Do you smell that lingering scent in your home? An unrecognizable potent smell that you just cannot place takes home in your home, making you question where the smell could have originating from in your house. The simplest of household task or chores from cleaning your house, lighting a candle, or even cooking food could lead to odors and even potential hazards in your home’s air. VOCs, volatile organic compounds are chemicals that are emitted from many different sources in your home and are about ten times more harmful indoors than outdoors. VOCs can come from your stove, cleaning supplies, furniture, flooring, and building materials used in the construction of your home. All of these items can produce VOCs and release them into the air of our home, tainting the air quality and placing the health of those exposed at risk.
The top eight most common VOCs include the following:
- Acetone – which is commonly found in nail polish remover, furniture polishes, and even in wallpaper.
- Benzene – found in paint, glue, carpeting, and from gasoline emissions.
- Butanol – commonly elicited from grill emissions, burning candles, stoves, and cigarettes.
- Dichlorobenzene – found in mothballs and other deodorizers.
- Ethanol – contained in glass cleaners, dishwasher detergents, and laundry detergents.
- Formaldehyde – one of the most common VOCs, typically found in floor lacquers and certain molded plastics.
- Terpenes – the culprit in fragrance products such as air fresheners, candles, soaps, and laundry detergents.
- Toluene – the main chemical found in paint.
Many of these VOCs will be located in your home’s air, polluting the air quality in your environment. However, don’t panic! VOCs can be easily removed from your home with the proper methods implemented in your home can be ridden of VOCs for good. Steps below on how to reduce VOC in home.
First, you will want to remove the source of the VOCs such as cleaning products, aerosol sprays, candles, and even furniture that could be emitting the volatile compounds into the air.
Secondly, it is important to get as much ventilation in your home as possible to filter out the VOCs trapped within the air of your home. Many newer homes struggle with poor ventilation that can leave the chemicals confined in your indoor air space, therefore finding ways to mitigate these chemicals out of your home such as opening the windows can help to alleviate the toxic chemicals from your indoor air.
Lastly, an air purification device such as the EnviroKlenz Mobile Air System could be incredibly beneficial in effectively neutralizing chemicals in the personal indoor environment. The EnviroKlenz Mobile Air System utilizes a patented earth mineral technology that is highly reactive to a broad spectrum of chemicals and noxious odors in the environment. The technology takes in the chemicals and breaks them down utilizing a VOC air cartridge that effectively eliminates VOCs in the air.