Is there a test for mold that can be used in homes?

In most cases, laboratory testing/sampling is not necessary for mold detection. Also, accurate mold testing is expensive. Do-it-yourself kits you may purchase will not provide accurate useful information. If you can see or smell mold, then you have it! Rather, utilize the money to remove the mold and prevent it from reoccurring by fixing the moisture problem that permitted the mold to grow.
Laboratory testing can identify the type of mold, but regardless of the type, it is not healthy …

How do I determine which climate zone I live in?

According to the U.S. Department of Energy Building America program, there are eight major climate zones in the United States:
• Cold climate zone
• Very cold climate zone
• Mixed-dry climate zone
• Mixed-humid climate zone
• Hot-dry climate zone
• Hot-humid climate zone
• Marine climate zone
• Subarctic climate zone
For more information, see the United States Department of Energy (DOE) guide on Climate Regions which includes a map and list of each climate zone by county.…

Where can I find the average wind speed and direction for my area?

Average wind speed and direction data is compiled into a Wind Rose Diagram. The diagram depicts the average direction from which the wind blows (in percentages), and the average wind speeds.
To locate the Wind Rose Diagram for your area, see the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Conservation Service’s National Water and Climate web site. This site has a link to Wind Rose (ftp plot) for states and weather stations.
The National Renewable Energy Lab site:
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Is old insulation in heating and cooling ductwork hazardous to my respiratory health?

Depending on what the insulation type is and it’s age, this flexible ductwork could create health problems. The ductwork insulation material may be glass fiber or another product such as asbestos containing material. The only way to tell for sure is to have a certified public or industrial health lab test a sample to determine if it is glass fiber, asbestos, or another product. Before taking a sample of the material yourself, to avoid generating a hazard, contact the a …

I have mold in my home. How do I get rid of it?

Mold in a home can be a serious problem, and one that deserves your immediate attention. Any problem with mold means there is a moisture problem. In addition to cleaning up the mold, you need to determine source of excess moisture solve the problem.  

Building an energy efficient home or making energy saving home improvements should always be done with a good understanding of moisture and methods to control rain entry,  humidity and hidden condensation.  For more insight into moisture …

What do you need to know about mold in your home?

Mold can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance if moisture is present. Mold can grow on wood, paper, carpet and food. Exposure to mold can cause cold-like symptoms, respiratory problems, nasal and sinus congestion, watery eyes, sore throat, coughing and skin irritations, and can trigger asthma attacks. Because some mold spores are very small and can easily be breathed deeply into the lungs, it is not safe to live in houses with high mold levels. …

Mold is natural, so what's the big deal?

Molds are natural and generally pose no adverse health effects outside the home. However, mold indoors can be an indoor air issue. Mold produces spores that become airborne. These spores and mold fragments are introduced into the respiratory system, where they can cause allergic reactions, trigger asthma attacks, and cause other health problems. EPA A Brief Guide to Mold and Moisture Control . See also Healthy Homes Partnership