Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are commonplace substances that can pose real threats to your family’s health. Often released by household items, it’s important to be aware of these compounds so you can take steps to keep these chemicals out of your Forney, Texas, home’s air. Here are three of the most important things you need to know about VOCs.
There are many sources of VOCs. The majority are chemical-based liquids that release vapors. Many home improvement, craft, and cleaning items contain VOCs. For example, gasoline, paint thinner, permanent markers, and bleach can all react to release VOCs into the air. Many items that release VOCs are marked somewhere on the container that they contain these chemicals. It’s important to stay vigilant with these items and do proper research. VOCs can build up in your home’s air and lead to reduced indoor air quality very quickly.
The symptoms of VOCs can range depending on the amount of exposure. Just a little bit of time around them can lead to headaches, itchy throats, and aching eyes. Long-term exposure can include damage to your eyes, throat, and nose. Nausea is a common side effect that can be particularly indicative of high VOC levels. Serious long-lasting exposure can lead to irreparable damage to your central nervous system as well as your liver and kidneys.
Fortunately, there are a number of effective ways to limit your exposure to VOCs. If you’re using an item that is associated with these toxins, be sure to do so in a well-ventilated area, preferably outside. If you are using such an item in a part of your home with a ventilator fan, run the fan the entire time you’re using the item as well as for some time afterward, while also opening any nearby windows.
Proper storage of chemicals that contain VOCs is also vital for keeping VOCs from getting into your home’s airflow. Keep all lids closed tightly, and store bigger items away from your home, such as in a garage or shed.
If you’re concerned about your indoor air quality, call Willard Heating and Air Conditioning at 972-395-5139 today to set up a consultation.
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