Some products found in your Newnan, Georgia, home contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The air we breathe contains nitrogen which mixes with these products to release the VOCs into your home. Because of the potential side effects and risks of VOC exposure, many people take measures to reduce the VOCs in their home. Here are a few common VOCs and how you can reduce their impact in your house.

Acetone

Acetone is one of the most common sources of VOCs in your home. It’s found in everything from furniture polish to nail polish remover. Wallpaper can also be responsible for some VOC production while you’re putting it up. Switching to acetone-free cleaning products and nail polish remover is an excellent start to reducing VOCs in your home.

Benzene & Butanol

Another pair of common household VOC hazards are benzene and butanol. Liquids such as house paint and glue are big players in VOC production and reduced air quality. Working with them is a part of many household projects, so it’s hard to avoid them. There are two steps you can take to reduce experiencing their negative effects.

First, having good ventilation in an area with a lot of VOCs can reduce the chance of experiencing side effects. It’s a good practice to always work in a well-ventilated area. Second, seal any containers as soon as you’re finished. Promptly remove any excess paint, such as paint remaining in trays or on brushes.

Dichlorobenzene

This VOC is most commonly found in house cleaners and room deodorizers. Just like working with paint, working in well-ventilated areas is a great way to reduce prolonged exposure. Maintaining a good airflow throughout your room may even remove the need to use room deodorizers.

Reduce the VOCs in your home to reduce side effects such as headaches, nausea, or dizziness. If you’re concerned about VOCs in your home, call 770-282-5061 to contact Scott Walker Heating and Air and speak to us about your indoor air quality.

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