The best approach for how to remove formaldehyde from the air you breath is a question that many people have now, given the health impacts it can have on you. Before start it is important to that formaldehyde is a very common chemical that is found in the manufacturing of products and supplies as well as naturally occurring sources outdoors. So no matter where you are or go, chances are you will likely be exposed to it.
WHAT IS FORMALDEHYDE?
Formaldehyde is a VOC (Volatile Organic Chemical) and is a known carcinogen that can impact your immune system negatively. In large enough quantities it can cause your system to be degraded to a point of becoming sensitive to not only formaldehyde but too many other chemicals, odors, and aromas that a personal would not normally be effected by. The range of symptoms can include mild headaches, dizziness, feeling of a heavy chest, feeling like you have a cold to much more severe such as feeling like you have the flu, migraines and even worse. Formaldehyde can affect both our pets and our families. If you or anyone in your family is experiencing such symptoms, you should immediate seek out health professionals. These symptoms can be associated with many different health conditions, so it is important that you know what can be causing them.
Sources of Formaldehyde
Unfortunately, in this modern era of advancement and opportunity, formaldehyde is common concern in a huge number of products that we use every day. These products produce the formaldehyde gases that are constantly released into the air we breathe. Here is a list of common items and things where you can expect formaldehyde to come from as you consider how to remove formaldehyde in your daily life.
- Cigarettes and e-Cigarettes produce formaldehyde off gassing.
- Fabric used for your cloths, bedding, pillows, mattresses, furniture, rugs, carpeting, curtains car interiors, dryer sheets and anything else that has a fabric base to it use formaldehyde for the purpose of water resistance, flame resistance, wrinkle free, stain resistance, anti-static and many other purposes.
- Most all paper towel has formaldehyde added for water resistance and durability
- Air fresheners use in the home or to hang in your car. Even the plug in fragrances.
- Household cleaning products that have terpenes in them. And there are a lot of products with terpenes added. Even essential oils have terpenes.
- Exhaust form autos have formaldehyde, so the air coming into your car or breathing outside has it.
- Check the ingredients on skin care products. Products with bronopol diazolidinyl and imidazolidinyl urea, to name a few have formaldehyde
- Perfumes and fragrances have formaldehyde. Even babe wipes have it.
- Hair and nail products have it making hair and nail salons a place where you can expect extra high levels of formaldehyde.
- Most furniture and hardwood flooring have it. Most furniture and engineered wood floors are pressed wood with huge amount of adhesives and chemicals used to layer and build up the product surface. Very few furniture has real wood these days. This process of creating the pressed wood is filled with formaldehyde.
How Do I Remove Formaldehyde Around Me?
Short of living in a perfect bubble, we will all be exposed to formaldehyde at some level at home and wherever we go. The best we can do is to take precautions to reduce exposure as much as possible. Here are some things you can do to reduce exposure:
- Look for low and no VOC producing products. Many paints are sold this way now. Look for organic cleaning products and personal cosmetics.
- For baby products and other personal products try to use toxin free options. While products that are organic and toxin free can cost more, the tradeoff of possible health impacts can be serious.
- Try getting adequate ventilation in your home and business. Formaldehyde can build up in enclosed areas so mixing in with fresher air and getting out of the building is a way to keep the exposure down. Fans can keep the air moving and causing the formaldehyde to break down and dilute,
- Keep temperatures and humidity levels lower. Warmer temperatures and humidity actually cause products to off gas more and therefore creating more formaldehyde in the air you are breathing. While we understand there might be extra electricity costs in running your air condition at cooler temperatures and running dehumidifiers, the tradeoff for you is healthier and cleaner air.
Using Air Purifiers To Lower Exposure to Formaldehyde
Carbon based air purifiers are one of the most effective ways to lower formaldehyde levels in your home or business. Formaldehyde is a particularly tough VOC to absorb, so we recommend special blend carbons as the best solution to answering the question of how to remove formaldehyde from your home and business environment. The Airpura F600dlx Air Purifier has a specially formulated carbon that is the best in the industry for formaldehyde removal. We are glad to help you with answers you might have as you decide the best way to clean up your environment
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