“Baby, it’s cold outside”…. Happy Holidays!!!
The holidays are upon us and with that comes the cold weather. While it remains unseasonable warm across the South it is snowing in the Northwest and cold in the Northeast. Cold weather exposes us to an increase in exposure to indoor air quality issues. We tend to spend more time inside as the temperature drops, as well as spend more time entertaining. Some of the issues you may encounter with indoor air quality are as follows:
1. Furniture – Furniture constructed out of press board can emit formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a preservative and is believed to be a carcinogen. Try to avoid using pressed wood furniture in rooms with high humidity which could exasperate off gassing. The best solution is to ventilate.
2. Candles – During the holidays we spend plenty time entertaining which often includes burning candles to create a cozy atmosphere. Recent studies have shown parafin candles, when burned, emit certain chemicals that have been linked to liver damage and neurological problems. Parafin candles also emit black soot that can damage your lungs over time. You could opt for electric votive candles or candles that emit less soot such as 100% soy candles.
3. Shoes – This is something we should think about all year. Debris from our shoes may contain lead dust, insect parts, animal waste, fertilizer and chemicals all of which we track inside our office, car and home. Make sure you use outdoor mats to dislodge as much debris as possible from your shoes. When at home use a cloth mat and leave your shoes by the front door. Clean floors regularly with a non toxic cleanser.
These are just a few items that could present indoor air quality issue in your office and home. Make sure you have adequate ventilation throughout your home and office. Use non toxic cleaners to keep the space clean to eliminate dust, pet dander and mold issues. Make sure you have your central air handling system inspected and its working properly. If you have any additional issues with the air quality in your home and/or office, please contact us at 1-866-368-2873.