Get Ahead of Spring Pollen

spring pollenMarch has finally arrived, and we know what that means: allergy season isn’t far behind. As the flowers begin to germinate and bloom, allergy sufferers will once again bear the brunt of spring’s beauty. Pollen spores drift through the air, coating cars, filtering into HVAC units, and reigniting spring allergy symptoms in people across the country. Allergies cause a variety of unwelcome effects including headaches, difficulty breathing, swelling, sleep apnea, itchy eyes, and dry, reddened skin. If the spring season leaves you feeling under the weather, follow these 5 tips to prepare for the impending pollen.

  1. See an allergist. Although its tempting to wait until your symptoms flare, seeing an allergist in advance of pollen season could prepare your body for spring allergies and reduce your symptoms.
  2. Invest in an air purification system. Buy a large home air purifier for the central location in your house, and consider buying a miniature system for your car. Allergists recommend buying air cleaning systems that remove allergens from the air.
  3. Clean your home. Deep clean carpets, linens, and dank corners prone to mold growth. When removing dust or using chemical cleaners, always wear a face mask to protect yourself from allergens and chemical contaminates.
  4. Keep the windows closed. When weather warms, it’s tempting to soak in the fresh air by opening windows and doors, but keeping your home sealed against allergens drastically improves your quality of life during spring pollen season.
  5. Plan around pollen. Track your spring allergy triggers using a local pollen counter app on your smartphone. Plan your morning jog before pollen counts peak. Whenever possible, stay inside during the worst pollen levels.

Call Living Technologies for more information on reducing the effects of pollen with a home air purification system.

Is Secondhand Smoke Contaminating Your Home Air?

If you’ve ever lived with a smoker, you know how difficult it is to remove the smell of tobacco smoke from your home. The scent burrows into carpets, linens, and furnishings, irritating your respiratory system long after the cigarette is extinguished. Studies show that secondhand smoke is almost as harmful to your lungs as smoking itself. In addition to the known toxicity of smoking cigars, cigarettes, or pipes, many Americans suffer tobacco allergies, exacerbating their reactions to secondhand smoke.

Health Risks of Smoking

no smokingWhile many smokers know and ignore the health risks of smoking, it’s easy to forget that they’re putting their non-smoking family and friends at risk. The negative health impact of secondhand smoke is nearly indistinguishable from the effects of smoking. When a smoker lights up in someone else’s home, they’re exposing their loved ones to the tobacco and carcinogens for months to come. Known chemicals in cigarette smoke include:

  • Hydrogen Cyanide
  • Ammonia
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Polonium-210
  • Formaldehyde

If you have a loved one who smokes, encourage them to break the addiction for the sake of their health. At the risk of your own health, do not allow them to smoke in your home at any time.

Purify the Air of Tobacco Smoke

Many home air purifiers simply mask cigarette odors instead of removing tobacco smoke from your environment. Our cutting-edge air purification systems treat the air of your home, scrubbing out odors and airborne contaminates and replacing it with fresh, oxygen rich air. Many owners of our clean air technology marvel at how thoroughly our home air purifiers remove tobacco odors left by previous tenants. If you’re living with lingering smoke from a previous homeowner, a friend, or a smoking habit you’ve left behind, invest in a quality air cleaning system from Living Technologies.

5 Houseplants for Cleaner Home Air

Countless motivations may have sparked your decision to invest in an air purification system. The most common include uncontrollable allergies, unshakeable home odors, poor health from subpar indoor air quality, and a desire to sustain and renew the world around you. The best air purifiers don’t only remove toxins from your home air, but also revitalize it, giving your family fresh, crisp, clean air in your home. Healthcare professionals recommend buying a home air purification system to deal with respiratory problems, and members of the green industry support the immediate and long-term benefits of cultivating clean home air. But both groups also recommend another home air purifier: houseplants.

Clean Home Air with Plants

While houseplants are not a replacement for the bacteria, allergen, odor, and toxin-neutralizing effects of air purification systems, they make an excellent supplement. Research proves that plants absorb harmful gasses and toxins, reducing home air pollution. NASA, whose technology lead to the development of Living Technologies’ air purification units, conducted a study proving the benefits of keeping houseplants. Homeowners with allergies should tread carefully when choosing a plant for natural home air filtration.

5 Houseplants for Best Air Purification

  1. peace lily plantBamboo Palm: A powerful home air cleaner, filtering home pollutants—particularly formaldehyde—from indoor air.
  2. English Ivy: Cleans air of chemicals and allergens, including mold and animal feces.
  3. Peace Lily: Rids the air of acetones and harmful carcinogens found in paints and varnishes. Word of warning: it’s toxic to pets.
  4. Rubber Plant: Removes a variety of toxins, particularly formaldehyde, from home air.
  5. Spider Plant: Rids the air of benzene and formaldehyde.

Call Living Technologies to find the right air purification system for your family.

Loving Your Pets . . . Despite the Allergies

It should come as no surprise that one of the most common home allergens is animal dander. Dander clings to carpets, imbeds in beds, and invades home ventilation systems, systematically contaminating each space in your home. But cats, dogs, and even guinea pigs are often a part of the family, and Americans are loath to find their pets another loving home. Many allergy-sufferers continue to allow their cats and dogs into the house, onto furniture, and even in their beds at night. If you’re an animal lover with an unfortunate allergy, there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of dander that gathers in your home.

Limit Pet Exposure to Living Spaces

pet on bedPet hair clings to furniture and floors, becoming more difficult to remove the longer you own pets. Dander grinds into the fibers of fabric couches, carpets, cushions, and comforters, further exacerbating the itchiness, congestion, difficulty breathing, and skin irritation pet allergies often cause. Limiting your pets’ access to certain areas of your home drastically reduces the amount of allergens in your home air. If you have an indoor/outdoor dog, consider keeping him outside more often. If your pets live indoors, close doors or hang gates to keep them away from living areas and bedrooms. Many allergy symptoms result from exposure to pet dander on beds and fabric furniture.

Reduce Allergens in Your Home

  • Invest in a home air purification system (especially for the bedroom)
  • Cover your pillows and mattress in tightly woven allergy slipcovers
  • Wash your linens at least once a week
  • Vacuum floors and clean surfaces frequently
  • Replace carpet with hard floors or rugs
  • Wash your hands after touching your animal
  • See an allergist about prescription allergy medication

Call Living Technologies for more information on purchasing a home air purification system.

How Air Purifiers Help You Sell Your Home

As the economy starts to stabilize, more and more Americans feel confident enough to put their homes on the market. But while online articles and home décor magazines offer tips on cleaning, styling, and updating homes, they often ignore one crucial aspect of selling your home: indoor air quality.

The Importance of Indoor Air Quality in Home Sales

air bubble homeThe quality of your home air is easy to overlook. After years of living in stale home air, you may have grown used to fighting the odors, mold, and respiratory problems that result from a buildup of toxins, allergens, and bacteria in home air. But just like curb appeal, air quality creates a crucial first impression when selling your home. There are 3 simple ways to test your home air quality:

  1. Ask a friend to visit. You may be used to mild odors and stale home air, but a fresh nose will detect the same air quality issues that will turn off potential buyers.
  2. Buy a DIY home air quality tester. These easy-to-use kits will detect the mold and bacteria infecting your home air.
  3. Hire a professional. Before you can sell your home, you will have to submit to a home inspection. Home inspectors check for home air pollution from radon, asbestos, molds and mildews, etc.

Purify Home Air Before You Sell Your House

Maintaining clean home air is crucial to your family’s health. It is just as important to the health of potential buyers of your home. Invest in an air purification system before you place your home on the market. Install a clean air unit in a central area of the house. Place smaller, deodorizing air purifiers near trouble spots like trashcans and toilets. Home air purification systems create clean air, removing allergens, odors, bacteria, and pollutants from years of living with poor home air quality.

For more information about creating clean home air, call Living Technologies.

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Fresh Air for a Fresh Generation

Impure air causes a range of health problems in both children and adults. Skin irritation, stomach sensitivity, and muscle pains are just a few of the physical symptoms caused by air contamination. Respiratory issues are the highest percentage of health problems caused by poor air quality. While millions of adults suffer mild to severe lung problems due to poor air quality, children have a higher incidence of asthma and respiratory infection than adults. Today over 7 million children suffer from asthma. Respiratory problems the highest cause of school absenteeism and the third highest cause of child hospitilization. Keep your children healthy by teaching them proper management of the environmental resources they take for granted.

Leading Irritants of Asthma

  • Lung and respiratory infections
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Allergies to dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, cockroaches, chemical cleaners, feathers, and food
  • Irritants trapped in fabrics
  • Indoor and outdoor air pollution
  • Exercise
  • Stress

A Fresher Tomorrow

healthy living | clean airGet kids involved in keeping your home and community air clean. Invest in home air purification systems, travel with portable air purifiers, and teach kids to cultivate clean air. If you know a child with respiratory problems, clean their linens often, cover their pillows with airtight slipcovers to deter dust mites, and place a home air purifier by their bed. Teach kids to work toward clean air by:

  • Riding their bikes to friends’ houses
  • Carpooling to school events
  • Developing good recycling habits
  • Learning about environmental partnership programs
  • Conserving energy by turning off lights
  • Researching the chemicals found in home and school supplies and finding natural alternatives

Call Living Technologies to help your kids cultivate clean home and community air.

What’s Contaminating Your Home Air?

When cold weather strikes, home air is left dry and stale. Natural and chemical toxins become trapped as heating units simply push air around the house. Winter allergies are exacerbated, fumes grow stronger, and unseen home air contaminates invade your lungs as you sleep. Poor indoor air quality causes numerous physical symptoms including difficulty sleeping, harsh breathing or coughing, stomach irritation, headaches, and itchy or inflamed skin. The best way to fight these symptoms is to cleanse your home air with an indoor air purification system. But what causes home air contamination?

Home Ventilation

Nearly every home maintenance checklist includes changing the filters on home ventilation units, but for most Americans, it’s an easy task to let slide. Old filters clog with dust and debris, not only making them less efficient, but also circulating dirty air through your home. Many professionals suggest changing home air filters every two months, while others deem it necessary only once a season. Take into consideration pets and allergies when determining when to change your home air filtration system.

Chemicals

Every day we use countless chemicals without realizing how detrimental each product is to our health. The potent odors released by harsh laundry detergents, chemical cleaners, and furniture polishes are an olfactory indicator of the damage these products cause to the respiratory system. To avoid contaminating your home air, use natural cleaning products, a detergent-free laundry system, and ensure proper ventilation when completing any home renovation projects.

Natural Contaminates

gas stove air contaminationPeople who suffer allergies get the brunt of natural air contamination, but their friends and family members also feel the affects of organic matter in the air. Pet dander, dust, and mold and mildew are the most likely culprits for poor home air quality, but other causes may include smoke from the fireplace and emissions from gas stoves. Place a small air purification system near fireplaces and kitchens to remove home air contaminates at their source.

Call Living Technologies to learn more about which air purification system is right for your home.

The Dangers of Drinking Tap Water

tap water dropWater. It makes up roughly 60% of the human body and 70% of the earth. People need to drink half their body weight (converting pounds to ounces) daily to sufficiently hydrate the cells of their bodies. And yet 780 people across the globe lack access to clean water. In any region of the United States, several thousand known contaminates affect tap water at any given time. And as the recent chemical spill in West Virginia proved, accidents that contaminate the water supply can be catastrophic.

Pure, Living Water

Buying a water purification system can protect you and your family from the chemicals present in city and private tap water. Unlike bottled water, which governmental studies show comes from tap water 25-40% of the time, living water eliminates both known and unseen chemicals from your drinking water. These chemicals aren’t simply limited to fluoride, but also include trace amounts of arsenic, asbestos, cadmium, cyanide, mercury, and more. Living Technologies’ water filtration system purifies your water of chemicals, neutralizes acid from food and beverages, and flushes toxins from your body.

Health Benefits of Drinking Clean Water

Like indoor air quality, it’s easy to ignore contamination of tap water. The harmful aspects of home air and water are unseen, but the results are all too visible. Drinking insufficient or impure water often leads to lethargy, decreased concentration, headaches, stiffness and swelling in muscles and joints, red and itchy skin, and weight gain. Water contamination is often at fault for digestive issues like stomach cramps, nausea, indigestion, and constipation. Ionized water neutralizes the acidic waste stored in fat cells, flushing it from your body to restore your natural pH balance. Living water deeply hydrates your body tissue with pure H2O, allowing your body to recuperate and overcome the symptoms of dehydration and water contamination.

Contact Living Technologies to reclaim your health from the insufficient regulations of tap water.

Cold Weather Air Quality

The polar vortex might be making all the headlines, but another topic lurks just beneath the surface: home air quality. With so many Americans literally trapped in their houses this week, home air purification is a hotter topic than ever. Indoor air quality doesn’t just affect your allergies: it affects your family, your pets, and your home safety. With the polar vortex dispersing and the winter temperatures returning to normal, it’s time to reassess the purity of your home air filtration system.

Air Quality and Health

home air qualityModern homes are airtight, protecting families from cold weather, pest, and seasonal allergies. But the same qualities that protect houses and apartments from myriad infestations also trap contaminates in your home air. Pet dander, mold spores, dust mites, and home toxins linger in your family’s breathing space, affecting respiration and overall health. People with allergies feel the effects more quickly than their friends, but poor indoor air quality negatively impacts the health of anyone exposed. During the winter, when both people and pets spend most of their time indoors, it is crucial to check home air filtration systems, clean linens regularly, and invest in fresh air technology to neutralize air contamination at the source.

Fire Hazards

Keeping warm is on everyone’s minds these days. Americans are cranking up the heat and hunkering down in front of the fire place to wait out the cold. But home-heating sources can negatively impact your home air quality, releasing combustible chemicals into the air. Unvented heaters, gas stovetops, and fireplaces leave carbon monoxide residue in your home air, increasing the risk of a house fire. Choose a Living Technologies home heating system. The unique design purifies your home air while it warms your home, keeping your family both healthy and warm during the chill of winter.

For more information on air purification systems and home heaters, call Living Technologies.

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3 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

scaleThe New Year’s resolutions about getting in shape and eating right get all the press, and it’s not hard to understand why. Each year 45% of Americans resolve to improve their lifestyles for the New Year. The top resolutions are to lose weight, get organized, save money, and get fit. But the underlying theme of 2014 isn’t just hitting the gym, but improving your overall quality of life. Only 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions follow through; of those who don’t, most quit within a week. Whether your resolution is getting fit, eating healthy food, improving your indoor air quality, or drinking more water, here are 3 tips to help you stay on track for 2014.

  1. Set realistic, specific goals. Abstract resolutions like “lose weight” rarely find traction. Don’t resolve to get healthy; instead commit to “get healthy by . . .” Follow a fitness plan, invest in a water purifier, and write down a specific commitment to motivate you throughout the year. Make sure your New Year’s resolution is an attainable goal. Nothing undermines a healthy lifestyle faster than getting discouraged about your results.
  2. Set short-term goals. Most people are motivated by successes. Instead of throwing yourself into a new lifestyle, set realistic short-term goals. Give up an unhealthy food each week, drink half your weight in water every day, and find an exercise routine that’s enjoyable. Keep track of your progress and take pride in the daily successes. They build-up fast.
  3. Don’t quit because you quit. It’s easy to get discouraged if you fall down on your fitness routine, but even fitness professionals have off weeks. If you find yourself eating unhealthy snacks, forgetting your fitness, or fudging your results, take the day off. Refocus on your goals and start fresh. Getting healthy depends on lifestyle changes, not new diets and fad fitness.

For more information on developing a healthy lifestyle, contact Living Technologies.