We’re all familiar with the various sources of outdoor pollution. Vehicles, power plants, and machinery have made the news for years as culprits behind poor outdoor air quality. What isn’t common knowledge is that in many Boulder City, NV homes the indoor air quality is worse than the outside air. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality is up to five times worse than outdoor air. One of the worst categories of indoor pollutants is volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
What Are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)?
VOCs are vapors or gases released from solids or liquids. Concentrations are much higher indoors than outdoors. You can find VOCs in a variety of products:
- Craft supplies
- Wood preservatives
- Paints and thinners
- Cleaning products
- Air fresheners
- Moth repellants
- Furniture and carpet
- Dry-cleaned clothing
- Tobacco smoke
Why Are VOCs Bad?
Volatile organic compounds commonly enter the body as you inhale the contaminated air. Short-term exposure to these compounds can cause dizziness, headaches, allergic reactions, and eye, nose, and throat irritation. Prolonged exposure can lead to long-term health effects:
- Loss of coordination
- Long-term asthma or respiratory damage
- Kidney, liver, and central nervous system damage
How Can I Get Improve My Indoor Air Quality?
The best way to control VOCs and improve your indoor air quality is to make sure your Boulder City, NV home has adequate ventilation. In moderate temperatures, you can do this by opening windows. Installing a whole-house ventilator helps during climate extremes or when outdoor pollution levels are high. Here are a few other steps you can take to protect the quality of the air in your home.:
- Stop using cleaning supplies that contain VOCs.
- Buy smaller quantities that you can use up quickly.
- Let dry-cleaned clothing air out before bringing it indoors.
- Eliminate smoking indoors.
- Consider installing an air purifier.
For more information on how you can improve your indoor air quality with an air purifier, check out Zen Aire Air Conditioning and Heating’s air quality solutions or give us a call at (702) 827-5253.