Your home should be a comfortable, safe place. Unfortunately it’s anything but comfortable and safe when volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, pollute the indoor air. The good news is you can reduce the levels of VOCs in your home and protect your health today. We’ll tell you how.
Even the off-gassing of ordinary household items, such as office equipment or furniture, produce VOCs. High levels of VOCs (created by humans or occurring naturally) point to an air quality issue.
When you’re exposed to these toxins, inhaling them morning, noon and night, your health can suffer. The following are common symptoms of exposure: trouble breathing; irritated eyes and throat; headaches; dizziness, vomiting and nausea; allergies; and general discomfort.
Don’t suffer. Take steps that work to reduce VOC levels in your home.
Ensure sufficient air flow
Ensuring sufficient air flow in your home is important. By doing so, you prevent air pollutants from accumulating. Open your windows whenever you can, and make sure the air conditioner and other systems are functioning properly.
If you’re stuck coming up with ways to improve the ventilation throughout your home, consider installing the EZ Breathe. This unit effectively removes bacteria, mold, allergens and unpleasant odours from your home.
Avoid smoking indoors
Improve your indoor air quality by never lighting up indoors, as second-hand smoke contains several VOCs and can easily make its way through and pollute all areas of the home.
Not only are you putting the health and safety of yourself at risk by smoking indoors, but you’re jeopardizing the health and safety of all people living under the same roof.
Beware of the VOC-containing products you purchase
Personal care products, such as perfume, air fresheners, cleaning products, and appliances are just a few examples of common household items that tend to contain VOCs. Avoid keeping products you know have a high VOC-concentration.
Remove black mold
Exposure to microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs) produced by mold is detrimental as well, leading to headaches, nausea, dizziness and other troubling symptoms.
Prevent black mold from growing in your home by controlling moisture indoors. Here are a few ways you can easily control moisture:
- Fix leaky pipes and other plumbing failures
- Keep the relative humidity indoors between 30 and 50 per cent
- Ensure proper flood restoration following a flood
- Properly ventilate the space
Ultimately, you can keep your home healthy and safe… you can keep it VOC-free. Preventative measures—ensuring proper ventilation, smoking only outdoors, limiting the VOC-containing products you purchase and removing black mold—will help you achieve this.
Because VOCs in your home are so common, elevated levels are also common. If you suspect you or your family is at risk of exposure, book a VOC test today.