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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Asthma and Schools

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School has officially started for everyone across the United States.  In the United States, about 20 million people have asthma and nearly 6.3 million of them are children.  Children have smaller airways than adults making asthma especially serious for them.  We send our children off to daycare, pre-K, kindergarten, primary school and high school every weekday entrusting them to the school and teachers.

Parents of children with asthma know the importance of getting their child’s asthma symptoms under control and keeping it under control.  Keeping clear and open communication with your child’s school and teacher about their asthma is very important.  The first step you should take is to schedule a conference with your child’s school – we suggest before school starts, but it is NEVER too late to schedule meeting.  Be sure to include your child’s teachers, nurse, coaches, and any school assistants.  Ensure that all staff understand your child’s situation so they can better help keep their asthma under control.

Be sure that your child’s physician has a plan for your child to allow you to share with everyone who works with your child.  This plan should include any triggers, a list of medications that they take including the proper dosage, symptoms to watch for and emergency telephone numbers.  Also, be sure you know who is in charge of your child’s inhaler while they are at school in case there is an emergency they will know exactly where to find it.

Lastly, always communicate on a regular basis with the school and the staff!  Communication is key!  We hope that everyone has a safe, happy and fun filled school year!

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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Airfree at the 2016 IFA Consumer Electronics

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We are truly excited to be attending and showcasing at the 2016 IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited Show in Berlin from September 2nd through September 7th.  Our booth is located at HALL 8.1 Stand 114.  We are proud to be able to exhibit and be a part of this amazing event that attracts trade visitors from more than 100 countries.

According to the IFA Berlin website: In the 6 days during this amazing event, there is an estimated 240,000 visitors with more than 142,000 trade visitors including 63,000 from abroad.

IFA in Berlin allows vendors from around the globe to present their latest products and innovations and allow them to network with other companies.

Speaking of presenting latest products!!! We will be showcasing and introducing our newest product – THE ORB!    We invite everyone that is attending the show to stop by our booth to view the Orb and to also view, touch and learn about all of our amazing products.

If you are at the show this year, please stop by our booth, we would love to meet you!

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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Dangers of Mold Exposure

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Mold can be found indoors and outdoors and are present year round – there are so many species of fungi that exist that no one truly knows how many types there are.  Mold grows best in warm, damp and humid conditions and spread/reproduce by making spores.  Some people  are sensitive to molds.  People who are exposed can experience symptoms such as eye and skin irritation, wheezing, and nasal stuffiness. Then there are some people with serious allergies to mold and have more severe reactions that can include fever and shortness of breath.  People with lung illnesses can also develop mold infections in their lungs.

Indoor molds are found where humidity levels are high like a basement or your shower and bathroom. Mold can also be found at your place of employment without you even knowing it is there until you experience symptoms. Other less commonly thought places with high mold exposures are – greenhouses, saunas, farms, mills, summer cottage/homes, antique shops, florists and even in libraries.

The best ways to decrease mold exposure is to avoid areas that are likely to have mold.  This isn’t easy when it comes to being in your home!  If there is mold growth in your home you should clean it by using soap and water, or a bleach solution of no more than a cup of laundry bleach with one gallon of water.  You can also purchase commercial products and use as suggested.  Once cleaned you can slow the growth of mold mycontrolling humidity levels and properly venting your bathroom/shower and kitchen cooking areas.

We also highly suggest purchasing and using an Airfree Air Purifier so you can help clean your homes inside air, aid in sleeping, help you breathe easier and more importantly allow you to live in comfort.   Airfree sterilizes the air without a filter.  They are highly effective at reducing the amount of microorganisms and harmful substances from the air has been proven by INETI and dozens of other international laboratories. Airfree air purifiers are effective against bacteria, viruses, mildew, mold, dust mite allergens, pet allergens, pollen and tobacco odors.

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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Top Air Quality Apps   

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 People don’t really understand what air quality means and many aren’t sure how air quality can affect them.  Most don’t even know there are Apps to download which provide you with what the air quality is for that day (and even the days ahead).  Weather/Air quality apps can show:

  • How high the allergen is that day
  • If it is a high ozone day
  • It can show if the air quality will be a good or bad for the day

Here is our suggestion to the top 5 best apps to download:

WeatherBug – Weather Forecasts & Alerts – Free

  • Download the most popular free weather app powered by the largest professional weather network in the world! Weatherbug delivers the fastest alerts and the best real-time forecasts (current, hourly and 10-day). It’s easy to use and has 18 different weather maps including Doppler radar, lightning, wind, temperature, alerts, pressure and humidity. Join millions who rely on WeatherBug every day!

Weather Underground – Free

  • Founded in 1995 as the first online weather service, Weather Underground supplies weather data solutions to the many of the leading media companies and millions of users across the globe through their mobile apps and website wunderground.com. Weather Underground is part of the Weather Company and based in San Francisco, CA.

Weather Caster – Free

  • When severe weather threatens, be the first to know with weather alerts, live Doppler radar maps, and an interactive hurricane tracker. Keep dry using our live, down-to-the-minute, forecast of when it will rain at your exact location. Plan your day or week, using the hourly and 7-day forecasts for anywhere in the US.

NOAA Hi-Def Radar Pro – $1.99

  • Simple yet powerful, this is the only app in the App Store that shows amazing real-time hi-def animated weather radar images in vivid color with lightning strikes and hurricane tracks on a highly responsive interactive map. You also get an awesome map based Notification Center Widget, live pressure readings from your device, weather forecast, severe weather warning boxes, snowfall, storm direction arrows, wildfires, it also provides current drought severity on the same map.

YAHOO Weather – Free

  • Experience the weather | Apple Design Award, 2013 Prepare for your day with the most accurate hourly, 5-day, and 10-day forecasts. Stunning Flickr photos match your location, time of day, and current conditions. Favorite features: -Get all the details: wind, pressure, and chance of precipitation. -Experience weather conditions for rain, snow, fog and extreme heat with animated weather effects. -See animated sunrise, sunset, wind, and pressure modules. -Browse interactive maps: radar, satellite, heat, and snow.

By using an Airfree Air Purifier you can help clean your homes inside air, aid in sleeping, help you breathe easier and more importantly allow you to live in comfort.   Airfree sterilizes the air without a filter.  They are highly effective at reducing the amount of microorganisms and harmful substances from the air has been proven by INETI and dozens of other international laboratories. Airfree air purifiers are effective against bacteria, viruses, mildew, mold, dust mite allergens, pet allergens, pollen and tobacco odors.

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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