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The lingering smell of smoke indoors from the kitchen, an extinguished candle, or cigarettes can be exasperating. Air fresheners, sprays, and scented candles only mask the smoke smell temporarily. Even the time-honored tradition of opening the window only dilutes the odor without removing the smell permanently. Thankfully, there are ways to get rid of the odor permanently.

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IAQ affectsYour indoor air quality can be compromised by many things -- pet dander, pollen, dust -- and among the worst offenders, volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. VOCs can be harmful to the health of all living creatures, so they should be contained whenever possible. These substances are found in many things, including pressed wood, solvents, fragrances, household chemicals and paint. That's right -- paint is one of the worst offenders when it comes to off-gassing VOCs.

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How to Celebrate Air Quality Awareness WeekAir Quality Awareness Week takes place April 29-May 3 this year. This Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-sponsored event is held annually to highlight outdoor air quality concerns nation-wide. Here in Northeast Indiana, we contend with two main types of outdoor pollutants – low-level ozone and particulate matter.

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Electronic Cigarettes and it's Effects on Indoor Air QualityElectronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are a hot trend worldwide, with consumers viewing them as an alternative to smoking traditional tobacco products. Unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes don't contain tobacco. However, their increasing prevalence has raised concerns about their impact on indoor air quality.

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What Are IAQ Concerns Associated with Sporting Equipment?With the hectic schedules that most of us have these days, it's no surprise that many people are opting for at-home sporting activities and workout programs rather than gym memberships to improve their health. What you may not know is that the very equipment that's meant to help you stay healthy at home can degrade indoor air quality and harm your health. How can that be?

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Clean Up Your Air With These Houseplants | Hartman BrothersHouseplants don't just add natural beauty and a sense of serenity to your home — numerous studies show that certain plants also absorb dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOC) and clean the air. To see the greatest air quality improvement, add two of the following beneficial houseplants per 100 square feet of living space.

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What Can You Do to Maintain Indoor Air Quality When Remodeling Your Home?If you’ve ever been in a home or building that’s undergoing significant remodeling, you probably noticed the sawdust, wood chips and dense clouds of dust stirred up by the work. Unfortunately, remodeling often unleashes many hazardous materials into the air. Contaminants may be contained in building materials, or they might escape into household air when walls, ceilings, cabinets and floors are disturbed or removed during the building process. This is why maintaining indoor air quality when remodeling is such a challenge.

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