Volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs, are gases released into the air from everyday products that impact indoor air quality. Minimize your exposure to these compounds in your Dallas, Texas, home to improve your allergy symptoms as well as your overall health. To avoid exposure to VOCs, improve your ventilation, reduce the amount of VOCs you allow inside, run an air purifier, and let new furniture air out.
Improve Your Ventilation
Since it’s impossible to prevent all VOCs from entering your home, improving your ventilation is important. Weather permitting, open your windows to let in fresh air and release harmful gases. If you don’t already have them, installing exhaust fans in your kitchen, laundry room, and bathrooms will help as well. If you want to go the extra mile, a professionally installed whole-home ventilation system will circulate the air in your entire home, improving your indoor air quality regardless of the weather.
Reduce the Amount of VOCs You Allow Inside
The best way to avoid VOCs is to keep them out of your home in the first place. You can take steps to minimize their impact. Store paint, insecticide, fuel, and similar products in a detached shed or garage if possible. Opt for low-VOC paint and flooring when fixing up your home. Try using essential oils as air fresheners instead of synthetic products, and experiment with making your own cleaning products from baking soda and vinegar.
Run an Air Purifier
Running an air purifier is a good way to lower your home’s concentration of VOCs. Most air purifiers trap both large particles of dust and debris as well as the nanoparticles that compose the majority of VOCs.
Let New Furniture Air Out
Give new furniture time to air out before bringing it inside. Allowing it to sit in the garage for just a day or two can make a huge difference.
Need help reducing your exposure to VOCs? Give us a call at Advanced Home Comfort at 972-299-8578. We’ll be glad to help.
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