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Radon Testing

Posted by Jason Haupt - Air Quality

It is that time of the year again - time to think about radon in your home. January is Radon Action Month, and is one of the best times to test your home for radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization both classify radon as a "Known Human Carcinogen." The U.S. EPA estimates that 21,000 lung cancer deaths...

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Radon Infographic

Silent but deadly

Posted by Jason Haupt - Air Quality

You would not sleep in a house that was full of deadly gas would you? You would not stay in a place that you thought could kill you but you may be doing just that. When you buy a house you test for lead paint, termites, and you have the home inspected to ensure that the house is safe for you and your family. But most people overlook one test that can have a huge effect on your health - testing...

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Double Strike

Climate vs. Weather

There has been a lot of talk about climate change and its effect on the different weather patterns and how it is creating "super storms." Much of this talk is spurred from the Paris Climate Change Conference that was attended by many of the world leaders. This has also caused many public figures and politicians to weigh-in with their opinions. I have seen dozens of articles that have either sup...

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Spring Cleaning

Posted by Jason Haupt - Air Quality

Spring is here and that means many things to many people.  It is time to plant your garden, start mowing your lawn, and also do your spring cleaning.  It is great to have a clean house, but when you are doing your cleaning think about what you are using to clean your home and what it is adding to your home.  Many of the cleaning products that you buy in the store are not the best for your indoo...

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Fuel Economy Part 2

Last week, we looked at gas as a fuel for your car. This week we are going to look at diesel. Diesel engines have a bad rap in the US. Diesels are loud, dirty, and expensive. Diesel has come a long way and is a very good choice of fuel. Diesel engines are significantly more efficient than gas engines - 25% to 40% more efficient. They are also very clean. New emissions regulations have made thes...

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The Air you Breath

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been talking about energy efficiency and the need to reduce the air exchange in your home to increase efficiency. To make your home as efficient as possible, this is a very important step to take. The less warm air that is allowed to escape in the winter or the less hot air that is allowed to enter the home in the summer means that you spend less conditioni...

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This House has a Secrete

Posted by Jason Haupt - Air Quality

Summer is great. The days are longer, the sun shines, and you can be outside enjoying nature. Summer also means that utility bills are higher. Hot weather means that your air conditioner has to work overtime to keep you comfortable. So what can be done to help reduce your utility bills not only in the summer, but also in the winter? Reduce the air exchange rate in your home. There are several o...

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