Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) refer to chemicals found in various products used to build homes. Common VOCs released in the air are ethylene glycol, benzene, methylene chloride and formaldehyde. This blog will shed more light on VOCs and how they can be harmful to homeowners in Las Vegas, NV.

Sources of Volatile Organic Compounds

VOCs reduces the quality of indoor air quality. The common sources of VOCs include the following.

  • Paints
  • Carpets
  • Cosmetics
  • Burning wood
  • Fuel oil
  • Smoke

Other sources include insect repellents, hobby supplies and aerosol sprays. Before you use a product, it is important to look at the contents to learn more about the product.

Health Effects of VOCs

The health risk of inhaling these pollutants may depend on their concentration in the air and how long an individual has inhaled the air. Breathing low concentrations of VOCs for a long period may result in respiratory problems.

Research shows that these pollutants may worsen the symptoms of people with asthma. They can also trigger allergies if an individual is sensitive to chemicals.

Please note that VOCs refers to a group of chemicals, and each chemical has its level of toxicity. The common immediate symptoms of VOCs exposure include the following.

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Nose bleeds
  • Stuffy nose
  • Vomiting

Long-term exposure can lead to cancer and kidney damage. Overexposure can also cause loss of coordination.

How to Reduce Exposure

You should ensure that you follow the label instructions to reduce exposure. For instance, if the descriptions state that you use the product in a ventilated area, ensure that you open the windows or go outside.

You can also consider having air purifiers and ventilators in your home. This will help improve indoor air quality. UV light can help in eliminating VOCs from the air and reduce the harmful effects of these pollutants, as well.

We provide quality indoor air products to improve your indoor air quality. Contact us at Zen Aire Air Conditioning and Heating today for more information about these products or for any HVAC maintenance or repairs.

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