Danger Level 1: Toxic Compounds

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists different levels of indoor air quality that can cause health issues, with the first being toxic compounds. Toxic compounds can be emitted from many things inside your home such as building materials, furniture, carpets, paints, and cleaning chemicals. Exterior pollutants such as pesticides, herbicides, and natural gases are also of concern.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde, methylene chloride, nitrogen dioxide and others can be brought into your house through building materials such as carpets, drywall, different types of glues and paints. Pollution and pesticides are another form of VOC that can enter your building through the soil and drawn into the house.

These compounds can create a toxic environment in your home that may cause an allergic reaction. Homes are now better insulated and being built more efficiently, which may cause these chemicals to become trapped indoors. Childhood asthma has increased 600% over the last 30 years.

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