Posted by Ivey on December 29th, 2010
As the year draws close, most of us are reflecting on the past year and assessing what we would like to change or improve in the upcoming year. Most of the time, these changes focus on ways to be healthier and improve your quality of life, like losing weight, quitting smoking, or going to the gym more often. Instead of making the same resolutions year after year, try something new for 2011—improving the quality of your indoor air!
According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), indoor pollution levels can be two to five times higher than pollution levels outdoors. This increase in indoor pollution levels is even more shocking when you consider that Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time doors. The good thing about indoor air quality is that it is absolutely within your ability to dramatically improve it. Continue reading
Posted by Ivey on December 22nd, 2010
Like many of you, I am dashing about trying to finish last-minute holiday shopping and preparing for holiday travel. A large part of this preparation focuses on making sure that my allergies stay under control while I visit with family. You see, this visit isn’t just full of holiday cheer, it also comes with holiday perfume, holiday dust, and holiday cigarette smoke (indoors no less).
To ensure that my allergies and I have a pleasant stay, the first two items in my suitcase are my handy Germ Guardian Pluggable UV-C Air Sanitizer and my Air-O-Swiss Portable Travel Humidifier. The Germ Guardian portable air sanitizer plugs right into any standard wall outlet and removes a variety of airborne irritants, such as mold spores, dust mites, and pet dander, as well as odors from smoke, mildew, and foods. It even helps eliminate viruses that can cause influenza-A, staph, pneumonia, and bronchitis, which is super helpful during large family gatherings. The Air-O-Swiss travel humidifier requires just a standard water bottle to keep the air perfectly moisturized and my sinuses intact. Continue reading
Posted by Ivey on December 20th, 2010
Recently, we were introduced to Oransi—a line of air treatment products that focus on effective air purification with careful attention to green performance and modern designs. In fact, I actually got the opportunity to test drive two Oransi air purifiers: the Oransi v-hepa Air Purifier and the Oransi v-hepa Pro UV Air Purifier. I must admit that I quickly fell in love with these air purifiers. Naturally, when I found out that Oransi was introducing the Oransi v-hepa Plus—an upgraded version of the original v-hepa—I couldn’t wait to find out all of the details. Continue reading
Posted by Ivey on December 9th, 2010
Each year when I go to pick out a Christmas tree, I have a little tradition. I like to play the “Theme from Rocky” song. Not because I am determined to leave with the perfect Christmas tree (although I am a little obsessive about finding just the right one), but because I know that once that tree enters my home it is going to be a battle until the bitter end of the holiday season thanks to my allergies.
I’m sure many of you are thinking, “Why would she buy a live Christmas tree if she has allergy concerns?” One of the most common misconceptions about Christmas trees and allergies is that they are caused by the actual tree. However, since most Christmas trees do not produce pollen during the winter, the more likely culprits behind your Christmas tree allergies are mold, dust, or other allergens that have accumulated on the tree while it was in the field. In fact, some of the same allergens can collect on Christmas tree ornaments, home decorations, and even artificial trees while they are in storage. Continue reading
Posted by Ivey on December 3rd, 2010
I’m pretty sure that my desk is located in some bitterly cold northern land. Although I see my co-workers using fans during the warm summer months and sitting comfortably jacketless during the cooler months, I’m not convinced that their desks are really in the same office building as mine. I am always cold. So when it’s time to test drive desk heaters, I am the first to volunteer. Recently, I tried out the QMark 202SLB Radiant Under Desk Heater.