The living and dining rooms are where we share and socialize and, after the bedroom, they are the rooms in the house where we spend the most time. There are many sources of indoor environmental pollution and the indoor air quality in these main rooms must therefore be assessed.
YOOTEST proposes an "ALL-IN-ONE" analysis pack to carry out a complete assessment of the indoor air quality in your living room or dining room
The living room and dining room are rooms in the house that contain a lot of furniture: tables, chairs, storage furniture, sofa, bookcase, often a heating system (insert or fireplace) and different types of flooring: tiles, parquet, polymer plastic...
All these elements contribute to indoor air pollution by chemical pollutants that are a concern for human health.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are one of the families of indoor environmental pollutants found in lounges and dining rooms. They have the characteristic of being gaseous at room temperature and are inhaled in the air we breathe every day. For example, formaldehyde is a carcinogenic pollutant present in all dwellings.
The main sources of VOCs in living and dining rooms are:
- Furniture made of reconstituted wood (chipboard, plywood ...) contains formaldehyde used in its manufacture. This carcinogenic pollutant is to be sought as a priority because the levels measured often exceed the recommended values.
- Plasticized floor coverings may contain solvent residues.
- Paints contain aromatic VOCs from the benzene family: toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes.
- A chimney or fireplace insert in operation produces carcinogenic benzene and aromatic VOCs, a lack of maintenance can lead to very significant indoor air pollution.
- The household products used contain formaldehyde to kill bacteria and glycol ethers to dissolve grease and make cleaning easier. They also contain synthetic fragrances such as limonene for the lemon scent and alpha-pinene for the fir scent.
- Candles, incense, incense burners produce indoor air pollution by formaldehyde and benzene.
- Cigarette smoke contains more than 3000 substances including formaldehyde and benzene.
Formaldehyde is a carcinogenic pollutant present in all dwellings
The plastic that has invaded our homes and our daily lives may contain chemical plasticizing agents to modify their mechanical properties. For safety reasons, many products are treated with flame retardants to make the materials flame and heat resistant. These toxic chemical molecules are added in plastics, foams and upholstery fabrics, for example. Furniture in living rooms and dining rooms sometimes comes from far away and is often treated with pesticides from the family of insecticides and fungicides to resist wood-boring insects and moulds during shipping.
Organophosphorus flame retardants are toxic to the nervous system.”
In addition to VOCs, the operation of a chimney or wood insert can generate combustion residues contained in soot: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are carcinogenic semi-volatile organic compounds. If you have a fireplace or wood stove, it is therefore particularly important to control the level of these toxic molecules.
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are carcinogenic and are formed during the combustion processes of materials.”
Plasticizers, pesticides and flame retardants are toxic to humans and are endocrine disrupters with effects as early as very low doses of exposure and disrupt the hormonal functioning of the body. They are semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) that contaminate inhaled dust. Exposure to these chemicals is of particular concern for pregnant women, infants, babies and young children.
The sources of air and indoor environmental pollution of living and dining rooms by COSVs are multiple:
- Plastic-coated furniture and floor coverings can contaminate the indoor environment with plasticizers.
- Foams in armchairs and sofas contain flame retardants.
- Plastic electronic equipment heats up during operation and therefore releases plasticizers and flame retardants.
- Carpets and rugs are made of synthetic materials and contain plasticizers and flame retardants.
- Exposed beams of raw wood may have been treated with persistent insecticides and fungicides that have been banned for several decades.
- Pets (dogs and cats) whose fur has been treated with insecticides can contaminate the indoor environment.
To carry out a complete assessment of air pollution and the indoor environment of your living room or dining room, you can order the YOOTEST Living and Dining Room Pack in our shop.
This pack is composed of all the analytical tests necessary to measure the pollutants presented:
- YOOTEST Indoor Air Test
- YOOTEST Domestic Pesticides Test
- YOOTEST Flame Retardant Test
- YOOTEST Test Plasticizers