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Are You Ready to Create a Smart and Healthy Home?

Every day we breathe in and out about 30,000 times, and because we spend the majority of our time indoors – up to 90 percent of our lives, according to the Environmental Protection Agency – indoor air quality is one of the most important factors in maintaining good health.

“Our company was founded three years ago by a group of health-conscious friends who wanted to help families create a healthy home environment by limiting exposure to indoor air pollutants,” says Glen Shin, head of operations for Refresh Smart Home. “Smart home technology began to encompass indoor quality soon after the company formed so it was a natural fit for us to expand our products and services into the areas of energy efficiency, safety and security, and home audio as well.”

 

 

Soon after its inception, Refresh Smart Home joined the Nest Pro program, a network of more than 20,000 HVAC, Electrical and Security installers, allowing them to offer their customers Pro pricing and extended five-year warranties on the Nest Thermostat and Nest Protect smoke and CO alarm systems. They also integrated the Nest offerings with the IQAir air purification systems and WiFi air quality monitors from Foobot and Awair to allow for whole-house indoor air quality automation. Their portfolio of products has expanded gradually to include other smart, connected products, and today Refresh Smart Home offers a complete array of premium smart home products such as Nest, Ring, Sonos, Philips Hue, Lutron, Google Home, Amazon Echo, Liftmaster, August, Dyson and iRobot.

“In our few years of existence we are proud that our crew’s commitment to providing effective smart home solutions for homeowners while delivering the highest level of customer service has led us to being the top rated Nest installer in New York. Our motto is ‘A smart home is a healthy home’ and our passion lies in helping families all across the country breathe cleaner air inside their homes and offices using the latest technology,” says Shin.

 

 

“Our bottom line is concern for your health,” Shin says. “And a big part of our work is showing people how they can lead a healthier lifestyle. Since most of us spend roughly 90 percent of our time indoors, our homes are one place where we can all make dramatic improvements. We want to help you and your family minimize and even avoid lifelong health issues.”

Refresh Smart Home is the first company to automate indoor air quality by integrating best-in-class products to automate and clean the air in your home. We combine smart home technology with indoor air quality monitoring systems and solutions, with the goal of giving you the tools to make your home as healthy and safe as it can possibly be. 

Now, you can monitor, improve and optimize your indoor air quality with a range of products designed to make your home healthy, such as: 

• The IQAir HealthPro® series is the #1 rated air purifier for allergies and asthma, and its New Edition filters last 38 percent longer than previous models, meaning usage for up to one year without replacement.

• The IQAir New Edition GC MultiGas purifier is 100 percent effective for removing MCS, odors and smoke.

• Our Smart Radon Detector – Airthings Wave (pictured right) – accurately monitors the radon levels in your home and gives you access to this information on your smartphone; or you can wave your hand in front of the monitor to get an instant visual update.

• With the Dyson Pure Hot Cool Link Air Purifier you can easily monitor indoor air quality and see live quality metrics from your smartphone.

• The Dyson V8 Absolute Cord-Free Vacuum captures allergens and expels cleaner air than the air you breathe, and the iRobot Braava® 350T mops and sweeps everyday dirt and grime in multiple rooms and large spaces.

 

How Healthy is Your Home?

Take our short quiz and then read on to find out how you can create a healthier home environment that improves your air quality and maximizes energy efficiency. Because, your family deserves to live in the safety, security and comfort of a healthy happy home…

The air quality inside my home is better than the air outdoors.

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INCORRECT: Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors, where air quality can be adversely affected by air particulates, including smoke, fungal spores and chemicals commonly used in paints, varnishes, cleaning products, building supplies, insulation and more. Buildings located near traffic intersections have substantially higher levels of indoor pollutants. (Source: https://www.epa.gov/asthma/asthma-triggers-gain-control and https://www.cnbc.com/2016/04/22/indoor-air-can-be-deadlier-than-outdoor-air-research-shows.html )

 

Newer homes often have better indoor air quality than older houses.

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INCORRECT: Newer homes are more tightly built and heavily insulated, which produces less ventilation and a greater potential for health hazards. Toxic chemicals are used in everything – from flooring, carpets and cabinetry to stains, paints, veneers and in heating and air conditioning systems – and it can take months or years for chemicals to off-gas.

 

Radon in my home can cause serious health problems.

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CORRECT: Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas. It is the second-leading cause of lung cancer and a serious public health problem, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Health authorities – like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Surgeon General, the American Lung Association, the American Medical Association and others – recommend radon testing and encourage action when levels are above 4 pCi/L. (Source: https://iaq.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/212104507-Are-we-sure-that-radon-is-a-health-risk-)

 

Children diagnosed with asthma do not 'outgrow' it.

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CORRECT: Asthma is a lifelong disease. Some children may have fewer symptoms as they grow into their teens. Since about two-thirds of children aged six and younger often wheeze when they have a cold, they are sometimes misdiagnosed, leading to the misconception that asthma can be ‘outgrown.' Asthma affects more than 17 million adults and more than seven million children. (Source: https://iaq.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/211434548-Do-children-outgrow-asthma- and http://acaai.org/news/facts-statistics/allergies )

 

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.

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CORRECT: Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. Asthma and allergic diseases are common for all age groups in the U.S. Hundreds or even thousands of ordinary substances – called allergens – found in the home can trigger allergic reactions, including household dust (dust mites), molds, animal dander and industrial chemicals. (Source: http://acaai.org )

 

Breathing in mold and musty odors doesn't really have serious health consequences.

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INCORRECT: Mold grows where there is moisture and it emits toxins. Exposure to damp, moldy environments can cause mild to severe nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, and eye and skin irritations. Immune-compromised people and people with chronic lung illnesses may get serious lung infections when exposed to mold. Mold can enter your home through doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. It grows in moist places, such as around leaks in roofs, windows or pipe; flooded areas; and on a wide variety of home areas, including ceiling tiles, wood products, dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric and upholstery. (Source: https://www.cdc.gov/mold/dampness_facts.htm )

 

An Indoor Air Quality Test from a reputable company is the best first step you can take to make sure that your home is healthy.

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CORRECT: If you've ever taken readings with a ParticleScan, you know that there can be a million or more particles in just one cubic foot of air. A home with 2,000 square feet with eight foot ceilings has 16,000 cubic feet of air: If you measure one million particles per cubic foot, that translates into approximately 16 billion total particles in your home. These air particles can cause all kinds of health problems: In addition to commonly known issues such as asthma, allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), long term exposure to fine particles can promote heart disease, stroke and decrease life expectancy.

 

Contact Refresh Smart Home today to schedule an indoor air quality assessment with one of our Indoor Air Quality Experts. 

Refresh Smart Home currently serves New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as Boston, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, Los Angeles and San Diego. 

Refresh Smart Home
118 N. Bedford Road, Suite 100
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
(914) 670-8080
www.refreshsmarthome.com


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