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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?

January 18, 2023

Sealing Air Channels in Your AtticAnytime there is a significant temperature difference between the inside and outside of your home, good air-sealing and insulation will pay dividends in energy savings, air quality and avoiding damage to your home.  If you don’t understand what an attic bypass is, this video gives a number of great examples. 
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January 2, 2023

Detecting Gas Leaks in the HomeAs we pointed out in our article on Propane and Natural Gas, gas leaks outside the home are very common, especially in older neighborhoods.  Gas leaks in the home are rare, but they sure can be dangerous!  Even if you have no piped gas coming into your home, there is
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December 12, 2022

All about Propane and Natural GasI’ve lived in the city, and I live (now) in the country.  In both places, there was a gas line coming into the house that could be used for gas appliances like my stove, dryer, water heater, furnace, etc.  I, like most people, don’t give the gas or these pipes
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December 8, 2022

Estimating Power Consumption for the Whole-Home Polar IonizerAccording to the most recent results from the 2020 Residential Energy Consumption Survey by the US Energy Information Administration, two-thirds of U.S. households use central AC or a central heat pump as their main AC equipment.  Because a central system incorporates ductwork to distribute air throughout the rooms
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December 7, 2022

Some natural methods to avoid getting the FluAnother virus has dominated the headlines this fall and winter 2022, an old nemesis that changes disguises (varieties) every year to trip us up–Influenza.  Of course, you could always take a gamble that the Flu vaccines offered in clinics will match the real cocktail of virus in the
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December 6, 2022

Unplugging for your sanity and your healthAt this holiday time of year, there are so many competing digital signals that it feels like my brain is being overloaded–emails about sales, gifts and events, advertisements on TV and the internet playing constantly, and music playing on every shop and street.  I checked (yes, online of course!)
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December 5, 2022

Biofilms are bastions of BACTERIAFar from being harmless documentaries about someone’s life, biofilms are dangerous bacterial growth that causes a “film” over the surface that is hard to remove.  Scientists have found that persistent infection problems in places such as hospitals, nursing homes, food processing plants and drinking water distribution systems is not due to
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November 30, 2022

Unseen Toxins Really Do Affect Us: 3 Disturbing HeadlinesWhile scanning the “Indoor Air Pollution” headlines, I recently came across three that caught my eye.  In the US, consumers have access to an amazing number of products manufactured everywhere in the world.  In stores and online, we can purchase virtually everything from nutritional supplements and cosmetics
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November 30, 2022

Start Thinking Like a Home InspectorIf you own a home, you need to learn to think like a home inspector.  A home is a great investment, but if the outside elements start to penetrate the building envelope, your great investment can start to deteriorate and become toxic!Sometimes, after an especially hard rain, there is a
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November 29, 2022

What’s hiding in that pallet wall?Another embarrassing but true story:  Once upon a time in New Orleans, I rehabbed a house that was gutted post-Katrina.  In a neighborhood built in the 1950’s, I took down a few walls and set about making this little 1500 square foot home into my Pinterest dream.  No matter that the
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November 29, 2022

What size heating/cooling unit does my home need?If you find yourself shivering or sweating and madly mashing thermostat buttons without success, it might be time for a new heating or cooling unit.  If your HVAC tech confirms that’s the case, it’s easy to just have it replaced with the same capacity unit.  But what if
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November 23, 2022

The Science of DustDust.  It’s not just harmless dirt that builds up on fan blades until we can’t turn the fan on any more for fear of clumps flying everywhere.  It’s a combination of skin cells, pollen, dead bugs, bacteria, soil, dander and various fibers. (iaq.works)  Dust also carries SVOCs, or semivolatile organic compounds, that
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November 22, 2022

Healthy Home Chores that deserve a pat on the backIt seems like it’s been an extreme year; at times either it is way too hot or unseasonably cold; you may be getting too much rainfall or not enough.  What is our protection from all the elements?  Our homes!  Whether you’re renting or own your house,
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November 21, 2022

Q: Do Air Handlers Belong in the Attic?A: It depends!(Don’t you love that answer?!)  Every one’s home is different, as well as where their home is built (climate), so there aren’t hard and fast rules, but we can surely show you the pros and cons of putting your air handler in the attic.First of all,
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November 21, 2022

How Vestibules and Foyers make your home healthierIn the US, not many people would say they have a “vestibule” in their home.  Vestibule is defined as an empty space or small area located just inside the entrance to a building. This sectioned-off area has the main purpose of serving as a passage from the entryway
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November 17, 2022

Could you improve your breathing?From singers to athletes to the elderly with COPD to the young affected by asthma, there are millions of people who desire to breathe better.  Thankfully, doctors and scientists have studied the respiratory system for a long time and invented some pretty cool non-drug treatments and methods that can really improve
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November 16, 2022

How to choose a Whole-Home DehumidifierIf you have problems keeping the humidity below 60% in your home, we’ve written a lot on ways to lower it.  The first and foremost one should be to check for hidden air leaks in your building envelope.  Look for and correct the biggest ones first, to reap the most
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November 10, 2022

Air-Purifying Paint?  Yes Please!Every little bit helps.  Even if you haven’t changed your furniture or decor in years, most of us are constantly bringing chemicals and VOCs into our homes that come with food packaging and toiletries, new clothing and shoes, electronics and consumables like filters, printer ink and cat litter.  It’s a revolving door–even
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November 9, 2022

Do you need more INSULATION?When seasons change it’s easier to get a fresh perspective on how well your home is performing against the elements, or we would say how well the building envelope is “sealed”.  Because it’s very difficult and expensive to build a home that is perfectly sealed, everything else is relative to the
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November 9, 2022

Dealing with EarthquakesJust like many other controversial topics, there is conflicting evidence on whether earthquakes are increasing.  Some news sites say that there is no increase in earthquakes; it just seems that there is an increase because reporting methods have gotten better (usgs.gov).  However, a journal for the insurance industry reports that earthquakes are increasing
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November 2, 2022

The Truths about Winter AirIn the southeast US, I really enjoy the coolness of fall and winter after a long hot summer.  Winter air feels fresh and clean, but why is that?  And is it always fresh and clean?  What about humidity? What about static electricity?There are so many reasons that winter smells are different!Our
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November 2, 2022

Hosting Responsibly‘Tis the season for gathering together for celebrations!  More than a few years ago, “hosting responsibly” might be taken to mean monitoring alcohol consumption and driving.  Now, it also means providing good air quality where participants don’t need to worry about breathing in germs.  What a difference a few years (and a pandemic) makes!In
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October 31, 2022

How to enjoy winterWhether or not you enjoy winter, there are ways you can enjoy it more.  It calls for identifying some potential drawbacks, and transforming them into advantages.  Some potential cons of the winter are less daylight, more clothing, less time outside, colds and flu, and staying at home when inclement weather hits.  These
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October 28, 2022

What do our holiday traditions really cost?Okay…we all know that visiting the Christmas Tree Lot the day after Thanksgiving can be really expensive, and prices get better the longer you can wait to get one.  That’s not what I’m talking about!   I wanted to know, are some of our traditions costing us in our
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October 28, 2022

Taking care of your body’s air filtersA little bit of knowledge about our bodies really makes us appreciate all their functions and complexities!  Take for example our respiratory system starting with the nose.  It’s important to understand how our nose and sinuses work.  If you’re not an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor and you
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October 27, 2022

The Epidemic of AsthmaIf you don’t suffer from a certain disease or know someone who does, it can often evade your concern or thinking.  Asthma is one such disease for me, and aside from drug commercials on the internet and TV, I didn’t give much thought to it.  “Pandemics” seem to have taken over our
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October 26, 2022

How to protect your child’s air qualityWhen school shootings, abuse or other violence take up the bulk of the news, it’s easy to miss that the very air your family breathes has a great impact on childrens’ health (even more than ours).  Why? (from lung.org)Air pollution can affect them even before they’re born, with increased
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October 24, 2022

Are my windows causing my mold allergy?If you viewed the results of my home’s mold plate testing, you probably saw the high count of mold colonies in my sunroom–which doesn’t even have air conditioning vents in it.   What the heck?  I was scratching my head until I remembered that I had placed the plate
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October 19, 2022

Catch it EARLYNo, I’m not talking about a movie, or even a sale.  I’m talking about water leaks.  After recently dealing with a leaky faucet (what a pain), I figured that there must be something to help me detect the leak in the first couple hours after it starts, instead of days later.  I’ve seen
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September 22, 2022

The benefits of living upwindI can only think of a few times where being downwind was preferable.  If you’re a hunter, you’d want to be downwind of your prey so it won’t smell you and run away.  I didn’t mind being downwind of the coffee roasting plant when I lived in New Orleans because of
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September 21, 2022

How to have clear sinusesGoing through yet another round of stuffy nose and headaches, I decided to research all the ways that I or my environment is sabotaging my sinuses.  First of all, it could be sinusitis (also called rhinosinusitis): an inflammation of the paranasal sinuses, the cavities within the bones that surround the nose (Harvard
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September 21, 2022

Micro- and Nanoplastics are everywhereChildren especially are moved with compassion for animals.  I remember learning as a child that non-biodegradable plastic often ends up in the ocean, and sea animals like birds and fish can get entangled in plastics like 6-pack rings, so I started to cut apart the rings before throwing them away so
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September 20, 2022

How do older homes compare to newer homes?According to Realtor.com, older homes are those that are not built with modern building materials like high-performance concrete; typically they were constructed before the 1970’s.  Many older homes can be purchased at a discount because they have not been “updated”.  These updates of course include aesthetics like granite
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September 19, 2022

Will a Radiant Barrier Help My Home’s Air Quality?Radiant barriers have been a “hot” topic for the last few years: If to install them, where to install them, and how to install them.  Are they worth the work and cost?  It’s time well-spent to do some research before diving in with such a project.Radiation is
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September 13, 2022

Can my indoor air quality affect the food I eat?Do you ever look at the food on your countertop, whether it’s an apple pie or bowl of potatoes, and wonder, how did that food go bad so fast?  It’s a common problem, even more so in warmer climates, so we thought you’d like to know
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September 12, 2022

How to choose a mold remediation contractorIt’s a scary prospect to think that mold in your “safe place”–your home–may be intruding and possibly causing illness in you or family members.  Whatever your training in other disciplines (even medical doctors), you can still be largely unprepared in knowing about mold and fungi and their effects on
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September 9, 2022

Retrofitting with Radiant CoolingRadiant cooling reduces or eliminates many of the faults of forced air systems: cost of operation, noise of air rushing through ducts or vents, drafty spots, allergens and dust being blown through your home, etc.The need for a new cooling and heating system in my home has me looking at all the
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September 7, 2022

How to Prevent Negative Pressure in Your HomeWe have posted several articles on negative pressure in the home and its consequences, the most alarming consequence being how it can suction dangerous gasses from the garage and gas-fired appliances into your living space (check out our post here with eye-opening video link of a model house!). 
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September 6, 2022

New SEER ratings and more price increases…Since we’re a company dedicated to healthy indoor air, we’re going to talk about SEER in relation to heating and air conditioning, not a person who can “see” the future!  However, we can see price increases coming because new regulations are soon coming into effect…SEER stands for Seasonal Energy
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September 1, 2022

How healthy is your SprayFoam?Sprayfoam has been a huge player in the home insulation industry, and is projected to grow by 4-6% CAGR through the next decade (marketsandmarkets.com).  It is used as insulation (R-3.8 for open cell and R-7 for closed cell), and can be an air barrier and/or vapor barrier when applied properly (Johns
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September 1, 2022

Wall covering products that resist mold and mildewWhen my kitchen faucet caused a leak under the sink and mold spotted the drywall behind it, I thought, with what material can I replace the drywall to make it less mold-friendly?  Under the sink is a dark, damp area where water can intrude again.   Searching my
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August 25, 2022

Is “noise pollution” a problem in your home?Many people who are used to having the TV, radio or other entertainment on all the time in their home and cars are used to this “background noise” as a part of their home.  Even appliances like noisy fans, the washing machine and the dishwasher, and outdoor noise
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August 23, 2022

How healthy is dry-cleaning?We’ve all done it–accidentally machine washed and ruined a “dry-clean only” piece.  It’s so frustrating–what happens in the washer and why is dry cleaning “safe” for these items?  According to Rinse, a dry cleaning and laundering service, “Dry Cleaning can be beneficial for garments made from fibers that don’t react well when
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August 17, 2022

Do Air Purifiers in Classrooms Reduce Illness?Ahh, this is certainly one time when I’m glad to be working remotely!  As my co-workers send their children back to school, the illnesses (from the common cold to COVID-19) ramp up again in their families as germs get passed back and forth in classrooms.In 2021, there was a
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August 16, 2022

Measure it so you can improve it!There are several great old quotes that still hold true today:“You can’t improve what you don’t measure.” (often attributed to Peter Drucker, “father of management thinking”, Forbes.com) “When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot
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August 16, 2022

Protection from Over-ChlorinationWhen I think about the pool where I learned to swim, I can almost smell the chlorine!  It was a YMCA where one half of the building had a “giant” (to a 5-year old) pool with lanes divided by strings of red plastic floating buoys, and the other half filled with exercise equipment
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Our Technologies 

We have two primary proprietary technologies that provide the most powerful protection available.  Air quality is complex.  No single technology or product is optimal for every situation or contaminant type (despite what some may claim).  Our current array of products utilize various combinations of technologies depending on the application. These technologies allow our products to far out perform all of our competitors.  Most don't even claim to do what our technologies have been proven to accomplish.  Find out more what makes us different, effective, and safe.