Why Scented Candles Stink for Air Quality

A romantic, candle-lit evening at home is a relaxing alternative to braving the Valentine’s Day restaurant crowds in Austin. But before you start lovingly selecting candles for the occasion, consider the fact that they may leave you and your date sitting in a cloud of toxic pollutants. We’re not in the dating business, but we are in the business of air conditioning and indoor air quality, and that doesn’t sound very romantic to us. Let

Grow More Fresh Air with Houseplants

In our recent series, we covered our three-pronged approach to improving indoor air quality. (In case you missed it, this includes a combination of proper ventilation, filtration and use of a PHI generator.) But there is a fourth prong, and it has nothing to do with air conditioning. It consists entirely of things that you can do without the help of a professional, and one of them is adding some live greenery to your interior

How to ah-choose! the right filter

Last time we talked about indoor air quality, we discussed using PHI generators to kill mold and other microbials polluting the air in our homes. However, if we stop there, we are left with dead particulates that can continue to contribute to allergy symptoms – as can a host of other particulates in our indoor environments. So now, we need to remove as many of those particulates as possible. We do so through filtration, which

Mold is in the Air: How to Kick it (and other Microbial Air Pollutants) Out of Your House

If it’s alive, kill it. If it’s dead, trap it. That’s a rule of thumb for improving indoor air quality. When it comes to molds and other microbials, which are living organisms, we must both kill and trap them. In nature, hydroperoxides kill pollutants through two attack modes: They either break them down through a process call cell lysis or alter their structure and render them useless. The problem is, creating hydroperoxides requires three ingredients:

Love is in the air, but so is a bunch of other stuff. Why the air inside your home may be more polluted than the air outside.

We hear about indoor air quality (IAQ) from many sources, but what does it really mean, and why should we be concerned about it? Indoor air quality is, simply put, the quality (good or bad) of the indoor air we are exposed to on a daily basis. Indoor air includes ALL indoor air: our homes, our offices, restaurants – anyplace that isn’t out of doors. Most people are aware of outdoor air quality because we

Hot and Cold Spots

There are many things that can make a home feel uncomfortable; hot and cold spots are the most common. Answer these few questions; if the answer is “yes” then you have a problem! Is there a room that you need to adjust the thermostat for (lower or higher) for the room to be comfortable? Is there a room where, when you close the door at night, you feel uncomfortable even though the thermostat is at