Furniture pollutes your indoor air!
The furniture you find in the shops is not all made of the same material and at the same price/quality ratio. For example, there is furniture made of solid wood or, much more affordable, furniture made from reconstituted wood panels (chipboard, plywood, etc.), i.e. furniture made from sawdust or sawmill waste. This second category of products presents mixtures of glue, lacquer and solvents responsible for the emanation of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) that degrade air quality and may impact your health!
31 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) identified in your interior furniture
During a survey, the National Agency for Health Safety more precisely identified 31 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) derived from furniture products and classified as priority (i.e. extremely hazardous), including formaldehyde, one of the most toxic. Other products, such as paints, resins or varnishes that you use to embellish your furniture, increase the VOC concentration in your home even more… For a highly degraded air quality, without even realizing it!
Note: a new piece of furniture releases much more VOC during the first weeks following its manufacture. Even if you are anxious to unpack your new furniture, we advise you to leave it for a while in a well ventilated place, such as a garage or a balcony.
Furniture, pollution and effects on your health
Generally speaking, the VOCs emitted into the air of your home by your furniture are toxic and can cause irritations of the throat or nose, but also more serious respiratory pathologies (inflammation, allergies, asthma) or, in case of long-term exposure, serious diseases directly affecting the bronchi (chronic obstructive bronchopathology…)
Limiting air pollution from furniture
Most major home furniture manufacturers offer products based on reconstituted wood panels or plywood. In this context, be careful when choosing and maintaining your furniture:
- Prefer solid wood. This raw material also emits formaldehyde, but at a much lower concentration than reconstituted wood.
- To stain your wood, use a hard oil or natural resin.
- Use paints that produce the least formaldehyde by opting for European environmental labels.
In addition, our air purifier captures VOCs and purifies your indoor air. It acts directly on improving air quality, whatever the pollutants, including those contained in furniture and their components.
In short, it is much better to buy untreated raw wood furniture. If this type of purchase proves impossible, think of ventilating regularly, especially the rooms in which the new furniture has been installed. Keep in mind that using our air purifier can help you clean your indoor air with its ability to capture VOCs.
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- Please note that since 2010, home decoration products (varnishes, paints) mention their VOC emission index in indoor air, ranging from A+ to C. You can therefore choose the least harmful products to embellish your furniture.
- Toutefois, il faudra attendre jusqu’en janvier 2020 pour que l’étiquetage de la concentration en COV soit efficace pour les meubles.