Did you know that every time you use certain household or commercial products you are releasing potentially harmful compounds into the air? These compounds are referred to by the EPA as VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds and can be reeking havoc on your indoor air quality. Today, the team at American Services wants to give you some facts about VOCs and also some ideas on how to eliminate them from your indoor environment.
Facts about Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs:
- VOCs can be found in cleaning products, paints, chemical strippers, waxes, pesticides, candles, and many other common products around your home and workplace.
- VOCs can also come from floor coverings, furniture, electronic equipment, air fresheners, and dry-cleaned clothing.
- The VOCs from these products are not just emitted into the air during use. They are also releasing potentially harmful VOCs while simply being stored due to natural evaporation. This makes the source of VOCs harder to pinpoint.
How to control and eliminate VOCs from your environment:
- Adequate ventilation needs to be in place when using VOC-containing product. This includes when you are painting, using cleaning products, or any other activity that could expose you to VOCs. The best way to ventilate in these situations is by opening windows and/or using exhaust fans.
- Read the manufacturer recommendations for all products to make sure you are properly using, storing, and getting rid of these products. For example, many cleaning products can not be mixed with other chemicals. If the chemicals are combined you can cause a reaction that will cause harm to the user.
- Ask your Maryland Heights area heating and cooling technician about adding equipment to your system that will clean the pollutants out of your indoor air. These units can help tremendously in eliminating odors from your space and can even help to control allergy issues that may be of concern.
Contact the American Services team today for a free quote!