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My House Is Killing Me! The Complete Guide to a Healthier Indoor Environment

Johns Hopkins. Dec. 2020. 416p. ISBN 9781421438955. pap. $24.95. HEALTH
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May (My Office Is Killing Me!), a building inspector and indoor air quality specialist, has comprehensively updated the original edition of this book, published in 2001. Written for homeowners and renters, it can be read cover to cover or used as a reference. In Part 1, the authors describe a multitude of air quality issues that can affect new and old houses and cause respiratory problems: dust mites, pet dander, various mold species, bacteria, yeast, off-gassing of construction materials and new furnishings, and more. Parts 2 and 3 travel through a home room by room, from attics to basements and crawl spaces, discussing problems that might arise in those particular areas. Part 4 deals exclusively with heating and cooling systems, and Part 5 provides advice on cleaning. Each chapter ends with a bulleted list of recommendations for improving indoor air quality. A glossary and resource guide are also provided.
VERDICT Entertaining, not dryly technical, with illustrations throughout, this wide-ranging resource will be of interest to anyone concerned about indoor air quality and particularly those who live with allergies, and whose symptoms are worse in their homes.

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