Everything You Need to Know About Avoiding Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) evaporate or off-gas at low temperatures. These substances can cause fatigue, headaches, dizziness and other health problems. Many air fresheners, cleaners, fuels, glues, paints and pesticides contain them. You can avoid most volatile organic compounds in your Alta Loma, California, home by using proper ventilation, natural cleaning products and indoor houseplants.

Increasing Ventilation

The insulation in your home can trap VOCs and other pollutants inside it. Most air filters won’t get rid of volatile organic compounds. Ventilators that exhaust stale air and replace it with fresh, filtered air will solve the problem. An energy recovery ventilator works like a heat pump to transfer heat as it removes pollutants and bad odors. It can conserve power, lower your utility bills and extend your HVAC system’s life.

Using Natural Products

You can reduce VOCs by replacing commercial cleaners and air fresheners with natural alternatives. Water and baking soda can clean most surfaces. Lemon juice with olive oil makes an outstanding furniture polish. Make your home smell better by simmering orange slices, cloves or cinnamon sticks on your stove. Other alternatives to synthetic fresheners include potpourri or freshly baked cookies.

Getting Houseplants

Many houseplants absorb volatile organic compounds along with carbon dioxide. Placing one or two plants in each room can increase your indoor air quality and make your house look more appealing. However, too many plants in one area could increase your home’s humidity. Chrysanthemums, spider plants, aloe vera, peace lilies, Chinese evergreens or philodendrons can help you protect your family members from VOCs.

Metz Air Control is a Trane Comfort Specialist with decades of heating, cooling and indoor air quality experience. We can help you increase your health and comfort by avoiding volatile organic compounds and other pollutants. For excellent service from our friendly professionals, call us at 909-614-4125.

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