Innovative solutions for creating healthy, efficient, eco-friendly homes

November 2001

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Engineered Wood: The Best of New & Old

Since its earliest days, America's relationship with wood has been marked by determination and innovation. Faced with thick forests, the first settlers cleared the land, used the logs for building and launched the American timber industry. It's not surprising that wood was the first export from the Jamestown settlement in 1607.

A Fan With Filters

Ceiling fans move a lot of air, but they also move dust, smoke, pollen and other less-than-desired elements in the air. The Clairion 2 in 1 air cleaner/ceiling fan helps filter all those elements. The fan's blades hold snap-in filters that can trap airborne particles and odors. To make the collection process more efficient, the fan's hub emits ions that make it easier for dust and particles to attach themselves to the positively charged filters. The fans come in a variety of models and sizes.

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.

The Truth About Wood

Should deck boards be installed bark side up or down? The answer: Install it best-side up, whichever it is.Think you know the facts? Read on... The overwhelming majority of our homes are made from wood. Even masonry and steel homes contain wood.

Letting Nature Clean the Pool

The problem with swimming pools is what goes into them. To keep them safe, you have to add chemicals like chlorine, which not only detract from the swimming experience but cost serious money as well. Europeans, however, are increasingly turning to nature for an alternative. "Natural pools" aren't kept clean with chemicals. Instead, about half of the pool (or pond, as some call it) is set aside for plants that cleanse water naturally, such as lotus and water lilies.

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