24 Sep '13, 8pm

Formaldehyde, how important is it to reduce indoor pollution with our homes becomeing increasingly airtight

Formaldehyde: Health and Indoor Air Quality What is formaldehyde? Formaldehyde is one part of the larger 'VOC' (volatile organic compound) family, where 'volatile' means that compounds become a gas at normal room temperature. • Formaldehyde, discovered in 1867 and isolated in 1892, is called methanal and is formed by oxidising methanol. • It is an organic compound with the formula CH2O • Pure formaldehyde is extremely reactive. For this reason, it is often mixed into chemical compounds to form a stable substance. • Formaldehyde naturally exists in the atmosphere as a byproduct of combustion (eg forest fires, car exhausts) as well as that of atmospheric reactions - particularly in the production of one of the components of smog. • At room temperature it is a colourless, pungent smelling and flammable gas. • Formaldehyde breaks down rapidly in the environment through action ...

Full article: http://www.greenspec.co.uk/formaldehyde.php

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