Winter is an excellent time to test your home’s radon levels. When you close your windows and doors and rev up your furnace, you create an ideal environment for pulling the naturally occurring gas up from the soil and trapping it indoors. It’s tantamount to inviting a killer into your home, as radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, according to the EPA. Only smoking is worse.Airthings has made raising awareness of and mitigating radon risks its mission. Its Wave air quality monitor was the first to provide real-time radon detection—a welcome alternative to the charcoal-based kits that require 90 days of testing and a lab analysis that was previously the only viable option. The Wave Plus builds on that product’s foundation with additional sensors for carbon dioxide and total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs).Simple setup and monitoringThe Wave Plus looks virtually identical to the Wave: It’s a smoke-detector sized disc with a … [Read more...] about Airthings Wave Plus review: real-time radon detection is this all-purpose air quality monitor’s best feature
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Monday 20th October, 2014His name is 'Jake'. At 15 years old, he was an ice dealer, a user and a crystal meth cook.'Jake' is the new face of crystal meth, or ice, in Australia. It's the drug that's ravaged our major cities. But now it's destroying country towns one by one.This week on Four Corners, reporter Caro Meldrum-Hanna travels through the regions of two states, riding with police and users, to tell the shocking story of towns and people in the grip of ice.She pieces together a disturbing picture: major international drug cartels are working with locally based outlaw motorcycle gangs to push ice out of the cities. It's a massive illicit corporate enterprise; sophisticated and highly organised.Their targets? Captive markets of bored teenagers in country towns, where there's a desperate lack of treatment facilities and under resourced or non-existent police.Four Corners goes to one community of less than 4,000 people where up to one in ten people are using ice. Meldrum-Hanna meets … [Read more...] about Ice Rush
Kat Russell The Gazette Stay indoors the next few days Iowa, weather service warns Marion woman accused of stealing car from apartment complex Special deliveries 26 St. Luke’s Birth Center nurses had babies in 2018 Newhall man accused of borrowing car, refusing to return it, fleeing police Shutdown stokes uncertainty for Iowa domestic violence programs All articles by Kat “Dangerous, life-threatening” wind chills are expected by midweek in the Corridor, according to the Nation Weather Service in the Quad Cities. Starting Tuesday, high-velocity winds will drive temperatures far below zero, where they will stay through Thursday morning, the weather service said. A wind chill warning is in effect from 3 p.m. Tuesday until Thursday morning, with wind chills between minus 30 and minus 60 degrees — … [Read more...] about Stay indoors the next few days Iowa, weather service warns
In a recent blog post about fall maintenance for Minnesota homeowners, I recommended annual furnace inspections (or boiler inspections) by a professional HVAC contractor. One reader sent me an email many years ago asking if this was really necessary: I have a question about furnace tune-ups. You say get one every year – is that really necessary? What do the HVAC guys actually do to the furnace to “tune” it up? There’s no spark plugs to replace like a car tune-up, and my understanding is they basically vacuum out dust and inspect it. Couldn’t the homeowner do this himself? Or do I really need to pay $80-150 bucks every year for a professional to do it? I answered these questions on this blog many years ago, but I think this is a topic that's worthy of a reminder. Are annual furnace inspections really necessary? Furnace manufacturers all recommend annual inspections and maintenance by a qualified technician. They also have language in their … [Read more...] about Are annual furnace inspections really necessary?
Second of four-part series on China trip The Three Gorges Dam in the distance as seen from the Tanziling Ridge. WARMER weather greeted us on our arrival in Chongqing after about an hour and a half journey by train from Chengdu on the sixth day of our study tour of China. Chongqing was formerly a sub-provincial city under the administration of Sichuan Province from 1954. It was separated from the Province in 1997 to become one of China’s fourth municipalities under the direct administration of the central government after Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin. The People’s Liberation Monument CBD Pedestrian Street. After being incorporated into the fold of municipality, its land area greatly expanded. The population rose to over 32 million and development of the city continued at a steady pace. The creation of the municipality is said to be part of China’s efforts to develop the western region and merge Chongqing with neighbouring Fuling, Wanxian and Qianjiang for a single … [Read more...] about A swing through the Fog Capital