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Spring Cleaning Tips and Checklist

Today is officially the first day of spring! Winter weather is (finally) on its way out, and we’re making our spring cleaning checklists.

While you’re preparing your home and closet for warmer weather, be sure to consider these 10 spring cleaning tips:

Clean Based on Your Time Constraints

If you don’t have a lot of time, it’s best to complete one task at a time rather than trying to work on several things at once.

Handle smaller tasks like dusting when you can, and then tackle your closet when you have a little more time to do laundry, pack up your winter clothes, and pull out your shorts. Continue reading…

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Formaldehyde Concerns: Testing, Options & Solutions

60 Minutes recently ran a segment on the health risks associated with laminate floors with high levels of formaldehyde. The report opened people’s eyes to what we’ve known for a long time–formaldehyde is a dangerous gas with potentially serious health risks. It turns out hundreds of thousands of Americans may be impacted, and news outlets have run with the story ever since. Read the entire 60 Minutes report on formaldehyde here.

For a summary of the findings and what’s happening now, check out the video below. And keep reading to learn more about formaldehyde, formaldehyde testing, how to get rid of it. Continue reading…

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality in Any Weather

Mother Cleans Baby's NoseNobody wants to worry about bad air quality in their home. Indoor air, particularly in cold winters like this year, can really take a hit since our homes are sealed shut during this time. Even worse, you don’t want your indoor air quality to suffer while you’re spending so much time indoors.

This bitterly cold winter seems to be on its last leg (we hope), but here are 5 ways to improve your air quality and stay healthy even during winter months. While there are a lot of effective methods for improving it, these are the 5 easiest and most effective options. Continue reading…

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Space Heater Safety Tips

Picture1A new wave of winter weather is hitting us again, particularly in the Northeast. The freezing temperatures and snow have people hunkering down at home. If you’re worried about staying warm, remember that space heaters are inexpensive, easy ways to add warmth to rooms. Before buying the first one you see online, there are a few space heater safety tips to keep in mind.

Shopping for Safe Space Heaters

Space heater safety begins by choosing the right type of heater for your application. Electric heaters are the only heaters considered safe for use inside non-vented rooms. Fortunately, a wide array of safe space heaters fall within this general category, from convection heaters that circulate warmth around a room to radiant heaters that direct warmth right at you. Check out all the different types of space heater technology here.

Safety Features to Consider

Many space heaters come with an auto shut-off feature that switches the heater off immediately in the unlikely event that it overheats. To avoid fire hazards, the U.S. Fire Administration recommends purchasing a space heater with a tip-over safety switch too. The agency also advises consumers to make sure that the heater has been evaluated by a third-party organization like Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

Another consideration, particularly if you have kids or pets, is cool-touch housing. You won’t have to worry about wandering fingers or your dog getting burned when brushing up against it. Continue reading…

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How to Beat Holiday Allergy Triggers

holiday-1The arrival of winter offers relief for many allergy sufferers, but setting up for the holidays can cause a host of issues for people with asthma and allergies. If the thought of Christmas brings images of festive trees and plants along with memories of sneezing and sniffling through the holidays, a few simple changes can make your holiday more enjoyable.

Here are some common triggers and how to avoid them this holiday season:

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Don’t forget the decorations you love so much, the ones that give your home the holiday feel, they’ve been stored away for 11 or so months. And they’re generally kept in attics, basements, garages or other places that are known for harboring dust and mold. Wipe down seasonal ornaments and decorations with a damp cloth when you first dig them out. If you purchase live decorations or plants (more on trees below!), then be sure to toss them as soon as they start to dry out. Continue reading…