Remember when I ordered those little DIY formaldehyde test kits from Amazon last year? I blogged all about it in this post, but I basically tested our home to see much formaldehyde was floating around in the air. Well it’s been almost a year since I did that test, so I wanted to re-check to see how things are looking. But this time I decided to spend a little more money and buy a better air detector that would give more accurate results. So I did what any reasonable adult does–I browsed on Amazon until I found what I wanted! I ended up ordering this professional air quality detector and today I wanted to share the results with you guys.
So this little detector comes with pretty simple instructions. First they recommends taking it out of the package and leaving it in a well ventilated area for 6 hours before using it. Once I did that, I tested each room in our home with all of the windows closed and air tight. To run a test you only have to turn it on and it instantly starts giving results.
This detector tests for several different things–PM2.5 and AQI tests for air pollutants and particulate matter, HCHO tests formaldehyde levels. The best part was that I didn’t have to worry too much about the exact numbers because the machine says the result of each test, such as safe, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive individuals, unsafe, etc.
Thankfully every room I tested came back in the safe and healthy zone, which was a huge relief. But interestingly, I did get an unhealthy rating for air pollutants while I had the oven on as dinner was cooking one night. Isn’t that weird?! It was definitely a bit concerning and I’m not sure if our gas oven is leaking slightly or what, but it’s something I need to look into.
Overall I like this air quality detector and I think it’s worth the money to feel more confidence in the results compared to the DIY formaldehyde tests I used last year. Although, I do wish I could do another test with a different machine to be get a second opinion. But for now I’m pretty happy with how our home tested and relieved to see that the formaldehyde levels are in the safe zone.
I really hate how formaldehyde is used in everything these days. From laundry soap to area rugs to wire baskets and even couches–it’s EVERYWHERE and getting harder to avoid. But I do have 5 quick tips if you’re concerned about formaldehyde levels in your home:
- Always open decor and furniture that’s packaged tightly in a well ventilated area outside to let the gas and odor air out for a few hours. I’ve actually read this tip in a few different articles on formaldehyde and it’s so important to let those gases air out before bringing them into your home!
- Air out your home regularly with all of the windows open. This helps keep fresh air flowing in and more ventilation is a good thing. Even if it’s cold out, you can still do it for a few minutes to bring in the fresh air.
- Try to avoid purchasing anything with the Prop 65 warning whenever you can. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more common because formaldehyde and awful chemicals are in EVERYTHING now. We can never avoid it entirely, but do your best to minimize your exposure whenever possible.
- Buy allllllll the house plants. This is another big one because house plants will help clean the air in your home. Really! I shared a list of the best ones for removing toxins in this post here, but a few good ones are Spider Plants, Peace Lily, Rubber Tree, and Moth Orchid.
- Switch to non-toxic household products. I’ve shared a lot about my obsession with all natural, toxic free household products this past year and I highly suggest making the switch if you haven’t yet. Read more on that here.
Ok, that was a lot longer than I thought it would be today, but I hope this was helpful and maybe even got you thinking about the air quality in your own home. Thanks for dropping by today!! xoxo
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