How to Lower VOCs in Your Home

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VOCs or volatile organic compounds are chemicals that evaporate at room temperature from some liquids and solids. Many of these chemicals cause health problems like headaches, nausea, drowsiness, breathing problems, and even cancer. VOCs are common in air fresheners, household chemicals, furniture, and more, and they’re in the air of Gainesville, Florida, homes whether or not residents realize it. You can lower the VOC levels in your home by using natural cleaners and air fresheners, adding plants, and proper ventilation techniques.

Using Natural Cleaners and Air Fresheners

Manufacturers don’t have to list all the ingredients in commercial cleaners, and air fresheners, so many products only have fragrance as an ingredient. This usually means the cleaner or air freshener has VOCs. To avoid these harmful chemicals, choose unscented cleaners and detergents whenever you can and avoid aerosol sprays. You can also make your own cleaners with simple ingredients like water, baking soda, and lemon juice. Use natural essential oils, potpourri, or herbal sachets instead of commercial air fresheners.

Adding Plants

Many types of houseplants can absorb VOCs and make your home look pleasant and welcoming. Chinese evergreens have attractive silver leaves with green spots, and they can help you get rid of formaldehyde and xylene in your indoor air. Chrysanthemums absorb many of the VOCs in paint. Don’t keep too many plants in one room because they could increase your humidity and encourage mold growth. Plants can also remove VOCs more effectively if they’re spread throughout your entire home.

Using Ventilation

You can keep VOCs from building up in your home with an energy recovery ventilator that stays on all the time. It conserves energy by transferring heat from the stale air to the fresh air like a heat pump. You should also paint or use solvents outside when possible. If you can’t go outside, open doors or windows for lots of fresh air.

Bounds Heating & Air is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer. We can help you with all your HVAC needs, including improving your indoor air quality by lowering VOCs. Call us anytime at (352) 290-3370 for outstanding service and solutions.