Sources of pollution in your home
Because we spend a lot of time inside, air quality is an essential aspect of our comfort and wellbeing. Unfortunately, your home can harbour pollutants that can harm you and your family’s health. Thankfully, you can easily improve the air quality in your home with a few simple preventive steps and by choosing the right products.
Reduce polluting emissions by choosing low-emission products among RONA’s ECO-approved products
- Insulation with low VOC and formaldehyde emission
- Flooring with low VOC emission
- Paint with low VOC emission
- Veneer sheets with low VOC and formaldehyde emission
- Glue and adhesive with low VOC emission
- Furnace with low emission of particulate matter
Furnaces certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) produce up to 95% less particulate matter and consume up to 20% less fuel than conventional models.
- Energy logs
Independent tests have demonstrated that energy logs produce less particulate matter than traditional logs, reducing the impact on our health.
Thanks to a lower moisture content, energy logs produce an average of 20% more energy than traditional logs.
Keep emissions outside
- Don’t let engines – whether for a vehicle, lawn mower, or snow blower – run in a house-adjacent garage or by the doors or windows; exhaust gas contains many VOCs as well as other pollutants.
- Banish indoor smoking: make your home and vehicle smoke-free environments.
- Maintain your furnaces and wood-burners and keep your chimney clean.
Clean your home regularly.
- Vacuuming helps reduce dust in your home, as well as the risk of exposing your family to contaminants like mould and dust mites. Cleaning regularly is even more important if you have young children, since they’re likely to be exposed to dust while playing on the floor or the furniture.
- Make sure your heating and ventilation systems are well-maintained, and change filters and screens regularly according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Opt for a HEPA filter among RONA’s ECO-approved products : it retains up to 99.97% of particles.
- Cover or replace carpet underlay or exposed foam padding on upholstered furniture to reduce exposure to fire retardant chemicals.
- Caulk the bathtub and sink to avoid water seepage and mould.
Choose a low VOC caulking among RONA’s ECO-approved products: it also helps improve the air quality in your home.
Aerate your home.
- When you paint or use glue, ensure proper air circulation. Good ventilation is essential during major paint or varnish jobs, or when using glue or adhesive to install carpeting.
- Ventilate your bathroom and kitchen to avoid moisture and pollutants from indoor activities. Make sure fans in the bathroom, kitchen, and for the dryer expel air outside.
Opt for an ENERGY STAR certified bathroom fan among RONA’s ECO-approved products: it consumes less energy than a standard model.
- Control the moisture levels in your house to avoid mould. When moisture levels are high, products tend to release formaldehyde into the air more quickly.
Choose an ENERGY STAR certified dehumidifier among RONA’s ECO-approved products : it consumes 15% less energy than a standard model.