Last week, we discussed five of the most common indoor air pollutants that can affect your home. This week, we are going to give you five more really common products and materials that can affect your indoor air quality. Here they are.

6) Formaldehyde – This is a chemical that we are all generally familiar with. Formaldehyde is used to preserve things, so it can be found in pressed wood products, and general household materials. Formaldehyde once exposed gives off an unpleasant odor. Try to avoid buying chemical cleaners or premade, cheap furniture that may use this in the wood to try to keep it preserved.

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7) Pesticides – Pesticides are often a necessary evil. Because we do not want bugs or other creatures lurking in our homes, we are often forced to use chemicals to keep them away. Make sure that when using them, or when you hire someone to use them that you read the labels on the products and properly ventilate your home to avoid headaches and sickness. And if you can use non-chemical pest control, make sure to do that as well.

8) Asbestos – Asbestos is a material that gets a lot of media attention.  You have probably heard of all the lawsuits regarding people’s health relating to this material. It is no secret that it is not something that you want to work around or live around, and if you are, you should call in a certified asbestos inspector to take a look at the materials in your home that used asbestos and can also safely remove them.

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9) Lead – Lead is often found in our homes because older paints were manufactured with it. Lead paint can often be identified by texture, and will begin peeling and chipping over time. Lead can be harmful both to breathe in as well as to ingest, which can be a non-deliberate action if paint is peeling off or has been touched. Lead poisoning is serious and must be dealt with right away, or it can cause major health concerns. Getting the paint removed is one way to prevent the pollution of your indoor air. Another is to make sure that you keep those areas very clean.

10) Carpet – Believe it or not, carpet can be a major cause of indoor air quality issues.  First of all, carpet often has a terrible odor when it is new and rolled up. Carpet is often petroleum based and the odor is off gassing VOC’s.  The adhesives that are often used will also emit chemicals and an odor. When getting carpet installed in your home make sure that your installer follows the proper guidelines that are set by the Carpet and Rug Institute. Make sure that you ask your installer or retailer to unroll the carpet in a well-ventilated area before installing it. Also, make sure that after installation, you let the carpet properly ventilate as well.

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As you can see, it is clear that most of the materials that affect your indoor air quality are very common, and often products that you not only want in your home, but need. When considering indoor air quality, especially when you think that you might have a pollutant problem, it is important to call in a professional to find out what your problem is and to tell you how to fix it.