Winter time stuffy noses, dry and scratchy throats are upon us and most of us feel only washing our hands is all we can do to prevent getting these symptoms. While that might be true for fighting against germs and the common cold, there is much more we can do when dealing with a dry nose, watery eyes, and scratchy throat, that is caused by our indoor environment.
If you have a Force Hot Air heating system in your home or facility, the number one culprit for these irritating symptoms is dry air and an excess of particulates in that air. Dust and dust mites, along with mold spores, are a major contributing factor. Opening your windows is a temporary solution to the problem and raise the heating bill for your house or business. Vacuuming, cleaning, and dusting, is helpful with heat delivered by Hot Water Base Boards or Steam Radiators. Cleaning under and on top of all radiators when they are OFF and COOL is crucial.
With Indoor Lighting, we finally have long overdue advancements since Thomas Edison’s first light bulb. LED bulbs are meeting all our needs and lowering our electric bills tremendously. Soon a 3.5 watt LED bulb will give off the same amount of light level as an incandescent 60 watt light bulb, while lasting decades before burning out.
Yet, you may have now seen on the internet various articles that take part of a truth and make it into a money grabbing scheme. Perhaps some of these titles have crossed your email box:
- Can light affect your health?
- We are sharing the HIDDEN dangers of LED lights!
- Major downsides to LEDs!
These articles immediately use Key Words that invoke fear. Such as: EMF radiation, macular degeneration, blindness, and metabolic disorder to cancer.
Then they use large technical words as if to justify the fear. Words such as: Nanometers, lumens, color rendering index (CRI), visible spectrum, infrared, and kelvin temperatures.
However, mixed into this vortex of excess verbiage, which I know and “correctly” used throughout my career, are the most important words of all: Can, potentially, if, may, perhaps, and maybe. All these words prove that the article is speculative at best and with no cited cases or proof that you “will” have an issue. Yes, if an LED bulb shines into your eyes all day long from just a few inches away, you will have a problem. Then again, any light source within those parameters will be an issue for everyone.
Then when you are about halfway through the article, the Ad pops up in your face. They are selling something, perhaps their own lightbulbs or a lifetime subscription to a newsletter warning us of all the things that can cause harm. A "so-called" doctor's newsletter, with new warnings every week, and all for just $9.95 a month... Amazing.
Bill Lauto, at Going True Green
International Sustainability and Energy Consultant
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