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Maintain Your Humidifier, Maintain Your Health

Posted by Ashley on January 30th, 2009

Using a humidifier in the wintertime can be a great fix for the health, comfort, and interior problems caused by dry air. By dispersing an invisible mist of moisture throughout a space, these appliances help relieve dry and itchy skin, moisturize parched respiratory passages, and reduce the amount of static electricity in your indoor environment. However, when not properly cared for and maintained, a humidifier can quickly become a health hazard. Here’s how.

All humidifiers, regardless of their type, carry a risk of bacteria and mold growth. This may be the result of two things: (a.) Failing to clean the humidifier’s components and change the water regularly; and (b.) Filling the humidifier with mineral-rich tap water. When bacteria and mold grow and multiply inside a humidifier, traces of them can be released into the air you breathe. Continue reading

It’s Official: Clean Air Helps Us Live Longer

Posted by Ashley on January 23rd, 2009

Cleaner, pollutant-free air adds almost 5 months to our lives. So say the results of an interesting study published in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine. The study, headed by an epidemiologist at Brigham Young University (BYU), tracked the correlation between particulate pollution levels and life expectancy over 2 decades in 51 U.S. cities. Researchers say it’s the first to illustrate that reducing air pollution can translate into a longer lifespan. How’s that for a reason to make an air purifier a permanent part of your environment? Continue reading

National Radon Action Month

Posted by Ashley on January 16th, 2009

Take a deep breath in.

Did you know that right this minute, you could be inhaling a cancer-causing gas responsible for killing an average of 20,000 Americans each year? It’s true. The scariest part? This gas, known as radon, is virtually undetectable by our senses because it’s odorless, colorless, and tasteless. It’s a silent killer that can flourish under the radar in any home, any school, and any building. Luckily, increased exposure is totally preventable by using a good-quality radon detector. This month, in recognition of National Radon Action Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges you to get educated about radon prevention and to make indoor testing a habit so that you don’t become a statistic. Continue reading

Blueair Air Purifiers: Marrying Functionality and Style

Posted by Ashley on January 9th, 2009

There’s just something about an air purifier and home décor that often doesn’t mix.

My mom, an avid decorator, has been navigating this issue for years now, ever since my dad began using an air cleaner in their bedroom to help control his asthma symptoms at night. On my visits home, I’d notice that the air purifier was never in plain sight in their traditionally decorated bedroom. Sometimes it was covered with a pretty piece of linen and made into a makeshift table until it needed to be turned on. Other times, it was conveniently stored behind an armoire or put back in the box and pushed into the closet by day. Anything to get that ugly piece of machinery out of sight!

What’s my point? No matter what your decorating style is, a big bulky air purifier in a less-than-desirable hue can quickly put a damper on any room’s décor.

Taking note of this problem, the folks at Blueair offer a nice switch for those of you who, like my mom, want to maintain your beautiful room décor while reaping the health benefits of a powerful air purifier. Aside from delivering effective allergen and particle filtration, models in the award-winning Blueair air purifier series feature streamlined designs that are meant to blend in with almost any décor and cut down on those “Gosh, that thing is ugly!” reactions. Continue reading