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EnviroKlenz Versus Formaldehyde
In this test, an acute release of formaldehyde occurred in an environmental chamber. Once the formaldehyde levels equilibrated around 100 ppm, the EnviroKlenz® Mobile Air System was turned on to rapidly remove the compound from the chamber air. The test was repeated using the same EnviroKlenz® Air Cartridge to show capacity. Once the chemical contaminate is inside the proprietary EnviroKlenz® Air Cartridge, an adsorptive neutralize process occurs. This means the chemicals are retained, without being released back into the environment. Once the chemical contaminate is inside the proprietary EnviroKlenz® Air Cartridge, an adsorptive neutralize process occurs. This means the chemicals is retained, without being released back into the environment.
Does New Home Construction Taint the Air Quality in a Home?
Whether you are buying a new home or doing construction on your current home there is the potential for abnormal levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) to accumulate and wreak havoc on the home’s air quality. Many building materials and products used in construction produce VOCs that will spike the indoor air levels in your home to a hazardous amount. The presence of copious quantities of volatile organic compounds in an environment presents a major concern to human health with the potential for this compound to adversely affect the health of individuals that become exposed to these chemicals.
When new construction takes place inside a home or office space, high levels of VOCs are produced that can drastically impact both the entire environment & the overall health of all occupants.
New Home Off-Gassing and What is New Home Smell?
New construction is constantly being tested prior to occupancy for the presence of airborne VOCs inside the environment. From the floor to the ceiling, building and finishing materials all can contain chemicals that will linger on the surfaces and become airborne overtime.
That ‘new home smell’ that has developed inside your newly constructed home can be a significant tell-tale sign of VOCs, as it is both very potent and easily spread throughout the entire area of the home. This smell that is produced is a result of a process called “off-gassing”, which occurs inside new homes where new building materials and products have entered the environment. Off-gassing occurs when organic chemicals, at room temperature, turn into a gas and become released into the air.
VOC Allergy Symptoms and Side Effects
The health effects or side effects that an individual may experience from VOC exposure can vary depending on the level of concentration and the length of exposure to these chemicals present in the environment. The association between VOCs and allergies/asthma is significant, as these chemicals can elicit symptoms that very closely resemble those of allergies and even exacerbate allergies in those who suffer from this condition.
Short term exposure to certain VOCs can produce health effects such as headaches, a worsening of asthma symptoms, and even respiratory irritation. Whereas long term exposure to indoor VOCs could potentially cause liver or kidney damage, and even cancer.
Common symptoms associated with high levels of VOC exposure includes the following:
- Conjunctival Irritation
- Nose & Throat Irritation
- Allergic Skin Reaction
5 Common Off-Gassing Sources in a New Home
Certain building materials or products that contain VOCs will end up releasing these chemicals into the air through off-gassing, and the chemical concentration will increase quickly when this occurs in an enclosed space. Off-gassing typically occurs in new building materials that have recently been added to the environment, this occurs because of a built-up of chemicals used in the manufacturing process of the materials.
Common sources of off-gassing in a new home will come from cabinets, new carpeting or rugs, new wood, new paint, and even new appliances.
1. Off-Gassing Cabinets
New cabinetry is often times a major contributor to VOCs inside a newly constructed or renovated home. Cabinets are made of a press-wood that is known to off gas for weeks, sometimes even months after installation. Adhesives and varnishes are used in the construction of these materials, which utilize VOCs in its composition. Most homes contain numerous amounts of cabinets, particularly in the kitchen. When this off gassing occurs, it can exponentially release chemicals from each and every new cabinet that was installed, which in turn, can drastically impact the overall air quality in the environment.
2. New Carpet and Rug Off-Gassing
New carpeting is identified as a primary source of volatile organic compounds, as it can contain highly toxic chemicals within its composition that include formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. The off-gassing of new carpets is at its highest during the first 72 hours after installation takes place and can continue to off-gas in low levels sometimes years after its installation. Generally, carpeting is constructed using backing, adhesives, and padding that will emit VOCs into the air. Also, the use of other chemical treatments is applied onto the carpeting during the manufacturing process such as toxic flame retardants, stain protectors, and even moth repellents.
3. New Wood Off-Gassing
Composite wood and solid softwoods are both materials that can emit VOCs and SVOCs into the environment in which they are placed into. Composite woods are made from wood particles and adhesives that bind together. The adhesive, or the resin (which is sometimes used in composite wood) are made from chemicals that will inhibit the release of VOCs into the environment and produce the off-gassing effect that will occur inside a newly constructed home and produce new wood floor smell.
4. New Paint Odors
In house paints, VOCs are released into the air once the paint is applied onto the walls and during the drying process. The degree of harm of the paint depends on the number of VOCs present and the type of paint used. Oil-based paints contain some of the highest level of VOCs, as well as flat finishes which contain a high number of VOCs (from upwards to 250 grams per liter). When more VOCs are used within the concentration of the paint used in a newly constructed home, it will take a longer time to off gas the chemicals from the painted walls – sometimes the off-gassing process can last for up to 3 years.
When is the Right Time to Hot Box a Home
When a home has recently undergone construction the levels of VOCs inside this space can be at an alarming level, and most homeowners will be able to detect this VOC spike within their air. If your home has reached this level, it may be the right time to perform a proper “hot boxing” of the environment. Hot Boxing, or a bake-out is the process of heating up a home to high temperatures to help promote the off-gassing of VOCs within the home. The elevated temperatures will help speed up the off-gassing process and help to alleviate the VOCs and odors from inside your home, making the environment a safer, more tolerable space for individuals to occupy.
EnviroKlenz Mobile Air System
Is new construction inside your home tainting the air quality you are breathing indoors?
Construction can introduce a high level of chemicals and substances into the air and drastically influence the air quality and potentially the health of those exposed. Before construction begins inside your home, be sure you are armed with an effective air purifier to help mitigate all of those unwanted chemicals left inside the environment during and after construction takes place.
The EnviroKlenz Mobile Air System is your solution to remove VOCs from your home or office both safely and effectively. The system utilizes a two-stage filtration process that combines a certified hospital-grade HEPA filter for particulate removal, along with the patented EnviroKlenz-Air Cartridge. The EnviroKlenz Air Cartridge is composed of a highly effective patented earth mineral technology that is able to remove the stubborn odors and chemicals from the air including VOCs, acid gases, cleaning chemicals, etc.!
This system covers up to 1,000 square feet with a quiet, efficient multi-speed blower that you can adjust to meet your needs. Better yet, there are no tools required for maintenance, and the filter replacements are always easily available!
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