4 Home Products That Are Harming Your Indoor Air Quality

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With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing people indoors for months at a time, indoor air quality is quickly becoming the most important health factor in the home. There are many things that can contribute to poor air quality, some of which may seem innocuous enough at first glance.

Scented Products

They might smell good, but the National Institutes of Health caution that these products emit dozens of volatile organic compounds. This is true even if the products are "all-natural" or "green." For example, lemon-scented products interact with ozone to create dangerous chemicals, such as formaldehyde. Pine-scented cleaners also create acetone and ethanol in the air. Neither is good for you.

Opt for all-natural cleaners instead. Lemon juice and salt make an effective cleaning solution for surfaces and even bathroom fixtures.


All candles put particulates in the air, but some are more dangerous than others. Paraffin-based candles emit carcinogens such as benzene and toluene. Alternatives such as soy and beeswax candles burn cleaners and longer, and they have their own subtle fragrance that will help freshen up your space.

Pressed-Wood Furniture

Pressed wood emits formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen. It’s the glue in cheap furniture that off-gases, which compromises your indoor air quality.

However, formaldehyde is found in a variety of common products, including fabric softeners, paper, lacquers, and paints. Because you can’t avoid all of these products, invest in an air purification system to remove pollutants.

Dirty HVAC Filters

Your HVAC system is crucial to maintaining the air quality in your home. On days when it is either too cold or too hot to leave the windows open for ventilation, it's the only thing that circulates air from outside to inside. If the filter inside your furnace is choked with dust and dirt, not only will the furnace run inefficiently, but it can also be a source of indoor air pollution.

Change your filter every 30 to 90 days to ensure your central air system operates at peak efficiency.


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