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These Household Items Are Compromising Your Indoor Air Quality

Most of us are now sheltering-in-place; and, with this order, we are now spending all of our time indoors. With this major change, indoor air quality becomes more prudent to protect than ever before. But, how can you guard your home against volatile organic compounds, parabens, and other health-compromising chemicals, if you don’t know which household products are introducing them into your home in the first place? And, if you can’t even see the pollutants?

Although indoor air pollution does not manifest in the same blatant manner in which outdoor pollution does—visible smoke coming out of exhaust pipes and clouds of fossil fuels shooting out of factories—it is still very much present. But where? Well, all of that cleaning and disinfecting solution you are using to wipe down your home, and those vanilla candles you set on your kitchen table to create ambiance, and that can of air freshener in your master bath—these are all common home pantry items that negatively affect your indoor air.

Now, we here at Quality Degree, Inc. want you to have a comprehensive list of these products, so you can start reducing indoor pollutants in your home.

Here is a list of the most popular products that threaten indoor air quality:

Cleaning Products

Cleaning is everyone’s new pastime, and with that comes a growing need for a better understanding of what is actually in these products. Most surface cleaners on the market today are loaded with chemicals; especially products that are scented. Fragrant cleaning solutions are oftentimes toxic, containing volatile organic compounds and other carcinogens; yet, remain on the shelves for consumers to purchase, as the fragrance industry’s concoctions are classified.

Cleaning solutions with these ingredients can harm you and your family, causing symptoms ranging from respiratory distress to cancer. It is imperative you replace your home cleaners with all-natural products, labeled “chemical-free”.

Air Fresheners

Lingering odors are less than ideal. That’s why we all have that nifty aerosol air freshener tucked away in our bathroom, waiting to rid the room of any unsavory odors. However, covering up unwanted smells is costing you. Aerosol air fresheners are releasing volatile organic compounds into your home, doing more harm than good. From now on, it’s best to put that can of air freshener down, and instead, switch to using essential oils to freshen your home.

How do essential oils work? First, you’ll need to purchase your favorite fragrance! Make sure your essential oils are organic, so you are not introducing another indoor air compromiser into your home. Then, you have to pick which distribution method you prefer: an automatic diffuser or diffuser sticks. Electronic diffusers will distribute your scent immediately; and you can turn it on and off, whereas, diffuser sticks soak in the essential oil, releasing a steady, constant fragrance. Either way, your restroom will be safe from unwanted odors, and your air quality safe from air freshener pollutants.

Poorly Installed Furnaces & Fireplaces

If your furnace or fireplace is not properly ventilated, harmful gasses, soot, and other compromising particles are being released into your home, becoming airborne. Make sure your furnace was installed by a professional HVAC technician to avoid jeopardizing your indoor air quality. Additionally, make sure you are scheduling regular maintenance for each system, so any small air leak or malfunction is caught before it causes major indoor pollution.

Unmaintained Humidifiers & Dehumidifiers

Your humidifier and dehumidifier require habitual cleaning regimens. Keep a close eye on your systems at all times, as unmaintained equipment can lead to mold growth. Mold in your home is a major health implication, as mold spores can become airborne, causing a myriad of respiratory and allergy-like symptoms that can lead to more serious harm, as the mold continues to grow.

For indoor air quality solutions, contact Quality Degree, Inc. at (610) 600-1108. We are open, and as an essential business, we are here to serve our community. We have implemented strict health and safety protocols to ensure we deliver CDC approved care.