You may or may not be aware but Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are airborne pollutants found lurking in the air inside our homes. As the word ‘Volatile’ indicates, these airborne pollutants do not contribute to the health of the household, in fact they can play havoc with your health. VOCs are irritants which affect some people more than others, they can cause allergic reactions, headaches, tiredness, respiratory problems and other illnesses.
It is hard to believe that our homes suffer from indoor pollutants. The Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) stated that there could be up to 900 chemicals lurking inside the air in our homes. In fact, according to the Environment Protection Agency, the air inside our homes could actually be up to 70% more polluted than the air outside!
Many of the products that we use to clean our homes along with, ironically, some of the aerosol sprays that we use to make them smell fresh contain VOCs. And, to make things worse, new furniture releases a VOC called formaldehyde, which can really get up your nose! Classed as a more harmful pollutant, formaldehyde can irritate your mucus membrane and make you feel uncomfortable and irritated. VOC’s can also cause allergic reactions such as skin rashes, sore throats and irritated eyes.
Oddly enough, the more we clean, the more we risk exposure to VOCs and one sure way to help combat this is with good ventilation. Apart from ridding your home of condensation and mould problems, good ventilation will reduce the concentration of VOCs.
EnviroVent have a wide range of innovative ventilation solutions which reduce humidity, banish black mould, prevent condensation on windows and dilute VOCs. These include the Mr Venty Range of ventilation units, heat recovery systems and energy efficient extract fans for bathrooms or kitchens. With the levels of pollutants diluted, your home will have good, clean indoor air every day of the year.
Find out how ventilation can remove airborne pollutants from your home and how ventilation compares to a dehumidifier.
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