It is very common to conclude that breathing in the outdoor air contains more harmful pollutants than indoors. However, the truth is that your home indoor air can often pose a much larger threat. This article will provide you with important information on how you can keep your home air clean during closed house conditions whether it’s winter or summer.
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Florida’s real estate market is in a state of constant new construction growth and existing home turnover the last several years. Whether building your dream home or purchasing an older home that has been listed on the market, possible indoor air quality concerns should be a major priority during your search. Learn about how you can make sure your future home’s indoor air is safe and healthy by addressing these concerns BEFORE you buy.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used in various products since pre-historic times. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the public started to become aware of adverse health effects from exposure and it became regulated by the federal government under AHERA in 1986. Because of its strength and resistance to heat, it became popular in a number of manufacturing practices. Due to this popularity, it can be found today in a number of residential and commercial materials such as drywall compound, floor tile and adhesive and insulation.
Indoors. That is where most people spend their time. With that said, it is important that the indoor air quality (IAQ) surrounding us is healthy. Increasing rates of childhood asthma, allergies and poor general wellbeing, as well as learning and behavioral problems have been linked to poor IAQ in buildings, in homes and offices. Mold, particulates and chemical contaminants can all contribute to comfort or health challenges indoors.
When excessive formaldehyde is found in your home’s air, particularly from laminate flooring, what should you do?
When formaldehyde screening and testing is performed, it is very critical that a qualified indoor air quality expert handle the procedure.
When it comes to formaldehyde exposure in your home, there are two very important points to remember:
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) to date has, we believe, the only applicable regulation for formaldehyde emissions in the country, but is legally applicable only to products sold in California.
Lumber Liquidators, a nationwide company, has had numerous complaints from homeowners regarding the Chinese-made laminate flooring. However, the concern has also been noticed in the Tampa Bay area in Florida. Lumber Liquidators, in response, began providing free air test kits to their customers using a local lab in the Tampa area.
One of IET’s most frequently asked questions is, “How can I improve the indoor air quality in my home?” This is, of course, a very big topic but here is a basic overview of ways to improve indoor air quality in your home.