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Category: Indoor Air Quality

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How UV Lights Can Improve Your Air Quality

What is a UV light?Ultraviolet (UV) lights can be used to kill microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, mold and fungi. They first found commercial popularity for use in water treatment facilities to remove mold, mildew and other biological contaminants from water and surrounding equipment. The technology was then introduced into the HVAC market in order […]

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Why Scented Candles Stink for Air Quality

When you light a scented candle, its chemical ingredients are released into the air. While you are enjoying the aroma and soft glow, they are filling your home with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and fine particulate matter. Scented candles emit both VOCs and fine particulate matter in higher proportion than unscented candles, according to Dr. […]

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Grow More Fresh Air with Houseplants

In our recent series, we covered our three-pronged approach to improving indoor air quality. (In case you missed it, this includes a combination of proper ventilation, filtration and use of a PHI generator.) But there is a fourth prong, and it has nothing to do with air conditioning. It consists entirely of things that you […]

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How to Choose the Right Air Filter

Last time we talked about indoor air quality, we discussed using PHI generators to kill mold and other microbials polluting the air in our homes. However, if we stop there, we are left with dead particulates that can continue to contribute to allergy symptoms – as can a host of other particulates in our indoor […]

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Mold is in the Air: How to Kick it (and other Microbial Air Pollutants) Out of Your House

If it’s alive, kill it. If it’s dead, trap it. That’s a rule of thumb for improving indoor air quality. When it comes to molds and other microbials, which are living organisms, we must both kill and trap them. In nature, hydroperoxides kill pollutants through two attack modes: They either break them down through a […]

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Love is in the air, but so is a bunch of other stuff. Why the air inside your home may be more polluted than the air outside

We hear about indoor air quality (IAQ) from many sources, but what does it really mean, and why should we be concerned about it? Indoor air quality is, simply put, the quality (good or bad) of the indoor air we are exposed to on a daily basis. Indoor air includes ALL indoor air: our homes, […]

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