volatile organic compounds

How to Reduce Exposure to Indoor Air Pollutants

How to Reduce Exposure to Indoor Air Pollutants

In addition to professional source control, there are many things you can do as a homeowner to reduce the sources of air pollution in the home: Look at product ingredients before you buy them, especially cleaners, adhesives, air fresheners, varnish, paint, new carpet, flooring, solvents, and anything that contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Look for

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What Are Volatile Organic Compounds? VOCs and Your Health

What Are VOCs?

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are carbon-containing organic chemicals that get released into the air and can cause a variety of adverse health effects. VOC concentrations are almost always higher indoors due to their presence in many household products combined with poor ventilation. These common household products all release harmful VOCs into the air while you

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Poor Indoor Air Quality Warning Signs

Poor Indoor Air Quality Warning Signs

Shifting weather, extended daylight—all signs point to spring! There are many ways to improve your home each season. Spring brings renewed attention to indoor air quality. Pollen from fresh blooms is just one of the things to keep at bay, especially if you have asthma or respiratory concerns. Below is a list of common indoor

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What is Offgassing? How to Prevent Offgassing Sources

What is off-gassing and how to prevent it at home

The best way to avoid offgassing in the home is to avoid products that emit VOCs and dangerous gasses in the first place. Many building materials and household products are treated with chemicals that are slow to release dangerous gasses. In addition to avoiding certain products, it’s important to have the proper amount of ventilation

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Are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Making You Sick?

Are Volatile Organic Compounds VOCs making you sick?

You can’t talk about Indoor Air Quality without mentioning the effects of VOCs. VOC is an acronym for Volatile Organic Compounds, which are “carbon-containing organic chemicals present in indoor air” (Introduction to VOCs and Health). And they’re making you sick. Thousands of everyday products emit organic chemicals into the air. Additionally, VOCs are present in

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