VOC & IAQ
VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are a major concern for indoor air pollution. The EPA estimates levels of some common pollutants to be 2-5 times higher inside homes than out. If you’ve ever shopped for an air purifier, you’ve probably heard of these chemicals. But do you know what they are?
What is a VOC, anyway?
VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compound. The “organic” part means they contain carbon, and “volatile” means they evaporate easily at room temperature. VOCs are chemicals like benzene, toluene, methylene, chloride, formaldehyde, and many others. According to the EPA, exposure to VOCs can cause symptoms like nose and throat discomfort, allergic skin reactions, headaches, asthma attacks, and nausea. In high enough exposures, they can cause more serious health problems.
Where do VOCs come from?
VOCs are found in a wide variety of household products. Just look under the kitchen or bathroom sink and you will probably find many substances which emit some kind of VOC. VOCs are found in products as ubiquitous as paints, varnishes, cleaning supplies, new carpets and furniture, fragrances and air fresheners, glues and adhesives, disinfectants, and other sources. Now you can see why VOCs are found in much greater concentrations inside the house.
So how can VOCs be avoided?
Obviously, VOCs cannot be removed from the home completely – they are simply a part of modern life. However, there are several steps you can take to reduce your exposure to safer and healthier levels and AIR DUCT CLEANING & INDOOR AIR QUALITY TREATMENT is one of the most effective ways.