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volatile organic compoundsThere are many contaminants that lurk year-round in Fairfax homes, including mold spores and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In fact, not only are VOCs ruining indoor air quality season after season, they can be a serious threat to health, so it is wise to take measures to prevent and control exposure to these harmful gases.

What Are Volatile Organic Compounds?

VOCs are harmful chemicals from some solid and liquids that are released into our surroundings in a gaseous state. They are generally by-products of those objects as they degrade. VOCs can be found in a majority of the items we use each day, including, wood, paint, wallpaper, vinyl products, carpeting, insulation, cleaning supplies, plastics, and upholstery. They are also produced by aging home structures.

Since VOCs are released as invisible gases, a professional indoor air quality assessment would be the most effective way to test the air in your home. VOCs are known to cause a host of health issues. They are harmful to the respiratory, nervous, and cardiovascular systems and to overall health and well-being. For this reason, VOC detection, control, and prevention are vital.

Dealing with VOCs

If you are concerned about your home’s indoor air quality, start with a visit from the indoor air quality specialists at Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning. Also, be sure to ventilate your home every day. High-tech home ventilators are very effective in maintaining healthy indoor air quality. Make sure all solvents, paints and cleaners are sealed and securely stored.

Whether you are remodeling your home, designing a new home or simply painting a room, be mindful of the materials you use. Read labels and look for products containing no VOCs, or products designating low-VOC levels. This includes hardwood flooring, carpeting, wallpaper, furniture, and insulation.

Learn more about how volatile organic compounds affect your home’s indoor air quality, and about Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning’s indoor air quality solutions. Call (703) 491-2771 to schedule an appointment!

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