As you can see, this post will wander from the strict confines of HVAC, but it will help educate you on the dangers of modern life.
“The dangers of modern life?” Yeah, I know. Just stay with me.
…Many of the products we’ve created, from heavy hitting companies like Procter and Gamble, are poisoning you and your family.
In Terminator 2: Judgement Day mankind was threatened by a product they created: Machines. In real life, many of the products we’ve created, from heavy hitting companies like Procter and Gamble, are poisoning you and your family.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Did you know that if you stand barefooted in vodka you’ll get drunk? Your skin is more of a sponge than you think it is. Even if you mop the floor with foot protection, you’re still breathing chemicals from the cleaner that are released into the air. And when you’re in the middle of a hot summer or cold winter, and your windows and doors are shut, the pollution has nowhere to go.
And it’s not just cleaners. Carpets, beds, paints, wood finishing products, candles and even air fresheners (yes, Febreze included) could be poisoning your family. Here is one of many write ups on the subject: Toxins in the home.
Take this quote from the above article referenced:
“Febreze, a Procter and Gamble product, offers its Scented Reed Diffuser, Soy Blend Candle and premium Room Spray, promoting its Febreze Home Collection as ” more than décor. It’s a breath of fresh air.
Well, no. It isn’t. Not unless your normal breathing air is a toxic soup of chemicals: petroleum distillates (what we’re not supposed to breathe in when filling our gas tanks), terpenes, aldehydes, ketones, toluene, styrene, alcohol, and the list goes on and on. Happily for the manufacturers, less happily for humans and their pets, that list of toxic ingredients is not required to be posted on the product labels.”
“Happily for the manufacturers, less happily for humans and their pets, that list of toxic ingredients is not required to be posted on the product labels.”
So What’s The Answer?
This is an HVAC focused site, and yes, there are some awesome products you can ask your local HVAC contractor about. Things like ventilators, UV air treament, and whole house air cleaners will do wonders for the air quality in your home. Read about them on our indoor air quality page.
But, there’s more you can do. For example, my wife and I just took our home’s health seriously this last year. We got rid of our chemical bed (memory foam) and switched to all natural cleaners, deodorants and soaps. And yeah…our home is definitely healthier. With all of the changes I’ve personally noticed my immune system is better (we also made changes in diet and water filtration).
Remember, just because you buy it at your local Target doesn’t mean it’s save for your family. The government does not require Procter and Gamble to publish the poisons in their products. And it’s not just them. Get serious about the health of your home. Wake up to what you can do to live better and longer!