The indoor air quality in your Schertz, TX, home is probably up to five times worse than the air you breathe in your backyard. Indoor air pollution comes from many sources, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are major contributors. Read on to learn how to eliminate VOCs from your home so that you can breathe cleaner, healthier air.
Choose Low- and No-VOC Home Solutions
The easiest way to eliminate VOCs from your home is to choose products that don’t contain them. You may pay a few dollars more for paint, upholstered furniture and flooring without VOCs, but you’ll have cleaner air and more peace of mind. You can even choose service providers that avoid VOCs. For example, there are dry cleaning services that don’t use VOCs in their cleaning methods.
Add Ventilation When Using VOCs
According to the American Lung Association, you should add ventilation to your home if using an item with VOCs is your only option. Open the windows, and set up a fan to draw air from inside your home and ventilate it to the outdoors. Exhaust fans also improve ventilation when working with printer cartridges, cleaning products or household chemicals that contain VOCs.
Store Items with VOCs Elsewhere
Avoid storing anything with VOCs in your home or attached garage. Instead, store them in a separate shed or building on your property. If your garage is detached, it’s also a good place to store items that contain VOCs. If you purchase a new item that might contain VOCs, allow it to off-gas outdoors before you bring it into your home. Items that could contain VOCs include upholstered furniture with stain protection coatings, wood furniture and new plastic toys, dishes or other household items.
For additional information about how to get rid of volatile organic compounds in your home, take a look at Barrett & Sons Inc.’s IAQ services, or contact us today.