A Hidden Air Quality Problem

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Are my new cabinets causing air quality problems?

A Hidden Air Quality Problem

Did you know that the installation of some kinds of cabinets could lead to air quality problems in the home for an interim period after the installation? Some pressed-wood products can emit formaldehyde vapors.

Pressed wood without a laminate or other coating can and do emit this vapor. Is your high efficiency filtration system designed to remove vapors? If you are relying on portable air cleaners or air filtration systems not rated to handle vapors, you should try to control the emissions as best you can while giving the area good ventilation. Try to keep moderate temperatures and humidity in the area where the new pressed wood is located, and consider purchasing an air filter that is rated to handle vapors for this situation, and others like it in the future.

   

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