Healthier Living

Healthier LivingWhat are you breathing? What do you think about air pollution? Did you know that the air inside your home might be more polluted than the air outside your home? But what can you do about it?

At ConserveIQ, we know you want to improve your indoor air quality, and we’re here to help you with information and options.

You can choose to use products inside your home that are No-VOC or Low-VOC, those that have either No Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) or Low Levels of them. VOCs are those strong chemical odors you smell in most paints, varnishes, adhesives, resin, glues, new carpet, et cetera. VOCs are what make up that “new home smell,” or “new car smell;” it’s just all those adhesives and coatings.

Those VOCs can be absorbed by fabrics, carpet, and furniture and can take a long time to dissipate. As per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors.”

At ConserveIQ, there are many great products you can choose for your home that are healthier for you and will promote healthy indoor air quality. American Clay Plaster is a great wall finish that looks great, lasts without fading, is easily repairable, has many health benefits, and has NO VOCs. With 43 colors and a variety of styles, your options are almost endless.

Have you noticed any leaky areas around your doors, windows, moulding, and electrical outlets? Do you feel a breeze blowing through these areas? If so, that is unfiltered, unconditioned air blowing into your home… Air that you have already conditioned is being lost to the great outdoors. With this exchange, you are losing indoor air quality. So what can you do about it? You can use GreenSeries Low-VOC Caulks, Adhesives, and Expanding Foams to seal up all those leaky areas. For your health benefits, it is important to use Low-VOC products rather than just any caulk, adhesive, or foam.

Can your cabinets contribute to the Quality of your Indoor Air? Absolutely. What products were used to make your cabinets? Are they made from glued-together sawdust (particleboard) or fibers (fiberboard), or are they made of hardwood plywood (layered veneers of wood)? Look and see. Check out the underside of your cabinet boxes and find the bottom edges of the cabinet box sides. What do you see? The products that are made with more resin (glue) can contain more formaldehyde, which, along with other VOCs, can off gas. Humidity and warm temperatures can exacerbate off gassing. We want to minimize VOCs to keep your indoor air quality the best it can be and encourage you to choose cabinets that are made from products that are low VOC. 100% of ConserveIQ Cabinetry with All Plywood Box Construction is made from Solid Wood and All Hardwood Plywood, even on the Drawer Boxes and Shelves! In other words, there is never any particleboard used…ever. Hallelujah!

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