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VOCs effect on respiratory system

Indoor Air VOCs, asthma and allergy, and the effect of air cleaners

29 August 2020

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.

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10 Questions to ask your Home Appliances Buyer

20 July 2020

Consumers need a recognisable, trustworthy mark to help them identify the truly beneficial products. This is where asthma & allergy friendly® comes in: a certification that focuses solely on a product’s impact on human health.

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Air Conditioners and the indoor environment

15 July 2020

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.

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Portable Air Conditioner – A Good Choice For A Healthy Home?

15 July 2020

This summer we are likely to spend more time in our homes than ever and with temperatures rising, it’s time to tackle any issues with our air conditioning. Living in a space that is too hot and sticky can be difficult. Tempers fray, sleep suffers, babies and small children get cranky. But its not just our mood that is impacted. Our health is effected too. Here’s some help if you are considering a portable air conditioner.

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Allergy Standards – Certifying Products for Healthier Interiors.

23 June 2020

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

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Building Materials Certification and Healthy Indoor Air

11 May 2020

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.

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Air Quality in Delhi – A Threat to Lung Health

28 April 2020

The air quality in India has a huge impact on health. Indoor air quality and outdoor air quality play a role in the cause of asthma, COPD and TB

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Invisibility Cloaks and Air Purifiers: How Covid Will Change Cars

24 April 2020

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. 

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Best air purifiers of 2020, according to doctors and experts

15 April 2020

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®

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THE BEST AIR PURIFIERS TO SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE INDOOR AIR QUALITY WHEN YOU’RE STUCK INSIDE 24/7

9 April 2020

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.

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Babies, Asthma and Household Cleaning Products- A Worrying New Link

5 March 2020

A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has shown an association between use of household cleaning products in the first few months of a child’s life and risk of childhood wheeze and asthma at age 3. Basically the study is saying that the more often we use cleaning products in our homes when our kids are small, the more likely our children will have a wheeze or asthma later

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Antimicrobials in textiles – what you need to know!

2 March 2020

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.

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Allergy Standards Joins the Consumer Technology Association

20 February 2020

Allergy Standards is now a member of the Consumer Technology Association – ‘where the people, policies and insights of innovation come together’

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Air Quality In Beijing

19 February 2020

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

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Certified Products Best in Their Class – Las Vegas Market 2020

11 February 2020

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.

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It’s Our Air – Time To Take Responsibility

20 January 2020

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.

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Asthma and Allergies : Lets Bust Some Myths for the Newly Diagnosed – Part Two

13 January 2020

Myths or misinformation – the consequences of believing them when it comes to asthma and allergies can range from ignorance to downright dangerous.

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Asthma and Allergies : Lets Bust Some Myths for the Newly Diagnosed – Part One

6 January 2020

It’s a scary thing being diagnosed with a lifelong illness. Here are some myths that you may come across that may worry you.

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Ingersoll Rand Introduces Future Climate Company, Trane Technologies

19 December 2019

Ingersoll Rand introduces future climate company, Trane Technologies, elevating market leading Trane® brand and celebrating the power of technological innovation.

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Brand Promises for Healthier Homes: An Interview with the AATCC

6 December 2019

An Interview with Diana Wyman, Executive Vice President at the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC).

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The Air In Our Cars

2 December 2019

Car manufacturers have recently been taking steps to reduce that new car smell and indeed in the future we may be reminiscing about it to our kids.

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Why and how we certify in-car cabin filters – a Q&A

30 November 2019

What is it that makes some in-car cabin air filters better for the indoor environment than others, and where do we draw the line to decide to certify them?

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A brief history of laundry

27 November 2019

Today, by using advanced technology, the most modern machines can confidently remove allergens ensuring a healthier laundry.

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Air Filters: How Important is the Air You Breathe?

25 November 2019

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.

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Why Are We Becoming More Allergic?

16 November 2019

Pollution, climate change, antibiotics, deficiency in vitamin D, sedentary lifestyle, hygiene hypothesis…what causes the rise of asthma and allergy rates?

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Why and how we certify HVAC and furnace filters – a Q&A

6 November 2019

What is it that makes some HVAC and furnace filters better for the indoor environment than others, and where do we draw the line to decide to certify an air filter?

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Why and how we certify air cleaners – a Q&A

18 October 2019

What is it that makes some air cleaners better for the indoor environment than others, and where do we draw the line to decide to certify an air cleaner?

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Why and how we certify vacuum cleaners – a Q&A

16 October 2019

What is it that makes some vacuum cleaners better for the indoor environment than others, and where do we draw the line to decide to certify a vacuum cleaner?

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Brand Promises for Healthier Homes: An Interview with Trane

15 October 2019

An Interview with Jay Ayers, Indoor Air Quality Product Manager, HVAC Residential, at Ingersoll Rand, on the CERTIFIED Trane CleanEffects™ whole home air cleaner.

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Best Air Purifiers for Babies in 2019

7 October 2019

Air pollution inside our houses can be quite detrimental for babies’ wellbeing, this is why a CERTIFIED air purifier is important.

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A Brief History of Volatile Organic Compounds

2 October 2019

Did you know that the air filling your lungs can be heavily polluted with volatile organic compounds and actually a far cry from healthy?

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An asthma & allergy friendly® Home is a Healthier Home - A scientific article

An asthma & allergy friendly® Home is a Healthier Home – A scientific article

25 September 2019

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.

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Sanitaire in Hotel Business – Fighting Allergens by Vacuuming

16 September 2019

Hotel magazine recommending to use CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® products and especially the Sanitaire® EON™ ALLERGEN Commercial Upright Vacuum. 

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Indoor Air Quality In Schools

10 September 2019

The health effects of poor indoor air quality impact both students and their teachers so what are the key aspects for a healthier indoor air in schools?

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An asthma & allergy friendly® Home is a Healthier Home – A lifestyle article

22 August 2019

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.

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Stave Off Your Indoor Allergies This Summer

21 August 2019

Health US News recommends using Certified bedding scientifically tested by Allergy Standards to avoid indoor allergies during the summer.

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Why and how we certify washing machines – a Q&A

19 August 2019

What is it that makes some washing machine better for the indoor environment than others, and where do we draw the line to decide to certify a washing machine?

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A Brief History of Allergies

8 August 2019

Allergies are the most common health problems affecting children in the US and more than 50 million Americans experience an allergy of some type each year.

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Why and how we certify bedding – a Q&A

5 August 2019

What is it that makes some bedding better for the indoor environment than others, and where do we draw the line to decide to certify a bedding product?

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An Interview with SCS Global Services

23 July 2019

An Interview with Karen Righthand, Director of Sales and Marketing in SCS Global Services on more sustainable and healthier building materials.

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Brand Promises for Healthier Homes: An Interview with True Value

19 July 2019

An Interview with John Vanderpool, Divisional Vice President of Paint in True Value, on their commitment to make healthier paints for consumers.

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How To Take Care Of Our Indoor Air?

15 July 2019

You want to live in a healthier home and you have come to the conclusion that you need an air purifier or an air cleaner, but which one is it that you need?

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What is an appropriate and effective filtration technology for a healthy indoor environment?

15 July 2019

Selecting the right air cleaning solution with the appropriate effective filtration technology is essential for a healthier indoor air in your home.

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A Brief History of Asthma

8 July 2019

Our warmer, tighter homes as well as the lack of circulation of fresh air from outdoors and VOCs off gassing in our modern homes can trigger asthma.

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Recognising great Irish innovation

4 July 2019

The Irish Times celebrating the innovation happening in Ireland as a result of US partnerships and collaborations.

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Why and how we certify fiberglass insulation – a Q&A

27 June 2019

What is it that makes some insulation better for the indoor environment than others, and where do we draw the line to decide to certify insulation?

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Why and how we certify flooring – a Q&A

20 June 2019

What is it that makes some flooring better for the indoor environment than others, and where do we draw the line to decide to certify a flooring product?

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The Problem of Dust And Microbes On Spacecraft

14 June 2019

NASA Chief Technologist Dr. Douglas Terrier recently admitted that dust and allergies on spaceships are a real challenge.

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Brand Promises for Healthier Homes: An Interview with Tarkett

14 May 2019

An Interview with Dhruv Raina, Director of Sustainability at Tarkett, on their commitment to make healthier floorings for consumers.

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A brief history of Indoor Air Quality by Dr Anna O'Donovan, Allergy Standards

A Brief History of Indoor Air Quality

2 May 2019

Ever since man first lit fires in shelters, indoor air quality has been a health issue. Here is a brief history of the evolution of the air that we breathe.

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