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Keeping VOCs to A Minimum in Your Home

August 30, 2011

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), are a wide range of carbon-based molecules used in a wide range of products that find their way into our homes. Under normal conditions, they vaporize, effectively leaving their host and entering the air where they combine with other airborne compounds to form ozone, which is not good to breathe.

Though they exist everywhere in the environment, the most common VOC is methane.  

Indoor environments are where VOCs are most dangerous to us because they contribute to poor indoor air quality, which is often two to five times worse than the air outside.  Concentrations of VOCs can be up to 1,000 times greater indoors than out.  Common VOCs include formaldehyde, used in many glues and adhesives, including those found in wood veneers, plywood and particle board, and polyurethane, which is used in many foams, paints, varnishes, and construction sealants.

If there are VOCs in a product, then there are VOCs that can off-gas into the air, creating a danger to human health when they do.  Some VOCs can cause chronic and acute health effects.  Others are known carcinogens.  Even low to moderate levels of VOCs can produce acute reactions.

Water-based glues, adhesives, finishes, and soy-based foams will help keep VOC levels to a minimum in furnishings and decor. Buying green cleaners helps ensure that you are not adding toxins to the air when you clean them.

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