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Clearing the air

Clearing the air

The quality of indoor air is a growing concern for many homeowners

November 2008

Drink to Your Health

Water quality has become an important issue for many homeowners, given recent reports about the quality of tap and bottled water. According to the National Tap Water Quality Database (, 260 contaminants have been found across the nation in residential tap water, and for more than half (141) of these contaminants, there are no enforceable safety standards. Nearly 200 million people are drinking these contaminants in their water.

June 2008

A Healthy Remodel

When Jane Yoo and Jason Chuan decided it was time to buy a home, they began their search in communities near the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, northeast of Los Angeles. With a clear idea about location and price range, they found a house in the community of Altadena, one other homebuyers had completely missed in the tight Los Angeles housing market.

When we saw the house, it met our design sensibilities, says Yoo. We knew the house and property had potential.

Built in 1967, the 2,300-square-foot eclectic ranch home had good bones, but it also had a checkered past.

September 2007

Your Tap Water: Fit or Failing

A recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council graded the municipal drinking-water supplies of 19 major U.S. cities, and they were found to be lacking. While none of the cities failed outright, only Chicago earned a rating of excellent, and that was in only one of three categories tested.

September 2003

A Guide to Safe Water Within the Home

There are enemies lurking within your home. Just beyond each faucet and shower fixture, the pipes that feed them are - in most homes - filled with bacteria and parasites. Some of these, like the parasite Cryptosporidium, are quite dangerous. The good news is that there are sensible and cost-effective ways to rid your home of these unwanted guests. We'll guide you to the solutions. Over the past two decades, there has been a push to lower water-heater thermostat settings in the United States from the previously adopted standard of 140 F to a safer setting of 120 F.

March 2003

The ABCs of VOCs

March 2003

Tools for Creating Your Perfect Space

Most of us spend considerable time and money shopping for clothes to perfectly fit our various shapes, yet we live in ill-fitting, cookie-cutter houses designed for the mythical average family. We acknowledge food, clothing and shelter as the basic necessities of life, but we give shelter short shrift. We say, and act as if we believe, that "clothes make the man" and that "we are what we eat," yet live in what amount to motel rooms with long-term leases. To the extent that each of us is different - that the ways we spend our lives are different - we need spaces that fit our needs.

July 2002

Water Without Worry

Is my water safe to drink? It seems like a simple question but finding the answer may not be. The EPA regulates more than a hundred chemical contaminants that can be found in public drinking water. Some naturally occurring and some man-made, these contaminants range from immediate health threats to some that will cause harm only after long exposure. If you're on a well or a private water system, testing your water is a prudent thing to do. But with so many potential threats out there, where do you begin?

March 2002

Zapping Germs With Ozone

More homeowners have become concerned lately about harmful bacteria like salmonella and E. coli. While chemical antibacterial products can eliminate these organisms, they aren't the best to use when preparing meals - who wants a salad sprayed with chemicals? The folks at Waterpik have devised a way to zap germs without nasty chemicals. The Waterpik Aquia infuses ordinary tap water with ozone, a highly reactive form of oxygen, to kill bacteria. After destroying deadly organisms, the ozone quickly dissipates, leaving no trace on food or food preparation surfaces.

November 2001
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