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  • Absolute Humidity

    The weight of water in a given volume of air.
  • Air Cleaner

    There are several different types, but these useful appliances are no substitute for good cleaning and other preventive measures.
  • Basement Foundations

    Unfinished and uninsulated basements have a high potential for mold growth and other contamination problems, but can be healthy with proper planning.
  • Bathroom Fan

    Exhaust fans aren’t just for keeping the bathroom from smelling bad.
  • Caulk

    A product that’s essential to a well sealed home.
  • Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)

    Chlorofluorocarbons define a category of chemicals which contain chlorine, fluorine and carbon.
  • Concrete-Slab Foundations

    Easily constructed in a healthy manner, it can be part of a house foundation or built separately from the footings and foundation wall.
  • Conditioned Space

    The part of a house, within the building envelope, that is kept at comfortable controlled temperature and humidity levels.
  • Crawl Space Foundations

    Unlike basement foundations, a crawl space is not considered part of a home’s living space. Crawl spaces are usually accessed only to repair pipes, ducts or mechanical equipment.
  • Deck

    They need a physical exam yearly, just like you do.
  • Dehumidifying Heat Pipe

    In humid climates, even air conditioned air may feel clammy without the assistance of a little technology.
  • Dehumidistat

    A control device that can be used to activate a ventilation system when the relative humidity rises.
  • Dew Point

    The temperature at which air is saturated with moisture (100% relative humidity), below which condensation will occur.
  • Dust Mites

    These tiny creatures can cause allergies and other respiratory problems.
  • Energy-Recovery Ventilator (ERV)

    A balanced ventilation device that transfers both heat and humidity between the exhaust and supply air streams.
  • Environmental Agents

    What the scientists mean when using this term.
  • Flat-Plate Core

    A metal, plastic, or treated-paper device that is used in some heat or energy recovery ventilators to transfer heat and sometimes humidity between two separate airstreams.
  • Formaldehyde

    A common gas found in indoor air, often released from building materials, consisting of 1 carbon atom, 2 hydrogen atoms, and 1 oxygen atom.
  • Foundation

    Supports a house and transmits its load to the ground or soil. It can have a significant impact on the health and integrity of a home.
  • Healthy Home Checklist

    Done regularly, these tasks will help ensure clean air and greater safety inside your well-functioning home.

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