Ventilation Helps Reduce Flu Transmission

The days are getting shorter and the temperature is dropping.  As an added bonus, we have flu season to contend with. Every year we are encouraged by medical professionals to get a flu shot and take basic precautions like basic hand hygiene and avoiding close contact with sick individuals.  Let’s add another weapon in your arsenal to protect yourself against the flu by improving the ventilation of your home.

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IAQ Testing – What Does It Mean?

IAQ Testing We often get calls from clients asking for indoor air quality (IAQ) testing, and when asking if they have specific concerns they will often reply with “I want to test for everything”. The problem is, air quality is a huge field! Similar to the phrase “medical testing”, it would be impossible for your

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Air Quality Affecting Pets – Canary in a Coal Mine

We occasionally receive a phone from clients with concerns about indoor air quality affecting pets, especially cats and dogs.  I have heard reports that some pets have developed blindness, neurological diseases, lethargy, etc… One client recently found out that his small dog died of lung cancer, and neither the dog nor the owner were smokers!  These animals could have developed these diseases naturally, or there could have been a contributing indoor environmental cause.

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Exposure at Work vs Home

Our company tackles air quality projects in a wide range of properties. Think of a random type of building and we have probably conducted an air quality survey or industrial hygiene monitoring in a building like it. We work in small studio apartments all the way up to an airport. As you can imagine, the

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Air Quality Concerns for Pregnant Women

I can remember like it was yesterday when we took our firstborn home from the hospital.  My wife and I spent countless hours getting our daughter’s bedroom ready with new paint, furniture, and decorations.  In looking back at those preparations, I think that there was something else that I should have done; I should have made a greater effort in improving the air quality of our home prior to our trip to the hospital.  

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Website Review for “IDPH Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality”

The intention of this blog post is to review a website from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).  The website can be found here: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/toxicology/indoor-air-quality-healthy-homes/idph-guidelines-indoor-air-quality   The website provides some general guidelines for indoor air quality.  Some details about each parameter are discussed.  Parameters ranging from humidity and temperature to formaldehyde and particulates in

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Indoor and Outdoor Pollutants in Chicago

Living less than a half mile away from Lake Michigan in Chicago made the Lakefront Trail (LFT) effortlessly accessible. I could quickly warm up with a short walk or jog and almost instantly have access to the beautiful lake and a path designed specifically for pedestrians and bicyclists. The LFT lines the edges of the

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My Top 10 Air Quality Concerns

Many people keep track of every gram of food going into their body. Yet, the very same people are often totally unaware of what they are breathing in. They would be surprised to find out that we eat about 3 pounds of food a day… and breath in over 30 pounds of air! To help

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