Volatile organic compounds or VOCs are molecules containing carbon which are predominantly in the gaseous state at room temperature.This article will present the possible sources of indoor VOCs, how VOCs impact on people with asthma and allergy and discuss the ability of air cleaners to reduce VOCs in the indoor environment.
Air conditioners can play a significant role in good indoor air quality. Greater asthma morbidity – specifically a larger number of hospitalizations, wheezing episodes and night symptoms due to asthma – have been associated with the presence of moisture, mildew and cockroach allergen in homes. Air conditioners provide a dual function of controlling temperature and relative humidity in home environments, as well as potential removal of allergens.
Dr. John Ryan, Chief Strategy Officer at Allergy Standards in Archetech magazine discusses the value of third party certification and the responsibility on those in the building and design industry to prioritise health and wellbeing
It is a common statistic when talking about the quality of indoor air, that we spend approximately 90% of our time indoors. The origin of that statistic was a study by the US Environmental Protection Agency back in 19891. The importance of this is the nature of the contained environment of the home; in the move towards greater environmental sustainability, homes have become more energy efficient and more tightly sealed. While this provides a better environmental impact, it also means that the air in the home does not become renewed through passage of fresh air.
Bloomberg article discusses the future of cars and car cabin air purifiers, citing Mercedes Benz as the first car manufacturers to install CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® car cabin filters.
NBC News describes the differences between air filters, air cleaners and air purifiers and the benefits of having one in your home. The Dyson air purifier recommended in the article is CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®
John McKeon, MD, CEO of Allergy Standards, talks to Well+Good about good indoor air quality and its importance as part of a healthy home. Two of the three best air purifiers chosen by the author are CERTIFIED by Allergy Standards.
Allergy Standards Limited(ASL) is pleased to announce that their Project Manager, Gildas Guionnet has become a National Participant of the European Committee for Electrical Standardization (CENELEC) and member of the TC 59X/WG 06 Committee for Surface cleaning appliances (Vacuum Cleaners), through the British Standards Institution (BSI).
The global textile sector is enormous; in 2018 the value of the US textile sector was $78 billion and employed over 550,000 workers1. In 2017 China produced 79 billion metres of cloth2; that’s enough to go to the moon and back 100 times!
Textiles and clothes are a fundamental part of our everyday life however they also provide an excellent material for micro-organisms to grow on. Measures to prevent microbial growth on textiles and fabrics dates back to Egyptian times when mummy wraps were preserved using herbs and spices3. Since then bamboo has been used in housing structures and design in China and in World War II a range of chemicals were used to impart antimicrobial activity to tents, tarpaulins and truck covers4. Prevention of microbial attack is essential for durability of the textile, in addition to potential use in prevention of transmission of disease.
Allergy Standards is now a member of the Consumer Technology Association – ‘where the people, policies and insights of innovation come together’
Beijing’s air quality hovers around the ‘unhealthy’ category for much of the year. The perfect storm of millions of cars, noxious fumes from factories and coal powered industry combines with the city’s geography : Beijing is built on a flat landscape and surrounded by mountains so if there is no wind to blow away the smog, it hangs over the city like a shroud
January wrapped up with our partners Congoleum, Guardsman, and SureFit showcasing their CERTIFIED products at the International Surface Event,and Winter Market in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We are aware and lucky enough to be educated on pollutants and allergens, toxins and poisons so that the indoor air quality in our homes promotes health and wellbeing. Large corporations have come to realise that the health of their employees directly effects their bottom line and that their reputation worldwide really matters.
Myths or misinformation – the consequences of believing them when it comes to asthma and allergies can range from ignorance to downright dangerous.
It’s a scary thing being diagnosed with a lifelong illness. Here are some myths that you may come across that may worry you.
Ingersoll Rand introduces future climate company, Trane Technologies, elevating market leading Trane® brand and celebrating the power of technological innovation.
Key takeaways from the 2019 World Allergy Congress in Lyon, France, attended by Allergy Standards’ Head of International Sales.
Air is one of the most fundamental requirements for life and air filters can be an excellent way to improve air quality, indoors and on the go.
A human could last up to 3-4 days without water and just 3-4 minutes without air, this is how important healthy air is to us.
Hotel magazine recommending to use CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® products and especially the Sanitaire® EON™ ALLERGEN Commercial Upright Vacuum.
We spend most of our lives in our homes and many of us have realised that ensuring our homes are healthy is paramount to our general health.
The second of a two-part article on the development of an allergy and asthma management plan for the home, controlling of exposure to allergens through their removal or treatment.
ASL recently attended the IFAI Expo to learn about advanced techniques in textile testing, sourcing, and manufacturing.
ASL’s Dr. John McKeon and Dr. John Ryan joined 8000 other delegates at the highly informative congress, the largest event of its kind in the world.
Dr John McKeon And Dr John Ryan Will Be Attending EAACI Congress 2017 In Helsinki, Finland From 17-21 June 2017.
Government agency, Enterprise Ireland, responsible for the development of Irish businesses in world markets and Europe’s third largest venture capital entity by deal count, is currently invested in 1,300 start-up and mature businesses, 700 of which operate in North America.
Congressman Brendan Boyle Supports Resolution to Recognize May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Congressman Brendan Boyle, representing Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district, has expressed that he will support the designation of May as “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.”
On Wednesday May 24th the CEO and founder of Allergy Standards Limited, Dr. John McKeon, gave a webinar to representatives of retailers, manufacturers, component producers, and influencers in the textile industry.
Families had access to free samples from allergy-friendly businesses and learned all about the companies that offer certified asthma & allergy friendly™ products and services.
Congratulations to the winner of our National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month Tips Contest, Saundra B. from Centuria, WI! Her prize is a Dyson Pure Cool Link™ purifier, which is Certified asthma & allergy friendly™.