The American Lung Association and Honeywell have entered a new, nationwide partnership to help consumers and homebuilders learn about indoor air quality and how to create cleaner home air. The American Lung Association Health House® program is a 10-year effort that has raised the standard for cleaner indoor environments through builder and consumer education.

The program started as a local Minnesota undertaking in 1993; Honeywell participated at that time, with “Dusty the Dust Mite” greeting Health House visitors. Since then, more than 120 Health Houses have been built in 30 states.

The partnership combines Health House’s public awareness outreach, including builder education programs and demonstration homes, with Honeywell’s expertise in whole-house HVAC-IAQ controls and systems.

“Certain indoor air elements and conditions can trigger asthma, a chronic respiratory disease that affects people of all ages,” according to the association. Nationwide, 31.3 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma at some point in their lives. Children lose 14 million school days due to the disease, the association estimates.

“The American Lung Association has been at the forefront of educating people about the importance of cleaner indoor air for decades,” said John Kirkwood, president and CEO of the American Lung Association. “Partners like Honeywell help continue this important education.”

Tim Kensok, director of Honeywell’s Indoor Air Quality Products group, said: “Working alongside the American Lung Association is a great opportunity to help consumers be as informed as possible about the quality of indoor air and their options for managing and improving that environment. We’re proud to be part of the Health House effort to help consumers and homebuilders make indoor air cleaner.”

For more information about the Health House program, call 877-521-1491 or visit and

Publication date: 06/30/2003