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Dangerous Chemicals Found in the Air Inside Your Home

Posted on March 31, 2016
by Appleby Systems

You might be breathing these 5 deadly chemicals right now

Our efficient, airtight homes have slowed the exchange of air from indoors to out, and because of this, the EPA estimates that indoor air can be up to 5 times more polluted than outside. Here are the five most common indoor pollutants, and what you can do about them.

indoor air quality1. Pesticides

With the amount of these chemicals being used on our food, it is no wonder they exist in high concentrations inside the home. They have been shown to cause hormonal imbalances, respiratory issues, central nervous system damage and even cancer.

To minimize the presence of pesticides in your home, opt for organic produce or wash your produce as soon as you bring it home instead of waiting until it is about to be consumed.

2. Formaldehyde

Air fresheners might give your front hallway a nice, fresh smell, but not without a negative impact on your health. These products contain formaldehyde and phenol, a poison that can cause coma or death if one is exposed to large amounts.

Get yourself a UV air purifier to take care of a lot of the bacteria and allergens floating around the air inside your home.

To replace commercial air freshener products, you can use essential oils and fresh flowers or plants throughout your home. The flower have the bonus of looking great and brightening up any indoor space.

3. Lead

A few decades ago, lead paint and lead piping was commonly used in homes. Since many of us in southwestern Ontario live in homes constructed in this era, this is something we should all be aware of.

If you are considering a home renovation, this could cause lead dust to be emitted into your air. Whenever possible, avoid scraping or disrupting areas with lead paint, and during renovations, use a contractor that has access to an air filtration system to remove the particles from the air.

4. Ammonia

indoor air qualityMany homeowners use ammonia based cleaning agents throughout the home. From burning throat and eyes, severe coughing and respiratory issues, this common poison should be avoided.

It’s especially hard on your cat or dog!

Instead, natural cleaners like vinegar, baking soda or lemon can be used with no health effects.


This common household supply is actually one of the most dangerous toxins, responsible for more poisonings than anything else we keep in our homes. Formaldehyde and chlorine are common ingredients, and both are linked to numerous health conditions, including cancer.

Traces of both these ingredients are left on your dishes and cutlery, and can also make it into your air via steam.

Find out why an electronic air cleaner might be right for your family.

Looking for natural dish detergent, or skipping the dishwasher and washing by hand with natural soap will help decrease the presence of these harmful chemicals in your home.

Removing Harmful Chemicals from Your Home

Air filtration systems can help you rid your home of the harmful indoor contaminants that build up over time. If you’re interested in learning what kind of system works best for your needs, contact a member of our team right now!

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