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10 habits that may be polluting your air at home - Week 2

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Week One

Using hygiene or cleaning products without adequate ventilation

We are all aware that certain cleaning products are supposed to be ventilated while in use, but did you know this also applies to many personal hygiene products? The humidity and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced while showering or using the bathroom are ventilated outdoors by the exhaust fan. VOCs at elevated levels may cause a range of uncomfortable side effects including headaches, coughing, and dizziness. These VOCs may stem from a range of different products including scented soaps, shampoos, and conditioners. We recommend operating the shower exhaust fan during showering and at least 15 minutes after. 

10 habits that may be polluting your air at home - Week 1

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Everyday activities in your home may be negatiely affecting your indoor air quality. At ESG, we have assessed thousands of buildings and have conculded that many of the allergic reactions experienced by occupants are due to personal habits.

The basic idea: almost everything we bring into our home transports particles, chemicals, and moisture into our indoor breathing space. What we do with these items can create an accidental decline in air quality. 

The basic rule of thumb: every action has a direct effect on our air quality. Be mindful of what occurs indoors and react accordingly. 

Over the next 10 blogs we will be providing you common habits that can affect the air in your home.

Vacuuming without a HEPA-sealed vacuum

Ten Tips for Your Home This Winter

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Written by Craig Whittaker, Founder of ESG

Sometimes while going through old files, we find great documents that Craig created and we just have to share. Below are 10 tips for keeping your homes dry, energy efficient, and healthy this winter.

Rough Weather Preparation

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Written by Lillie Reiter

It's hurricane season and the weather is throwing some major storms this way. With Texas still dealing with the damage from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma making its way towards the states, the effects are sure to have lasting impacts. Here are some tips to help minimize damage to the home whether you’re evacuated or able to stay.   

If you’ve evacuated*:

Tired at Work? Carbon Dioxide May Be to Blame

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Written by Lillie Reiter

Waking up is hard and we all know the daily struggle of getting out of bed to drag ourselves into work (unless you are one of the chosen “morning people”). Once we get to work, rallying ourselves into productivity and staying awake is usually pretty easy until 2 or 3 o’clock strikes and the afternoon lull hits. Studies suggests it might not be routine tiredness that is causing your afternoon lull. The real culprit might be carbon dioxide (CO2). 

Space Invaders: Microbes

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Written by Lillie Reiter, IAQ Coordinator and Environmental Investigator

Mold can exist in the harshest of conditions but did you know if can exist in space? Yes, there is mold aboard the International Space Station (ISS). When NASA took humans and transported them into space in an enclosed area, the question of what to do about mold probably didn't cross anyone's mind. For 16 years, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the crew have been living (sweating, using the bathroom, getting sick) inside the ISS. The microbes they release stick around because the space station is essentially sealed - like living in an airplane that never gets opened. Today, it's filled with non-human life and has its own unique microbiome (a community of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses that inhabit a particular environment).

News We Follow: Controlling Summer Mold Growth in Schools

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From an article on ASHRAE Website

Being based in North Carolina, we understand the way the weather and humid climates can effect mold growth in buildings that are unoccupied for long periods of time. We get many calls for vacation homes that have been left unoccupied for a few months and when they returned they noticed growth within the home. Schools can face the same issue during the long Summer break. This article, shared on the ASHRAE website, addresses this issue and outlines what can be causing it to happen. Here are some highlights from the article, to read the full story click here.