Like most Americans, residents in Loganville, GA spend most of their time indoors. Clean indoor air, therefore, is essential to the health of your family.
What you might not recognize is that indoor air is frequently more contaminated than the air outside. One category of pollutants that compromises your indoor air quality is volatile organic compounds VOC’s.
What Are Volatile Organic Compounds VOC’s?
Volatile organic compounds are gases expelled into the air from liquids or solids. The smell of dry-cleaned clothing and that new-carpet smell are classic examples of VOCs. VOCs are found in many other products as well:
- Hobby supplies
- Deodorants and cosmetics
- Air fresheners
- Paint, varnish, and thinners
- Furniture and flooring
- New clothing
- Household cleaners and disinfectants
What Are the Health Hazards of VOCs?
VOCs stem from natural as well as synthetic sources. The health hazards depend on the chemical involved and length of exposure. Short-term effects include nose and throat irritation, fatigue, headaches, and dizziness. Long-term effects are more severe and include cancer and damage to the kidneys, liver, and central nervous system.
How Can I Protect My Family from Volatile Organic Compounds VOC’s?
The Environmental Protection Agency reports that indoor VOC concentrations are up to five times higher than outdoors. The best way to combat these toxic chemicals is to make sure your home has plenty of ventilation. Open windows, ceiling fans, and kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans are a few ways to remove VOCs and increase air circulation. There are other things you can do to protect your family from unhealthy VOCs:
- Use nontoxic air fresheners.
- Look for products that have a “Low VOCs” label.
- Consider installing a whole-house ventilator or air purifier.
To learn more about how excellent indoor air quality improves your Loganville, GA home, check out the indoor air quality solutions we provide at Zack Hammonds A/C Heating Refrigeration Inc. or call (770) 661-0334.