Do it, Detox
Happy New Year to all of our favorite customers! For some, it might be just about that time when the New Year Resolutions commitments begin to fade, but we hope most of you have found a good rhythm and are maintaining that healthful lifestyle that we all strive for. Here at Rabbit Air, we're constantly committed to keeping your home free of pollutants, but we can't keep you healthy without your help. The new year is a great time to detox the house, as well as your body.
- Be sure to run your Rabbit Air Purifier regularly to reduce the allergens and pollen polluting your indoor environment..
- Leave a doormat outside your front door and mop the floors frequently to cut down on dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants tracked into your home. And don't forget to wash that mat, too!
- Reach for fragrance-free products. Plug-in air fresheners, cleaning products, aerosol sprays, and laundry detergents and softeners use synthetic fragrances, which add loads of VOCs to the environment. Use lemon and baking soda to freshen up the kitchen and bathroom and bring plants indoors to clear the air.
A Filter a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
While we do all we can to keep the air in our homes clean for our kids, we can't control the place where they spend a majority of their time—school. Green Apple, an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, was developed to promote healthful, energy-efficient school environments for children around the country. We think their Healthy Air Checklist is a great resource for parents, teachers, and school administrators interested in improving the indoor air quality of their buildings, and we think you'll like it too. The American Lung Association also has tips on how to assess whether or not a school environment is healthful and how to improve air conditions.
Asking About Asthma
While asthma is the most common chronic disorder in children, many people don't know exactly what it is and how its symptoms are triggered. An inflammatory disease of the lung, asthma prevents enough air from passing through the lung tissue, and in turn causes coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing, and breathing difficulties. It can be triggered by a wide range of allergens, including dust mites, cockroaches, dogs, cats, rodents, molds, and fungi.
A few ways to avoid flares include exercising and eating healthfully and thus maintaining a healthy weight to achieve respiratory health; steering clear of triggers by cleaning your house regularly, using your air conditioner for circulation, dusting, and getting rid of mold; and maintaining optimal humidity through the use of a dehumidifier if you live in a particularly wet climate.
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