Written by: Husna Sultana
What makes the indoor air toxic during a renovation?
When planning to renovate or remodel your house, your breathing air can be negatively impacted. The release of tiny, microscopic particles from construction dusts, paints, mold spores, fiberglass, and many other toxins like silica can pollute the air. These particles are so tiny that they can bypass your lung’s filtration system and enter the blood stream.
VOCs (Volatile organic compounds) are released from new furniture, fresh paints and primers which are toxic in nature. Children, asthmatics, immune-compromised and the elderly are most vulnerable.
Dangerous chemicals lurk in common construction materials. Asbestos (a known carcinogen!) can be found in floor and ceiling tiles. Chromated copper arsenate (CCA) is used to prevent rotting in lumber designed for outdoor use. Arsenic is another known carcinogen!
Chances are high that you are being exposed to hazardous off-gassing from a wide range of sources including construction materials, flooring, kitchen cabinets, countertops, paint, new furniture and carpeting. That “new house smell” is the off gassing of formaldehyde, a chemical that is toxic in high concentrations and carcinogenic at lower doses. Even at levels that are safe from a cancer standpoint, formaldehyde is an allergy trigger and respiratory system irritant that can result in serious health issues. Formaldehyde is used to manufacture pressed wood products, plywood, particle board and paneling.
Carpets and fabrics can off-gas for up to 3 years, while building materials can off-gas for as long as 5 years.
Measures to combat air quality issues during and after constructions and renovations are:
A good HEPA air purifier with a carbon filter (high carbon content) will help in capturing dust, allergens, pet dander and VOC’s.
Best Air purifier for renovated and newly constructed homes.
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