Tuesday, September 13, 2016

How’s the indoor air quality in your home?

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Back in the early ‘80s, I was pretty sick on a regular basis. I had lots of pain and weakness in my arms and legs, swollen glands, trouble concentrating, and I fell asleep in the middle of tasks. All while trying to care for two little ones who were born in ’82 and ’84. Not fun.

The doctors were stumped. MS was suspected, but tests eliminated that as a probability. Eventually, I found a doctor who immediately identified my condition as being a direct result of exposure to indoor pollution from chemicals. I didn’t understand it all at the time, but now know I was suffering from an extreme sensitivity to chemicals. He labeled it Epstein Barr Virus Syndrome and later doctors added fibromyalgia to the diagnosis. But the bottom line was what caused my conditions to flare up … and still does – exposure to chemicals.

Today, my husband and I live in a home as free from chemicals as possible. We do not use chemicals to clean or wash dishes or do laundry. We do not use toxic products like Febreze or air fresheners. I disposed of my perfumes and he stopped using his favorite aftershave products. The list goes on and on. But just because our home is in better shape chemically than it was in years past, that doesn’t mean my exposure to chemicals is gone. Nope. I go the grocery store and am assaulted by the scents of detergents and bath products. I attend church and have to change seats because a heavily-perfumed woman slides into the pew in front of me. I sit down at a restaurant and realize the table has been cleaned with bleach. Yikes! It’s a never-ending battleground for people like me.

But what about people like you or your kids? Most likely you don’t suffer from the extreme chemical sensitivities I have, but that doesn’t mean you’re immune to the damage of indoor pollution in your home. Does anyone in your family suffer from allergies? Asthma? Headaches? How about congestion? Or sore throats? Or fatigue? It may be because of poor indoor air quality.

The EPA estimates that indoor air quality is two to five times worse than outdoors because of PM – particulate matter (also known as particle pollution). PM is a complex mixture of extraordinarily small particles and droplets of liquid that are in the air inside a building … inside your home. The problem is that once these particles are inhaled, they can adversely affect your heart and lungs, potentially causing serious effects. These findings are from the EPA’s final PM Implementation Rule, released on July 29, 2016.

And it’s not just physical problems that occur when folks are exposed to poor air quality. According to a study by Harvard School of Public Health in October of 2015, “Higher cognitive score were shown with increased ventilation and less carbon dioxide and VOCs.” That’s right, according to Joseph Allen, lead author of the study, indoor pollution can affect our cognitive abilities. Wondering why you’re experiencing brain fog? Perhaps it’s the PMs floating around your house or office. Even your kids could be suffering if they’re assaulted by bleach-based cleaners and room air fresheners in their schools? Timmy comes home with a failing grade on his math test? Maybe you should blame the cherry-scented plug-in in the corner of the room.

“We’ve been ignoring the 90%,” says Allen. “We spend 90% of our time indoors … yet indoor environmental quality and its impact on health and productivity are often an afterthought.”

We are not without hope, however. There are things you can do to improve the indoor air quality of your home. And you don’t have to spend a lot.

HomeLab offers solutions, focusing on using what you already have along with DIY tips. But first, you have to know what you’re contending with. Even if you ditch all the toxic cleaning and laundry products, there’s still going to be some issues with the air quality inside your home.

With a 30-day FREE trial period, you can sign up for HomeLab.com, download their app, and receive one of their monitors, which will show you exactly what’s going on in the air at your house. The monitor is silent and weighs a mere pound, yet its power to help change the health of your family is remarkable. As you work with experts who will guide you through the process of getting rid of indoor pollution, you can go to the app and watch pollution levels drop! You’ll be breathing easy as HomeLab helps you live healthier lives in your own home. All for only $9.99/month. And there’s no contract. You can quit using the service at any time (although I doubt you’ll want to).
They even have an awesome less-than-a-minute video on their website explaining how it works. You can watch it by going to their website and clicking on the How It Works Video tab.

And here’s a cool plus – HomeLab has graciously agreed to offer a 20% discount to all you folks in the Green Grandma community! Just type in the code greengrandma at checkout. But hurry! This offer expires on 9/21/16.

So, try it for FREE and get it for 20% off for the next couple of weeks. Win-win, wouldn’t you say?

Here’s to healthy air!

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