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Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

The practice of putting polyethylene vapour barriers in houses was intended to keep them dry, but it ends up keeping them wet. It's time to explore alternatives and to reconsider how to keep homes cool in summer.… Vapor Barrier + Air-Con = Damp Moldy Walls So here's a little known fact that most HVAC installers w...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

Basement mold and mildew can easily be avoided with better designed walls. Common building practices trap moisture in wall assemblies preventing them from drying.… That musty, moldy basement smell that we have come to accept as unavoidable, is actually quite avoidable. The solution is really quite simple - stop buil...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes

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

Normally Homes & Indoor Spaces Should be Ventilated with Outdoor Air - But What Should we do when It's Smoky Outside? How to protect our Health when our high efficiency Homes have HRV, ERV or Central Aircon Systems?… How to protect indoor air quality from smoke during wildfires in homes with HVAC? As we move towa...

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

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

Long-term exposure to high levels of radon gas in homes is the second greatest cause of lung cancer after smoking - that's 25000 preventable deaths a year from radon exposure - has your home been tested?… Why is Radon a Problem in USA & Canada? Radon gas is cancer-causing radioactive, invisible, odourless and tas...

Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks and toys

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

Kunos oil from Livos is a natural oil for floors, counters, furniture & decks - enrich wood surfaces safely, protect them from stains & water ingress… Livos is a Quebec manufacturer of natural wood finishing oils, and they are very transparent about the composition of their products which are mainly plants and some ...

DIY Natural Earth Pigment Paint, Making it at Home is Easy

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

Natural paint is non-toxic, cheap and easy to make & provides a beautiful texture to walls. Ditch the VOC's & improve interior air quality for your family with these tips on making Eco-friendly natural paint at home… Making Eco-friendly paint at home is easy when you know how If you want to decorate your home wit...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

Removing radon gas from existing basements and crawlspaces can be very effective, here are different options for different situations.… Radon Gas in Crawlspaces & Basements - why is it a problem? Radon gas was not high on the radar of builders and home owners over the last few decades, but as it is the second lea...

Drywall and construction dust

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

Dust and chemicals in building materials can trigger permanent respiratory issues such as asthma; here are some ways to safeguard your air and health while work is going on.… Construction is a dirty business, and living in a home under renovation can aggravate asthma and other respiratory illnesses, it can also lead...

Removing radon gas from well water

High levels of radon gas in the air of your home might be coming from your water and not the floor of your basement.… It is a very wise idea to have the air of your home checked for high levels of radon gas. Health Canada has identified exposure to radon gas as the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, ...

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

Adding insult to injury - trying to mask the smell of airborne contaminants with more airborne contaminants.… Given that we spend about three quarters of our time 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 i...

Living green wall

Living walls: what they do and don't do

Bring nature into your home with a living green wall, but don't count on it for air purification.… It is well-documented that indoor air is filled with contaminants, mostly due to cooking (specifically burning) and improperly vented combustion appliances (woodstoves, gas water heaters, gas ranges, etc.). Following t...

Advice

High humidity levels and coldness

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

Testing for radon gas after renovations

Posted by Mary Anne S March 5, 2019, 7:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

How do you get rid of mould in a bathroom?

Posted by Anonymous Oct. 28, 2017, 9:50 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

Posted by Anonymous Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

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