On our blog we have written fairly often about indoor air quality and all of the factors that can affect you and your family. This time, we would like to expand on one factor in particular — VOC emissions. What is a VOC? VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compound) come from synthetic materials used to make your carpet, and are a major contributor to indoor air pollution. Formaldehyde, Xylene, Methylene chloride and Vinyl Chloride are just a few of the VOC’s found in carpets.

Have you ever noticed that “new carpet” smell? That smell is actually VOC emissions — that’s right, emissions! The compounds actually release gaseous emissions into the air, which are then sucked into your A/C system and circulated throughout your home. VOC emissions can cause a variety of health effects which include difficulty breathing, confusion, dizziness, sinus and throat irritation, skin irritation, vomiting and nausea, and can also exacerbate asthma and allergies. Although these emissions decrease with time as well as lose their odor, they are still present.

You can easily limit exposure to yourself and your family by doing a few things. First you can replace some or all carpet in your home with hardwood or tile flooring. If you find that you need to replace the carpet, make sure to ask if it is a low VOC emitting carpet. Also keep in mind that the less synthetic material in the carpet, the lower the VOC. If either of those options are not a viable solution, or if you would like to further reduce your exposure to indoor air pollutants, we offer superb air filtration solutions. For more information on how we can help reduce your indoor air pollution, visit us at www.casteelair.com, or call us at 770-565-5884.

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