Volatile organic compounds are common toxins found in homes. Released by some household products, VOCs can lead to a range of concerning health effects. Here are some ways to reduce VOCs in your Corpus Christi, Texas, home to protect your family’s health:

Store Items in a Safe Place

Many people don’t realize that VOCs can actually leak from containers, especially those that aren’t fully sealed. Items that contain VOCs range from household cleaners and permanent markers to paint thinners and bleach. If possible, keep these items in a well-ventilated area away from your main living areas. If you have a detached shed or garage, that’s a great place to keep them as this will keep the fumes out of your home. For items that need to stay in your home, be sure that they’re sealed up and try not to leave them open for any period of time.

Don’t Purchase in Bulk

Since items containing VOCs can release them into the air even through the container, it’s better to buy them one at a time instead of buying in bulk. This can help reduce the amount inside your home while also making it easier to track how many items you have that can release VOCs. While it may be more economical to buy in bulk, it’s better to reduce the number of items you have inside your home that have major VOC chemical components, like paint thinner and gasoline. As a result, you’ll reduce the amount of VOCs lingering in your home.

Ventilate Your Home

When you’re using items that contain VOCs, ventilation is very important. Ventilating removes the contaminated air and replaces it with fresh, clean air. This can reduce the chances that you’ll experience the side effects associated with VOC exposure. These can include headaches, dizziness, dry sinuses and eye irritation. If you don’t have ventilation in the room you’re using the VOC-releasing product in, opening windows can make a significant improvement. Otherwise, consider installing an energy recovery ventilator in your home.

Bodine-Scott can help ensure good indoor air quality inside your home. Give our professionals a call at (361) 883-9900 to set up a consultation today!

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