A shocking study published in Environmental Health Sciences in 2009. They used gas chromatography and mass spectrometry to examine the air inside 52 very ordinary homes in the south of Arizona. It showed that indoor air in average homes contained more than 500 chemicals. The scientists identified a total of 586 chemicals, including the pesticides diazinon, chlorpyrifos and DDT. They also detected 120 chemicals they couldn’t even identify.
So look around your home!, what’s in YOUR air?
Here is the common list and we will make some comments towards the end of the page.
Tobacco Smoke including second-hand smoke is of course one of the worst releasing up to 4000 compounds into the air.
Cigarettes, cigars and pipes produce destructive air and cause breathing difficulties and related disease.
Formaldehyde as a gas comes from all sorts of products including Common sweeteners. Any pressed wood product such as plywood, fiberboard, laminated beams and manufactured wood as they call it.
Foam insulation, bedding especially mattresses, clothing, nail polish, permanent press textiles, glue and adhesives, stoves, fireplaces, paints, solvents, wood preservatives, aerosol sprays, cleaners and disinfectants, copy machines/printers/faxes, carpets, moth repellents, air fresheners, dry cleaned clothes, hobby supplies
Plasticizers or chemical substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity. All of them are dangerous. You might think the smell of a new car is great but close all the windows on a hot day and it can knock you out.
Arsenic is used as a preservative in woods used for playgrounds as well as being used in many pesticides.
Here is another small pile of pollutants found in every home.vinyl flooring, food packaging, shower curtains, wall coverings, adhesives, detergents, personal care products, toys, PVC pipe. Then there is good old fashioned Mold from water damage, high humidity and humid areas of homes, like bathrooms and basements; The most common molds are Penicillium, Aspergillus and Stachybotrys, Aspergillus is the primary food for dust mites.
Then add airborne bacteria, viruses, etc.)
Humans, pets, moist surfaces, humidifiers, ventilation systems, drip pans, cooling coils in air handling units which can cause humidifier fever and legionaries disease.
Gasses caused by combustion Polycrylic aromatic hydrocarbons, Carbon dioxide and methane
Unvented kerosene and gas heaters, gas appliances, fireplaces, chimneys and furnaces, automobile exhaust from attached garages
Pest control poisons, garden and lawn chemicals. There are hundreds of these in every suburban block and cover the full spectrum of such pollutants.
Insulation, fireproofing, or acoustical materials which are not closed in to concealed spaces.
Heavy Metals such as lead, cadmium, chromium, mercury etc.
Paints, cars, soil and dust; huge industrial pollutants
Radon is a radioactive gas derived from uranium seems to pop up in the most unexpected places.
Now here is doozy for your belief patterns. Throw in granite although not all granites and it seems the most attractive and colorful ones are the culprits. Well water, soil, city air, smoke detectors, certain clocks and watches normally the ones which use batteries And so on. Start from here and you can send us the list of pollutants which we have missed. So it is fairly obvious that knowledge is important and this is part of our job. There are many of these items you can eliminate from your house immediately. Start Now.