By Rebekah Armentrout
Believe it or not, there are chemicals in the air we breathe at home that can be harmful to our health. I’d like to take you through a typical home and list some areas where these chemicals are coming from as well as precautions we can take to reduce our exposure. VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and mold can have differing effects on individuals. Should you suspect your air may be harming you, please contact your doctor and look into a Home Air Check test kit.
• Plug in or spray air fresheners
• Carpet deodorants and cleaners
• Remodeling projects (OSB, laminate flooring, carpeting, paints, adhesives and varnishes)
• New furniture
• Water leaks contribute to possible hidden mold
• Cleaners commonly stored under the sink
• Remodeling (Laminate flooring, adhesives, paints)
• PVC Pipe Sealants
• Possible hidden mold along water valves and in washing machine
• Detergents and dryer sheets, starches
• Dirty Laundry (Off gassing from gasoline and other chemicals you come in contact with throughout the day are picked up by your clothing)
• Stored cleaning supplies
• Deodorants and air fresheners
• Toilet bowl disinfectants
• Cleaning supplies
• Perfumes and cosmetics, cleansers
• Mold around toile, in the shower area, as well as under the sink
• New mattresses and furniture
• Bathroom concerns, as listed above, if attached to the bedroom
• Cosmetics and perfumes
• New Carpeting, Drapes, or Rugs
• Dry Cleaning or Moth balls in closet
Garages and Basements
• Fuels and gasoline
• Stored paint cans
• Glues and adhesives
• Vehicle Exhaust
• Hobby Supplies
Clean up and addressing concerns
Opening windows in the home is the quickest & cheapest way to reduce VOCs in the air. This dilutes the compounds in your home and flushes them outdoors. Other ways to reduce your exposure to VOCs are:
– Open, air out, off gas products and furniture outdoors or in the garage before introducing them into the home.
– Store cleaning supplies in an air tight container, preferably in the garage or shed.
– Cosmetics, perfumes, and candles should be stored in an air tight container when not in use.
The first step to improving your indoor air quality is to be aware of how our decisions and lifestyle can affect the air we breathe. Simple precautions, as listed above, can significantly help to improve the air quality at home.
Please feel free to visit www.homeaircheck.com for additional tips and information.