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Halloween is just around the corner now and everyone’s got spooky, scary things on the brain.
If you haven’t picked out your Halloween costume yet, we’ve got some unusual ideas for you!
How about going as a biological contaminant? Super-spooky, right?
Or perhaps you could dress up as Volatile Organic Compounds. (If you have a group of friends willing to do a themed costume with you, this is a particularly great choice!)
Another awesome idea: you could vie for the “scariest costume” prize by going as combustion by-products.
Whether or not you like to get in costume for All Hallows Eve, you can be sure these three terrifying toxins are out in force on Halloween night and every other night (and day) of the year - right inside your own home.
How can you get them out of your indoor air and keep them out? Read on to find out!
Meet the Super-Scary Three
Biological contaminants. Combustion by-products. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Just their names sound scary enough, don’t they?
But what exactly are they? And how do they get inside your home?
Unfortunately, the number one cause of escalating indoor air toxicity is usually the occupants of the home – you and your family. As you will notice, most of these toxins arise from use of certain products or appliances as well as some common lifestyle choices.
As their name suggests, biological contaminants are made up of organic matter. They come from people, pets, the great outdoors and, more often than not, the not-so-great indoors.
Common examples of biological contaminants include pet dander, pollen, dust mites, bacteria, viral germs, fungi like mould and mildew spores, insect and animal waste and more.
Combustion by-products are most commonly produced by people or appliances or both.
For example, if someone in your household smokes, the secondhand smoke they breathe out is loaded with combustion by-products including carbon monoxide, nitrogen and sulphur dioxide.
In the same way, use of a gas or wood fireplace, gas or wood-burning stove, propane or natural gas-fired appliances and even nearby idling cars can easily introduce these toxins into your indoor air.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Like biological contaminants and combustion by-products, VOCs are also made from organic matter. But VOCs are in gaseous form.
VOC gases can be released by the use of fossil fuels, adhesives or glues, paints or solvents, components of home renovation, household cleaning supplies, air fresheners, pesticides, new home furnishings and furniture, and even use of office equipment.
Common examples of volatile organic compounds include formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, ethylene glycol, toluene, methylene chloride, tetrachloroethylene and similar hard-to-pronounce (and spell!) chemicals.
What Makes These 3 Toxins So Scary?
If you are like most of us, you are no stranger to living with all three of these spooky household and workplace toxins.
However, in the last minute or so, something significant has changed: now you know about it.
Now that you know what is in your indoor air, we will give you the high points of what these potent toxins can do to you and your family:
Damage your lung tissues.
Trigger asthma attacks.
Worsen seasonal allergies.
Cause heart inflammation and chest pain.
Increase your cancer risk.
Produce skin infections.
Weaken your immune system.
Kill you (do you have a carbon monoxide alarm in your home?).
How to Get All 3 Toxins OUT of Your House for Good
When you take these four steps, you can look forward to cleaner, safer indoor air now and into the future.
1. Clean, clean, clean
The first thing you need to do is keep your space as squeaky clean as you can. This includes regular chores like dusting, vacuuming (with a HEPA filter-equipped vacuum), sweeping, etc.
If you use a portable humidifier, be sure to clean it every few days during use. Use your exhaust vents and bathroom fans to keep excess humidity from creating mould. And be sure to change your air filters monthly!
2. Clean some more
But you will also need to schedule time for deeper cleanings to remove all three categories of toxins from your home permanently.
A professional indoor air duct cleaning will safely pull all trapped toxins out of your air ducts and then sanitize against particulate remains.
A professional dryer vent cleaning will do the same for the deep recesses of your clothes dryer.
An annual preventative HVAC tune-up and safety inspection will catch any issues with the heating pilot or electrical connections as well as remove trapped particulates from the components.
3. Install a HEPA filtration system and UV purifier
HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters can trap solids as small as 1/100th of the width of a single human hair. There is no better way to remove solid toxins from your indoor air.
Ultraviolet air purifiers can neutralize a wide variety of toxic gases and liquids before they can cause you any harm. They work by using a synthetic band of light that is identical to the sun's ultraviolet light.
4. Install a heat recovery ventilator (HRV)
A heat recovery ventilator is one of your biggest allies in combatting indoor air toxicity. These appliances are also fantastic for lowering your winter heating bills and year-round energy costs.
Heat recovery ventilators balance your indoor air humidity to guard against mould and mildew. They recycle heat energy to lower your energy bills.
Most of all, they vent stale, toxic indoor air to the outside and draw in fresh, oxygenated air for you to breathe.
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