Sample Of The World’s Most Expensive Mold

Mold can be a major factor in poor indoor quality in your home or business. Recently a very common sample of household mold was sold at auction for more than $14,600. This mold, Penicillin, is relatively harmless – the sample was from Dr. Alexander Fleming’s laboratory, where they first discovered its lifesaving properties. It was the indoor air quality of the laboratory that first alerted them to it as the microscopic spores arrived via an open window and colonized a bacteria sample.

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The Importance of Indoor Air Quality

The link between air quality and health is well known, but a recent study found that air pollutants and poor indoor air quality might make a bigger contribution to cognitive decline and diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s than previously thought. While there are many factors leading to the growth of disease, this study showed strong evidence that poor indoor air quality and long-term exposure to airborne pollutants was a major contributing factor in the development of cognitive decline in older adults – signifying the importance of clean air.

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Don’t Under Estimate Carbon Monoxide

Wiarton Willie may have predicted an early spring this year, but we could still have many days of snow left. Snow is being named as the culprit in a number of scares this winter as excessive build up blocked some home heating vents and caused toxic levels of carbon monoxide to build up inside.  Indoor air quality is a key part of your home or business’s healthy living environment, and carbon monoxide is known as ‘the silent killer’ for its ability to effect your indoor air quality with few warning signs.

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Contaminants Are Everywhere

The indoor air quality of your home or office is an important part of having a healthy living and working environment. Good indoor air quality can have a huge effect on both you and your family, leaving you feeling more refreshed and in better health. Continue reading

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The HVAC System: Your Home’s Lungs

The air ducts in your home or business are a critical part of the heating and cooling of your building as well as a major factor of your indoor air quality. Air ducts move heated and cooled air throughout your building to provide a ventilated and comfortable indoor environment – think of them as the circulatory system! With time your ducts can become contaminated which can lead to a number of problems with your indoor air quality. Since they are most often out of sight, it’s easy for them to be out of mind as well – but a little attention paid to your ducts can improve your indoor air quality and prevent long term problems from taking hold. Continue reading

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How To Distinguish Between Cold Or Allergy Symptoms And a Toxic Home

Although colds and allergies are most often linked with seasonal change, it’s always concerning if symptoms are ongoing or never-ending. That runny nose, the itchy throat, and those watery eyes are troubling when they persist, and when there’s no particular cause. The thing is, while there is good reason to address a winter cold or a seasonal allergy, there could also be other reasons for compromised health in and around the home. In some cases, a so-called toxic home may at fault. Continue reading

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How To Choose The Right Company For Air Quality Testing

The priority with air quality testing is to choose a professional who can competently assess the indoor air quality of a home, while providing options for resolution. Today, knowledge and skill levels vary dramatically amongst those who provide air quality testing. There are few regulations that govern testing services, except in situations where contaminants like asbestos and radon are involved. There are, however, various professional groups that do maintain certain standards. Continue reading

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Some Sure Signs You Need to Check the Air Quality in Your Home

In most homes, both urban and rural, people have become much more environmentally conscious than ever before. And while much is made of the air quality outdoors and around the world, we often overlook the air quality inside our living space. It really shouldn’t be that way, especially since we spend so much of our waking hours indoors. The bigger question is how to ensure that indoor air quality is at an acceptable standard. The best way to start is with an air quality test. Continue reading

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Buying a House? Don’t Forget To Check Air Quality!

In most parts of the country, the housing market continues to be heated. Needless to say, buying a house is a big deal. A huge amount of money is involved and there are many things to consider. Something that often gets sidelined is the quality of air throughout the home. While air quality might be a lower priority compared to mortgage financing, it should still be seriously considered. Continue reading

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Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Dioxide at Home and in the Office

Carbon Dioxide and Carbon Monoxide are not uncommon in a residential home or commercial office. If there is a suspicion of contamination, it’s time to find the source, and take the necessary steps to resolve the problem. Both Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Carbon Monoxide (CO) are difficult to detect off hand – they are both colorless and odorless. But in higher concentrations they can affect air quality and therefore affect personal health. Continue reading

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