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VOC-Indoor Air Pollutant

Posted on September 16, 2013
by Susana Escamilla

Volatile Organic Compound (VOC’s) can effect your indoor air quality. Volatile are things that can change quickly. The O in Organic is anything that contains the element carbon. The C in Compound is something that have more than one element. Many living things are organic compounds, but there are also many chemicals that are dangerous. Extended exposure to high levels of VOC’s can lead to serious health issues. Those health issues can damage your liver, kidney, and also affect your memory. If you need to choose items with VOC choose products that have low levels of VOC and have proper ventilation while using products with VOC’s. Below are steps you can take provided by the US Environmental Protection Agency to reduce VOC exposure:

  • Increase ventilation when using products that emit VOCs
  • Meet or exceed any label precautions
  • Do not store opened containers of unused paints and similar materials inside your home
  • Use household products according to manufacturer’s directions
  • Make sure you provide plenty of fresh air when using these products
  • Throw away unused or little-used containers safely; buy in quantities that you will use soon
  • Keep containers out of reach of children and pets
  • Never mix household care products unless directed on the label

Formaldehyde, one of the best known VOCs, is one of the few indoor air pollutants that can be readily measured. VOC’s can affect your indoor air quality and as we know air pollution is one of the top environmental risks to public health.Below is an infographic on VOC’s and other “Home Health Invaders”. At AirTek we provide indoor air quality services for a variety of industries and homes. To learn more about these services visit our website and be part of our Facebook Community Page and be part of our conversation via Twitter.


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