Safe indoor air / Guides

Which House Plants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which house plants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...indoor air quality magic bullet,” says Michael Waring, an environmental engineer and indoor air quality expert at Drexel University. Another study showed even less air quality benefits from house plants, and concluded that it would take approximately 1,000 plants in a 10 square foot area to achieve the improvement in...

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...Indoor air quality and VOCs Health Canada Indoor Air Quality Recommendations EPA Indoor Air Quality Recommendations Recycled paints www.peintureboomerang.com/en/ Finding safe paints: Benjamin Moore store locator https://www.earthpigments.com/

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...indoor and outdoor air. Window air conditioners should not be used during wildfires, unless their outdoor air intake can be closed. A portable air cleaner is recommended to complement air sealing and filtering measures during a wildfire. The air cleaner should have a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter, whi...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...air out before wearing it or putting in your closet. 4.) Remember what freshness really smells like - nothing. "Soft Petals" or "Clean Linen" do not actually smell like fresh air. Fresh air often has no scent at all. If scented air is a must at your house, try essential oil diffusers or make your own air spray with a...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...safe for use, as food spills can lead to mold and bacteria forming. So, here we want to help you find which pallets are safe to reuse for building so you don’t unknowingly contaminate the air quality in the home . How to finding safe shipping pallets for building The first indication if a pallet is wise to reclaim ...

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, virus
Healthy indoor air quality

Buying guide for home air filters in furnaces - HEPA, SMART or Regular?

...air filters used for? Air filters on air handling units such as furnaces, HRV and ERV systems are intended to clean and purify the air before it enters the ducts of your home, to protect indoor air quality from being contaminated with airborne particulate. Dust, dirt, and pollen in the air of homes is shown to have n...

Why Radon maps by state or province shouldn't replace testing

Radon Levels by State & Province - Why a Radon Test is Essential

...indoor air quality here: Removing Radon Gas from Crawlspaces & Basements Is there Radon Gas in Water? How to Control Radon Gas in Homes Maintaining Healthy Indoor Air Quality in Homes Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - Also, learn more about...

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...indoors (counting both home and work), it is essential that we work to ensure clear indoor air quality. Contrary to what many people believe, indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air. How is inside air worse that outside air? The air you breathe inside originates outside, coming in through air leaks, wind...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...air quality in our homes. Where most people have heard the term VOCs is in regards to paint. There are many safer alternatives on the market now than the toxic paints we used to apply to our walls. For more information see our pages on safer paints , or you could even make your own DIY safe no VOC natural paint with ...

The importance of Cleaning HRV intakes
HRV and ERV

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

...air tested and discovered that the radon levels in the basement were significantly higher than Health Canada’s recommended safe levels. Despite having an air exchanger for the upper living areas, the natural stack effect of warm air rising means that air from the basement will find its way to the upper floors. Three ...

Preventing radon gas in homes starts with testing for radon - the only sure way
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Radon Gas Awareness - Up to 10% of North American homes tested have unsafe radon levels

...safe levels. This page highlights the importance of Preventing Radon Gas in Home s, now be sure to read about Removing Radon gas from Crawlspaces & Basements , Removing Radon Gas from Well Water , and Choosing Between The Difference Between an HRV and an ERV to protect the indoor air quality of your home. Find all yo...