The Back to College Buyer’s Guide

The month of August means it is back to college time! We want to help make sure you have some of the essentials that you will need to make college life easier. So, whether you are going back to college or attending for the first time, here are some cost-effective suggestions for your dorm room.

  1. Water Bottles: Why spend money on plastic water bottles throughout the year when a reusable water bottle is a one-time cost and more environmentally friendly? We offer a variety of water bottles from Brita, Kor, Klean Kanteen and Vapur.  At prices ranging from $5 to $20, these water bottles are not only reasonably priced , but manufactured with high quality materials.
  2. Air Purifiers: The need for purified air in your dorm room is important. Air purifiers such as the Holmes Mini Tower Air purifier will help keep the air you breathe fresh and free of allergens, for a low price of $50. Purchase the 3M Filtrete Ultra Quiet Air Purifier today and you will receive a free filter replacement.
  3. Humidifiers: For many college students, the winter season can be brutal with the cold and flu season. When this season hits, it is ideal to have a humidifier on hand. From the Crane humidifiers to the Vicks  Humidifiers, you can get a head start for only $50.
  4. Water Pitchers: Sometimes a water pitcher can be more practical to have on hand. From the Brita Space Saver Water Pitcher available for a low price of under $25 to the Dupont and Culligan pitchers available at under $20, you can get filtered water anytime right from your dorm room.
  5. Odor Eliminators: No one likes staying in a room with an unpleasant odor. This is why an odor eliminator should not be over looked. TrueAir offers great odor eliminators at low prices for around $20.
  6. 3M Command Hooks: Hang pictures, assignments and more in your dorm room without damaging the wall, with these easy to remove adhesive command hooks. Priced at around $5, you can get great value at a low cost.

Before heading off to college this year, make sure you have all of the essentials in place. With the right items, your dorm room can be a comfortable environment to live in.

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?

Improve Your Office Indoor Air Quality!

Do you work in office building? Chances are that you do, and chances are that you suffer from poor indoor air quality. With allergens, pollen and mold spores making their way into your office building, it is important to learn the easy ways you can improve the air that you breathe for most of the day.

Indoor air quality has a significant effect on your ability to breathe clearly at work. Poor indoor air quality can increase your risk of illness and lead to serious health problems. Fixing and maintaining good office indoor air quality involves many factors, including, “Maintaining good indoor air quality requires attention to the building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system;” as the EPA outlined, it also includes, “the design and layout of the space; and pollutant source management.” (EPA.gov). Here are easy steps you and your office can take, to improve your office air quality:

1)      Do not block air vents: Make sure that your HVAC systems vents are clear from boxes or other materials to ensure that you are getting clean, filtered air throughout the entire office

2)      Be aware of furniture spacing: If possible, keep copiers, fax machines, desks and other office equipment away from the HVAC system.  This can restrict air flow and can also cause the HVAC to release too much cool air.

3)      Purchase air purifiers: If you did not take part in the planning of your building, chances are that there is not adequate ventilation in all areas. This will cause unpleasant smells in the air, which contributes to a poor indoor air quality. An air purifier will remove odors, particles, smoke, smog, and other contaminants from the air you and your coworkers breathe all day.

4)      Clean up water spills ASAP: spilled water and wet areas can lead to the growth of mold, mildew and other bacterial spores. This will get into the air that breathe and can cause health problems. If your office feels particularly “damp”, consider using a dehumidifier.

5)      Change filters regularly: If management doesn’t do so already, let them know the importance of changing air filters every 3 to 6 months. For ease, you can purchase a convenient 6 pack of air filters in whatever size you need that will last you the entire year!

With this fall promising to be one of the worst for allergies, it is important to do your best to create a healthy work environment. The 5 simple steps outlined above will keep your office air as clean as possible. This will prevent you from developing respiratory problems and help keep your allergies at bay.