Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be found throughout a typical home – in carpet, paints, furniture, and plastics; the problem with these chemicals is that they off-gas into the air. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental health risks, and some VOCs cause asthma and cancer.
“We know that a baby crawling on a carpet inhales the equivalent of 3 cigarettes a day from the off-gassing of the carpet and padding,” Jennifer Languell, a green building expert, told WZVN.
Fortunately, now you can buy “green” carpets, paints, and other products with lower VOC contents. A typical can of paint may contain more than 10,000 different chemicals! Low-VOC paints will create healthier indoor air quality – but even if you have low-VOC paint, it’s still a good idea to run an air cleaner. Also, open doors and windows to air out your home periodically.
Cleaning products constitute another major source of VOC pollution. Stop polluting your air! Replace toxic chemical cleaners with a vapor steam cleaner, which uses only water and steam to disinfect a variety of surfaces.