4 Ways to Minimize Volatile Organic Compounds in Your Home
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals emitted as gases from many of the household items you use every day. VOCs can negatively impact your health when released inside your Estero, Florida, home. It’s easy to minimize your exposure to VOCs by installing an air purifier, avoiding toxins, improving ventilation, and allowing new products to air out before bringing them inside.
Install an Air Purifier
Install an air purifier to decrease the amount of VOCs in your home. Air purifiers use filters to remove air contaminants, improving your indoor air quality. Portable air purifiers are an affordable option and cleanse the air in smaller spaces like bedrooms. If you want to cleanse the air in your entire house, consider having a whole-home air purifier installed.
The best way to minimize volatile organic compounds in your home is to avoid toxins as much as possible. Try to stay away from synthetic products like plastics and chemical fragrances. Choose eco-friendly items, such as essential oil instead of synthetic air freshener. Try cleaning with baking soda and vinegar instead of chemical cleaning products.
Improve your home’s ventilation to minimize your exposure to VOCs. If you don’t already have them, install extractor fans in your bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room. Extractor fans will send stale air outside, along with the VOCs it may contain. If you want to go a step further, install a whole-home ventilation system. These professionally installed systems send fresh, clean air into your home while removing stale, polluted air.
Air Out New Products
Air out new products before bringing them inside. Allow new products like mattresses and furniture to stay in the garage or on the covered porch for a few days if possible. Giving the volatile organic compounds in new products a few days to dissipate before bringing them inside will greatly reduce your exposure to them. As a result, you can rest easy knowing that you’re not compromising your health.
Ready to minimize your exposure to volatile organic compounds? At Key to Cool, our service experts are happy to help. Give us a call at (239) 309-2991.
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