Don't leave your home ventilation to the weather

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A home without a well-designed ventilation system is at the mercy of the weather. In such a building the air exchange or "breathing rate" through unplanned openings like cracks and windows is governed by the weather and the building's height.

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How to keep your wood stove clean, efficient and safe

Even modern, high-efficiency wood stoves need to be cleaned and maintained before every use.

Low-VOC paints make a difference in the air you breathe at home

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has found that indoor VOC levels are 10 times greater than outdoor levels, and immediately after paint is applied VOC levels may be as much as 1,000 times higher.

What do you know about the air you breathe?

Every room in your house hides potential sources of air pollution. What can you do about it?

What type of range hood fits your home?

A range hood can make or break your cooking experience. A well designed and installed cooking set up can manage heat and odors and make the experience a pleasant one for the cook and everyone else in the home.

Wood fired masonry heaters warm up home heating options

The ancient technology of a masonry heater offers the most comfortable way of heating with wood.

Xmas trees can make your nose red, too

Fifty years ago, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” piloted his shiny schnoz through America’s televisions and into its hearts. Played every year, the show’s songs and story are as synonymous with Christmas as tinsel, candy canes and tipsy co-workers lurking around the mistletoe.

Radon system ensures indoor air quality

You can't see or smell radon, but it could be a health hazard in your home.

Old and drafty houses are not good enough

Over the years, ventilation in houses and apartment buildings was thought to good enough when fresh air slipped in through windows and random cracks and holes unintentionally left in the building envelope during construction. But that meant ventilation design was essentially random.

Fukushima radiation: You have bigger worries

Recent headlines concerning the Ebola crisis and radiation from the stricken nuclear power plant in Fukushima evidence the “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality that governs so many editorial decisions.

IAQ at gyms can turn treadmill to dreadmill

I don’t know about you, but when the temperature is too cold outside, the last thing I want to do is exercise in it. The air burns the lungs.

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Do you know how healthy your home is?

While 60 percent of homeowners rate their homes as “healthy,” more than one in four are uncertain of major health hazards both indoors and outside of their homes.

Balance home air pressure for ventilation performance

Air pressure imbalance in the home is a silent – but costly – problem not very well understood by the average homeowner.

Monitor takes the guesswork out of changing home air filters

Preventing an air filter in furnace from becoming clogged keeps a heating and cooling system performing efficiently and can help homeowners gain up to $200 in annual energy savings.

Make your home pop with the 2015 paint color of the year

The PPG Pittsburgh Paints brand named Blue Paisley, a lavish, almost-but-not-quite royal shade of blue as its 2015 Color of the Year.

Tips to save energy and resources as the seasons change

Whether it's the air conditioning, heat, hot water or lighting, there are always ways to save money on utility bills.

Turn your walls into art with zero VOC chalkboard paint

Kids love to draw on the walls, so it makes sense to give them a place to do that that won't cause damage.

Stop construction dust for better indoor air quality during remodeling

One of the top complaints contractors hear during a remodeling project is about the dust that comes with it. Drywall dust, saw dust, fumes and other byproducts of home construction can make the home uncomfortable for those living there, both during and after the project.

Zehnder America introduces US-made HRV/ERV components

Zehnder America starts local sourcing initiative using American manufacturing for its new ComfoFlex ducting and register boxes.

How to choose low-VOC paints with great colors for your home

Shoppers should also be wary of relying on past experience to pick a paint, as brands frequently reformulate from year to year, changing the performance of the paint.

Tackle furnace maintenance with smart app

A new app helps take the guesswork of furnace maintenance, improving indoor air quality and saving utility costs.

Geothermal offers alternative to propane price spikes for winter heating

One alternative to uncertain prices and availability of fossil fuels is a geothermal heating and cooling system that uses a ground-source heat pump.

What to do if your insulation gets wet

Homeowners and building professionals struggle with moisture, leaks, and water damage to homes, particularly to insulation.

Panasonic Home & Environment Co. earns Energy Star award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Panasonic Home & Environment Co. an Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of...

Demand for protected lumber soaring as builders seek safer products

Builders looking for products that protect against mold, termites and decay and reduce call backs are starting with the lumber. Eco Building Products, Inc. is treating dimensional framing lumber and panel products from Bridgewell Resources that will be used in...

Check out the latest hot home building products

The PCBC show honored homebuilding's latest and greatest products with the Parade of Products Awards.

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Better indoor air quality is one of the key benefits of green homes. Learn about the many factors that affect home air quality and what builders and homeowners can do to improve the air we breathe.