Educational Articles
Indoor Air Quality Articles

These articles will benefit you significantly, however, you may have a need specific or immediate need; if so, click on consultations above.


"First Things First"   Before you read the articles below, it would be helpful for you to understand the epidemic level of illnesses caused by indoor air, and some of the basic strategies for cleaning indoor air.

Click and read these two articles first:

Sick Homes and Buildings

Six Essential Steps to Healthy Indoor Air




Click these links for quick scrolling to the four article categories:

1.  Indoor Air Pollutants

2.  Indoor Air Cleaning Strategies and Products

3.  Indoor Air and Related Health Concerns

4.  IAQ Articles coming to indoorair.com



1 - Indoor Air Pollutants 

Three Types of Indoor Air Contaminants

People always want to find the silver bullet that is causing their indoor air quality problems.  There is usually not a single source of a problem but rather a combination of problems, requiring multiple solutions.

What is Particulate?

This is a question I get asked a lot.  Particulate dust comprises one of the three categories of indoor air contaminants.  If you want to understand air, you need to understand dust.

Dust Mites in Your House

We all have dust mites in our houses, the questions are "How many do you have?" and "What can you do to control them?"  Here are some facts about dust mites.

Mold in Your Home

Mold is mysterious to many people.  Here is an article to help you understand some of the basics about mold contamination in homes.

I've got mold...who should I call?

This article will help you understand the differences between mold inspectors, mold remediators and industrial hygienists.

New and Remodeled Home Syndrome

Many people like that "New House" smell, but what is it and what is it doing to you?

House Odors

There are many sources of house odors.  This article was written primarily for people selling or renting homes but will no doubt benefit any reader.  Indoor odors are not only offensive, but they are often a health concern.

Small Gas Leaks in Your Home

It is difficult for me to believe that so much natural and liquid propane gas could be leaking into people homes and compromising their indoor air quality.

Dangers from Indoor Sewer Gasses

Sewer gasses are not only explosive, but have bacteria and virus' attached to the particles that float within the gas.  Here is how they can get in your home.

Carbon Monoxide and Detectors

Not all carbon monoxide detectors are created equal.  This short article helps explain the differences and how to obtain quality CO detectors.

Radon Gas Infiltration

According to all major health organizations, radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking.  How you test your levels makes all the difference in the world as to whether you waste a lot of money on a mitigation system or deceive yourself into thinking you have a safe home.

Asbestos Fiber Contamination

When lodged in the lungs, asbestos fibers can act like fishing hooks with barbs on them, which will not come back out again.

Cigarette Smoke and Odors

If you smoke or live with someone that does, the advice in this article will help you to immediately control and eliminate smoke and smoke odors.

Pets and Pet Odors

No, you don't have to get rid of your pets, but you do need to know a few things you likely don't know yet in order to protect your health, and prevent offensive odors.

Toxic Lead Poisoning

Toxic lead has a few ways of getting into your air.  Once inhaled, it enters your bloodstream and stays there.  The health affects of this poison can be permanent.

Depleted Oxygen in Homes

If the oxygen level drops by just 1% in a commercial building, OSHA can shut down the building and evacuate it for safety reasons.  What about your house?



2 - Indoor Air Cleaning Strategies and Products 

Understanding Ions

Understanding the benefits of replacing electrical ions to your indoor air will help you significantly on your journey to cleaner indoor air.

Understanding Ozone

Many people are confused on the subject of ozone.  Is it good?  Is it bad?  Is it both?  This article will give you a down-to-earth explanation of the benefits and limitations of ozone.

Air Purification Systems

Common air filters are often mistakenly called air purifiers by the manufacturers.  Clearly they want you to believe the filters will do more than just filter the air.  This article is the skinny on why true air purification systems are far superior as compared to the common air filters being sold everywhere.

Ionic Breeze by Sharper Image

Although they look great on TV, here is another "new" product based on another "old", previously failed technology.  The greatest thing about this product is their marketing program.

Air Source 3000 by Shaklee

Here is another "new" product based on combining two inadequate technologies.  One of the technologies does not work well for a home, even in its big brother version.  The other works well provided the only air you breathe is right next to the machine.  

Mold Cleaning Techniques

If you address mold remediation improperly, you can spread the contamination and hurt yourself or others in the process.  Here is an important list of the dos and don'ts.

Does Ozone Kill Mold?

As with any technology, there can be confusion.  This short article will help bring you up to date if you are confused on this subject.

Understanding Furnace Filters

Many people do not understand the different types of furnace filters that are available and importance of using them properly.  Here's help.

Should I clean my air ducts?

This is a question I am asked a lot.  Now you'll get the real dirt on air duct cleaning.

Leaving Your Fan On

If you have a furnace or air conditioner with forced air ducts, you can use it to your advantage for indoor air quality.  Here's how.

Just Open Your Windows?

What does opening your windows actually do for your indoor air quality?  Here is everything you will need to know about the good and bad of opening your windows.

Make-up Air Ventilation

You simply must understand how important make-up air is in houses today.

Air-to-Air Exchangers

Air-to-Air Exchangers, also called "Heat Recovery Ventilators" are now being touted as the best thing for indoor air quality.  If you have one of these or are considering one, you had better read this article.

Home Ventilating Tips

Take full advantage of your HVAC system (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) by following the simple tips outlined in this article.

Controlling Your Personal Air

So what do you do when you are on a plane, at work, in school, or other areas where you cannot control the air you breathe?  Wait till you see this fantastic product!

Carpet Vacuuming and Cleaning

Contrary to what some may believe, carpet can actually be good for your air quality.  However, whether it is good or bad for your health, depends entirely on you.



3 - Indoor Air and Other Health Concerns 

The Problem of Indoor Moisture

Many homes have far too much moisture than needed.  Too much moisture in a home can cause serious health problems due to biological contamination of indoor air and indoor surfaces.

Humidify or Dehumidify?

Humidity can be a little confusing sometimes.  Learning about humidification and dehumidification can make the difference between a healthy home and a sick home.

Humidifiers a Potential Link to SIDS

This is a great article written by my daughter Sarah Schilling, a journalism student at the University of Wisconsin.  

Mold on Windows

Occasionally calls come in from someone who sounds petrified because they saw some mold growing on their windows; it may or may not be concerning.

Wet or Damp Basements

It is not a matter of whether or not you will get water in your basement, but when?
Preventing problems is a hundred times easier than dealing with them after the fact.

Tub and Shower Enclosures

Bathing enclosures are an area where massive amounts of mold can grow behind walls without it being noticed.

Whirlpool Tubs Healthy or Unhealthy?

I have seen various colors of bacteria and fungi laden scum shoot out of the water jets in these tubs.  I would never get in one without first being certain it has been properly maintained.

Clear Sinuses...Drug Free

Sinus congestion and infections are a serious indication of indoor air problems and a lack of natural means of sinus cleansing.  Everyone who breathes should read this article and understand the simple things which can help prevent sinus diseases.

What makes us less immune?

When I hear something stupid regarding indoor air quality, I have to reveal it.  Well, this is one of theories.

How safe is your tap water?

Water is the second most important nutrient to your life, second only to the air you breathe.  For this reason, I felt water deserved at least one page here at IndoorAir.com.




4 - IAQ articles in the works and coming soon to IndoorAir.com: 

Bad Medical Advice - Do you need drugs, surgery, or better air?

Babies and Breathing Disorders

Snoring - Could it be the air in your house?

Pet Allergies - Why this is a #1 reason for veterinary visits.

Candle Burning - Where do they go after they are burned up?

Fragrances - Man-made chemicals sprayed on you and in your air.

Aroma Therapy - Is it therapy or just more chemicals?

Pesticide Use - Avoiding it with easy alternatives.

House Plants - Good or bad for your air?

Hair Salons - The worst of the worse for air quality.

School Air - Learning disability?  Attention deficit disorder?  Or air quality?

Sanitizing Your House and Bed - Even animals do it.

Construction and Remodeling - Air problems during and after.

Refrigerators - Four ways they can make you sick.

Your Dishwasher - Three ways they can make you sick.

Gas Kitchen Ranges - Three ways they can make you sick.

Maintaining Your Furnace

Maintaining Your Air Conditioner

Fireplaces - What they do to your indoor air.

Air Ducts in Cold Areas - Why are they full of mold?

Water Mains, Water Tanks and Mold

Floor Drains - Havens for mold and bacteria contamination.

Ice Damming - Creator of mold in walls and attics.

Insurance Companies - Running from mold claims.