Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) could be putting your family’s health in danger. VOCs are naturally occurring, carbon-based compounds that evaporate around room temperature and enter the air in your home. VOCs come from a variety of sources including building materials such as composite wood products, vinyl floors and sealing caulks. VOCs can also come from other household items and materials such as cosmetics, mothballs and newspapers. Volatile organic compounds can go undetected in your home because many of them have no odor or other way to tell they’re in your home. Exposure to high concentrations of these compounds can cause short-term effects such as headaches, nausea and dizziness. They also can exacerbate asthma and other respiratory conditions. Long-term exposure can cause an increased risk of cancer, liver damage and central nervous system damage.
The good news is that there are simple and affordable ways to minimize the risk to your family’s health. In cooler temperatures, open windows and doors to release old, stale air, and let fresh, clean air inside. In the summer and winter, the use of forced-air cooling and heating systems for climate control can help keep the air in your home clean. Make sure that your HVAC equipment is well-maintained and running efficiently.
For maximum protection, consider installing an air cleaning system in your home. An effective air cleaning system will remove volatile organic compounds as well as other airborne pollutants such as mold, bacteria and even viruses. This is the most convenient and reliable way to maintain good indoor air quality, and affordable options are available for protecting your home.
For more expert advice on maintaining indoor air quality in your Phoenix area home, contact the professionals today at Wolff Mechanical. We would be delighted to help you find solutions to your questions concerning indoor air quality or any other HVAC and climate-control questions you may have.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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