How to Reduce Levels of VOCs in Your Home

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| 2014 May 06 |
How to Reduce Levels of VOCs in Your Home

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.

How to Reduce Levels of VOCs in Your Home
Adequate ventilation throughout your home will help keep VOC levels down.

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.

Reduce Levels of VOCs in Your Home
Avoid smoking indoors to keep the levels of VOCs in your home down and to protect the air that you and the people around you breathe.

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.

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Common household items, including some perfumes, contain VOCs and contribute to poor indoor air quality.

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
How to Reduce Levels of VOCs in Your Home
Repairing leaking pipes is one way to control moisture in your home and, subsequently, reduce VOC levels and better your air quality.

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.