the smell, it is the best way to get started. Another excellent way to clean the air in your home is to use an air purifier. An air purifier works by drawing polluted air into the unit, trapping any allergens and contaminants in its filter. Place the air purifier in the room that you use the most, such as a bedroom or the living room. The unit should be left on continuously to ensure that the air is kept clean at all times. This is a very effective way to decrease the smell of smoke in your home. By opening your windows and using an air filter, you are on the path to clean air.

 

Cleaning the Ceiling and Walls
When cleaning, many people scrub the walls but tend to neglect the ceiling. It is important not to make this mistake, because your ceilings are much more likely to retain smoke. In order to completely rid your home of the smell of cigarette smoke, you need to thoroughly clean both the walls and ceiling. Make sure that you use cleaning products with ammonia and glycol, both of which are key ingredients in neutralizing smoke odor. It is also important to keep children and pets away while you are using these chemicals. Start with a test area to make sure that the cleaner is safe for your paint and then go one room at a time, thoroughly scrubbing every ceiling and wall. If the smell of smoke still lingers afterward, you may need to consider repainting your walls. Consult a paint or hardware store to find a sealant that can ensure the smell of smoke doesn’t seep through the new paint.

 

Cleaning the Floors
Cigarette odor also sticks around in your floors, whether you have carpeting or hardwood floors. For carpet, you may want to start by cleaning it yourself. Use a carpet cleaner, generously sprinkling every carpeted room. Let the cleaner sit for its maximum recommended time before vacuuming thoroughly. If the smell still lingers, you should consider having your carpeting professionally deep cleaned. For hardwood floors, make sure that you mop thoroughly, changing the water in your mop bucket regularly.

 

Finishing Touches
By now, your home should be smelling noticeably better. However, there is more work to be done, especially if you can still smell the lingering odor of smoke. The next step is to clean your drapes and blinds using a touch of vinegar. Make sure to consult the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions before you wash your drapes. Next, clean your windows and mirrors with a solution of vinegar and water. If you still smell smoke, try cleaning your furniture and getting rid of any clothes that retain the smell. After all your hard work, you can relax in the splendor of a clean, sweet-smelling home.

Let us help you choose the correct air purifier for your needs. Our knowledgeable, friendly and honest customer service representatives are available to you 24 hours a day. Just contact us or call 888.866.8862.

 

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