Get Better Sleep at Night

Did you know that on average 20% of Americans report that they get less than 6 hours of sleep? Meanwhile, the number of Americans getting 9 hours of sleep or more is decreasing. We are getting less and less sleep, and with the constant ‘on-the-go’ lives that many of us live, there is little wonder why. While many of us resort to over the counter sleep medicine and other factors to get a better night’s sleep, we often overlook the importance of the quality of air in our very own homes. Poor air quality increases the risk of poor sleep and can even cause sleep-disordered breathing, in which breathing stops briefly during sleeping. With that in mind, having ways to improve the air quality in our home is vital to our overall health. Let’s take a look at a few products that will help improve the air quality in our home while helping us sleep better at the same time.

The Whirlpool Whispure 510 air purifier was recently voted a Consumer Reports Best Buy. Here is why: it is a home air purifier which filters the dust, pollen, mold spores, allergens and other contaminants in your air. This Whirlpool air purifier is made to filter and clean the air in medium-sized to large rooms up to 500 square feet. This home air cleaner unit ideal for larger offices, bedrooms, nurseries and basements. It weighs only 25 pounds and has a built-in handle for easy mobility.

With the Trion Duct Mount HE Plus 2000 you get a quality, well built product that will not only extend the lifespan of your HVAC system but it will improve the quality of your air. It is designed to mount directly to the duct work in your heating and cooling system so that recirculated air passes through the cleaner. This system will prevent airborne contaminants from constantly being recirculated throughout your home.

Sleep better and breathe easier with the G-100 Power Flow-Thru Humidifier. It can be installed in any home to create a healthier, more comfortable indoor climate while also saving on energy costs. This humidifier will decrease the levels of bacteria, viruses, fungus and mites in your home. It will also increase relative humidity which means you can turn your thermostat down and feel just as comfortable, which saves you money.

Sleep plays an important role in our lives and without adequate sleep, we are opening up the door for many negative health effects. With May being Better Sleep Month, let’s all make it a goal to get better and more sleep this month for a happier and more rested you.

Clean Air In Your Life

It is vital to think about the quality of the air we breathe and to think of ways we can protect ourselves from the harmful airborne pollutants that surround us every day. So in honor of Clean Air Month, let’s do just that. Below are six ways to clean the air in your homes in addition to ways of protecting yourselves from the many airborne pollutants.

1.)  Pay attention to the outdoor air quality. Outdoor air pollution is obviously a big concern and while we can’t always control the amount of air pollution outdoors, we can be wiser about when and how often we plan outdoor activities. A simple picnic outdoors when the air quality is deemed “very unhealthy” can have serious and detrimental effects. Plan wisely and attempt to plan your activities on days where the air quality is deemed “good”. Suggestion: Air quality is lowest when the heat is highest. Plan outdoor activity or physical activity in the morning or evening.

2.) Change your car filters. In many cities around the world, your car is the greatest polluter. We all are familiar with the smells of exhaust fumes and other nasty odors while driving down the road or highway. Not pleasant at all huh? Fortunately, your car’s cabin air filter is designed to remove the harmful outside air pollutants before they reach the inside of your car. Purolator also offers a list of other car filters that will help to filter the air you breathe and keep you safe. Suggestion: The Purolator C35533 Cabin Air Filter Replacement is easy to install and will provide a clean flow of air free of airborne contaminants.

3.)  Listen to your body. Dizziness and fatigue are all symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome and should not be ignored. Listen to what your body is trying to tell you. If you feel as if you need to change your air filters or may need to invest in an air purifier, then do so. If these symptoms persist, contact your doctor.

4.)  Use an air purifier. Whether you find yourself at home or at your office, an air purifier will do just what its name suggests—purifies your air. And honestly, who doesn’t want purified air to breathe in? Suggestion: A Holmes True HEPA Air Purifier will allow you to save space and purify your air by removing 99.97% of airborne particles.

5.) Change your filters regularly. Do not neglect to change your filters as not changing them will not only put you at increased risks of certain sicknesses but will also hamper your HVACs efficiency. Upgrading from your standard 1 inch filter may be useful if you find that you are still experiencing air quality issues. The standard 1 inch filter cannot protect you from all of the contaminants in your home. Suggestion: Filters Fast MERV 13 Return Air Grille  filters will help rid of all contaminants in the air by removing dust, bacteria and all other airborne pollutants.

6.) Eat right.  No that is not a typo and yes there is a correlation between the food you eat and air pollution. How? The answer is in antioxidants. They are the “good guys” in your body that help strengthen the immune system, slow down the aging process (who couldn’t use that). Most importantly, they fight off free radicals who are the “bad guys” in your body by helping the harmful airborne pollutants damage your body. Suggestion: Eat foods that are high in antioxidants like cherries, kale, tomatoes and strawberries.

Now that you know how to protect yourself, it is time to take action. Don’t fall victim to sickness caused by air pollution. Protect yourself, your body and your family from the harmful pollutants.

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Sick Building Syndrome: There’s Something in the Air

Imagine this: you’re at work. You’re coughing, tired, dizzy and have a nasty headache on top of that. The thing is, after you leave, you feel better. Why is that? It may not always be that you’re just happy to leave the workplace. In fact, those are classic symptoms for Sick Building Syndrome (or SBS). SBS is used to describe situations in which building occupants experience health effects that appear to be linked to time spent inside a building, but no specific cause or illness can be identified. The complaints may be localized in a particular room or may be widespread throughout the building.

According to numerous studies, SBS is an increasing problem in the US and around the world. The main culprit behind SBS is inadequate ventilation, which could also occur if heating, ventilation and HVAC systems do not effectively distribute air in the building. With this problem increasing, and with allergy season in full swing, we can’t forget that we have a weapon to fight with – Air Purifiers. Air purifiers will help to reduce the spread of viruses, bacteria and other airborne contaminants that could seriously affect air quality. We have spotlighted two air purifiers that will help you fight off SBS and seasonal allergies.

The Virus Zero Portable Air Purifier (SP-PA4) is a lightweight purifier that neutralizes airborne allergies such as pet dander, tobacco smoke and dust mites. This small and lightweight purifier can sit on a desktop or even fit in your car’s cup holder. The Virus Zero Purifier treats up to 231 square feet of space and only uses 4 watts of power.

The 3M Filtrete Air Cleaner Purifier helps to purify the air in your office, by reducing airborne particles such as mold spores and pet dander. The 3M Filtrete Air Cleaner will reduce odor and captures microscopic allergens such as smoke, dust, smog particles and pollen. The 3M Filtrete Air Purifier releases filtered air from the top of the unit to increase air circulation.

With levels of indoor air pollution rising, we cannot underestimate the value of an air purifier. Consider this: air purifiers can also help you obtain a better night’s sleep by removing many of the allergens that keep us awake all night with an itchy or sore throat. Who wouldn’t want a better night’s sleep?