Ken Nelson
Ken Nelson is the Northwest Regional Sales Manager for the Panasonic Eco Products Division, specializing in ventilation solutions for residential and multi-family living environments. Over the past four years, Ken has spoken throughout the Northwest, teaching and training builders, building science advocates and professionals on the physics of moisture and air movement in homes of all sizes, types and age. View Ken Nelson's profile on LinkedIn

Xmas trees can make your nose red, too

Xmas trees can make your nose red, too

Fifty years ago, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” piloted his shiny schnoz through America’s televisions and into its hearts. Played every year, the show’s songs and story are as synonymous with Christmas as tinsel, candy canes and tipsy co-workers lurking around the mistletoe.

Fukushima radiation: You have bigger worries

Fukushima radiation: You have bigger worries

Recent headlines concerning the Ebola crisis and radiation from the stricken nuclear power plant in Fukushima evidence the “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality that governs so many editorial decisions.

IAQ at gyms can turn treadmill to dreadmill

IAQ at gyms can turn treadmill to dreadmill

I don’t know about you, but when the temperature is too cold outside, the last thing I want to do is exercise in it. The air burns the lungs.

Vacuuming: You're doing it wrong

Vacuuming: You're doing it wrong

Many people who grew up in the 1960s or even later will remember vacuums with big, puffy bags that spewed hundreds of thousands of dust particles back into the air.

Casinos that allow smoking put more than your money on the table

Casinos that allow smoking put more than your money on the table

It’s bad enough when you belly-up to a blackjack table that you’re statistically likely to walk away with less cash than when you sat down. Worse is that...

School indoor air quality pollution

School indoor air quality pollution

Now that most U.S. elementary and secondary students are back in the books, it’s a good time for parents to ask not only what their children are reading and writing, but also what they’re breathing.

Earthquakes, man-made seismic events can release air pollutants

Earthquakes, man-made seismic events can release air pollutants

Wrecked buildings and damaged infrastructure aren’t the only worries for victims of the August 24 earthquake in the Napa Valley region of California. The quake, the strongest to hit the state in 25 years, also created the potential for a massive release of airborne pollutants.

Is your indoor air going to the cats?

Is your indoor air going to the cats?

Thinking of allergens, there are a few stars that get most of the attention. There’s pollen, of course, as well as mold and dust. Right up there with them is the felis catus, a.k.a. the domesticated housecat.

Radon: Forgotten but not gone

Radon: Forgotten but not gone

The news media did a great job of reporting on the dangers of radon in the 1990s. Now, you scarcely hear anything about it. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t continue to protect ourselves against this odorless gas.

Thoughts on humidity

Thoughts on humidity

Even in the best of relationships, the temperature in the home can be a source of great contention. One partner wants it warmer, and the other wants it colder. Very few times, however, do you hear anyone complain about humidity....

Get rid of bathroom condensation

Get rid of bathroom condensation

Q: I have an area at the top of my bathroom wall where I constantly get condensation. What’s the fix? A: Obviously the bathroom will get large amounts of water vapor every time some one showers or bathes.

DIY: Determining why your ventilation fan is too loud

DIY: Determining why your ventilation fan is too loud

Question: I purchased a new house about a year ago with super quiet fans. While they were quiet for a while, now they're incredibly loud.

Where to install bath fans to improve air quality in home

Where to install bath fans to improve air quality in home

A common question I'm asked is this: "I've purchased a continuous run bath fan for my two-story home, should I install it upstairs or down? " The answer is yes. Either location will immediately improve air quality in your house.

Tight and right indoor ventilation strategies

Tight and right indoor ventilation strategies

There are many ways to improve our Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in an existing home. Air quality is usually negatively affected by three things in our homes: allergens, chemicals and mold. Source management, added ventilation, or air filtration are a...

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