If indoor air quality (IAQ) is a concern in your Colonial Heights, Virginia, home, you may be concerned about volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and what effect they can have in your home. The first step to improving the IAQ in your home, is understanding what VOCs are, where they may be lurking, and what effect they can have on the air in your home.

What Are VOCs?

Volatile organic compounds are organic compounds that can become vapor or gas when they enter the air supply of your room. VOCs can be particularly concerning in regards to indoor air quality because they do not simply leave the home when you stop using them. When left in your home, VOCs will continue to be released from certain liquids and solids over a period of time until they have been depleted.

How Can VOCs Affect the Quality of the Air in Your Home?

VOCs are the same as any other type of air pollutant in the fact that they can lead to both short and long-term health effects, depending on the amount of the exposure, and the length of time you are exposed to them. Some of the short term effects of inhaling VOCs in the home include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Eye, nose, and throat irritation

Long term health effects that can occur when exposed to large amounts of VOCs for a long period of time include:

  • Cancer
  • Memory problems
  • Loss of vision
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Damage to the central nervous system

Unfortunately, VOCs can be found in a number of products that you commonly use in your homes such as cleaning supplies, air fresheners, paint and even materials that were used to build your home. If you are looking to kick VOCs to the curb, contact us at 804-212-3339. One of our Air Maxx Mechanical professionals will help you find your IAQ solution.

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