3 Ways to Avoid Volatile Organic Compounds in Your Home

January 23, 2018
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Volatile organic compounds can become gases at low temperatures – a process called off-gassing. VOCs are common ingredients in fuel, glues, air fresheners, paints, perfumes and cleaners. They include acetone, formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and benzene. Volatile organic compounds can reduce the indoor air quality inside your White Oak, Texas, home. They may also cause health problems like eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, fatigue and trouble breathing. You can avoid volatile organic compounds by using natural products, adding ventilation and storing materials with VOCs carefully.

Use Natural Products

Fortunately, many natural products that don’t contain VOCs are available. Instead of using commercial air fresheners, you can make your home smell great with essential oils or potpourri. Simmer orange slices, cinnamon sticks, apple peels or cloves on your stove in a little water. Bake some cookies or an apple pie to enjoy a delicious dessert and a pleasant scent. Baking soda with water is an excellent cleaner, and you may also polish your furniture with olive oil and lemon juice.

Add Ventilation

Without adequate ventilation, volatile organic compounds can build up in your home’s air. You should install exhaust fans in your bathrooms and your kitchen. A whole-home ventilator can help remove contaminants. Open your windows or use fans when cleaning with commercial cleaners, paint or taking care of similar chores. If you feel dizzy while using a product with VOCs, take a break and step outside for fresh air.

Store Materials Carefully

Store paint, fuel, solvents and other substances with VOCs outside your home. Small amounts of volatile organic compounds can get into the air, even if you close the container. Storing supplies in a garage or a shed is better for your family’s health and your indoor air quality.

JD’s AirNow has over 30 years of heating and air conditioning experience. We can help you maintain, repair, and install a variety of equipment to improve your home’s indoor air quality. Call us at (903) 759-7483 for helpful expert service.

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