Has there been water damage in your house?
Immediately call a professional and have your home checked for mold. Then have the mold re-mediated by professionals.
Is there anywhere in your home that smells musty of moldy?
If yes, same as above: act immediately.
Can you see mold somewhere in your home?
If yes, same as above: act immediately
AIR QUALITY CHECKLIST
Has it been more than a year since your air ducts have been cleaned out?
- Get a professional service to come in and clean the ducts. But don’t let them spray chemicals into the ducts afterward.
Has it been longer than three months since you’ve changed your furnace filters (or longer than one month if you have pets)?
- Replace your filters with pleated filters rated MERV 7-9
HOME IMPROVEMENTS CHECKLIST
Is your water supply treated with chlorine?
- Install chlorine filters on your shower (available at all Shop Eco or hardware/home supply stores)
Are you planning on painting the inside of your home?
- Purchase a no VOC paint.
Do you have gas appliances?
- Have the gas utility check for gas leaks and CO levels.
Do you have particleboard furniture in you home?
- Remove it. Then being looking for replacements made with real wood.
Do you have wall to wall carpeting?
- Remove it. Consider replacing it with refinished real wood flooring, tile, or stone. (Note: stone and tile floor can have electric heating elements placed below them so that your feet stay warm.)
Do you use pesticides in the home or garden?
- Please stop using them and safely discard the cans.
Do you have scented candles in the house?
- Discard them.
Do you use metal-wicked candles (slow-burning) in the house?
- Take them out of the house.
Do you use plug-in air fresheners in the home?
- Take them out of the house.
Do you scented dryer sheets?
- Switch to unscented dryer sheets.
Do you use scented laundry detergent?
- Switch to unscented detergent.
Do you use aerosol spray in the house?
- Switch to non-aerosol spays (such as pump-action sprays)
Do you cook with Teflon pans?
- Switch to pans without like stainless steel or ceramic.
Do you cook with aluminum pans?
- Switch to non-aluminum pans.
Do you have powerful household spray cleaners for use in your home?
- Replace with vinegar, baking soda, or other safe cleaners.
Do you use a soap scum cleaner for your shower?
- Use a squeegee to clean the walls after each shower.
Do you wear perfumes or colognes?
- Look for natural fragrances that do not have solvent and other chemicals.
KNOW YOUR PLASTIC NUMBERS
The different kinds of plastics can be identified by the numbers stamped in the middle of the triangular recycling symbols.
Here are the less toxic ones:
1.Polyethylene terephthalate (PET): used for single –use bottles and containers; recyclable
2. High-density polyethylene (HDPE): used for milk jugs, shampoo bottles, toys, ets; recyclable
3. Low-density polyethylene (LDPE): used for plastic wrap, grocery bags, etc.
4. Polypropylene (PP): used for syrup and yogurt containers, diapers, etc.
Here are the most toxic ones:
5. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC): used in cling wrap for packaged meats. Vinyl chloride is known carcinogen. PVC also includes phthalates, which interfere with hormone development.
6. Extruded polystyrene (PS): commonly known as Styrofoam, styrene is considered a carcinogen.
7. Polycarbonate (PC): used for baby bottles, water cooler jugs, and epoxy linings of tin cans. PC is composed of biphenyl A, which has been linked to cancer and obesity.