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Humidity and an Indoor Moisture Inventory

Humidity and an Indoor Moisture Inventory It is our core purpose at HypoAir to help you bring what’s best about outdoor air, indoors.  Replicating outdoor air indoors, though, isn’t always easy.  Sometimes outdoor air can be overwhelmingly humid, supporting all kinds of mold and bacterial growth on surfaces.  There are differing opinions on optimal indoor
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Why is the Sun in the news so much lately (and what does this mean for me?)Sometimes with natural disasters and “acts of God” I wonder, was this happening before with the same frequency/intensity while I wasn’t paying attention, or are they really becoming worse?  Hurricanes. Winter storms. Earthquakes. and…Corona Mass Ejections (CMEs).   This “corona” event
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Why is the Sun in the news so much lately (and what does this mean for me?)
Plants as Air Purifiers?IF you lived in a sealed environment like a spaceship or biodome, then plants could be extremely helpful in reducing harmful VOCs (check out NASA’s BioHome).  Since most of us live in a much more dynamic environment with many air leaks, entrances and exits, a new study calculates you would need a
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Plants as Air Purifiers?

A Clean-Air Kitchen Checklist Copy

A Clean-Air Kitchen ChecklistIt’s clear from the amount of money and size

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August 4, 2022

How to repurpose common appliances into air purifiersWhen you think of air purifiers, sometimes placement takes a role in the decision-making process.  Where do you place it? What if you could repurpose an existing appliance in your home and turn it into an air purifier, for double duty?Ceiling FansPurifan has been in business since 1998,
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August 3, 2022

A Clean-Air Kitchen ChecklistIt’s clear from the amount of money and size of kitchens nowadays that the kitchen is where people spend a lot of time.  Big islands, comfortable chairs and features like coffee bars and wine coolers make it easy to stay and chat while the host cooks up a delicious meal.  The problem
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August 3, 2022

Going with your GutFor several years now, I’ve been more aware of my health and doing my best to preserve it.  In the second half of 2020, I had a major health incident that “reset” my digestive system and life.  For reasons still unknown (mold? fiberglass?), I had lymph node swelling and pain in many
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August 2, 2022

Some small plants can make a big difference!I have to admit that this post was inspired by an episode of Alone.  One of the participants boiled “Reindeer Moss” to eat.  That made me wonder, is moss good for anything else?You will never see some of the best plants at filtering air pollution when strolling through
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August 1, 2022

Monitoring air quality for the sake of the youngestThere are so many things to avoid when you’re pregnant.  Alcohol and smoke are some of the top offenders, causing birth defects, neurodevelopmental disorders, pre-term birth and low birth weight.  Did you know that air pollution is also dangerous to expecting mothers and their infants?   Of course,
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August 1, 2022

What is Third-Hand Smoke?  Is it Dangerous?Smoke smells take a long time to dissipate.  I have bought wooden furniture, clothing, an SUV, and a couch from smokers (with months to years between these purchases) and I remember thinking at the time, this is not too bad.  This thought probably occurred after my sense of smell
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July 28, 2022

Less Coffee, More Fresh Air!At some point in most peoples’ lives, fatigue is a fact of daily life.  We can chalk it up to too much work and not enough sleep, or poor quality sleep, or a virus that seems to be “going around”.  But what if it could be as simple as not enough
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July 26, 2022

Why isn’t the fan making me cooler?This is an odd post.  It’s about hitting an invisible barrier, one you don’t see until suddenly, things don’t work the way they’re supposed to.When I see an article with the title “Fans Can Make you Hotter”, it’s an automatic click for me.  I rely on fans in every
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July 21, 2022

Is there mold hiding in your clothes?It has been one heck of a summer in the US!  More heat = more sweat, more sweat = more stinky wet clothes in the laundry hamper, and more wet clothes in the laundry hamper = more mold!   This is especially a problem with workout clothing or “outdoor
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July 18, 2022

How droughts can even impact your airIt’s been an unusual year.  In the southeast US, temperatures have been above normal with extended periods of no rain.  In the west, Lake Mead and Lake Powell have lowered by nearly 75% of where lake levels once were as the country’s two largest reservoirs.  The Colorado River, which
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July 14, 2022

It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity air pollution!Decades ago, when the meteorologists predicted extreme heat, it seemed they only advised on the necessity to stay out of the sun, drink more water, and cool off more frequently (stay in the pool, yayyyy!).  Now, heat advisories come with more sinister warnings about air pollution levels,
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July 13, 2022

What’s the difference between EMMA and ERMI?Maybe EMMA and ERMI sound like children’s story characters, but no, we’re talking about mold testing!   RealTime Laboratories was founded in Texas in 2005 by two doctors who had been researching and collaborating since their meeting in medical school.  Dr. Bolton is a board-certified anesthesiologist and was a
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July 12, 2022

Fiberglass: the air quality problem you didn’t considerWith extreme weather issues such as storms and fires in the news, we can become very focused on mold from water damage and particulate matter (PM) from air pollution like smoke, but another problem has been silently causing lung and whole-body issues for decades: fiberglass insulation.Fiberglass insulation, also
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July 11, 2022

What kind of air conditioner do you have?An air conditioning system is certainly not the most interesting equipment that you choose for your home, or that comes with an existing home you buy.  It either works well, or it doesn’t, right?  Unfortunately it’s the ones that don’t work well that get noticed!  Depending on the
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July 7, 2022

Air Filter Thickness–is thicker better?All of the homes I’ve lived in (and there have been many) used 1” thick furnace filters.  Far and away, this is the most popular size.  I hadn’t even realized that there is a significant selection of  4-5” thick filters, until I recently went to a big-box home improvement store and
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July 6, 2022

Could we soon irradiate our own food at home using UV light?When I first started researching ways to protect against Coronavirus, these little boxes for radiating your phone, keys, etc. seemed to be a very ingenious device.  They use UV-C light to kill germs on surfaces, claiming only “3 minutes per side” for “99.99% efficiency for
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July 5, 2022

How do hobbies affect our indoor air quality?Artists have always risked their health for the love of their craft, whether they work with paint, food, cloth, wood, metal, resin or many other materials!  I’m talking about air quality here, and I guess the only art with pure air may be music.  Let’s get to the
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June 27, 2022

Summer road trips: How to breathe easy wherever you go!The great American tradition of taking a road trip during the summer is still popular after the COVID-19 pandemic, although fuel and lodging prices may cause some to shorten their range or length of stay (skift.com).  Of those staying at home instead of traveling, 33% were
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June 22, 2022

How’s the air quality in your laundry room?To be honest I hadn’t thought about this one before…it usually smells nice inside when I’m doing laundry (because of scented laundry products), and it smells nice outside too, because of the scent coming through the dryer vent!  Our brains are trained to equate nice smells with fresh
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June 22, 2022

Our New Healthy Home WishListSometimes, after hearing about many customers’ problems with their existing homes (problems with attics, basements, crawlspaces, inadequate ventilation, too much humidity, poor location, etc.), we just want to do a positive post on what our dream house would look like!  What if you could build a new home in any location
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June 22, 2022

Can I avoid mold with JUST ventilation?Here’s the spoiler: many times you can, sometimes you can’t, but read on to find out more!This post was borne after reading a very interesting article in The Atlantic.  The author lives in an area of coastal Japan, which is dry and beautiful for ten months out of the
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June 13, 2022

Power Outages and Air QualityIt’s not hard to imagine nowadays: hot weather, cold weather, storms, electrical grid system hacking, or just plain equipment failure are all reasons you could lose power to your house.  In that case, there are a number of things to consider and ways you can prepare. Generators:  If you are going to
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June 13, 2022

Air-Sealing your HomeWow, the revelation that Ultrafine Particles (UFPs) from outdoor pollution can easily penetrate a home’s interior through cracks and leaks has really stirred our thinking.  Specifically, a 2018 study on UFPs from airport traffic during prevailing winds caused indoor pollutants to rise by 1.7 fold (170%), and HEPA filtration inside the homes only
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June 7, 2022

What are ultrafine particles and where do they come from?  In our post “Which particles can get captured by a filter or by my lungs?”, we mentioned ultrafine particles, which are classified to be 0.1 micron or less in diameter.  They are called UFPs (ultrafine particles) or PM0.1 (Particulate matter 0.1 microns), and are dangerous
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June 6, 2022

Which particles can get captured by a filter or by my lungs?This is an incredibly important and somewhat complicated question.  I want to present the following graphic, which shows relative particle size.  I’d say it’s pretty surprising how large our hair is and how small those bacteria, smoke particles and viruses are, right?  The “µm”
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June 2, 2022

How can I make sure my basement has good air quality?If you glanced at our post on crawl spaces, you would know that more new homes have basements than crawl spaces, but they are both declining in popularity.  Here’s what the National Association of Home Builders found:Still, many existing homes have basements, finished and unfinished. 
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June 1, 2022

How is my Crawl Space affecting my Indoor Air Quality?According to the National Association of Home Builders, 65% of new homes in 2020 were built on slab foundations, 22% had a full or partial basement, and 12% had a crawl space.  From their statistics since 2000, it’s clear that slab foundations are increasing, while basements
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May 23, 2022

Do Trickle Vents Really Work?In our post “How does indoor air pressure affect Ventilation and Air Quality?” we discussed the pros and cons of negative, positive, balanced and balanced with HRV/ERV ventilation. We really do think that balanced ventilation is the way to go, but not everyone is convinced.  In the UK and Europe, negative
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May 19, 2022

Air Quality Myths–debunked!Don’t worry, at HypoAir we’re learning everyday too.  Whether the myth comes from the media, or your family, or just what you assume happens, many of the things we believe about air quality–are not true!  Let’s dive in and get to the bottom of these myths…My old, leaky house has better air quality
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May 11, 2022

Would you rent or subscribe forclean air?Ok, I’ve heard of all kinds of rentals and subscription plans. But, air is public domain, right?  How on earth does such a subscription get delivered?  Certain companies have air purifier machines that can be rented by the day or week, etc., which can be really helpful if you
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May 10, 2022

How to live with minimal AC and maximum ventilationFor decades (five to be exact), home design focus has been on sealing homes in order to reduce energy costs of heating and cooling.  Such energy efficiency has come at a price of air quality, because unlike, say, water, air cannot be “recycled” over and over without
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May 9, 2022

Increasing our bodies’ resistance to mold–naturallyThere’s no “silver bullet”, but regarding exposure to mold, there’s a lot we can control, like humidity, water leaks that can be stopped and remediated, air purifiers, etc. Sometimes, though, there are things we just can’t control, like having a new work assignment in a moldy area, or having a
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April 28, 2022

Should I Clean my HVAC Ducts?We all want to have clean rooms, windows, and nice fresh paint and decor.  But what about those spaces behind the walls and ceilings, like the HVAC ducts?  You would think that accumulated dust in HVAC ducts would be a major health concern.  Surprisingly….in most cases it isn’t.There is a
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April 27, 2022

Window AC units need (Deep) Spring Cleaning too!We still have cool evenings in the eastern US as I’m writing this (late April), but the days are heating up quickly.  My parents and I have central air conditioning in our homes, but their workshop has a window unit.  It’s an older unit, still very good at
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April 20, 2022

Carpet Care: How to get a Non-Toxic RefreshThis is not a fear campaign, I promise!   I just want to give some facts on carpeting before we get down to how to keep it in your house.  The first three facts of the following  are from forceofnature.com, a trusted non-toxic cleaning product we recommend. The California
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