Air Quality and Eye Health


Have you ever felt your eyes itch or become dry? If this happens often, the cause of your irritated eyes could be surprising—the air quality around you. Air quality affects more than just your lungs, and it can be a major cause of irritated eyes or more serious eye diseases. If you’ve ever walked through a cloud of smoke or perfume, you probably know that eyes can be temporarily sensitive to air pollutants. However, if your home or workplace has poor

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Care About Your Indoor Air Month


February is National Care About Your Indoor Air Month, and we’ve compiled a list of reasons why you should care about the air in your home—and how to improve it. Your home can also be home to mold, dust, dander, and other air pollutants. Indoor air pollution can be increased by lack of cleaning or adding pollutants such as paint to the home. Paint and many consumer furnishing and home products release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Simply existing in the

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Air Quality for Hospice and Home Health Care


Hospice care or home health care are important for people who are ill, elderly, or suffer from chronic conditions. No matter how you choose to care for your loved ones, there is one aspect that cannot be overlooked: air quality. Those who already have poor health issues are more at risk from issues with bad air quality. Health studies have shown that air pollution levels considered safe for healthy adults can cause serious problems for seniors or those suffering from chronic

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Indoor Air Quality Affects COPD Sufferers


November is COPD Awareness Month, and at Zehnder America, we understand how air quality is a major factor for lung diseases. COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a disease which causes inflammation and increased mucus production in the lungs. This makes it extremely difficult for a sufferer to breathe, and often major lifestyle changes are needed. There are a variety of things that can cause COPD. Nearly all research suggests that air quality is one of the contributing factors. People

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Great Smokeout Day


Thursday, November 15th is a little-known holiday called the Great American Smokeout Day. The day is devoted to helping people stop smoking. Since quitting smoking is a personal process that is different for everyone, this day has one simple goal for all smokers: for this particular day, don’t smoke. This can be a one-day challenge for you or a starting point for quitting altogether. While the dangers of smoking are well known, over 30 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. Smoking still

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Keep Pets Healthy With Quality Indoor Air


Do you have a pet at home? Most people do–70% of US families have a dog or a cat. We love our furry friends, and we want to make sure they stay safe, happy, and healthy just like any other family member. If you’ve had a pet for a while, or have any allergies, you know that pet dander can be a big problem for breathable air in your home. Pet fur and shedding skin can be major irritants and cause

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Clean Air for Pulmonary Fibrosis Treatment


This September, we celebrate Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month. At Zehnder America, we deal with air quality issues on a daily basis and understand just how important having clean and healthy air is to anyone with pulmonary fibrosis or other lung diseases. Pulmonary fibrosis is the medical term for scarring in the lungs. This scarring can occur from a number of outside factors. Some of these can be controlled, such as drug use or environmental pollution, while other factors such as autoimmune

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Childproofing Your Home’s Air


If you have a young child or are expecting a new addition to your family, you know how important it is to make sure your home is safe. However, while you’ve covered all the outlets and locked the cabinets, have you taken any time to consider the air quality of your home? Infants and young children can suffer the most from pollution and toxins in the air. Problems can range from skin irritation to developing asthma, allergies, and other lung issues.

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The Rector Residence in Monroe, Maine


Large-scale grid outages have increased in the last couple of years in the United States. Some home and business owners are responding by making their properties more resilient. Although there are many ways to achieve this, solar energy systems with battery back and high-performance building techniques are growing in popularity. One such property is the Rector family residence in Monroe, Maine. Their high-performance home is located in an area known for frequent and sometimes extended power outages. This project uses insulation,

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2 Strategies for Preventing Chemical Sensitivity Symptoms


Many of our homes and offices are making us sick. Building finishes, cleaning products, and furniture off-gas toxic chemicals. Although certain synthetic fragrances might smell like a spring meadow or bouquet of flowers, many contain toxic chemicals and sometimes carcinogens. Even the new car smell is comprised of volatile organic compounds and off-gassing chemicals. Sadly, for people suffering from chemical sensitivity, even low-level exposure to these synthetic chemicals can create debilitating symptoms. Common causes & symptoms of chemical sensitivity Multiple chemical sensitivity

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