As we’ve pointed out previously, indoor air quality is an increasing problem in the U.S. as homes are created more and more air-tight. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has listed indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental risks facing the American public.
So where is this indoor air pollution coming from? Many pollutants come from the environment, such as dust, radon and carbon monoxide, but you may be surprised to find out that there are several common objects within your Fountain Hills-area home that are contributing to your poor indoor air quality.
Surprised to see indoor carpeting on the list? You’d be hard-pressed find a Fountain Hills-area home without some carpeting. So what’s so dangerous about the carpet in your home? The chemicals.
The glues and dyes used to create your carpet can release volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). The EPA says that many people have reported health problems associated with new carpet installation. However, most of the VOC’s are released within the first few days of installation.
So to avoid a buildup of these airborne pollutants, the EPA recommends you have your installer air out the carpet and keep your home well ventilated for several days after it is installed.
Did you know that air fresheners can actually hurt your home’s indoor air quality? They may make your home’s air smell cleaner, but it won’t actually be cleaner. This is because air fresheners only mask odors in your home by covering them up with a stronger (and more pleasant) smell.
But many air fresheners contain harmful VOC’s. The EPA reports that such air fresheners can cause respiratory problems in high concentrations. Many household cleaners also release these harmful gasses.
To protect your family, avoid using air fresheners, store cleaning products outside of your home, and use them only in well-ventilated areas.
Many pressed-wood furnishings release Formaldehyde into your home’s air. Pressed wood, such as plywood, particleboard and fiberboard, consist of small pieces of wood that are pressed tightly and held together by adhesive.
These adhesives contain urea-formaldehyde (UF) resins, which emit Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde has a distinct smell and can cause watery eyes, nausea and difficulty breathing. According to the EPA, it has also been shown to cause cancer in animals.
What Can You Do?
With so many everyday objects emitting harmful airborne pollutants, you may be wondering how you can keep your home’s air clean. Here is our three-step solution.
We’d love to help you protect your family from these harmful pollutants and improve the indoor air quality of your home – schedule a free air quality appointment online.