A healthy home goes beyond sparkling kitchen counters and clean floors. In fact, some of the products you’re using in your home could actually be contributing to an excess of airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that pollute the indoor air. Keep reading to learn more about what VOCs are and how to minimize them in your Eaton, CO, home.
What Are Volatile Organic Compounds?
VOCs are airborne chemicals emitted from a wide variety of everyday products you use in your home. Some examples include:
- Air fresheners
- Cleaning products
- Hair products
- Paints and varnishes
- New furniture
- Candles or fires
Even cooking dinner for your family can release toxins in the air. Over time, the VOCs emitted from products accumulate in the home. You won’t smell them, but your body might react to them. When indoor air quality decreases, you might have more headaches, irritated skin, or develop respiratory issues or worsening allergy symptoms.
How to Minimize Volatile Organic Compounds in Your Home
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that indoor air is up to five times more polluted than outdoor air, and VOCs play a large role in indoor air. While you can change the products you use in your home to reduce airborne chemicals, one of the best ways to minimize VOCs is to use indoor air quality products like air cleaners and air purification systems. Some products are stand-alone and placed from room to room, which is perfect for apartment dwellers. However, if you own a home, consider installing a whole-house purification system that works with your HVAC system. These systems provide the most thorough air quality control.
Finding the right indoor air quality products for your home shouldn’t be complicated or expensive. At A to Z Heating & Cooling, our experts can evaluate your home’s air quality and recommend the best products to reduce volatile organic compounds and keep your indoor air healthy. Call us today to learn more!