What You Need to Know About Volatile Organic Compounds in Your Home

There are many different chemical contaminants that come from a variety of sources in your home. One of the most common types of chemical contaminants that can be found in your Fort Pierce, Florida, home is a group of contaminants known as volatile organic compounds – or VOCs. Let’s take a look at some of the most common volatile organic compounds in your home and how you can reduce how much you’re exposed to them.

VOCs and the Threats They Cause

Throughout any given day we use a variety of chemicals in even the most basic tasks. While you can smell high levels of most VOCs, others don’t have an odor. It’s important to know which VOCs are inside your home and what the consequences might be if you’re overly exposed to them.

The most common and hazardous VOCs in your home are associated with:

  • Air fresheners
  • Air cleaners that produce ozone
  • Cleaning and disinfecting chemicals
  • Cosmetic products
  • Moth balls
  • Off-gassing from carpets and furniture

Of course, the risk of health consequences depends on how much of the chemical is in the air, how often someone breathes it in, and for how long. But for some people, even breathing low levels of VOCs can lead to health problems, especially if that individual has asthma or is sensitive to certain chemicals. Each VOC has its own toxicity and potential for different consequences.

Here are common short-term effects of overexposure to VOCs:

  • Headaches
  • Irritation to the eyes, nose or mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting

The following are common long-term effects of overexposure to VOCs:

  • Kidney damage
  • Liver damage
  • Central nervous system damage
  • Cancer

The Indoor Air Quality Solutions to Offensive Odors

Proper ventilation and strategic use of indoor air quality technologies is the best way to combat offensive odors and ensure your family stays safe. From air cleaners and humidifiers to UV lamps and ventilators, there are a range of options you can use to remove hazardous threats and improve your indoor air quality.

For more information about other solutions for improving your home’s air quality, contact the experts at Preferred Air Conditioning & Mechanical, LLC today at (561) 202-1422 in Palm Beach and (772) 905-3358 in Port St. Lucie.

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