Though it doesn’t get much mainstream media coverage, indoor air pollution is a serious problem in the United States. In fact, about 97% of the homes tested by the EPA had at least one problem with their air quality.
Indoor air pollution can come from a variety of sources, many of which are seemingly harmless products. We have already covered five surprising sources of indoor air pollution – which included things such as cleaning products and candles – and we will now introduce five more.
Lead paint was outlawed in the 1970s due to its toxicity, but it is still present in older homes. Even new paints still release volatile organic compounds as they dry. Make sure to buy low-VOC paint and always apply it in a well-ventilated area.
#2: Heating Equipment
The heating equipment in your home – such as your stove, furnace, and fireplace – all produce carbon monoxide as they operate. This colorless, odorless gas is fatal in high doses, so it is important to ensure it is properly vented to the outside.
#3: New Furniture & Pressed-Wood Products
Many brand new upholstered furniture and pressed wood products emit formaldehyde, a carcinogen with many negative health effects. This includes couches, chairs, cabinetry, wood flooring and wall paneling.
#4: HVAC Ducts
Pollutants such as dust, pollen, mold, and pet dander tend to accumulate in your air ducts. Once they are inside, they use these ducts as a transportation system to spread throughout your entire home.
If you keep any pesticides, herbicides, or insecticides in your home, you are putting your health in danger. In fact, the suffix -cide means “to kill”. While these products are designed with the intention to kill fungus and pests, the effect they have on human health can be equally as dangerous.
If you live in Fairfield County, Connecticut, contact Devine Bros. for a free household air quality assessment. Our experts will come into your home, use professional testing devices to determine the quality of your air, and make expert recommendations based on their findings. Call (203) 866-4421 today to schedule your visit.