VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, can be found in every home. It’s almost unavoidable that you’ll come into contact with them at some point, but limiting your exposure to them is important.
What Are VOCs?
Volatile organic compounds are chemicals that can be found in a lot of different products around your home. They are usually located in places you wouldn’t expect. Common sources of VOCs inside your home include:
- Building materials
- Paints and lacquers
- Hair sprays and other aerosol solutions
- Printers and copiers
- Hobby and craft supplies
- Cleaning supplies
- Tobacco smoke
- Scented candles or incense
The concentration of VOCs is higher inside your home because there’s less airflow, so they tend to dissipate more slowly. Although these products give off lower volumes of VOCs as they age, leaving them around your house is not ideal.
Why Are VOCs Dangerous?
Here are just some of the health problems that exposure to VOCs can cause:
- Eye, nose, and throat irritation
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or dizziness
- Skin problems
Meanwhile, higher concentrations of VOCs may cause liver, lung, kidney, and nervous system damage. Prolonged exposure to high concentrations could even lead to cancer.
So what do you do when you suspect VOCs are the cause of poor indoor air quality? Get in touch with MoldXpertsNY in New York City! We can perform the VOC testing that you need to pinpoint the cause of your irritation or breathing problems. We also offer advice and help you clean up your indoor air so the quality is greatly improved.
When you want to breathe easier, give us a call!