Air quality problems are common in homes across the United States. Mold problems are very common, and even the cleanest home has pollen and dust constantly circulating through the rooms. There is another pollutant that many homes have that many may not even realize exists. It’s called formaldehyde, and for most, the only memory they have of this substance involves dissecting frogs in biology class. However, formaldehyde is also a common substance found in carpets, old insulation, and many building materials. This wouldn’t be a problem, except for the fact that it is a poisonous substance in high dosages.
New and Old are at Risk
Homes new and old have the potential for a formaldehyde problem. New homes are especially vulnerable for two reasons. First, the building site is newer and therefore the concentration of formaldehyde is still high from the materials that were used to build the home. Second, newer homes are built more air tight and there is less chance for the formaldehyde to be filtered out into the environment.
The main symptoms that occur from formaldehyde exposure include respiratory problems. What begins as an irritated throat can quickly turn into an upper respiratory infection. If you have family members with asthma or another respiratory conditioner, they are especially sensitive to formaldehyde along with the elderly and the very young.
Four Seasons Air Quality Experts
Air purification systems, like those from Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning, can rid your home of formaldehyde and keep it clean for years to come. With one of these systems expertly installed by Four Seasons you can ensure that your family’s respiratory health is not affected by a pollutant like formaldehyde. So, if you are planning new construction or if you suspect that this may already be a problem in your home, call Four Seasons for more information today!