It’s that time again! Each month, we give shout-outs to some of our favorite websites and blogs. These sites are written by folks who appreciate the importance of indoor air quality. Whether they suffer from allergies, have children with severe asthma, or work as respiratory therapists – everyone has a story to tell, and we want to share theirs with you.
Here are this month’s Air Quality Evangelists!
Green Building Advisor
Green Building Advisor is the go-to website for green builders, remodelers, and designers. Their articles are written by experts in a variety of fields – sustainability, design, energy-efficiency, indoor air quality, and more. This site covers everything about green building, from product guides to building strategies. If you are in the business of building, you should definitely check them out.
Winning Post: According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 4.6 million of asthma cases in the U.S. are attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home. Often rain and plumbing leaks are the cause of moisture problems. In this article, Allison Bailes III (Ph.D and asthma-sufferer) discusses a scarier reason there is so much mold growth in homes: wet, moldy building materials.
The Green Divas
The Green Divas (GDs) are the hosts of a weekly radio show that offers information on green or sustainable living. GDs Meg, Lisa, and Scott (the “Token Testosterone”) – along with a host of correspondents – take the stress out of green living. They present their tips from a guilt-free perspective, and humor and accessibility are with them every step of the way.
Winning Post: If you’re on the fence about DIY chemical-free products (especially the kind you put on your body), this is a must-read. The GDs give 5 reasons you should make your own skincare products, plus 3 easy recipes to get you started.
Respiratory Therapy Cave
Rick Frea is a respiratory therapist (RT) with asthma and a passion for writing. The Respiratory Therapy Cave contains a combination of his satire, irreverent humor, and serious articles for RTs and patients alike. Our favorite thing about his blog is that his posts are based on facts – and, as Rick says, “facts cannot lie.”
Winning Post: Rick debunks a study that suggests the mere presence of a medical worker is the only thing needed to make asthmatics feel better. His article goes into his problems with the study, from an insufficient sample size to a dubious interpretation of the results. In this not-so-humble post, Rick presents his own interpretation of the study (which, as far as we can tell, sounds a lot more likely).
Simply put, BedBugger.com is a website about bed bugs. But what does that have to do with indoor air quality? Airborne allergens associated with bed bugs have been shown to trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Also, certain extermination methods (like bed bug bombs) can be hazardous to your indoor environment. BedBugger.com features an entire FAQ section dedicated to information about the safest, most effective bed bug treatment methods.
Winning Post: Fecal spots are one of the most common signs of a bed bug infestation, and until now, they were one of the hardest to accurately identify. Thankfully, a new Bed Bug Fecal Spot Detection Kit is now available! It’s called Bed Bug Blue, and it has been tested and praised by bed bug experts. Find out how it works and where you can get one in this winning post.
The list keeps growing…we’re up to 17 Air Quality Evangelists already! Keep up with these bloggers and what they are doing by following our Air Quality Evangelists list on Twitter.
Are you an Air Quality Evangelist? Tell us in the comments section below, and we might feature your blog in next month’s roundup.