Air Quality

Healthy Safe Indoor Air

Household Toxins:

Did you know your home can actually be a source of ill health. The awareness of the dangers in the home environment has been a recent discovery. Some of the terms that have appeared in recent literature are "household toxins" and "indoor air pollution." Over the past few years the medical and scientific communities have started recognizing that common household chemicals and environment outgassing from new carpets and furnishings including the concern for air quality can have an adverse effect on our health. This is why it is not recommended to redecorate a baby's room for their arrival especially with new carpet and paint.

Healthy Safe Indoor Air

Is Your House Sick?

When we learn how these toxins affect us especially our children we are sure you will want to change the way you live. Like most people, we assumed that if a product is on the shelf at our local market, it must have passed reasonable safety standards and be safe. Of course there is always the products marked as poison or caustic with the skull and crossbones emblem on the label and we know to keep these products out of reach of children. But did you know that there is actually an alternative to having these products in your home. You can find information on how to change the products in your home environment by visiting our other site at and choose environmentally safe household products on the home page.

Most people are unaware, I know I was, that regular consumer products that we all use every day have toxins and chemicals that can be extremely harmful to children and our family. Many of these ingredients would require special handling if used in industry; a chemical laboratory; or in the workplace. The fact is that there are strict rules and regulations required to protect workers who may use these same substances in the industrial environment where they are required to use protective equipment clothing or gloves and masks when using some of the very same products found in every home. When we use these same substances at home we do so with no protection at all and no knowledge of the danger and with no consideration for ventilation or protective equipment. Many of the household chemicals that can cause serious reactions are listed in toxicology books as having known toxic effects.

Is your home environment or products slowly poisoning your family in their own home causing energy depletion, allergies and other chronic conditions. Some people are also more sensitive than others and their problems can become serious illnesses. Unfortunately many of these reactions take years of repeated exposure to manifest themselves and are sometimes wrongly diagnosed as part of the aging process; considered incurable or even thought of as all in our head. While certain people may be more sensitive than others, and some chemicals may bring on reactions only after many years of repeated exposure or only in a small percentage of the population, chemicals in the home can put everyone at risk especially our children. Children are also more vulnerable to this threat in our time because they sometimes lead sedentary lifestyles spending a lot more time indoors playing video games and watching TV.

Toxins deplete our bodies immune system by continually creating a stressful environment in our bodies which can contribute to illness and fatigue. Many symptom that some people have that others assume are imagined, both physical and psychological, have been associated with certain environments including our homes. Of course at greatest risk are children, the elderly, and those who are already ill. Ironically these same people spend most of their time at home. A recent study announced on CFTO news in March indicated that women who work at home and or are home makers have up to a 55% higher cancer rate than women who work outside the home.

Indoor Air Quality:

There is an alternative!! You can immediately begin to detoxify your home with environmentally friendly and natural household and personal care products and clean fresh air. Read on to learn more about improving the air quality in your home.

A secondary issue that we mentioned at the begining was poor air quality or "indoor air pollution". The quality of our indoor air has been affected by the need for energy conservation and air tight houses. With winter heating and summer airconditioning we almost never totally air out the house. This means the air circulating in your home is extremely stale and probably toxic or polluted.

This can be corrected with a "Plusaire" system from "Pure Air Plus" that can be installed on forced air residential systems to exchange your indoor air up to 6 times in a 24 hour period. Those who have had the system installed and where suffering from asthma and those with smokers in the home have noticed the most significant difference with symptoms being reduced by 50% or more. Just think how different your environment can become if you use non toxic products and introduce fresh air into your home, the results are nothing short of remarkable

The more you eliminate toxins in your home, the better you and your family will feel. The Plusaire system from our Pure Air Plus Division has now received Health Canada approval for the addition of ultra violet air purification that will eliminate bacteria, viruses and mold spores. For a better understanding of the importance of and effects of the lack of oxygen and makeup air see our information on the stack effect in homes that cause your heating and other fuel burning appliances to spill toxins due to the negative air pressure in energy efficient homes. Plusaire provides replacement air making all these appliances burn safely and efficiently.

With the information available in our site we hope we have helped you become an informed consumer in today's marketplace.
Try our wonderful and affordable non toxic, chemical free and biodegradable products that are not only safe for you and your family but good for the environment as well. And consider the air quality in your home before you experience any of the mentioned conditions or symptoms. Feel free to contact us for further questions at the numbers at the bottom of this page.

How do Toxins Enter Our Body?

There are basically three ways that toxins can enter the body: by swallowing, by breathing, or by contact with the skin or eyes.
When most people hear about a chemical poisoning, they usually think about swallowing (ingestion). Every year, over five million household poisonings are reported, the immediate result of accidental ingestion of cleaning, pesticide, personal care and other common household products. Many of these poisonings are fatal, and most of the victims are children.

The personal care products we put on our skin and hair create possible toxic exposures through skin absorption. These include but are not limited to soaps, lotions, creams, cosmetics, shampoo's, deodorants, and other common products. The air we breath can also be a source if our indoor air quality is compromised. In 1989 a US. House subcommittee asked the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety to analyzes 2,983 chemicals used in personal care products.

  • 884 were found to be toxic.
  • Of these 778 can cause acute toxicity,
  • 146 can cause tumors,
  • 218 can cause reproductive complications,
  • 314 can cause biological mutation,
  • 376 can cause skin and eye irritations.
"Personal care products should promote hygiene, health and beauty...not make us sick." Of course, we don't mean to suggest that everyone will experience health problems the first time they use a product containing toxic ingredients, although many people do.

In actuality, most poisonings happen slowly, over a long period of time by gradual skin absorption or by daily exposure in the air we breathe. Today many people are aware of the fact that indoor air quality can include toxins but are sometimes surprised to learn that indoor air can be much worse to breathe than outdoor air.

For more information on air quality visit Pure Air Plus

According to the EPA, most homes have airborne concentrations and hazardous chemicals that are two to five times higher indoors than outdoors. In one five year study, the EPA reported that a number of homes had chemical levels that were seventy times higher inside than outside.

In keeping with tradition here we are three generations of Chimney Sweeps serving Dufferin County, Caledon, Erin and Palgrave areas.

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In keeping with tradition here we are three generations of Chimney Sweeps serving Dufferin County, Caledon, Erin and Palgrave areas.

For decades people have had a love affair with wood fires, a cosy fire on a cold blustery night curled up with a good book and a warm drink is the ultimate in comfort on a winter evening. "The perfect fire" is "all woodheat can be.

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