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Fundamentals of Indoor Air Quality in Buildings

If you’re looking for detailed information about the fundamentals of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), this module by the EPA is a great starting place. It covers details like indoor and outdoor sources of pollution, the impact of heat and humidity, and the influence of ventilation and air conditioning systems. It also touches on how to address common problems that can arise from each of these variables to ensure optimum IAQ for building occupants. Click here to visit the module. https://news.jm.com/blog/hvac-insulation/fundamentals-indoor-air-quality-buildings


Who is Worse Off? The Turkey or the Plumber? | BONUS Clearstory Episode

This Old House experts Richard Trethewey, Norm Abram, Tom Silva, Ross Trethewey, Nathan Gilbert, and a special guest close to Kevin’s heart tell their best (and worst) holiday stories. Subscribe to Clearstory on     or, wherever you get your podcasts. Caséta by Lutron, pioneers in smart home technology, is the title sponsor of Clearstory, and The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, is a presenting sponsor. https://www.thisoldhouse.com/article/who-worse-turkey-or-plumber-bonus-clearstory-episode


5 Clever, Efficient Ideas to Steal from a Cookbook Author’s Home Kitchen

2. Steel Backsplash Behind the wood stove is a pot rack both handsome and sneakily handy for entertaining.  “Aaron designed the blackened steel backsplash and pot rack and hired a local metalworker to make it. He also put in a metal ledge, where I keep finished dishes warm before they go to the table,” says Amy. “I like to drape my wet dish towels over the brick pillar next to the stove; they dry within the hour. At night, as the fire goes down, I’ll sometimes set a dish of homemade yogurt on the ledge to firm up overnight. It loves that dying heat.”…


Building More Resilient Communities in the Face of Climate Change

It was a view of the Rio Grande in arid New Mexico that prompted one researcher to ask what community resilience looks like, and how it can be created and enhanced. Photo by David Hensley / CC BY-NC-ND / Flickr. On a 2015 flight to New Mexico, Lane Johnson looked out the airplane window on the sprawling suburbs of Albuquerque and was struck by the sight of the Rio Grande, the thin ribbon of freshwater on which the region relies to survive. Johnson, a researcher from Minnesota who studies tree rings to model and reconstruct fires, had recently taken a…


11 Gifts for the Smart Home

11 Gifts for the Smart Home 1 × 1. Netatmo Weather Station 1. Netatmo Weather Station Is there a weather fanatic on your list this year? The Netatmo Weather Station’s Outdoor Module gives precise readings of the outdoor temperature, relative humidity, air quality and the barometric pressure on your doorstep.$180 | Available on Amazon 2 × 2. SmartThings Wifi Smart Plug by Samsung 2. SmartThings Wifi Smart Plug by Samsung For someone just starting to create a smart home, this SmartThings Wifi Smart Plug by Samsung allows you to turn on and off the lamps, small appliances and electronics you…


The Scandinavian Sleep Secret: Mine and Yours Duvets

Anki Spets has been out to improve American slumber since 1990. Back then, she was a Swedish fashion designer new to NYC and dismayed by the wrinkle-proof, mixed blend sheets that dominated the US market. Years before Ikea and Scandi style arrived on the home front, way before bedding disruptors entered the picture, her business, Area Home, was all about natural fibers in Swedish-inspired patterns and palettes from fair trade sources. In addition to natural materials, Anki is all about comfort and casualness (she even builds rumples into her designs). But there’s another a crucial element to her bed making: mine…

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