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Common VOCs That Can Be Ruining Your IAQ

paints are common VOC's
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Good indoor air quality is crucial to the comfort of your Beaumont, Texas, home. Unfortunately, some of the common items you may have in your household can contain dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can ruin your indoor air quality (IAQ) and lead to worsened asthma symptoms and other respiratory concerns.

When kept at room temperature, VOCs will evaporate and create gases that escape into the air. Below are some common VOCs that you should remove from your home or store properly to prevent the release of gases.

Aerosol Sprays

Even though you may notice newer aerosol sprays are CFC-free, it does not mean they do not release VOCs. VOCs are used in aerosols to help speed up the drying processor to ensure proper coverage. When possible, limit using aerosol sprays. If you must use them, try to use them outside or in a well-ventilated area.

Paint

You may find that you need to use paint or stain to repair damage to walls or furniture. When possible, choose non-toxic paints with low VOC levels. After use, make sure to store your paint properly sealed, outside of your home.

Health and Beauty Supply

Common beauty products, such as nail polish, nail polish remover, perfume, and hairspray, often contain some level of acetone, a common volatile compound. Consider using acetone-free products and make sure you are in a room that is properly ventilated.

Air Fresheners

Many homeowners use air fresheners in an attempt to mask indoor odors. The truth with most air fresheners is that they release pleasant scents but also VOCs that can damage your indoor air quality.

Bleach

While bleach is great at cleaning, brightening, and disinfecting surfaces, it contains high levels of VOCs and can be toxic when mixed with certain other compounds, such as ammonia.

Improve the indoor air quality of your home by reducing the use of the five VOCs listed above. Contact Thermacon Service Company, Inc. at 866-797-1535 to find out more ways to improve your IAQ.

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