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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…

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New Product Spotlight: Mulberry West Allergy Bedding

If you’re a longtime user of hypoallergenic bedding, you may have “been around the block” a time or two when it comes to evaluating and test-driving your options. Years ago, allergy bedding choices were sparse. Just a few brands had products on the market, primarily mattress covers and pillow cases. After trying out these few products, you might have learned very quickly that enjoying allergy-free sleep often meant putting up with loud, scratchy sheets and sweating your way to the morning alarm.

Fortunately, allergy bedding has come a long way in many areas — how it’s made, your fabric choices, its breathability, and the types of bedding available, to name a few. Our newest allergy bedding brand, Mulberry West, proves just how much the industry has evolved.

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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…

EPA Announces New Wood Burning Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated its standards limiting the amount of pollution that wood-burning stoves will be allowed to produce. These new regulations won’t influence existing wood stoves, but they will be phased in over the next five years, giving manufacturers ample time to make improvements to the wood burning stoves they sell.

The last time the EPA made changes to regulations limiting emissions from wood heaters was back in 1988. Since then, there have been vast improvements in the technology that have made the models available today more efficient and less harmful to the environment.

If you already have a wood burning stove in your home, you will not be required to replace it to meet the new standards. It’s predicted the new EPA standards will lower smoke by two-thirds compared to the levels set by 1988. It’s a big improvement, and while some people think more could have been done, it’s a big (and needed) step in the right direction. Continue reading…

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4 Tips for an Allergy-Free Valentine’s Day

Allergy-Free Valentine's DayValentine’s Day can be a hit or miss holiday if you are one of the 50 million people in America who suffers from nasal allergies. Too often, pretty flower bouquets become sneeze triggers. That expensive perfume you were gifted prompts never-ending sniffles. And those flickering candles do more to fill your room with smoke allergens than a romantic essence.

With these and similar concerns, how is an allergy-sufferer supposed to have a proper Valentine’s Day? Scrapping your plans and treating it like just any other day doesn’t have to be the answer. I recommend a different approach with just a few easy tweaks (Hint: Invest in hypoallergenic bedding!). This Valentine’s Day, follow these 4 tips to have an allergy-free (and much more enjoyable!) day. Continue reading…