Long term exposure to Formaldehyde has been linked with health issues such as cancer and other auto immune disorders.
A recent study followed formaldehyde release from the unpacking and assembly of self-assembly furniture. Researchers found that unpacking and setting up a 2-door wardrobe increased the formaldehyde concentration in the home in a measurable way.
Formaldehyde is a toxic gas that is given off by a surprising number of items in our homes. As a constituent of many manufactured items, formaldehyde can be found in:
Homes built after 1990. Newer homes are better insulated, so less air is moving into and out of the home. Less air movement can cause formaldehyde to stay in the home’s air longer. Homes with new products or new construction often are found to have the most formaldehyde.
Formaldehyde levels are higher in new manufactured wood products such as flooring and furniture. Formaldehyde can also be found in some fabrics.
How to Reduce formaldehyde in your Home:
- Open windows for a few minutes every few days to let in fresh air — unless you have asthma triggered by outdoor air pollution or pollen or you’re concerned about safety.
- Install and use exhaust fans as much as possible.
- Keep the temperature and humidity inside your home at the lowest comfortable setting.
- Make your home smoke free. Don’t allow anyone to smoke in your home.
Choose home products with low or no formaldehyde for future purchases. Look for:
- Furniture, wood cabinetry, or flooring made without urea-formaldehyde (UF) glues
- Pressed-wood products that meet ultra-low emitting formaldehyde (ULEF) or no added formaldehyde (NAF) requirements
- Products labeled “No VOC/Low VOC” (volatile organic compound)
- Insulation that does not have UF foam
Reduce formaldehyde from new products:
- Wash permanent-press clothing and curtains before using them.
- Let new products release formaldehyde outside of your living space before you install or use them inside, for example in a garage or on a patio. If possible, keep them out of your living space until you can no longer smell a chemical odor.
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