Is the air in your house polluted?

Is the air in your house polluted?



Ah, the last at home. Time to rest, kick your shoes and take a deep breath. . . Pollution?



Yes Indoor air in homes and offices- can be more polluted than outdoor air. And the average household has hundreds of sources of worrying pollutants, from cleaning pollutants to carpets.



So how worried should you be?



Research suggests that you will have to breathe abnormally high levels of household pollutants for long periods of time to withstand serious health effects. But even if you are sensitive to chemicals and allergies, low levels can trigger irritable reactions.



But your home should make you healthier, not less. Put your pollution radar on the test, and answer these four questions:



1. Intense formaldehyde can be found in which of these products? (More than one answer may be correct.)



a. Cosmetics and nail polish

B. Glues and Adhesives

C. Pressed wood products (plywood, particle board, and medium density fiberboard)

D. Foam insulation material

E. mouthwash

Ch. Wallpaper

Yes. Wrinkle-resistant grapes, linen and other fabrics

H. All of the above



The answer is "all of the above."



While formaldehyde is a "potential" carcinogen, experts say the effect of normal household levels on cancer risk is minimal. Still, who needs it? And if you or your children are sensitive to stuff, you want to clear its air.



What you can do:



Buy solid wood products; Old Furniture; Glass; Or metal, such as stainless steel. (If you buy pressed wood furniture or paneling, make sure it conforms to low-emission standards.) Agency tickets that certify such products include ANSI, HPMA, CPA, NPA, HPVA.

Pass on treated clothing whenever possible.

Check the personal care product ingredients for formaldehyde, and throw them away if shown.

If you suspect that the levels are high - your eyes, nose and throat are irritated; you have a headache; You are feeling dizzy and have nausea - buy a test kit, or test a professional testing company.

Related: Clean indoor air with these plants.



2. Which of the following household products contains other volatile organic compounds (VOCs), or chemicals that become gases at room temperature?



a. air freshener

B. Tap water

C. Fresh dry clean clothes

D. None of these

E. All of the above



The answer is "all of the above."



VOC levels vary from house to house and room to room. If you painted a room in the past year, if you bought a new carpet or furniture, or if someone smokes in your house, you have breathed in POC. In fact, VOCs — issued by heavy chlorinated tap water and perchlorethylene (PCE) in your just-dry-clean sweater — are two to five times more externally.


At high levels, you may feel dizzy, nausea, tired and unbearable. There may be irritation in your ears, nose and throat, and your skin may react. A study of young children suggests that high levels of VOCs in the home may be associated with asthma.

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