Do you completely understand the term Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)?
VOCs are chemicals and gases that are most commonly found in the household or indoor living spaces. It can be anything from a candle to that new furniture you got for your living room. VOCs can also be in your cleaning supplies or in the nail paint that you recently purchased online.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) have the potential to pollute your indoor air faster than the outdoor air. While the concentration of the VOCs sources could vary, it is important to learn about the danger it can pose to your wellbeing.
The common form of volatile organic compounds includes benzene, formaldehyde, and toluene.
Inhaling too much volatile organic compounds is dangerous. Exposure to volatile organic compound usually happens when you inhale. When indoor air is exposed to harmful air pollutants, concentration and productivity level of a person decreases naturally. That is when your respiratory health issues also get affected.
Since humans spend 90% of their time living indoors – home and office, inhaling high level of airborne particles is a common way to introduce bacteria in your bloodstreams.
Some of the common sources of VOCs found indoors are as following:
Being exposed to air pollution for too long can cause a number of health risks. American Lung Association claims that some Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are more harmful by themselves than mixing with existing air particles. There are some volatile organic compounds which are directly interlinked with health issues – both short and long term.
Here are some health risks that one needs to be extra cautious of:
Short term health issues:
Long term health issues:
To maintain a healthy indoor surrounding: it is important to reduce indoor air pollutants. One of the best ways to do is to avoid using products that contain a high level of VOCs. There are times when we unknowingly use products that have high concentrations of volatile organic compounds. Hence, it is important to be well aware of the products that may contain airborne chemicals.
With the help of indoor air quality monitors that have TVOC/VOC sensors, can help you track the level of volatile organic compounds. These monitors also tell the VOCs hotspot along with the concentration present in the air. The air quality sensors are quite useful both for residential or commercial purposes.
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