I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to stay aboard the IAQ train this week. I recently read an article about Detroit being the seventh sneeziest and wheeziest city in America. I live and work in metro Detroit, so this Natural Resources Defense Council report is of some concern. According to the report, ragweed and unhealthy ozone pollution can combine to worsen respiratory health and Detroit residents are more likely to suffer from itchy eyes, runny noses, sneezing, and may even find it hard to breathe at times.

The report identifies a total of 35 cities now faced with both ragweed pollen and ozone pollution. Smart contractors operating in those markets can use high allergens as a starting point to increase IAQ upsells. As someone who used to have horrible allergies (I had to get allergy shots once a week for more than a year when I was a teenager), IAQ is important to me, just as I’m sure it is important to others dealing with allergies and asthma.

To read more about the 2015 sneezing and wheezing report, visit http://on.nrdc.org/1KCSPqi.