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Whenever possible, go the natural route

It is important to be conscious of the products that you bring into your home. When purchasing supplies such as personal care products or cleaners, always go the natural route. A lot of brands on the market today are creating VOC free products that you can feel confident in using in your home. Check the labels and watch out for hidden chemicals such as ammonia, chlorine, formaldehyde, sulfate, bleach, and lye. If you must settle for a product with VOCs, make sure you are aware so that you can properly store the supplies (see next point).

Buy what you need – when you need it

Sometimes it seems like the cost-effective or convenient way to buy items you need is in bulk, but doing so, can increase the amount of VOCs that are permeating the air inside your home. If storing supplies in your home, even if properly sealed, there is no guarantee that you are safe from their presence. This is especially true with products that have high VOC levels such as gasoline or furniture polish. For these, if you have leftover product, it is best to store them in a detached garage or shed to ensure that you aren’t living in close proximity to the product.

Regular Air Quality Testing

Without proper air quality testing, it is impossible to know about the levels of unsafe particulates, VOCs, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide amongst other things. This is the first step into working towards better indoor air quality for your family.

Proper Ventilation

Properly ventilating your home isn’t rocket science. This can easily be done by opening windows or running the exhaust fan in a kitchen or bathroom if you have it. This will help with pulling stale indoor air out of your home and invite fresh air into your home.