Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are air pollutants that lead to poor indoor air quality. These pollutants can cause colds, sore throats, and coughs, and exposure to VOCs can even trigger asthma and allergies in susceptible individuals. Use these tips to keep VOCs out of your Hannibal, MO, home.

Avoid High-VOC Consumer Goods

If you are experiencing the negative effects of VOC exposure, it is essential to be more mindful about the types of consumer products you are purchasing. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests that consumers opt for more natural cleaning products and indoor pest control solutions to cut down on toxic fumes. While air fresheners may make the air seem cleaner, these aerosol sprays actually contribute to VOC levels in the air and should be avoided.

If you do need to use products containing VOCs, be sure to ventilate the rooms in which the products are being used. For example, open the windows when you are painting a room or using chemical cleaners.

Clean the Air Naturally

Even if you opt to avoid VOCs in consumer goods in the future, the pollutants that are already in your home will need to be eliminated. Common house plants including spider plants, chrysanthemums, mums, palms and ferns help to filter VOCs out of the air.

Proper ventilation is another way to naturally clean the air in your home. Open windows and use fans to circulate air out of your home. If you are cooking, use the exhaust fan in your kitchen to eliminate airborne pollutants such as smoke and fumes from cooking oils.

Invest in Air Filtration

The most effective way to eliminate VOCs in your home is to invest in an air cleaner. Whole-home air purifiers can be installed directly into your existing HVAC system to filter pollutants from the air as it is heated or cooled. The result is a significant improvement in indoor air quality.

For more information about how to eliminate VOCs in your home, check out Air Specialists’ indoor air quality solutions or call 573-212-8731.

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