Indoor Air Quality & Radon

Facts on IAQ: I’m Breathing in WHAT?!

indoor air westchester new yorkIndoor air quality and pollution are a hot topic, and for good reason. The air inside of our homes and offices can be up to 90% more polluted than the air outside. VOCs, toxic cleaners and chemicals can all pollute your indoor air, which is why air quality testing has become important part of keeping us healthy. This is the time of year when we have to be extra careful, as many of us are living with the air conditioning on 24/7, and have little fresh air circulating.

Air Pollution New York New JerseyPaints, solvents, cleansers, disinfectants, air fresheners, pesticides, nicotine, glue…the list of chemicals in our homes goes on and on. These all contribute to poor indoor air quality. Even low concentrations of these can irritate your eyes, nose and throat; cause headaches, loss of coordination and nausea; and can damage the liver, kidneys and the central nervous system. Children and older people are particularly vulnerable. So are pets. In fact, they are often the ones who show signs of illness first.

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Indoor air quality testing can determine if there are dangerous levels of chemicals in your home, including radon, carbon monoxide, nicotine and particles from furnaces and wood-burning fireplaces or stoves. You can also test for common asthma triggers such as dust mites and insects cells. Once you have the results, we can tell you how to eliminate them, and how to keep future household chemical contamination under control. For information on when you may want to conduct an indoor air quality test, visit our IAQ and Radon page.

It’s a matter of health – yours and your family’s.

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Are Your Household Products Toxic?

We have some great recipes to share to create your own non-toxic cleaners. Why? The average home contains between three and twenty-five gallons of toxic materials.

That’s right – and most of these are found in household cleaners, air fresheners, and personal care products such as soaps and lotions, sunscreens, and even kitty litter! A study released earlier this year from Silent Spring Institute in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found chemicals in 200 common household products that were linked to asthma and hormone disruption, among other issues. So how do we know if those chemicals are in our homes?

One major problem is that many chemicals are not listed on labels of the products that were manufactured by both conventional and “alternative” brands. According to a story in US News & World Report, the study, which tested for 66 chemicals, found 55 of them in 87% of products tested.

So what can you do? Educating yourself on the options is the first step. If you choose to make your own non-toxic cleaners, check out these recipes from

If you want to find out what the claims on your labels really mean, check out Consumer Report’s Greener Choices If you are still not sure if a product in your closet is non-toxic, you may want to err on the side of caution and replace it with something you know is safe.