Houston is an Ozone Hotspot

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOUR BUILDING?

Houston, we have a problem: ozone pollution. If you’ve lived in the city for a while, then you probably know we have an uncomfortable amount of ozone swirling in Houston’s air. In fact, our ozone levels are so high that, on many days, they don’t meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). That means the air is considered unhealthy for some people to breathe safely.


The Perks of a Canceled Vacation Mexico

THEY ARE OFF THE TABLE, BUT I’M STILL HARD AT WORK!

In an ideal world, I wouldn’t be writing this article. It isn’t that I don’t want to stay in touch with you — believe me, I do — but I have some disappointing news. Do you remember back in the January edition when I wrote about the vacation my wife Kaye and I were planning to take to Mexico? Well, it didn’t happen.


Don’t Fall for the Snake Oil Salesmen!

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM COVID-19 SCAMMERS AND THEIR FAULTY FILTERS

Every industry includes scammers and con artists willing to do anything to make a buck — even with indoor air quality. When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, these snake oil salesmen jumped on the opportunity to make money off of honest people’s fears.


The 4 Friendly Giants of IAQ

MEET THE PEOPLE WHO CHANGED MY WORK FOR BETTER

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a niche industry, but just like basketball, cooking, and app development, we have our own celebrities! These giants of the field aren’t household names like LeBron James or Gordon Ramsey, but maybe they should be.


Your Guide to Choosing the Right Air Filter

KEEP THE AIR IN YOUR BUILDING SCRUBBED CLEAN 

Are your building’s energy bills going up unexpectedly? Is your HVAC system malfunctioning? If so, then old, faulty, or inefficient air filters could be to blame.


All I Want for Christmas Is … a Stocking…

LOOKING BACK ON OUR FAMILY HOLIDAYS

Most couples bicker over things like money, politics, and where to go on their next vacation, but my wife Kaye and I butt heads about something else entirely: Christmas.


Is Your School Safe?

5 STEPS TO MEASURING VENTILATION RATES IN YOUR CLASSROOMS

With the threat of COVID-19 hanging over our children and teachers, indoor air quality in schools is more critical now than ever before. 


An Invisible Threat

HOW TO BATTLE LEGIONELLA IN LOW-OCCUPANCY BUILDINGS

This fall, I’ve spent a lot of my working hours inside of lonely buildings. In the last week, I visited six different buildings in South Texas with startling low occupancy rates. One of them normally had 1,500 people on site but was down to just 25 occupants because of the pandemic.


The Fastest Way to Find Legionella in Your Building

If your building has Legionella in its water, would you want to wait 10–14 days to find out? That’s how long it would take to complete a culture sample, the traditional method to test for Legionella bacteria in a water source. This means that if your building does have a Legionella problem, it could be almost two weeks before you know for sure.


Is Your Building Safe Against COVID-19?

OR IS IS AN OUTBREAK WAITING TO HAPPEN? 

The indoor air quality consulting business was pretty slow this summer, mainly because most office buildings have been empty. As things start to reopen, many building owners are looking for ways to protect their tenants when they return to their buildings.