With an average of 7 hours of sleep per night, the bedroom is one of the rooms in the house where we spend the most time. There are many sources of air and indoor environmental pollution.
YOOTEST offers an "ALL-IN-ONE" Analysis Pack in order to carry out a complete assessment of the indoor air quality in your bedroom.”
Furniture and interior fittings in the room are sources of indoor air pollution by volatile organic compounds:
- Furniture and floor coverings made of non-raw wood often contain significant amounts of formaldehyde. This proven carcinogenic VOC is used in the manufacture of reconstituted wood (chipboard, plywood, MDF, etc.).
- Paints contain solvents and aromatic VOCs such as toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes.
- Renovation and decoration work is a source of indoor air pollution by VOCs.
All bedrooms are polluted with formaldehyde and 80% of them have concentrations above 10 µg/m3. This threshold value, not to be exceeded, is recommended by the National Health Safety Agency (ANSES).
Human activities also generate indoor air pollution by volatile organic compounds:
- Household products contain formaldehyde used for its biocidal properties, solvents such as glycol ethers and fragrances such as limonene (lemon scent) and pinene (pine scent).
- Candles, tissue paper, home fragrances and essential oils contain significant amounts of VOCs that cause the scent of candles, scented paper, home perfumes and essential oils.
Clothes returning from dry cleaning may contain organic solvents such as tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene) used for dry cleaning.
According to the results obtained by the Indoor Air Quality Observatory (OQAI) in France, all dwellings are contaminated with plasticizers, flame retardants and pesticides.”
Wooden furniture, bedding, upholstery (curtains, carpets and rugs) may contain semi-volatile organic compounds such as pesticides, plasticizers and flame retardants. These chemicals can contaminate the indoor environment. Their presence on the fine dust particles that we breathe in daily can create health risks for occupants:
- Wood is often treated with insecticides and fungicides to protect it from wood-boring insects and mould, especially during sea transport and storage.
- Raw wood structures, such as exposed beams, may have been treated with persistent organic pollutants that have been banned for more than 30 years, such as lindane (CAS 58-89-9), an organochlorinated insecticide, or pentachlorophenol (CAS 87-86-5), an organochlorinated insecticide and fungicide. These harmful chemical molecules are very stable in the indoor environment and produce long-lasting indoor air pollution over decades.
- Plastic carpets and rugs contain plasticizers and are treated with flame retardants to limit their flammability.
- Fabrics and upholstery foams may also have been treated with flame retardants.
- Mattresses, slipcovers and bedding fabrics labelled "anti-mite" are often treated with insecticides.
- Pets (dogs and cats) whose fur has been treated with insecticides can contaminate the indoor environment.
The Indoor Air Quality Observatory (OQAI) in France has shown that 50% of bedding contains dust mite allergens at levels above the sensitivity threshold for allergic persons, set at 2 µg of dust mite allergen per gram of dust
The bedroom is a favorable place for the development of mites. Indeed, they take advantage of the humidity, heat and food (dead skin) present in the beds to multiply. Carpets and rugs also offer fabulous conditions and contain mites in very large quantities. For example, each gram of dust can contain several million dust mites.
If you are allergic or sensitive to dust mite allergens, it is recommended that you control the levels of indoor air pollution by dust mite allergens.
To carry out a complete assessment of the air pollution and the indoor environment of your bedroom, you can order the YOOTEST bedroom pack in our shop.
This kit is composed of all the analytical tests necessary to measure the pollutants described:
- YOOTEST Indoor Air Test
- YOOTEST Domestic Pesticides Test
- YOOTEST Flame Retardant Test
- YOOTEST Test Dust Mite Allergens
- YOOTEST Test Plasticizers