Volatile organic chemicals, or VOCs, have a serious impact on your health and well-being. You might be shocked to learn that air in your Lehigh Acres, FL, home is two to five times more polluted than the outdoor air. Here are some of the top sources of volatile organic compounds and some tips on actions you can take in order to improve your home’s indoor air quality.
Many common household products release volatile organic compounds. Glue, craft and hobby adhesives and paints, mothballs, stored automotive fluids, printer toner, and ink cartridges, and pesticides all off-gas these chemicals. Some surprising products that release these harmful chemicals also include cleaning agents, disinfectants, air fresheners, and aerosol deodorants. Clothing that was dry cleaned is another common source of volatile organic compounds.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the materials used to build your home could be releasing volatile organic compounds. Drywall, sub-flooring, carpeting, adhesives, wood trim, plastic shelving, and sealants used on grout, tile, concrete, and wood all release volatile organic compounds. Improving ventilation helps get these compounds out of your home.
Some of the everyday activities you do could contribute volatile organic compounds into your home’s air. Painting, cleaning, and cooking with oil are a few such activities. Burning candles, using a fireplace or woodstove, mowing your lawn, refueling the lawnmower, and putting chlorine in your hot tub or pool also releases these compounds. After using chemicals to strip paint in your home, the air could be up to 1,000 times more polluted than the outdoor air. This high level dissipates after a few hours, but the chemicals could make you feel sick for days. Whenever possible, do these activities outdoors and away from open windows, doors or air intakes.
To learn more about VOCs and where they come from, check out D & D Air Conditioning and Heating’s ventilation services, or call us today for additional details.