Quality indoor air can improve office productivity by 10%

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Employers are always trying to find ways to improve productivity with their employees as it is said “happy employees brings happy customers equaling a successful company.”  There are a number of scientific studies indicating that elevated temperatures and poor indoor air quality can negatively affect a workers performance.   A 2013 study from the Technical University of Denmark by indoor climate scientists Wargocki and Wyon revealed that by improving indoor environments can influence work productivity by up to 10%.  A couple of their main findings were that if a company increased their natural daylight exposure and provided natural ventilation to prevent overheating, that it significantly improved employee outcomes.

Not only are these two things better for worker productivity, but it is important to their overall HEALTH.   Allowing employees access to natural daylight is ultra-important and essential to their health.  While accessing natural daylight is easy, providing natural ventilation may not be.  What options are available?  Airfree Air Purifiers can help!  By purchasing and running an Airfree Air Purifier in your office it can destroy even the smallest of airborne microorganisms and reduce indoor air allergens and triggers therefore cleaning the office air allowing for clean and fresh air.

Our Air Purifiers use unique ceramic heating chambers without any ozone being used. An Airfree air purifier destroys airborne allergens such as all types of fungus, including those from dust mite feces, mold spores, and most pollutants in the air.

Remember – Happy Employees brings Happy Customers and that will equal a SUCCESSFUL COMPANY!

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Facts on Smoking

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Cigarette smoking is a DIRTY AND DEADLY HABIT.  Six million people die every year because of tobacco.  SIX MILLION.  According to Cancer.org – this figure includes the five million who smoke along with the 600,000 people who don’t smoke but are exposed to second-hand smoke.  Cigarette users are at higher risks of developing lung cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, coronary heart disease, COPD, stroke, diabetes and are at a higher risk of dying.  Quitting tobacco is never easy but it can be done.  There are several benefits to quitting smoking and there are also many support groups to help.   The Great American Smokeout, held on November 17th that is dedicated to raising the awareness of the dangers of smoking and encouraging smokers to quit smoking or make a plan to quit.

Here are some hard and fast facts about smoking:

  • Cigarettes contain arsenic, lead, tar, toilet cleaners and formaldehyde – these are just a FEW of the more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke and almost 70 of them cause cancer.
  • Smoking is linked to slowed growth of lung functions in teens.  Teens who smoke cannot run fast or far and can suffer from shortness of breath at a rate of 3 times more than a nonsmoker.
  • Tobacco use harms EVERY ORGAN IN THE BODY.  It accounts for one-third of all cancer deaths.  It has been linked to leukemia, pneumonia and even cataracts.
  • Smoking is the single largest cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S.
  • Nicotine is a drug found naturally in tobacco – it is as addictive as heroin and cocaine.
  • It only takes 8 seconds for nicotine to reach the brain.
  • On average smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.

Stopping smoking is the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance their length and quality of their life.  Smoking affect even the non-smokers in their life.  Quitting smoking is a very difficult thing to do, but with the right tools in hand and support, it can be done… you just need to take the first step.

We firmly believe in our company mission –  To combine the best technology and design, to turn our clients’ needs into innovative solutions for indoor atmospheres, whether for health reasons, comfort or to increase productivity.  Check us out at www.airfree.com for a purifier that will work best for you.

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Wildlife and Pets are affected by Air Pollution Too!

adotando-um-cachorrinho-1024x576Air pollution produces causes countless problems for humans including allergies, chronic illness and even some skin problems.  Air pollution affects humans but does it affect animals? Poor air quality, both indoor and outdoor, is not only an issue to humans but is also detrimental to your pet.

Our pets are exposed to the same indoor air pollutants as humans and because some of our pets, like birds, spend more time indoors, they are exposed to poor indoor air.  All pets can develop nose and throat issues as well as asthma and even bronchitis.  One of the ways to help your pet is to keep your home well ventilated and pollutant free.  The best way to do this is to choose and purchase an Airfree Air Purifier.

By running an Airfree Air Purifier in your home, you will destroy even the smallest of airborne microorganisms.  Airfree uses its unique ceramic heating chamber without any ozone being used. An Airfree air purifier destroys airborne allergens such as all types of fungus, including those from dust mite feces, mold spores, and most pollutants in the air.  Airfree safely and effectively cleans the indoor air allowing your pet to breath fresh, clean air!

To learn more about our high quality products – please visit our website at: www.airfree.com – Our website offers many topics and videos for you browse through that will provide you with extensive information and research regarding the environment and our products.

 

We firmly believe in our company mission –  To combine the best technology and design, to turn our clients’ needs into innovative solutions for indoor atmospheres, whether for health reasons, comfort or to increase productivity.  Check us out at www.airfree.com for a purifier that will work best for you.

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Can Asthma and Allergies in Children be Prevented? 

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Parents with asthma and allergies are always concerned that they might pass down their allergies and asthma issues to their children as they tend to run in families.  Rest assured, there are steps that you can take that may delay or possibly prevent allergies or asthma from developing.

Some of the best ways to prevent environmental allergies and asthma is:

  • Tobacco Smoke – Smoking during pregnancy increases the chance of your child to wheezing during infancy.  Also exposing children to secondhand some can also increase the development to chronic respiratory illness and/or asthma.  It is very important NOT to expose your children to smoke BEFORE or AFTER birth.
  • Pets and Animals – Recent research is suggesting that children who have early exposure to animals may actually help to protect them from developing allergies.  This is not saying that this will be a factor for everyone and we highly suggest that you talk with your child’s physician to determine what is best for your family.
  • Dust Mites – Airborne substances can trigger allergy or asthma symptoms and that by reducing your contact with your trigger can prevent or delay symptoms.  If your child is at risk of developing allergies to dust mites, there are steps that you can take to control them such as using allergen proof covers for their pillows and mattress and it is suggested that you wash their bedding in HOT water on a weekly basis.  Keep the indoor humidity below 50%.  You should remove carpets and any furniture from their rooms as well as keep their stuffed toys to a minimum.
  • We also suggest purchasing an Airfree Air Purifier.  Our Air Purifiers destroy even the smallest of airborne microorganisms in its unique ceramic heating chamber without any ozone being used. In addition, it destroys the smallest of microorganisms. An Airfree air purifier destroys airborne allergens such as all types of fungus, including those from dust mite feces, mold spores, proteins from cat dander. It’s important to note that: Airfree does not incinerate dust mites – Airfree Air Purifiers destroy the fungus dust mites need for food without producing harmful by-products or gasses such as found in ozone machines.
  • As always, those who suffer from asthma and allergies should always consult with their physicians.

 

We firmly believe in our company mission –  To combine the best technology and design, to turn our clients’ needs into innovative solutions for indoor atmospheres, whether for health reasons, comfort or to increase productivity.  Check us out at www.airfree.com for a purifier that will work best for you.

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How to remove dust mites from a mattress!

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Dust mites are tiny eight legged critters that are virtually impossible to see with the naked eye.  Dust mites love to feed on flakes of shed human skin and are not a real bother unless you have an allergy to them. Dust mites do not discriminate and equally love the cleanest of homes and thrive anywhere that there is shed skin. The most common place to find dust mites is in your bedroom – on your bedding and in/on your mattress.   How do these tiny critters cause a big allergy?  Dust mites excrete enzymes in there feces and those with an allergy to their enzymes can suffer symptoms like coughing, wheezing, sneezing and watery eyes.  What are some of the ways you can effectively remove dust mites from your mattress and other upholstered furniture?

 

  • Vacuum your mattress using the hose attachment – we recommend sprinkling a cup of baking soda onto your mattress, let it sit for 15-20 minutes and then using your vacuum hose attachment to suck up all the baking soda. If you are using a vacuum cleaner with a bag, be sure to use a new, clean bag so that you don’t spread dust mites around.  Throw the bag away immediately and place outside in your trash container.
  • We suggest combining vacuuming your mattress to also keeping the humidity in your bedroom low as dust mites also adore high humidity areas.  The intention is to control the humidity in your room so as to not keep it warm when you sleep because if you are warm when you sleep you tend to sweat and in turn the mites thrive on this.
  • Purchase mattress and pillow covers – by using these you are adding an extra protective barrier to protect against dust mites.   Using these products makes it extremely difficult for dust mites to penetrate your pillow and mattress.
  • We also suggest purchasing an Airfree Air Purifier.  Our Air Purifiers destroy even the smallest of airborne microorganisms in its unique ceramic heating chamber without any ozone being used. In addition, it destroys the smallest of microorganisms. An Airfree air purifier destroys airborne allergens such as all types of fungus, including those from dust mite feces, mold spores, proteins from cat dander. It’s important to note that: Airfree does not incinerate dust mites – Airfree Air Purifiers destroy the fungus dust mites need for food without producing harmful by-products or gasses such as found in ozone machines.
  • If all else fails call in a professional.

 

We firmly believe in our company mission –  To combine the best technology and design, to turn our clients’ needs into innovative solutions for indoor atmospheres, whether for health reasons, comfort or to increase productivity.  Check us out at www.airfree.com for a purifier that will work best for you.

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Can Owning a Dog Keep Your Child Asthma-Free?

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Nearly everyone loves having a pet and especially a dog.  The dog is officially dubbed “Man’s Best Friend” and that couldn’t be any more true even if you have a child who suffers from asthma.  Extensive research suggests that children who grow up in homes with pets are less likely to develop allergies.  According to the research, scientists who worked with mice found that exposure to house dust from homes with a pet appeared to protect the mice against the common virus RSV.  Children who experienced severe infections during their infancy were linked with an increased risk of developing respiratory problems like asthma later on in life.

This may not always be the case for everyone and those who don’t build up an exposure should not give up on having a pet nor should they give up the pet.  There are ways to live with pets that can reduce the risk of an asthma attack.   Keep in mind the comfort of your family member who suffers should always come first.  Some of the steps include:

  • Groom your pet regularly and keep your home and its furniture free of pet hair and dander
  • Vacuum your home frequently so that you can control the pet dander and hair within your home
  • The best way to prevent an attack is to not allow your pet into your bedroom or limit certain rooms to provide yourself or family member an allergen free area
  • Regularly clean your bedding and your PETS bedding and we also recommend purchasing and using dust-mite covers

The other alternative to living with a pet and controlling asthma is to find a dog that is Hypoallergenic.  All dogs shed and have dander however some dogs shed less than others, keep in mind NO DOG is 100% hypoallergenic!    There are many breeds that do well with allergy sufferers and a simple search on the AKC.org website can suggest dogs that would be best.

As always, those who suffer from asthma and/or pet related asthma issues should always consult with their physicians.

We firmly believe in our company mission –  To combine the best technology and design, to turn our clients’ needs into innovative solutions for indoor atmospheres, whether for health reasons, comfort or to increase productivity.  Check us out at www.airfree.com for a purifier that will work best for you.

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5 Signs You May Have Mold in the Home

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Learning you have mold in your home can come with an array of feelings from upset, frustration, disgust and it can all be very overwhelming. Some will ignore it. While many people live in their home and don’t even realize they even have mold.  Ignoring it can cause a mold takeover and can actually affect your health.

What are the signs you may have mold in the house?  Mold can grow in hard to see places like in and under carpets and household vents.

  1. Odor – YOU SMELL IT – at times this may be the only clue that you have a mold problem.  Mold can be so sneaky that you may not even see it until you smell it.  If you smell a musty, damp smell – you can probably assume you have mold.
  2. Growth- YOU SEE IT – when mold has grown out of control, there is a strong chance that you will see large patches of mold.  Many times mold starts out very small like in moist places like your bathroom or your kitchen. It can appear as black and white specks on your walls and ceilings and some molds can even have an orangey color.
  3. Discoloration – Early signs of mold is discoloration appearing on your walls.  Discoloration doesn’t necessarily signify mold and one way you could identify it as mold is it looks textural, meaning if the area is soft, fuzzy or appears fibrous.  Mold likes to grow in cool damp places like a basement or near show near a water heater in a basement.
  4. Cold or Allergy Symptoms – Allergic reactions to mold can mimic seasonal allergies – runny nose, scratchy throat, headaches and coughs.  People within a home with mold and who suffer from asthma, may experience shortness of breath and even asthma attacks.
  5. Soggy and Damp – Mold likes to grow and grows best in damp, cool places and materials that are in such places (think basement) can tend to be soft to the touch, like wood or cardboard.  Mold works its way into materials causing the material to weaken.  Mold that seeps into wood can create problems with the structure of your home.

People tend to think that by simply cleaning surfaces with antibacterial will remove mold and stop/prevent problems, but that is not true.  The best way to remove mold is from a professional mold removal service.  Once the mold is remediated then it would be wise to install and use Airfree Air Purifiers as using one of our air purifiers will help with the growth of new molds and mildews.

To learn more please visit our website:  http://www.airfree.com/en-US/Products/Search-result/Search-detail/Mofo?PID=142

We firmly believe in our company mission –  To combine the best technology and design, to turn our clients’ needs into innovative solutions for indoor atmospheres, whether for health reasons, comfort or to increase productivity.  Check us out at www.airfree.com for a purifier that will work best for you.

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