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Can houseplants actually improve air quality?

I just moved to a new apartment. If I close the windows, the air gets heavy and stale very quickly and I get a headache. The place has laminate flooring (which looks pretty realistic, I thought it ...
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Air purifiers keep smelling like ozone

I know that every electric motor produces some ozone, it's unavoidable. Most of the time I don't notice it. We had a Honeywell HEPA room air purifier (basically a fan which pulls in room air through a ...
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Is mold remediation effective in the long term?

Our home inspector just found serious mold problems in a home we are considering buying. The seller are willing to pay for remediation, but I'm very concerned about the possibility that mold would ...
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How can we measure the air quality index of our room?

My house is situated near a construction site and dust, particulates, etc gather in really quickly. My room is currently set up such that there are two different air filters running continuously ...
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What would cause lack of Oxygen in cellar

Question Update: We now know that the problem is Carbon Dioxide; any suggestions on what could be consuming oxygen and producing Carbon Dioxide would be great! We rent an old farm house that has ...
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Is insulation blockinng airflow of my vented soffit?

I have insulation shoved in front of my vented soffit's should the insulation Be there It was already there when we moved I didn't think much of an till I started doing some research after I blew in ...
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How do I raise the humidity levels in my home?

I installed hardwood flooring in my home late last fall. The humidity level in my home this winter dropped incredibly low (20%). I'm not sure if it's related to the new hardwood. I installed a whole ...
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Can I attach a HEPA filter to the HVAC outlet?

I am currently living in China and want to improve the indoor air-quality. We have a Hitachi R410A HVAC. All the room in the house are controlled separately. Just to make it clear up front, I am not a ...
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How do I make my house allergy proof?

Two members of our household are prone for allergies. For quite some time we are trying to make the house as allergy proof as possibile. Our cat found a new house with good friends. All carpentry was ...
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What type of island hood do I need?

I have a 30 inch induction cooktop and a 15*20 inch electric grill on a peninsula. The peninsula separates the kitchen from the family room - no wall on that side. We use the grill a lot for chicken, ...
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How would you vent my basement bathroom fan?

I have a basement bathroom basically smack dab in the middle of the basement. The joists run from front-to-back of house. So going out either side is not an option. Going out the front is not an ...
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Do I need a face-mask when painting?

I am planing to spray-paint some cabinets. Do I need a full face-mask or not?
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Is there a way to remove the mildew smell from under tile without damaging the tile?

We live in a rental. The toilet was leaking when we arrived. Landlord paid for a plumber to do a simple repair, but before that, there was definitely water pooling underneath the tile (and seeping ...
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Can I fix a mold problem in wall-to-wall carpet myself?

Recently, an apartment-mate of mine flooded my toilet quite severely. It completely covered the bathroom floor (tiles) and seeped into the carpet. I'd say a good 6-8 feet of carpet was soaked in ...
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How do I troubleshoot my central A/C?

It's 79 outside right now. It's been running for hours and it's remaining 79 inside. I'm in a brand new 2 story home in Monroe, OH. It has rained a lot recently but I just feel like it should be ...
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Can I reduce static pressure in one room by adding a vent to an adjoining room?

Our return vent for our hvac is right outside the master bedroom. The master bedroom gets very little airflow with the door shut. It was recommended that we add secondary return duct in the master ...
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Does washing reduce asbestos?

So I was doing some work in the garage a few months ago and dislodged about a lemon size chunk of what at the time I thought was just some old concrete which fell on me and left some dust on a ...
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How well do whole house humidifiers work?

We are moving to an area where it gets cold and snows in the winter. We come from a desert area where it is never very cold except for the dead of winter, and where we use the heater very seldom. We ...
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How often should “self clean” and “allergen clean” functions be used in an air conditioner?

Some air conditioners, for example Mitsubishi heavy industries SRK20ZJ-S have "self clean" and "allergen clean" functions. First takes 2 hours to complete, latter 1.5 hours. How often should they be ...
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How do I make my room stop smelling so bad?

My parents keep on complaining about the smell, but I don't smell anything at all. I've put in two odor-maskers, but they're not helping at all. I also try to ventilate, but it's almost always way ...
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Humidity Levels

What is a healthy and safe humidity level that I should try to keep my house at?