How To Keep Good Indoor Air Quality While Remodeling?

How To Keep Good Indoor Air Quality While Remodeling?

Q: My in-laws are remodeling their kitchen. The remodel includes staining cabinets, painting walls, adding new lighting, new countertops, and fixtures. All of this will involve creating dust and adding possibly toxic fumes into the air in their home. Any ideas on keeping the IAQ (indoor air quality) at a healthy level during the renovation?

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Editor: Our first suggestions are the obvious ones:

• Keep doors and windows open as much as possible so that you're getting a lot of air circulation.
• Use as many zero-VOC and/or non-toxic products as possible in paints and finishes.
• Consider getting an air purifier with a HEPA filter. Check out our list of the Best Air Purifiers.

On a separate note, if your in-laws are committed to installing everything new, make sure to dispose of the old cabinets/countertops/fixtures in a responsible way. Companies like Green Demolitions kitchen and appliance donations and resells them at their Green Demolitions stores in the Northeast.

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