This is a topic we have talked a lot about, largely because it’s the number one concern among consumers when it comes to their homes. Major publications have been looking at the area of home air quality lately and U.S. News and World Report just released an article outlining the 3 steps consumers should take for reducing their toxic exposure.
It’s really quite simple when you look at it; elimination, maintenance, and technology. First and foremost we want to make sure that we are actively working to eliminate toxic chemicals from our home. This means selecting zero-voc materials and avoiding products that have formaldehyde. Other common household items to avoid include scented candles, cosmetics, air fresheners and chemical cleaning products.
Proper maintenance becomes the second and likely easiest step to improving indoor air quality. By replacing and investing in quality HVAC filters you can minimize the presence of particulates, allergens and other irritants.
Finally they point to technology as an option for reducing home toxins. At The Greenwich House we installed a state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) unit from Zehnder. It actively brings fresh air into the house and expels stale toxic air out.