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With permission from ASHRAE

BY LEW HARRIMAN, FELLOW/LIFE MEMBER ASHRAE; BRENT STEPHENS, PH.D, MEMBER ASHRAE; TERRY BRENNAN, MEMBER ASHRAE

As HVAC&R professionals, we in the ASHRAE community are sometimes asked questions about residential indoor air quality (IAQ) and how to improve it. What contaminants are most hazardous? How do I get rid of a particular smell? Should I use this air cleaner or that filter? Sadly, our friends and family generally lose patience when we helpfully suggest: “Well, it’s complicated. But just read Chapters 46, 60 and 62 in the ASHRAE Handbook—HVAC Applications, because there’s great information in there.” In general, we find that information seekers are frustrated by such helpful advice. Usually, the question is repeated (with some heat) in a form such as: “You’re the professional. Can’t you boil it down? What should I DO in my HOUSE?”

Fortunately, two new resources can help you better answer such questions. First, the ASHRAE Residential Indoor Air Quality Guide1 is a comprehensive summary of IAQ for homes and apartments, written by our member colleagues and published by ASHRAE in 2018. This book will be useful...for the full story download this PDF.