The Impact of VOCs on Indoor Air Quality

The Impact of VOCs on Indoor Air Quality

Volatile Organic Compounds VOCs and Indoor Air Quality

What Are VOCs?

VOCs are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids and include a variety of chemicals, many of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. They are consistently found at higher levels indoors than outdoors.

Common Sources of VOCs

  • Paints, varnishes, and waxes
  • Cleaning, disinfecting, and cosmetic products
  • Degreasing and hobby products
  • Fuels and automotive products
  • Building materials and furnishings
  • Office equipment like copiers and printers

Health Effects of VOCs

Exposure to VOCs can lead to a range of health issues, such as eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches; and damage to the liver, kidney, and central nervous system. Some VOCs are known or suspected carcinogens.

Reducing Exposure to VOCs

To reduce exposure to VOCs, it's important to increase ventilation when using products that emit VOCs, follow label instructions carefully, store products containing VOCs in well-ventilated areas, and dispose of unused or little-used containers safely.

Understanding and controlling the presence of VOCs in your home is crucial for maintaining a healthy indoor environment.