If you or someone in your family suffers from asthma or allergies, you may be considering getting your home's heating and cooling ducts cleaned. But even if you have no special health concerns, duct cleaning may appeal to you at an intuitive level. After all, if your ducts are clean, all that air flowing out of your vents should come out clean too, right? Well, actually, no. Companies that perform duct cleaning would love you to believe you need their services. Some might even advertise health benefits or suggest that duct cleaning will lower your power bills by improving your system's efficiency. Some ads even use language like, "Studies have shown ..."; but no data back up these claims. Even if your ducts are very dirty, cleaning them likely won't provide any measurable benefits. In fact, the little independent research performed on duct cleaning indicates that the process stirs up so much dust that it creates a bigger problem than it solves. Here's how duct cleaners work: Companies … [Read more...] about Is duct cleaning worth it, or it it just hot air?
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Remi Rosmarin, provided by Published 2:10 pm CDT, Friday, April 19, 2019 Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. Amazon A lot of the indoor air we're breathing is filled with irritant particles from sources like paint, cleaning supplies, cigarette smoke, pet dander, pollen, mold, and many more. An air purifier is a safe and simple way to cleanse the indoor air around you by filtering out nasty pollutants that can cause allergies, headaches, and other health issues. Right now, you can save 30% and get the Coway AP-1515HH Mighty Air Purifier for $161.99 (originally $229.99) at Amazon Spring is in the air — and with it comes an increase in pollen, mold, and other common allergens. If you have seasonal allergies, you're probably … [Read more...] about The Coway Mighty Air Purifier is one of our favorite air purifiers, and it’s on sale for nearly $70 off right now
0 Have your say A Glasgow-based start-up is eyeing nationwide supply deals for its refillable water filter products after surpassing its crowdfunding target in less than two days. Phox Water, which produces what it says is the world’s first refillable cartridge for filtering tap water, achieved its Kickstarter target of £15,000 within 34 hours of launch, as more than 500 backers invested in the firm.It has since set a stretch target of £50,000, with the round due to close in two weeks.Founded in 2016 by Scott Dickson and Paul McTaggart, Phox aims to reduce single-use water bottles and filter cartridges by replacing them with reusable alternatives.The pair have created the V2 filter, described as “the only filter that doesn’t have a throwaway plastic cartridge”. Made from recycled plastic and eco-friendly glass, it is produced in the UK to limit air miles.Phox is now seeking supply deals with brick-and-mortar retailers as well as … [Read more...] about Glasgow start-up to raise £50,000 as support grows for eco filters
Nora Naughton The Detroit News Published 5:04 PM EST Jan 16, 2019 A new Chevrolet commercial claiming the General Motors Co. brand is more reliable than Ford, Honda and Toyota has stopped airing nationally and will stop appearing in local markets after those three competitors challenged the ad's comparison assertions, The Detroit News has learned. Ford, Honda and Toyota confirmed they each challenged the 60-second TV spot, which aired in Metro Detroit during the North American International Auto Show. Its title: "Chevy Surprises Competitive Owners When It Comes To Reliability." A lawyer for one of the three automakers who challenged the ad sent an email to GM's legal counsel this month demanding that the automaker stop making the reliability comparison claims in its advertising campaign, according to sources familiar with the correspondence. GM was given until 5 p.m. Jan. 14 to respond to the demands. In a verbal … [Read more...] about Chevrolet ad will stop airing after challenges by Ford, Toyota, Honda
Zero Mass Water produces solar panels that pull water out of the air, filter it, and deliver it to your home faucet. The startup, which is backed by a $US1 billion fund led by Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, recently created a new sensor that allows you to monitor the quality of your water. The company sees its technology as a way to help solve the global water crisis, which has left more than 2 billion people without access to safe drinking water in their homes. The global water crisis has wreaked havoc on communities around the world, from homes in Flint, Michigan, to megacities like Tokyo and São Paulo. The United Nations estimates that 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water in their homes – a condition with severe health implications that can also limit economic prosperity. Citizens with access to clean water have a better chance of escaping poverty, fending off disease, and pursuing an education. As the crisis escalates, many billionaire investors and … [Read more...] about These $2,000 solar panels pull clean drinking water out of the air, and they might be a solution to the global water crisis