Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are dangerous in your home because they can cause short-term and long-term health issues. VOCs are a group of chemicals that evaporate easily at room temperature and are commonly found in many household products, such as paints, cleaning supplies, air fresheners, and even furniture.
Some reasons why VOCs are dangerous include:
- Air quality: High levels of VOCs can significantly reduce indoor air quality, leading to poor ventilation and increased concentration of harmful substances.
- Short-term health effects: Exposure to VOCs can lead to immediate symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, eye and throat irritation, and difficulty breathing. These symptoms may be particularly severe for individuals with existing respiratory issues, such as asthma or allergies.
- Long-term health effects: Prolonged exposure to VOCs has been linked to chronic health problems, including liver and kidney damage, central nervous system damage, and certain types of cancer.
- Environmental impact: Some VOCs contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, which is a major component of smog. This can have detrimental effects on the environment and human health.
To minimize the risks associated with VOCs, it’s essential to maintain proper ventilation in your home, use low-VOC or VOC-free products when possible, and store chemicals properly. Additionally, incorporating air purifiers and houseplants that help remove VOCs from the air can improve overall air quality.
Contact Home Perfect to get your indoor air quality tested, discuss options to improving the quality, and for referral to sources of low/no VOC products.