Those Who Make This Study Possible

Columbia, Maryland-based NCHH has conducted numerous high-quality studies on asthma and other housing-related diseases and injuries, and is currently serving as the data coordinating center for a seven-year longitudinal controlled trial of housing improvements and asthma outcomes in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco. NCHH has substantial experience in protocol design, biostatistics, quality control, exposure assessment, environmental science and housing/public health policy. Its research director, Dr. David Jacobs, currently serves as chair of the Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Advisory Committee to the DC Department of Energy and the Environment and holds adjunct faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Illinois at Chicago Schools of Public Health. He is also Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Healthy Housing Research and Training in the US and formerly served as the Director of the Office of Healthy Homes at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and was a member of the EPA Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee.

Ecobeco LLC is a Rockville-based energy efficiency company Founded in 2008 by Brian Toll and Reuven Walder. ecobeco has performed over 3,000 Home Energy Audits and overseen over 1,000 residential energy efficiency projects as part of Pepco and BGE’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Programs. ecobeco’s staff holds Building Analyst certifications from the Building Performance Institute, and Healthy Home Specialist certifications from the National Environmental Health Association.

Minnick’s Heating and Air Conditioning, is a Laurel-based HVAC company. Founded in 1954 by William Minnick, Minnick’s leads the Mid-Atlantic Region through its commitment to advanced training and commitment to using best-in-class standards and technology. Rob Minnick currently sits on the Board of the Building Performance Institute and Chairs the Home Performance Committee for the Air Conditioner Contractors Association.

Breathe Easy Home, a non-profit based in Maryland, created its “Breathe Easy Home Indoor Air Quality System” to integrate best practices from the weatherization and HVAC industries. This system provides indoor air quality enhancements to residential homes.

Delivering comfortable, healthier indoor air has been our business at Aprilaire since its inception in 1938. That’s when we first began to design, manufacture and distribute quality products that improve the indoor air of homes and businesses throughout North America. As a division of Research Products Corporation, our reputation as an innovator in the industry was solidified in 1954 when we introduced the first truly effective whole-home humidifier. We expanded on the humidifier line and added an entire family of whole-home indoor air quality products, including air purifiers, dehumidifiers, ventilation systems, thermostats and controllers, and zoned temperature control systems.

Aeroseal of Maryland, a division of Frederick Air, is one of a few certified companies in Aeroseal air duct sealing and air duct diagnostics serving the Mid-Atlantic Region. The exclusive Aeroseal technology injects adhesive particles into the duct system. The adhesive attaches directly onto the edges of the holes, creating a seal without coating the ductwork. The results are verified and provided to you upon completion of sealing.

Fresh-Aire UV makes the world’s best whole-house UV light and activated carbon air purifiers. Our products clean the air throughout your home or business because they are installed directly inside your central air system. Microbes and odors are eliminated as air cycles repeatedly through the system. Fresh-Aire UV isn’t just for people with asthma or allergies; we all need clean air to be healthy and thrive. According to the EPA indoor air pollution is often five times worse than outside air. Your family deserves to live in a healthy indoor environment. These products will also keep your air system clean and make it last longer.

Foobot will be used in the study to monitor particles, VOCs, humidity and temperature on a continuous basis.  For consumers, Foobot is a powerful learning device that helps you understand that the actions you take at home through cooking, cleaning, or other activities, can have an effect on your indoor air quality.  Foobot provides instant information about changes in these levels so you can take corrective action as needed.  To learn more, visit

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