Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) evaporate at room temperature. They’re in many types of paint, cleaning supplies, caulk, air fresheners, glues and other household items. They include chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, acetone and toluene. These compounds can cause headaches, dizziness, eye irritation, sinus problems, asthma symptoms and other health issues. You can reduce volatile organic compounds in your Spring Lake, North Carolina, home by using natural products, installing ventilation, and adding household plants.

Use Natural Products

In most states, manufacturers don’t have to include the ingredients in products like cleaners or air fresheners. Therefore, these are many of the most common sources of VOCs. Fortunately, it’s easy to avoid these substances by using natural alternatives.

Instead of spraying a commercial air freshener, simmer some cinnamon sticks on the stove or use essential oils. You can make your own furniture polish with olive oil and lemon juice, and you can clean most surfaces with water and baking soda.

Install an Energy Recovery Ventilator

Without adequate ventilation, VOCs will accumulate, especially in homes with lots of insulation. If the weather is nice outside, open a window to get rid of contaminants. You can also have an energy recovery ventilator installed by the professionals at Bass Air Conditioning. It works like a heat pump to conserve energy while removing stale air from your home.

Add Household Plants

Finally, many houseplants can absorb volatile organic compounds and other contaminants. As a result, they can help you keep your home healthy and attractive. Philodendrons can absorb formaldehyde, and they’re available in climbing or non-climbing varieties. Chinese evergreens can capture formaldehyde, xylene and many other toxins. Keep one or two plants in each room to remove more VOCs.

Bass Air Conditioning Company is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer with more than 65 years of heating and cooling experience. We can help you install a ventilation system or any other HVAC equipment to improve your indoor air quality. Call us at 910-778-1536 for friendly service.

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