Did you know nail polish remover and most colognes and perfumes contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs)? How about dry-cleaned clothes, paint stripper, or carpets?
Each of these everyday products can cause the indoor air quality (IAQ) in your home to severely suffer, leading to enhanced allergies, sickness, and other health concerns for your family. To combat this, Warner Service is introducing a line-up of top-notch IAQ products that will do the trick every single time:
- Home Air Check. United States-based Prism Analytical Technologies, Inc. offers a quick, no-hassle 4-step process to actually testing your home’s (or office’s) indoor air quality. Homeowners can begin by ordering one or multiple of their four tests, including a Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Test, VOC and Formaldehyde Test, Formaldehyde Test, or Tobacco Smoke Test. Each measures toxic chemical compositions in the air.
Once you are done, send the test back to their researchers at the American Industrial Hygiene Association. After about 2 weeks, Home Air Check will give you the results via email, and they will include a how-to on improving specifically your home’s indoor air. It doesn't get much easier.
- The Air Scrubber by Aerus. One of Warner Service’s newest products, it is one of the best indoor air quality products on the market today. The Air Scrubber by Aerus works to reduce virtually all organic and microbial compounds, bacteria, viruses, VOCs, and offensive odors where you live and breathe by using NASA-approved ActivePure™ technology. The innovative technology uses specialized UV light waves with oxygen and hydrogen molecules to simulate nature's own air purifying process. The experiment was originally developed for the International Space Station, and was such a success that they created a residential product for everyday use.
- PureAir Air Purification System. Lennox boasts that this appliance “cleans the air in your home better than any other single system you can buy.”
Because most single-area air cleaners help the air in one room, they do not address pollutants that can circulate throughout your entire home. However, PureAir provides a triple threat of removing up to 99.9 percent of airborne particles (like dust, pollen, and pet dander) and approximately 50 percent of chemical odors and vapors within a 24-hour period. It also gets rid of more than 90 percent of viruses, such as MRSA, flu, and cold.
- Carbon monoxide detectors. Many homeowners often confuse carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning with symptoms of the flu, which is especially dangerous since the leaking of carbon monoxide is one of the most common occurrences in homes. The chemical is odorless, tasteless, and scentless, making it an invisible threat to your family. Dangers can result from faulty operation or poor ventilation of fireplaces, a running car in the garage, grills, dryers, and other appliances that use gas.
To keep your indoor air pure and breathable, install carbon monoxide alarms in every room and check the battery life every month. All CO detectors use either a biomimetic sensor, metal oxide semiconductor, or electrochemical sensor. Our favorites include Nest Protect, First Alert Onelink, and Kidde KN-COPP-3 Nighthawk.
Isn’t it ironic that home air fresheners do not freshen your indoor air at all? In fact, the aerosol makes it way worse, and this product is not the only home “necessity” that is ruining your indoor air. For a full list of commonly used products that contain VOCs, check out the New York Department of Health’s blog.
You can also find easy, inexpensive ways to eliminate allergens and pathogens in our latest guide, How To Improve Indoor Air Quality. Click below to receive your copy: