Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are gases emitted from a wide variety of common liquid and solid products that you probably use around your home. VOCs can be the dangerous byproduct of many of the things that we use to clean our homes. For example, VOCs can be the byproduct of paints, cleaners, disinfectants, fuel, aerosol sprays, and much more. Because of this, VOCs are about 10 times more likely indoors than they are outdoors. Basically, they pose serious health issues for anybody in the house if your home doesn't have good ventilation.
The environmental protection agency (EPA) is obviously concerned because many people are spending more and more time indoors. That is, our lives are now more based around computers and televisions, so it makes sense that people are spending more time inside where they are exposed to these harmful VOCs.
Symptoms of VOCs
So, what are some of the main symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs? First of all, you can have allergic skin reactions or headaches, as well as irritated ear, nose, and throat symptoms. Some people experience nausea, dizziness, and fatigue when exposed. Headaches and allergic irritations seem rather minor when you consider the fact of the EPA also claims that they suspect that VOCs can cause cancer.
How to Reduce VOCs in Your Home
But, this article isn't meant to just scare you about VOCs. It is really meant to tell you what you can do to get rid of them. Having a functional HVAC system, with an emphasis on the ventilation aspect of the system, is the most immediate way that homeowners can improve their indoor air quality. Since you can't always avoid how much time you spend inside your house, you need to try to increase the quality of the air, so it is simply healthier for you and your family.
You should have your system professionally serviced by an HVAC technician about once a year. Also, it will probably be necessary to change your filters twice a year. It is important to realize that running your HVAC system, whether it is the heat or air conditioner, well also greatly help to monthly your home and read it VOCs. So, even if you don't necessarily need to adjust the temperature in your home, it is beneficial to turn on your heat or air conditioner every once in a while just to freshen up the air and ventilate the space.
For more information, contact a company like Reid’s AC & Heat.