What are VOCs? How do they impact our indoor air quality?

VOC stands for Volatile organic compounds. They are compounds that have high vapor pressure and low water solubility. majority of VOCs are human-made chemicals. Some examples are paints and lacquers, office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers, and photographic solutions.

So how does this create an impact in our indoor air quality? The level of toxicity is 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside. These compounds can cause major health effects such as Eye, nose, and throat irritation, Headaches, loss of coordination, and nausea, damage to the liver, kidney, and central nervous system. Some organics can cause cancer in animals, some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans. Important symptoms to take notice of are dyspnea, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, conjunctival irritation, nose and throat discomfort, headache, and allergic skin reaction.

Keep exposure to a minimum, ventilate your home or workplace and schedule and air duct cleaning by a professional like Dr. Ducts.