Indoor Air

Fresh Air For Your Family: Deciding Whether an ERV or HRV is Right For You

Fresh Air For Your Family: Deciding Whether an ERV or HRV is Right For You

Home building has come a long way in the last 50 years. New standards for improved insulation values and air-tightness have enabled huge boosts in energy efficiency. But these improvements come with a risk of poor indoor air quality and moisture retention. Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) and Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) are air exchange systems that not only offer great benefits for your home and your health, but can also help in saving money from your utility bills.

Reducing Exposure to Toxic Chemicals During Home Renovations

Reducing Exposure to Toxic Chemicals During Home Renovations

When it comes time to do a home renovation, it’s often easy to get swept up in creating the new design and choosing all the products. But, have you ever thought about what types of dust and contaminants you could be exposed to during demolition? Or, what types of chemicals might be released from the new products?

Havelock Wool Eco Friendly Insulation

Havelock Wool Eco Friendly Insulation

You have probably heard of the phrase ‘farm to table’, but what about ‘farm to walls’? Meet Havelock Wool. Their natural wool insulation comes from sheep farms in New Zealand rather than from fossil fuels. Their raw material is both sustainable and renewable, recyclable and compostable and outperforms fiberglass, cellulose, cotton, mineral wool and foam. Their wool isn’t only good for the environment, it’s also good for your family’s health: serving as a source of air filtration, sound absorption and moisture management.

New Resources for Healthier Homes

New Resources for Healthier Homes

Our homes are—in a very real sense—our primary environment. Americans spend 87 percent of their time indoors; nearly 70 percent of that time is spent at home. So, in addition to worrying about smokestacks and waste pipes, we should focus on the chemicals that lurk in our carpet, paints, and drywall. Today, a wealth of new resources make it easier for everyone—consumers and building professionals alike—to identify and avoid exposure to toxic chemicals.

What You Need to Know About VOC’s in Paints

What You Need to Know About VOC’s in Paints

VOCs became an issue several years ago when studies showed that smog and air pollution were not exclusively caused by cars and factories, but to a large extent by chemicals off-gassing from homes. This became particularly relevant when EPA studies showed that levels of VOCs in the home were 3-5 times higher than even outdoor air in a polluted city.

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