Tool Ensures the Air in Your Home Isn't Making You Sick

A researcher discovered a way to diagnose the air in your home to ensure it isn't causing respiratory issues.
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A researcher discovered a way to diagnose the air in your home to ensure it isn't causing respiratory issues.
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Craig Hostland, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of British Columbia in Canada, designed a tool to help ensure the air in your home is keeping you healthy. The tool takes into account factors such as the house's construction type and its history of moisture. It can also recommend any renovations that might make your home a little healthier. The tool has a 95 percent probability rate.

"I found in my research that patients who may be stricken by the most severe effects of asthma can partially or fully recover their health through simple remediation of their residence," Hostland told Medical Express. "The public health-care system can potentially save tens to hundreds of millions of dollars annually. I estimate there are almost 500 such patients in the interior health region alone and more than 3,000 in British Columbia who can be helped." 

As an engineer with a specialization in the health consequences of indoor mould, Hostland designed the tool to evaluate mold, dampness and other conditions that might lead to respiratory problems. He shared his findings in a paper titled HEALTH2: A Holistic Environmental Assessment Tool.