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sources of VOCs

If you’re like most Eastman, Georgia, homeowners, you take pride in keeping your home clean and healthy. Regular cleaning isn’t always enough to remove dangerous contaminants from your home’s air supply, though. Take a look at some of the unexpected sources of VOCs, and learn how you can manage these harmful airborne contaminants.

Cleaning Supplies and Air Fresheners

When you use products containing VOCs (volatile organic compounds), these chemicals are released as gases into your home. Many household cleaning supplies and air fresheners are loaded with VOCs like naphthalene, which can cause headaches, drowsiness and nausea.

Rather than using harsh products, go natural. Use everyday items such as white vinegar, baking soda and citrus to clean and freshen your home.

Cosmetics and Beauty Products

Beauty products should make you look and feel great, but many are harmful to your health. Both pleasant-smelling products like perfume and harsh-smelling products like nail polish often include VOCs such as acetone, ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol and methacrylates.

Limit your exposure to these VOCs by switching to natural beauty and skin care products. To eliminate VOCs lingering in the air, consider installing an air purifier. We offer high-quality whole-home air cleaners that capture and eliminate contaminants as small as .3 microns.

Furniture and Building Materials

You might not expect many items in your home to affect the indoor air quality. However, flooring, furniture and building materials contain VOCs. Most plywood, upholstered furniture, and carpets are made with formaldehyde, which can cause respiratory problems.

If you’re planning a remodeling project, make a point of opting for hardwood floors over carpet or choosing high-quality materials that aren’t made with formaldehyde. You can also clear the air by improving ventilation in your home. Turn on exhaust fans in your bathroom and kitchen, and install an energy-recovery ventilator to help your home get rid of stale air.

Don’t let VOCs compromise your health or your indoor air quality. Call Pruett Air Conditioning today at 478-298-4115 to start purifying your home’s air quality.

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