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Dealing With Fragrance Sensitivity At Home


Fragrance sensitivity is more than just allergies or disliking a smell—11% of people experience severe reactions to artificial fragrances found in perfumes, air fresheners, and other household products. If you have a sensitivity to fragrances, or believe you may suffer from this, you may want to consider clean, filtered air for your home.Symptoms of fragrance sensitivity can include:HeadachesTightness in the chestSneezingDifficulty breathingSkin rashLong term exposure to fragrances that cause these reactions can lead to lung problems, especially for those who

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What Are the Risks of Poor Indoor Air Quality?


6.4 million people around the world die each year from complications of poor air. What are the risks of poor indoor air quality in your home?Poor air quality can cause stress on the lungs, which leads to damaged respiratory systems.The cardiovascular system can also be stressed, leading to heart disease and failure.The lungs and heart can age prematurely, which shortens life spans.People who are already at risk for asthma attacks are at a higher risk when air quality is poor.People

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How Can a Homeowner Gain “Energy Independence”?


Global Energy Independence Day is an annual celebration in July. While scientists around the world study how to make countries and cities energy independent, this day may not have much meaning to an individual homeowner. However, energy independence is important and possible for your home.   What is energy independence?   Attaining energy independence means that a system can fulfill its own energy needs. This can mean avoiding reliance on non-renewable energy sources or focusing on energy efficiency. A completely self-sustaining system is the

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Air Conditioning Appreciation Days


As we begin to heat up for the summer up here in New Hampshire, southern states have already been well into the nineties with formidable humidity levels. July 3rd marks the beginning of the national “Air Conditioning Appreciation Days,” which span until August 15th. It serves as a reminder of what a luxury that a cool indoor climate during this season is. It may be hard to remember a time where air conditioning was not a given, but it has

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Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day


November 30 is Stay at Home Because You Are Well Day. This day is the opposite of sick days—enjoy health and wellness instead of only staying at home because you’re physically suffering. For many people, an occasional day at home relaxing can have benefits for mental and physical health, especially if your home has good air quality. Many psychiatrists and doctors see the benefits of staying home without being sick. An occasional “mental health day” allows you to process stress and

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Overcoming Shortfalls of Natural Ventilation by Using Mechanical Ventilation


A well-ventilated home or building is important for the health and comfort of those who live in them, as well as longevity of the structure itself. While natural ventilation is an option, it presents some challenges that mechanical ventilation systems are able to avoid. When considering your home or building’s ventilation system and possibilities for improvement, be sure to take into account the shortfalls of natural ventilation. Issues with Airflow A notable shortfall of natural ventilation is the difficulty in controlling the building’s airflow. A

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Another Reason to Get an Energy Audit this Summer: Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)


Does your air conditioner kick into high gear in the summer? Is all that cool air staying inside or is it leaking out and pulling hot outdoor air in? A summer home energy audit is an excellent way to stay comfortable and identify issues with home energy efficiency. An energy audit is also an opportunity to boost indoor air quality since home energy performance and home air health are closely linked. Let’s explore some common home performance issues, the impact on

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