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Raise a Happy, Healthy Home

What is a Healthy Home?

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Before Construction

Healthy Home builders pre-plan how to construct homes that are safe for future residents, using materials and techniques that won’t contaminate the air.

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Healthy Upgrades

For older homes, renovations can turn your house into a Healthy Home via upgrades to a home’s ventilation, air purification, and residential humidification systems.

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Daily Maintenance

Choosing to keep a Healthy Home is an ongoing commitment that can be made with routine maintenance and a few simple lifestyle changes.

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You’re building your dream home from the ground up. Congratulations! Here are the blueprints you should consider as you turn your dream home into a healthy home.

Advice from the Experts

Enjoy several hand-selected resources to guide you on your journey toward a Healthy Home.

Newsweek

The Right Level of Humidity May Be Important Weapon in Fighting Coronavirus, New Studies Show

Two scientists from very different parts of the world discover that temperature and humidity are important things to consider in the fight against COVID-19.

AINonline

Coronavirus Brings Cabin Humidity Levels into Question

Emergency room physician, Jeff Gusky, shares his thoughts about how humidity may be the key in helping to reduce COVID-19 transmission during air travel.

The Science of the Total Environment

Effects of temperature and humidity on the daily new cases and new deaths of COVID-19 in 166 countries

This study examines what effect temperature and relative humidity has had on daily COVID-19 cases and deaths around the world.

The Guardian

Air pollution likely to increase coronavirus death rate, warn experts

Underlying health damage caused by air pollution is likely to increase the coronavirus death rate.

Berkeley Lab

Ventilation Rates and Respiratory Illness

Studies indicate that low ventilation rates in buildings correspond with increased rates of respiratory illness in building occupants.

Bloomberg CityLab

Your Old Radiator Is a Pandemic-Fighting Weapon

Historically, the design of heating systems has been influenced by ideas of how to fight airborne diseases.

The New York Times

Now Is the Time to Take Care of Your Lungs. Here’s How.

Air pollution, smoking, and other factors that negatively impact lung health may worsen COVID-19 outcomes.

Urban Land Institute

Confronting COVID-19: Social Distancing, Buildings, and Lessons from Asia

Learn about strategies for building environments that can help the transmission and spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Guardian

Do you need to wash your groceries? And other advice for shopping safely

Tips for grocery shopping during the coronavirus pandemic.

University of Minnesota (CIDRAP)

Yet more data support COVID-19 aerosol transmission

Inadequate ventilation in buildings can increase the transmission and spread of COVID-19.

Medical Xpress

Reduced humidity linked to increased COVID-19 risk

A recent study conducted in Sydney, Australia examines the relationship between humidity and COVID-19 transmission.

HealthManagement.org

Stability of COVID-19 and Treatment of Vented Air

Can we use portable furnaces to decontaminate virus-laden building exhaust?

The Atlantic

Everyone Thinks They’re Right About Masks

How safe is it to go outside during the coronavirus pandemic? Should I wear a mask? Explore the answers to these questions and more?

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Air-quality issues led to student headaches and burning eyes. Here's what the district is doing about it.

Learn about what one school district is doing to correct elevated carbon dioxide levels in classrooms.

National Public Radio

How To Protect Yourself From Coronavirus That Can Linger In The Air

Learn about how you can control the air in your environment to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19.

The Inquirer

Wiping surfaces is fine for the coronavirus, but the main risk is through the air. How to tell if your ventilation is OK.

Take a closer look at indoor ventilation methods and how they help to minimize the spread of coronavirus in the air.

Havard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics

Seasonality of SARS-CoV-2: Will COVID-19 go away on its own in warmer weather?

Explore the factors that may contribute to the seasonal nature of respiratory virus transmission.

The Atlantic

We Need to Talk About Ventilation

If airborne transmission of COVID-19 is an increasing concern, what can we do to mitigate the impact? Start by looking at ventilation.

SSRN (Social Science Research Network)

The Effects of Increased Pollution on COVID-19 Cases and Deaths

Recent environmental regulation rollbacks are associated with increased COVID-19 cases and deaths as a result of higher air pollution levels.

Mother Jones

Your City’s Air Pollution Could Make COVID-19 Even More Dangerous

Exposure to air pollution, both past and present, can leave individuals more vulnerable COVID-19.

Harvard Health Publishing

Coronavirus Resource Center

Harvard Medical School shares FAQ's, new information, and a podcast about the new coronavirus and COVID-19.

Popular Science

Tiny dust particles could help spread viruses like the flu

Dust particles can be responsible for more than just allergies. They can also be handy host for viruses as they travel through the air.

The Washington Post

The coronavirus is deadly enough. But some experts suspect bad air makes it worse.

The novel coronavirus is having a significant negative impact on our health. However, other factors like poor air quality may be worsening outcomes even further.

World Health Organization

Ventilation and airborne diseases

Poorly ventilated buildings don't just contribute to poor air quality - they can also foster the spread of airborne diseases.

facilitiesnet.com

Minimizing Coronavirus Transmission through Hospital Mechanical and Plumbing Systems

HEPA filtration, increased humidity, and 100% use of outside air are just some of the preventative strategies explored in this article.

TIME

COVID-19 Is Transmitted Through Aerosols. We Have Enough Evidence, Now It Is Time to Act

Droplets? Fomites? Aerosols? How is COVID-19 really transmitted and how does this impact prevention?

REHVA - Federation of European Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Associations

COVID-19 Guidance

See what REHVA experts have to say about building operation and service practices during the COVID-19 outbreak.

WIRED

They Say Coronavirus Isn't Airborne—but It's Definitely Borne By Air

The novel coronavirus may not be considered an airborne virus in the truest sense by public health officials but that doesn't mean it is completely grounded either.

The Conversation

How to use ventilation and air filtration to prevent the spread of coronavirus indoors

Explore practical tools that you can use indoors to reduce the spread of virus particles.

U of T Engineering News (University of Toronto)

Air filtration and COVID-19: Indoor air quality expert explains how to keep you and your building safe

Can air filtration protect someone from getting COVID-19? What kind of filter is effective? Get the answers to these questions and more.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

ASHRAE Resources Available to Address COVID-19 Concerns

ASHRAE provides guidance to building industry professionals regarding ways to address COVID-19 concerns when managing HVAC systems.

BBC Future

Covid-19: How long does the coronavirus last on surfaces?

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces longer than you might expect. It's about more than washing your hands and wearing a mask.

National Geographic

Here’s how coronavirus spreads on a plane—and the safest place to sit

Air travel is a game changer when is comes to the spread of respiratory illnesses like the novel coronavirus. Check out the probability of coming into contact with the virus if there is an infected person on your flight.

The Hill

The coronavirus outbreak is an epidemiological situation unique to China

The number of coronavirus cases in China is not the only factor to consider when looking at this recent epidemic. Societal and cultural differences also play an important role.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

Protect yourself and others from spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses by engaging in healthy practices like hand washing, disinfection, and more. Keep your community healthy!

American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

Indoor Air Quality

Learn about indoor air pollutants and how they impact indoor air quality and the respiratory system.

Environmental Health Perspective

Pollen Overload: Seasonal Allergies in a Changing Climate

Evidence suggests that the number of people suffering from seasonal allergies will rise in a changing climate due to longer growing seasons and rising C02 levels.

National Public Radio

When LA's Air Got Better, Kids' Asthma Cases Dropped

The Southern California Children's Health Study shows positive health trends occur when air pollution is reduced. As pollution decreased, so did the number of new asthma cases in children.

CTV News

Increasing indoor humidity can protect against the flu: researchers

Scientists are discovering that dry air helps viruses and bacteria to live longer, while also interfering with our body's natural ability to rid itself of these particles.

Harvard

‘Green’ buildings appear to boost health of low-income residents

According to a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study, residents of low-income housing appear to benefit from living in “green” buildings that improve indoor air quality.

Environmental Protection Agency

Report on the Environment : Indoor Air Quality

An EPA review of indoor air quality

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

What is a mold allergy?

Learn about what a mold allergy is, symptoms to watch for, and current treatments. Discover ways to prevent allergic reactions to mold growth in your home.

Indoor Chem

Humans Identified as the Largest Source of Volatile Organic Chemicals in Indoor Air

A US research team finds that 57% of the volatile organic compounds found in a university lecture theater came from people and their possessions.

cdc.gov

Air Quality and Outdoor Activity Guidance for Schools

Use this table as a guide for protecting the health of children and teenagers during outdoor activity.

Illinois Department of Public Health

Moisture in the Home

This fact sheet provides lots of useful information about sources of moisture in the home and the impact it can have.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather!

Heat-related illness can affect everyone. Learn about how to protect yourself from summer scorchers.

FiveThirtyEight

How To Make Indoor Air Safer

Respiratory droplets and aerosols are two different things. Each can contain virus particles, but differ in the amount, along with the level of risk to your health.

dailyprogress.com

Preventing Mold in Your Home by Controlling Moisture

Control the overall level of moisture in your home to prevent mold growth. Monitor humidity levels, use exhaust fans, dry up water spills quickly and much more.

Chattanooga Times Free Press

What plants clean air the best?

Discover how plants can reduce the presence of toxic volatile organic compounds in your home and other environments.

Reuters.com

Air quality linked to cardiac 'events,' heart disease patients unaware

There is a relationship between air quality and cardiovascular disease. Discover how you can protect yourself and stay healthy.

American Family Insurance

What Should Your Basement Humidity Level Be?

Ever wonder how much humidity is too much humidity when it comes to your basement? Read on to find out and to learn more about basement humidity.

EPA

Mold Course Chapter 2: Why and Where Mold Grows

This article contains useful information about what conditions foster mold growth and what you can do about it.

https://basementhealth.org/6-tips-for-healthy-below-grade-spaces/

6 Tips For Healthy Below-Grade Spaces

Get the scoop on the exhaust fans, humidity levels, carpeting in your basement and more.

United States Consumer Product Safety Comission

The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality

Explore current indoor air quality concerns and their causes. Learn about what you can do to improve the air quality in your home and other indoor environments.

American Lung Association

Cleaning Supplies and Household Chemicals

Household products can sometimes contain ingredients that are harmful to your respiratory health. Learn about healthier options for cleaning and deodorizing.

Forbes

How To Improve Air Quality in Your Home

Pets, ventilation, moisture, and more. Learn about how these things affect the air quality in your home and what you can do about it.

Environmental Protection Agency

Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit

Here's a practical plan from the EPA that schools can use to remedy indoor air quality problems at little-or no-cost.

Vox

Installing air filters in classrooms has surprisingly large educational benefits

When the Southern California Gas company installed air filters in Los Angeles Unified School District classrooms after a gas leak, something unexpected happened: test scores went up

The Environmental Magazine

Air Quality at Home: 10 Ways to Purify Your Indoor Environment Naturally

Tips for improving the air quality in your home naturally. Indoor plants, essential oils, ceiling fans, and more.

Consumer Reports

13 Ways to Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

Discover new ways to make the air in your home cleaner and more healthy. Breathe easy!

Silent Spring

Air quality in “green” housing affected by toxic chemicals in building materials

Even in the green building industry, there are building materials used that create VOCs.

USA Today

Air pollution inside my house could kill me. What are you breathing in at your home?

A review of how indoor air can be unhealthy, and the impacts it can have.

Environmental Protection Agency

Indoor Air Quality and Student Performance

How indoor air quality impacts student performance in schools

Occupational Health and Safety

Breathe Cleanly - Steps to Purify The Air In Your Home

Steps to take to purify the air in your home

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers - Printable Version

What can you do as a builder or building owner to improve air quality?

TreeHugger.com

Another look at indoor air quality and "the indoor generation"

Humans are spending more time indoors than ever before - but at what cost?

Science

Volatile chemical products emerging as largest petrochemical source of urban organic emissions

As transport-derived emissions have decreased, the focus on air pollution caused by chemicals from household and industrial substances is growing.

Vox

Can you really negate your carbon emissions? Carbon offsets, explained.

What are carbon offsets and do they really help in the fight for climate change?

Forbes

Europe's 100 Most Polluted Cities

Emanuela Barbiroglio provides information about air pollution levels across Europe along with its various causes.

NBC News

It's Not Just the Heat, It Really Is the Humidity: Know the Risks

Humidity can have a bigger impact than you might think. Explore ways to stay cool and comfortable in the summer.

The City Fix

The Most Successful Air Pollution Treaty You've Never Heard Of

The Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution has been fighting against air pollution and climate change since 1979. Read about the concrete results they delivered and how they achieved them.

IQAir

World most polluted cities 2019

See how cities around the world rank in air quality month to month. 2018 yearly averages available also.

NAU News

Innovative greenhouse gas dectection software to help cities improve air quality

Professor Kevin Gurney of Northern Arizona University creates maps that revel greenhouse gas sources, helping cities to monitor climate change and sir pollution.

UN Environment Programme

The United States Clean Air Act turns 50: is the air any better half a century later?

Since 1970, the Clean Air Act has brought us a long way in terms of reducing pollutants like lead, ground-level ozone, and carbon monoxide. However, there is still room for improvement.

Environmental Health News

Climate change, inversions, and the rise of “super pollution” air events

Temperature inversions are becoming more and more prevalent, causing an increase in episodes of dense air pollution.

The New York Times

E.P.A., Citing Coronavirus, Drastically Relaxes Rules for Polluters

New guidelines will decrease government oversight of routine compliance monitoring, lab analysis, integrity testing, and more.

Science Daily

Melting snow contains a toxic cocktail of pollutants

Researchers in Montreal have discovered that urban snow absorbs car emissions and alters the concentrations of nanoparticles, both of which contribute to air pollution.

Mother Jones

How China's Filthy air is screwing with our weather

Wondering about the increase of cold snaps and heavy storms in America? Scientists have identified Asia's air pollution as one factor in these extreme weather conditions.

Mother Jones

Is Your City Smart About How to Protect You From Pollution?

Zoning policies that have historically encouraged exclusion of certain groups are now being used to address air pollution concerns, promoting environmental justice reforms.

The Straits Times (International Edition)

Coronavirus crisis helps clear the air on climate and pollution

Big drops in air pollution around the world continue to highlight our need to address climate change.

BBC News

Coronavirus: Nasa images show China pollution clear amid slowdown

Satellite images show that air pollution has decreased dramatically in China since the onset of COVID-19.

Weather.gov

Clearing the air on weather and air quality

Learn about ground-level ozone, particulate matter, and how both interact with weather to impact air quality.

Smarter House

Whole-House Ventilation Strategies

Learn about the three main types of ventilation used in homes: Exhaust-Only, Supply-Only and Balanced

Forbes

Why You Should Take Home Ventilation Seriously

Indoor air can be polluted with dust mites, pet dander, mold, and much more. Whole-home ventilation strategies can help.

U of T Engineering News (University of Toronto)

Air filtration and COVID-19: Indoor air quality expert explains how to keep you and your building safe

Can air filtration protect someone from getting COVID-19? What kind of filter is effective? Get the answers to these questions and more.

https://www.facilitiesnet.com/healthcarefacilities/article/Minimizing-Coronavirus-Transmission-through-Hospital-Mechanical-and-Plumbing-Systems--18855

Minimizing Coronavirus Transmission through Hospital Mechanical and Plumbing Systems

HEPA filtration, increased humidity, and 100% use of outside air are just some of the preventative strategies explored in this article.

REHVA - Federation of European Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Associations

COVID-19 Guidance

See what REHVA experts have to say about building operation and service practices during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Urban Land Institute

Confronting COVID-19: Social Distancing, Buildings, and Lessons from Asia

Learn about strategies to use in building environments that can help the transmission and spread of the novel coronavirus.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

ASHRAE Resources Available to Address COVID-19 Concerns

ASHRAE provides guidance to building industry professionals regarding ways to address COVID-19 concerns when managing HVAC systems.

Environmental Protection Agency

Guide to Air Cleaners in the Home

This short consumer guide from the EPA includes information about portable air cleaners, furnace and HVAC filters used in the home. Also contains tips for selecting a portable air cleaner, furnace filter, or HVAC filter.

ASHRAE

Top ten ways homeowners can ensure good indoor air quality

Learn about how to store volatile compounds, good ventilation techniques for your home, proper placement of HVAC systems, and much more.

American Lung Association

New Construction and Remodeling Tips

Check out these helpful tips for new home construction or remodeling projects.

Harvard

Even ‘green’ homes contain hazardous chemicals

Are green homes actually green?

Newsweek

The Right Level of Humidity May Be Important Weapon in Fighting Coronavirus, New Studies Show

Two scientists from very different parts of the world discover that temperature and humidity are important things to consider in the fight against COVID-19.

AINonline

Coronavirus Brings Cabin Humidity Levels into Question

Emergency room physician, Jeff Gusky, shares his thoughts about how humidity may be the key in helping to reduce COVID-19 transmission during air travel.

The Science of the Total Environment

Effects of temperature and humidity on the daily new cases and new deaths of COVID-19 in 166 countries

This study examines what effect temperature and relative humidity has had on daily COVID-19 cases and deaths around the world.

The Guardian

Air pollution likely to increase coronavirus death rate, warn experts

Underlying health damage caused by air pollution is likely to increase the coronavirus death rate.

Berkeley Lab

Ventilation Rates and Respiratory Illness

Studies indicate that low ventilation rates in buildings correspond with increased rates of respiratory illness in building occupants.

Bloomberg CityLab

Your Old Radiator Is a Pandemic-Fighting Weapon

Historically, the design of heating systems has been influenced by ideas of how to fight airborne diseases.

The New York Times

Now Is the Time to Take Care of Your Lungs. Here’s How.

Air pollution, smoking, and other factors that negatively impact lung health may worsen COVID-19 outcomes.

Urban Land Institute

Confronting COVID-19: Social Distancing, Buildings, and Lessons from Asia

Learn about strategies for building environments that can help the transmission and spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Guardian

Do you need to wash your groceries? And other advice for shopping safely

Tips for grocery shopping during the coronavirus pandemic.

University of Minnesota (CIDRAP)

Yet more data support COVID-19 aerosol transmission

Inadequate ventilation in buildings can increase the transmission and spread of COVID-19.

Medical Xpress

Reduced humidity linked to increased COVID-19 risk

A recent study conducted in Sydney, Australia examines the relationship between humidity and COVID-19 transmission.

HealthManagement.org

Stability of COVID-19 and Treatment of Vented Air

Can we use portable furnaces to decontaminate virus-laden building exhaust?

The Atlantic

Everyone Thinks They’re Right About Masks

How safe is it to go outside during the coronavirus pandemic? Should I wear a mask? Explore the answers to these questions and more?

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Air-quality issues led to student headaches and burning eyes. Here's what the district is doing about it.

Learn about what one school district is doing to correct elevated carbon dioxide levels in classrooms.

National Public Radio

How To Protect Yourself From Coronavirus That Can Linger In The Air

Learn about how you can control the air in your environment to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19.

The Inquirer

Wiping surfaces is fine for the coronavirus, but the main risk is through the air. How to tell if your ventilation is OK.

Take a closer look at indoor ventilation methods and how they help to minimize the spread of coronavirus in the air.

Havard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics

Seasonality of SARS-CoV-2: Will COVID-19 go away on its own in warmer weather?

Explore the factors that may contribute to the seasonal nature of respiratory virus transmission.

The Atlantic

We Need to Talk About Ventilation

If airborne transmission of COVID-19 is an increasing concern, what can we do to mitigate the impact? Start by looking at ventilation.

SSRN (Social Science Research Network)

The Effects of Increased Pollution on COVID-19 Cases and Deaths

Recent environmental regulation rollbacks are associated with increased COVID-19 cases and deaths as a result of higher air pollution levels.

Mother Jones

Your City’s Air Pollution Could Make COVID-19 Even More Dangerous

Exposure to air pollution, both past and present, can leave individuals more vulnerable COVID-19.

Harvard Health Publishing

Coronavirus Resource Center

Harvard Medical School shares FAQ's, new information, and a podcast about the new coronavirus and COVID-19.

Popular Science

Tiny dust particles could help spread viruses like the flu

Dust particles can be responsible for more than just allergies. They can also be handy host for viruses as they travel through the air.

The Washington Post

The coronavirus is deadly enough. But some experts suspect bad air makes it worse.

The novel coronavirus is having a significant negative impact on our health. However, other factors like poor air quality may be worsening outcomes even further.

World Health Organization

Ventilation and airborne diseases

Poorly ventilated buildings don't just contribute to poor air quality - they can also foster the spread of airborne diseases.

facilitiesnet.com

Minimizing Coronavirus Transmission through Hospital Mechanical and Plumbing Systems

HEPA filtration, increased humidity, and 100% use of outside air are just some of the preventative strategies explored in this article.

TIME

COVID-19 Is Transmitted Through Aerosols. We Have Enough Evidence, Now It Is Time to Act

Droplets? Fomites? Aerosols? How is COVID-19 really transmitted and how does this impact prevention?

REHVA - Federation of European Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Associations

COVID-19 Guidance

See what REHVA experts have to say about building operation and service practices during the COVID-19 outbreak.

WIRED

They Say Coronavirus Isn't Airborne—but It's Definitely Borne By Air

The novel coronavirus may not be considered an airborne virus in the truest sense by public health officials but that doesn't mean it is completely grounded either.

The Conversation

How to use ventilation and air filtration to prevent the spread of coronavirus indoors

Explore practical tools that you can use indoors to reduce the spread of virus particles.

U of T Engineering News (University of Toronto)

Air filtration and COVID-19: Indoor air quality expert explains how to keep you and your building safe

Can air filtration protect someone from getting COVID-19? What kind of filter is effective? Get the answers to these questions and more.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

ASHRAE Resources Available to Address COVID-19 Concerns

ASHRAE provides guidance to building industry professionals regarding ways to address COVID-19 concerns when managing HVAC systems.

BBC Future

Covid-19: How long does the coronavirus last on surfaces?

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces longer than you might expect. It's about more than washing your hands and wearing a mask.

National Geographic

Here’s how coronavirus spreads on a plane—and the safest place to sit

Air travel is a game changer when is comes to the spread of respiratory illnesses like the novel coronavirus. Check out the probability of coming into contact with the virus if there is an infected person on your flight.

The Hill

The coronavirus outbreak is an epidemiological situation unique to China

The number of coronavirus cases in China is not the only factor to consider when looking at this recent epidemic. Societal and cultural differences also play an important role.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

Protect yourself and others from spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses by engaging in healthy practices like hand washing, disinfection, and more. Keep your community healthy!

American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

Indoor Air Quality

Learn about indoor air pollutants and how they impact indoor air quality and the respiratory system.

Environmental Health Perspective

Pollen Overload: Seasonal Allergies in a Changing Climate

Evidence suggests that the number of people suffering from seasonal allergies will rise in a changing climate due to longer growing seasons and rising C02 levels.

National Public Radio

When LA's Air Got Better, Kids' Asthma Cases Dropped

The Southern California Children's Health Study shows positive health trends occur when air pollution is reduced. As pollution decreased, so did the number of new asthma cases in children.

CTV News

Increasing indoor humidity can protect against the flu: researchers

Scientists are discovering that dry air helps viruses and bacteria to live longer, while also interfering with our body's natural ability to rid itself of these particles.

Harvard

‘Green’ buildings appear to boost health of low-income residents

According to a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study, residents of low-income housing appear to benefit from living in “green” buildings that improve indoor air quality.

Environmental Protection Agency

Report on the Environment : Indoor Air Quality

An EPA review of indoor air quality

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

What is a mold allergy?

Learn about what a mold allergy is, symptoms to watch for, and current treatments. Discover ways to prevent allergic reactions to mold growth in your home.

Indoor Chem

Humans Identified as the Largest Source of Volatile Organic Chemicals in Indoor Air

A US research team finds that 57% of the volatile organic compounds found in a university lecture theater came from people and their possessions.

cdc.gov

Air Quality and Outdoor Activity Guidance for Schools

Use this table as a guide for protecting the health of children and teenagers during outdoor activity.

Illinois Department of Public Health

Moisture in the Home

This fact sheet provides lots of useful information about sources of moisture in the home and the impact it can have.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather!

Heat-related illness can affect everyone. Learn about how to protect yourself from summer scorchers.

FiveThirtyEight

How To Make Indoor Air Safer

Respiratory droplets and aerosols are two different things. Each can contain virus particles, but differ in the amount, along with the level of risk to your health.

dailyprogress.com

Preventing Mold in Your Home by Controlling Moisture

Control the overall level of moisture in your home to prevent mold growth. Monitor humidity levels, use exhaust fans, dry up water spills quickly and much more.

Chattanooga Times Free Press

What plants clean air the best?

Discover how plants can reduce the presence of toxic volatile organic compounds in your home and other environments.

Reuters.com

Air quality linked to cardiac 'events,' heart disease patients unaware

There is a relationship between air quality and cardiovascular disease. Discover how you can protect yourself and stay healthy.

American Family Insurance

What Should Your Basement Humidity Level Be?

Ever wonder how much humidity is too much humidity when it comes to your basement? Read on to find out and to learn more about basement humidity.

EPA

Mold Course Chapter 2: Why and Where Mold Grows

This article contains useful information about what conditions foster mold growth and what you can do about it.

https://basementhealth.org/6-tips-for-healthy-below-grade-spaces/

6 Tips For Healthy Below-Grade Spaces

Get the scoop on the exhaust fans, humidity levels, carpeting in your basement and more.

United States Consumer Product Safety Comission

The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality

Explore current indoor air quality concerns and their causes. Learn about what you can do to improve the air quality in your home and other indoor environments.

American Lung Association

Cleaning Supplies and Household Chemicals

Household products can sometimes contain ingredients that are harmful to your respiratory health. Learn about healthier options for cleaning and deodorizing.

Forbes

How To Improve Air Quality in Your Home

Pets, ventilation, moisture, and more. Learn about how these things affect the air quality in your home and what you can do about it.

Environmental Protection Agency

Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit

Here's a practical plan from the EPA that schools can use to remedy indoor air quality problems at little-or no-cost.

Vox

Installing air filters in classrooms has surprisingly large educational benefits

When the Southern California Gas company installed air filters in Los Angeles Unified School District classrooms after a gas leak, something unexpected happened: test scores went up

The Environmental Magazine

Air Quality at Home: 10 Ways to Purify Your Indoor Environment Naturally

Tips for improving the air quality in your home naturally. Indoor plants, essential oils, ceiling fans, and more.

Consumer Reports

13 Ways to Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

Discover new ways to make the air in your home cleaner and more healthy. Breathe easy!

Silent Spring

Air quality in “green” housing affected by toxic chemicals in building materials

Even in the green building industry, there are building materials used that create VOCs.

USA Today

Air pollution inside my house could kill me. What are you breathing in at your home?

A review of how indoor air can be unhealthy, and the impacts it can have.

Environmental Protection Agency

Indoor Air Quality and Student Performance

How indoor air quality impacts student performance in schools

Occupational Health and Safety

Breathe Cleanly - Steps to Purify The Air In Your Home

Steps to take to purify the air in your home

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers - Printable Version

What can you do as a builder or building owner to improve air quality?

TreeHugger.com

Another look at indoor air quality and "the indoor generation"

Humans are spending more time indoors than ever before - but at what cost?

Science

Volatile chemical products emerging as largest petrochemical source of urban organic emissions

As transport-derived emissions have decreased, the focus on air pollution caused by chemicals from household and industrial substances is growing.

Vox

Can you really negate your carbon emissions? Carbon offsets, explained.

What are carbon offsets and do they really help in the fight for climate change?

Forbes

Europe's 100 Most Polluted Cities

Emanuela Barbiroglio provides information about air pollution levels across Europe along with its various causes.

NBC News

It's Not Just the Heat, It Really Is the Humidity: Know the Risks

Humidity can have a bigger impact than you might think. Explore ways to stay cool and comfortable in the summer.

The City Fix

The Most Successful Air Pollution Treaty You've Never Heard Of

The Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution has been fighting against air pollution and climate change since 1979. Read about the concrete results they delivered and how they achieved them.

IQAir

World most polluted cities 2019

See how cities around the world rank in air quality month to month. 2018 yearly averages available also.

NAU News

Innovative greenhouse gas dectection software to help cities improve air quality

Professor Kevin Gurney of Northern Arizona University creates maps that revel greenhouse gas sources, helping cities to monitor climate change and sir pollution.

UN Environment Programme

The United States Clean Air Act turns 50: is the air any better half a century later?

Since 1970, the Clean Air Act has brought us a long way in terms of reducing pollutants like lead, ground-level ozone, and carbon monoxide. However, there is still room for improvement.

Environmental Health News

Climate change, inversions, and the rise of “super pollution” air events

Temperature inversions are becoming more and more prevalent, causing an increase in episodes of dense air pollution.

The New York Times

E.P.A., Citing Coronavirus, Drastically Relaxes Rules for Polluters

New guidelines will decrease government oversight of routine compliance monitoring, lab analysis, integrity testing, and more.

Science Daily

Melting snow contains a toxic cocktail of pollutants

Researchers in Montreal have discovered that urban snow absorbs car emissions and alters the concentrations of nanoparticles, both of which contribute to air pollution.

Mother Jones

How China's Filthy air is screwing with our weather

Wondering about the increase of cold snaps and heavy storms in America? Scientists have identified Asia's air pollution as one factor in these extreme weather conditions.

Mother Jones

Is Your City Smart About How to Protect You From Pollution?

Zoning policies that have historically encouraged exclusion of certain groups are now being used to address air pollution concerns, promoting environmental justice reforms.

The Straits Times (International Edition)

Coronavirus crisis helps clear the air on climate and pollution

Big drops in air pollution around the world continue to highlight our need to address climate change.

BBC News

Coronavirus: Nasa images show China pollution clear amid slowdown

Satellite images show that air pollution has decreased dramatically in China since the onset of COVID-19.

Weather.gov

Clearing the air on weather and air quality

Learn about ground-level ozone, particulate matter, and how both interact with weather to impact air quality.

Smarter House

Whole-House Ventilation Strategies

Learn about the three main types of ventilation used in homes: Exhaust-Only, Supply-Only and Balanced

Forbes

Why You Should Take Home Ventilation Seriously

Indoor air can be polluted with dust mites, pet dander, mold, and much more. Whole-home ventilation strategies can help.

U of T Engineering News (University of Toronto)

Air filtration and COVID-19: Indoor air quality expert explains how to keep you and your building safe

Can air filtration protect someone from getting COVID-19? What kind of filter is effective? Get the answers to these questions and more.

https://www.facilitiesnet.com/healthcarefacilities/article/Minimizing-Coronavirus-Transmission-through-Hospital-Mechanical-and-Plumbing-Systems--18855

Minimizing Coronavirus Transmission through Hospital Mechanical and Plumbing Systems

HEPA filtration, increased humidity, and 100% use of outside air are just some of the preventative strategies explored in this article.

REHVA - Federation of European Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Associations

COVID-19 Guidance

See what REHVA experts have to say about building operation and service practices during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Urban Land Institute

Confronting COVID-19: Social Distancing, Buildings, and Lessons from Asia

Learn about strategies to use in building environments that can help the transmission and spread of the novel coronavirus.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

ASHRAE Resources Available to Address COVID-19 Concerns

ASHRAE provides guidance to building industry professionals regarding ways to address COVID-19 concerns when managing HVAC systems.

Environmental Protection Agency

Guide to Air Cleaners in the Home

This short consumer guide from the EPA includes information about portable air cleaners, furnace and HVAC filters used in the home. Also contains tips for selecting a portable air cleaner, furnace filter, or HVAC filter.

ASHRAE

Top ten ways homeowners can ensure good indoor air quality

Learn about how to store volatile compounds, good ventilation techniques for your home, proper placement of HVAC systems, and much more.

American Lung Association

New Construction and Remodeling Tips

Check out these helpful tips for new home construction or remodeling projects.

Harvard

Even ‘green’ homes contain hazardous chemicals

Are green homes actually green?