Do you know your I.A.Q.?

by Ron & Lisa Beres on August 8, 2010 · 11 comments

We aren’t referring to your I.Q., rather your I.A.Q. (Indoor Air Quality) and specifically as it relates to your home or office where, as Americans, we spend up to 90% of our time. If you have not had your indoor air tested and someone in your family is suffering from allergies or other breathing issues, now you can check it yourself– easily, efficiently and cost effectively. The Jossam Home Air Quality Test Kit is a simple and effective first step to helping determine if your home is a haven for excess dust (ie: dust mites and their debris) mold spores, dander, carcinogenic fibers and more!

I.A.QFor those of you who would like your own home test kit, you have TWO CHANCES TO WIN A FREE JOSSAM TEST KIT including MOLD & DUST analysis in the HealthyHomeDreamTeam.com online contest. All you have to do is provide a comment, tip, or tidbit on what you are going to do for the I.A.Q. of your own home! The luck of winning doesn’t end there because there is another chance to win. We are going to be raffling away FIVE FREE JOSSAM TEST KITS including MOLD & DUST analysis to attendees present at our upcoming Just Green It! book launch party on August 26th, 2010 at Environment Furniture in Hollywood, CA.

There have been many stories lately about the dangers of toxic mold in homes, including most recently the rumor of the toxic mold link to the unfortunate passing of movie star Brittany Murphy and her husband. The presence of household mold may have been relevant in their passing because of its’ effects on their respiratory health which led to pneumonia. The fact is, there is wide variability in how different people are affected by mold. Some people may be sensitive to “low” levels and others affected at “higher” levels. Also, many species of mold can make toxins that could make one sick, and it is not clear that any one mold is worse than another. However, by sharing your Jossam I.A.Q. lab report test results with your Physician, he or she may be better able to identify whether certain mold spores or other air contaminants are contributing to your allergies, asthma, and other medical problems.

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Do you know your I.A.Q.?In addition to mold, other indoor air contaminants in your living space could have disastrous effects on your health. For example, dust is the second leading cause of allergies, and the average home collects 40 pounds of dust a year! One of the major reasons for the allergies, however, is due to the fact that dust mites harbor in the dust particles. Many people are allergic to dust mite debris and their feces. Just imagine the amount of dust mites that are in the air that are not visible to the naked eye. If you have not seen a dust mite under a microscope, this picture should help put into perspective just how important it is to know the dust count of your home!

The Home Air Quality Test Kit is designed to collect deposits of airborne-contaminants on its’ specially designed mixed cellulose filter. The filter is then dissolved at a professional laboratory and the contaminants analyzed by highly trained personnel under a microscope at up to 1000X power. Results will indicate the level of airborne contaminants specific to your environment. Once you know what’s in your air, you can then focus on reducing those specific contaminants.

There are three methods that can be used to take the Jossam Home Air Quality test: the force furnace method, the vacuum cleaner method, or box fan method. The forced air furnace method gives you a representative reading of the total air quality in your home or office. The vacuum method allows you to check the air in a specific area such as a bathroom or bedroom. The third option, of the box fan method is used only as a last resort as this is the least precise method.

Indoor Air Quality Test KitWith the Jossam Home Test Kit, you can opt-in to test for total dust, mold spores, dander, carcinogenic fibers (i.e. asbestos), pollen, bacteria, and allergens. It is an affordable, easy to use air-monitoring kit that allows you to personally monitor your office and/or home’s air rather than depending on a professional to do it for you at ten times the cost. Remember, knowledge is power! Knowing what is in the air you are breathing allows you to effectively reduce those specific pollutants. And now, for a limited time only (SALE EXTENDED through September 30, 2010) you can SAVE 20% on all Home Air Quality Test Kits (the blue covers)! Click here to order & SAVE now!

If you aren’t one the lucky seven to win a kit – you can still custom build and order your own kit directly at Green Nest!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael August 13, 2010 at 8:44 am

I don’t know what the air quality is like at my place at present, but I am going to try to work on eliminating dust mites!

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Lisa August 15, 2010 at 10:39 am

Hello Michael,
Yes, there are many great, effective techniques for eliminating dust mites. Starting with a good air purifier (see our latest post – we are giving away one – over $350.00 value)! Also, vacuum regularly and use a HEPA vacuum if possible. Wash bedding in HOT water once a week as this will kill dust mites and/or combine wiht a barrier cover (see comment below). Best of luck :)

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Vicki August 14, 2010 at 2:40 pm

I just found out I’m allergic to Dust Mites and cockroaches. I’d LOVE to know my air quality to see if the new filter I purchased is worth it! (and to help my allergies!)

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Lisa August 15, 2010 at 10:35 am

Hello Vicki,
Thanks for your feedback. You may also want to avoid down for pillows and bedding and consider a barrier cover for your mattress / pillow. Here is a link to our organic versions:http://www.greennest.com/index.php?cPath=50
Best of luck with the contest & your health! Note: natural latex rubber (for mattresses & pillows) is naturally dust mite resistant :)

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Rachel Winokur August 16, 2010 at 10:38 am

i’m excited (and a little nervous) to try the test kit as soon as it arrives! i know it will be something i will urge my interior design clients to get for their homes and offices, too! thank lisa and ron!!!!

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Lisa August 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm

We have two winners! Congrats to Rachel Winokur and Joshua Donnell who were chosen from the Facebook Fan page posts! Thank you to everyone who commented and shared your feedback :) Stay tuned for more GREAT giveaways! Be Green & Be Healthy.

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Julie Ann August 26, 2010 at 9:26 am

How do I win the Air Purifier? Does it produce Ozone?

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Lisa Beres September 3, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Julie Ann,
You need to visit the Ha’ Breath of Life Sweepstakes page to enter (and no, there is no ozone generated by these machines)!!Best of luck to you: http://tinyurl.com/27hrlzq

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josh September 6, 2010 at 3:24 pm

well i got my test results back from jossam . and the dust levels that i got from my living room was shocking i thought my air was clean. well i guess not. the test results showed i that had 529,940 and the mold wasn’t too bad which is good.my test results showed the mold total was 7,910. so if your worried about the dust or mold .i would say you buy the jossam air test.

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Lisa Beres September 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Josh,
Thanks for sharing you results feedback with us & our readers! I know a lot of people will benefit from this. Many people are afraid of what they will find. But, like you, it’s better to find out and remedy the situation vs. ignoring it. Dust is an easier issue to deal with than mold of course and simple things like vacuuming regulary with a HEPA vacuum, utilizing an air purifier, opening windows, and keeping clutter at bay are all great first steps. For those with allergies to dust mites….don’t delay! Find out the dust levels in your home as soon as possible with our simple & affordable test kits!
Thanks,
Be Green & Be Healthy,
Lisa

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