Household Items That Negatively Affect IAQ

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Indoor air quality is something that should be maintained at the highest possible level. Having a poor air quality in your home could lead to illness and aggravation of existing respiratory illnesses. It’s important to know which items in your home can negatively affect the air quality of your home.



Besides the obvious collection of dust in your home, other negative factors include Volatile Organic Compounds. These VOCs are chemicals that are a source of odors that contain carbon and evaporate into the air. It’s important to know which household items contain VOCs so you can properly ventilate your home while they are installed, or so you can install alternatives that don’t contain these chemicals.



Items That Contain VOCs
  • air-qualityPaints & Stains
  • Wall Coverings
  • Caulks & Sealants
  • Upholstery Products
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Carpeting
  • Air Fresheners
  • Perfumes & Colognes



Behaviors That Cause VOCs
  • Cooking
  • Smoking
  • Wood Burning Stoves
  • Dry Cleaning



By limiting the amount of VOCs in your home, your indoor air quality will increase dramatically. Use proper ventilation while cooking, cleaning, and remodeling; but be sure to try and purchase products that do not have a high amount of these VOCs. To learn more about how you can improve the air quality of your home, call the experts at EnviroGreen Boston at (844) 775-7700.

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