Volatile Organic Compounds


VOCs Impact Indoor Air Quality

Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are gases released by plastics, paints, scented air cleaners, among a number of other products. These VOCs are harmful to your indoor air quality and subsequently harmful to your health. 

Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors.  VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands. Examples include paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials, and furnishings, office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper, graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers, and photographic solutions. - Environment Protection Agency 

Unfortunately, these VOCs are naked to the invisible eye, but they can lead to major health issues such as cancer. For the most part, they will usually cause eye irritation, coughing, dry throat, among other similar symptoms to allergens. 

Aprilaire can help with ridding your indoor air of these VOCs in the air and improve your indoor air quality. 

How Aprilaire Can Help Improve Indoor Air Quality

As discussed previously, it's almost impossible to avoid VOCs in your indoor environment, but there are solutions to help reduce the number that is in your home's air. 

With fresh air ventilation, you can help bring in fresh air from the outside and push out the stale indoor air from your home. This helps in reducing the VOCs in the air. Especially with newly constructed homes that are built tightly to improve energy-efficiency, it can be hard for these VOCs to escape harming your home's indoor air quality. 

An air purifier can also help capture the airborne contaminants that flow your HVAC system. This helps reduce the VOCs in your air too. Aprilaire has a number of air purifiers for VOCs to choose from complete with a product description. 


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