According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA), VOCs are toxic chemicals emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids, some of which may have short and long-term adverse health effects.
VOCs have become basic ingredients in many everyday products and materials. For that reason, they’re one of the hardest toxins to avoid. Worse, few types of contaminants carry as many health implications.
“ Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors,” reports the EPA. “VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands,”
But don’t panic! There are plenty of ways to keep VOCs out of your home.
Before we talk about how to eliminate and avoid VOCs, let’s look at where they're found. The answers may surprise you. Many common household products are packed with VOCs. So, simply removing them is your best first step.
VOCs come from a staggering variety of places, including household cleaners and disinfectants, air fresheners, and aerosol sprays. Smoke from wood-burning stoves, tobacco, and wildfires also contains VOCs. So do most paints and glues.
Often, VOCs are present when you can smell a strong chemical scent. That’s especially true for new furniture, carpet, and electronics, which release VOCs in a process called off-gassing.
The most notorious VOCs include formaldehyde, benzene, and butanol.
Here are the top sources of household VOCs, according to the EPA:
According to the American Lung Association VOCs are “harmful by themselves, including some that cause cancer. In addition, they can react with other gases and form other air pollutants after they are in the air.”
The EPA reports that VOCs often cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, nausea, and can also damage the liver, kidney, and central nervous system.
Other common symptoms include:
The good news is that there are three easy and effective ways to ensure your indoor environment is healthy and free of VOCs.
Every Alen Air purifier captures 99.97% of airborne pollutants and particles down to 0.3 microns (56x times smaller than a human hair), improving indoor air quality and lowering pollution levels.
Our proprietary Carbon FreshPlus filters target VOC chemicals, dangerous fine particles, and odors. Their added layer of carbon contains microscopic cracks and holes which trap and remove airborne odors, gases, and chemicals.
But we don’t stop there.
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