In this series, we discuss contaminants that can lead to poor indoor air quality, their sources, their health effects and the importance of indoor air testing.

Formaldehyde – what’s the real risk?

After a recent article alleged that the EPA has delayed findings linking formaldehyde to leukemia and other cancers, it’s no wonder Americans are worried about this chemical.

Formaldehyde is a colorless gas that can be emitted from a number of household products and substances including:

  • Curtains
  • Bedding
  • Building materials
  • Plywood/particleboard
  • Insulation
  • Glues
  • Fabrics
  • Paints/lacquers and
  • Gas stoves or kerosene space heaters

Health effects linked to formaldehyde exposure include:

  • Leukemia and other types of cancers
  • Headaches
  • Burning, itchy eyes
  • Throat irritation
  • Skin rashes

For sensitive individuals, formaldehyde exposure can result in asthma attacks and allergic reactions. If you experience these types of symptoms, it’s a good idea to test for formaldehyde to find out if it could be the culprit.

Think holistically: test COMPLETELY

New technology offers consumers an easy way to assess their indoor environment quickly, completely and affordably. With the yogi do-it-yourself air testing kit you can sample your air for a wide array of contaminants* in just minutes by simply pushing color-coded buttons. The yogi includes all lab and shipping fees, along with easy-to-read results and accredited lab reports.

Should any results come back high, a free consultation with a Certified Industrial Hygienist is also included. This expert guides you through your results and advises on any issues, many of which can be addressed quickly and affordably. What about all the other contaminants and toxins that may be impacting your indoor air quality and health besides formaldehyde?

Stay tuned for the next series post: the importance of testing for VOCs.

Especially for home inspectors

If you’re a home inspector that would like to offer Live Pure’s formaldehyde testing or complete environmental testing as a service for home buyers, consider joining our Savvy Inspector program. Membership is free and provides benefits including subscription to our informative e-newsletter, discount pricing and marketing materials.

*Although Live Pure advises performing a yogi complete home air and water test and testing annually, we also offer the yogi rental program, which allows you to perform a basic formaldehyde test.

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