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Protect Your Family from Formaldehyde Exposure

Posted by Ivey on June 17th, 2010

Formaldehyde can stem from wood products in your homeA recent article in the CNN series, Toxic America, discussed five hazardous substances that most people unknowingly encounter on a daily basis. Among those substances was formaldehyde, which is particularly harmful to your indoor air quality. A colorless gas with a pungent smell, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that can cause cancers of the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts as well as nausea, skin irritation, watery eyes, and burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat.

We are often exposed to formaldehyde as a result of breathing the volatile compounds that are released from products that contain it. Unfortunately, formaldehyde exposure is an ever-present threat in most homes. The toxic substance is commonly found in resins that are used as glue during the manufacturing of pressed wood products, such as particle board, plywood, paneling, and fiberboard. It can also be found in glues and other adhesives, durable-press fabrics like drapes, car exhaust, and cigarette smoke.

Two primary ways to avoid formaldehyde exposure are by purchasing formaldehyde-free furniture and making your home a smoke-free environment. You can also significantly reduce exposure by looking for exterior-grade pressed wood products, which emit formaldehyde at a much slower rate.

Formaldehyde Test KitIf you are concerned that you might have higher than normal levels of formaldehyde present in your indoor environment, use our do-it-yourself formaldehyde test kit to determine your home’s fexposure. If the results indicate that your home has an unhealthy concentration of formaldehyde, you can combat your family’s exposure by increasing ventilation in your home and reducing humidity. To increase fresh air flow, open a window or IQAir GC Series Air Purifier with Chemisorberadd an air purifier to your environment. In fact, the IQAir Chemisorber GC actually targets and removes formaldehyde from your indoor environment. This IQAir air purifier also removes a variety of other vapors from your environment that stem from pressed wood products—including hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, nitric oxide, ethylene, and more.

Friedrich CP10F10 10,000 BTU Window Air ConditionerMost air conditioners remove moisture from your environment as part of the cooling process. For example, the Friedrich CP10F10 removes up to three pints of moisture per hour from your environment. It also features a Dry Mode for increased humidity removal. However, for even more moisture removal, try using a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers are a great way to easily remove excess moisture and safeguard your family and home from the damaging effects of moisture and formaldehyde exposure.Santa Fe Max Dry Dual XT Dehumidifier In fact, many models like the Santa Fe Max Dry Dual XT actually feature advanced air filtration.

Visit CNN.com to read their full report on the chemical dangers that you encounter daily.

To learn more about our product offerings, visit Sylvane.com or call one of our product specialists at 1-800-934-9194 to help you choose the best air treatment option for your home or office.

2 Responses to “Protect Your Family from Formaldehyde Exposure”

  1. rich Says:

    Formaldehdye is indeed a significant issue. California Air Resource Board report documents that 98% of conventional site built homes tested exceed the State’s recommended concentration.

    In many homes the largest source is the fiberglass wall insulation.

    With existing furniture such as backs of desks, dressers, bookcases etc as well as the bottoms of drawers are often unfinished press board. Painting or sealing these unseen surfaces can reduce the formaldehyde off gassed by 50%.

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