We are exposed daily to hundreds of products that contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These compounds emit chemicals which vaporize at room temperature (65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit). Breathing these vapors is a major health risk. Some examples of products that contain these compounds are paint, varnish, wax, solvents, household cleaning supplies, building materials, copiers, and printers, glues, photographic solutions, new wood furniture, upholstery, pressed wood furniture, new carpet, second hand cigarette smoke, moth balls, gasoline and diesel fumes, and the list goes on and on.
It is obvious from the list above that is almost impossible to completely avoid many of these products. Here are 5 ways to minimize your exposure and decrease long term health risk.
- Choose Green Products
Use chemicals in your home and office that are environmentally responsible and use fewer of the offending chemicals that are often responsible for the problem. Use products that avoid Formaldehyde, Toluene, Methylene, Chloride, Xylene, Benzene Ethylene glycol.
- Properly Dispose of Chemicals
Throw away unused chemicals rather than storing them and allowing the offending compounds to vaporize into your air. Your local landfill will have a special area designated for chemical disposal. Proper disposal is critical to avoid contaminating the ground and water supply.
- Increase Ventilation
When using products known to contain these harmful substances, use outdoors, or with increased ventilation to reduce your exposure.
- Use an Air Cleaner
Eliminate your daily exposure by using a high efficiency particle arresting air purifier with a filter that is designed to remove airborne chemicals to maintain a constant and permanently high level of indoor air quality as the United States Environmental Protection Agency states that the levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants to be 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside, regardless of whether the homes were located in rural or highly industrial areas.
- Climate Control
Control temperature and humidity to decrease the amount of off gassing that occurs at higher temperature and humidity levels.
Take good care,