ABL Group - Indoor Air Pollution Info
Think smoke and second-hand smoke is the culprit to air pollution... Think again – here’s the inside scoop!
Over the past year, North Shore residents have passionately discussed the hot topic of the smoking ban in bars and restaurants, but rarely put much thought into the air quality in their own home.
And, get this... in a recent report conducted by the EPA's Total Exposure Assessment Methodology (TEAM) shocked Americans with the finding that confirmed:
"Levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants are 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside, regardless of whether the homes were located in rural or highly industrial areas."
Oddly enough, paint is a main contributor to indoor pollution. In fact, every day the seemingly innocent colors on the walls leak the chemicals such as formaldehyde and acetone into the air we breathe causing anything from minor symptoms such as irritation to the nose, throat, and lungs to more serious illnesses.
The good news is there are absolutely ways to avoid the dangers of conventional paints.
And here’s what to look for:
- If you’re doing it yourself, seek out paints containing the label zero or low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) have a special molecular design allowing minimize of the release of dangerous chemicals, including formaldehyde and acetone, into the air.
- If you’re going the professional route, look environmentally friendly paint companies like the The ABL Group specializing in using low VOC paints in virtually every colors to flatter any wall, any room and any interior space.
The ABL Group is a certified participant of Clean Air Counts, which is a voluntary, public-private initiative to reduce respiratory illness and bring the Chicago area into compliance with national air quality standards.
While it’s helpful to have good quality air in restaurants and bars, it is critical to have it in your home. Not only will taking appropriate action to reduce and minimize the risks associated with poor indoor air quality help you and your family breathe better -- it will help lower the pollution levels plaguing our communities.
The ABL Group
"Enhancing the Built Environment"
1550 Berkeley Road
Highland Park, IL 60035