Three Tips to Control VOCs in Your Home

MAB Air Solutions LLC is a clean air company, focused on helping individuals improve their quality of life through improving the conditions of their environment. We achieve this through our HYLA products that offer air purification and filtration services along with our complimentary air cleaning.

We have compiled three tips that you can utilize to improve the air quality of your home or business.

What are VOCs?

VOCs are volatile organic compounds. Denise Mann writes:

Some cleaning products, including those with chlorine and ammonia, contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Some paints, shellacs, and floor polishes may also contain VOCs. The compounds then go into the air as gases.

You can cut down on VOCs by choosing products that say “low VOC” or “no VOC” or buying fragrance-free cleaners. Harold S. Nelson, MD, professor of medicine at National Jewish Health in Denver, advises considering liquids or pastes instead of sprays for cleaning because they disperse fewer particles into the air.

VOCs aren’t the only particles affecting air quality. Mold spores that start off in a damp basement can float up into the rest of the house. “Areas of leakage and dampness should be addressed throughout the house,” Nelson says……read the full article

Aside from the VOCs found in cleaners and fragrances, there is another tip with regards to paint. Good House Keeping suggests:

“Paints release trace amounts of gases for months after application — even though they appear to be fully dried and the smell is gone. These gases are called VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, and can include highly toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde.

Use “low-VOC” paints, varnishes, waxes and other chemicals, and open windows and use exhaust fans to remove gases when you paint. Do not store open paint containers indoors. ” See more tips from Good House Keeping

Finally, Sarah Mahoney offers another tip to help with VOCs in the home. Many of us simply vacuum quickly to get the job done and move on. Our complimentary carpet cleaning service will show you exactly the best way to vacuum and clean your carpet/floors. Why? Sarah writes:

“Dust is a leading source of air pollution because it absorbs toxic gases, including VOCs and radon, says Mark Sneller, PhD, a microbiologist and author of Greener, Cleaner Indoor Air: A Family Guide to Healthier Living. “Vacuuming slowly and methodically captures the most dust,” he says. “The faster you go, the more dust you’ll raise, which defeats the purpose.” Vacuum at least twice a week, he recommends, and step outside to empty the vacuum cleaner bag. That’s because bacteria can multiply 100-fold inside a vacuum, says Charles Gerba, PhD, a professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona. “When you empty the bag, it may release a big cloud of E. coli and salmonella into the air,” Gerba says.” read additional tips at Prevention.com

We now have three more tips that you can easily put into place to help with your indoor air quality in regards to VOCs.  Hopefully the information provided from these sources combined with the tips in our indoor air quality article will give you a great start to improving the environment in your living and work space.

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