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Volatile Organic Compounds Can Harm Your Indoor Air Quality

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, include formaldehyde, toluene, acetone and ethanol, and can be found in a variety of products that are regularly used in the home.  VOC emissions in the U.S. are monitored in the outside environment by the federal EPA, as concentrations of such compounds are known to contribute to ozone production, which is a major component of photo-chemical smog. 

This, however, is not the case for inside the home where concentrations of VOCs have been found to in excess of five tVolatile Organic Compounds Can Harm Your Indoor Air Qualityimes the acceptable limit outside. Poor indoor air quality caused by volatile organic components can cause a myriad of negative health effects including irritations to the eyes, nose and throat, headaches and sickness.

The concentrations of volatile organic compounds within the home is directly related to what products are being used.  For example, solvents such as paint stripper, aerosols and disinfectants have very high concentrations, as do gasoline, glues and air fresheners.  New furniture and carpeting also can off-gas VOCs. The general advice given for avoiding a dangerous buildup of these compounds is a combination of source control and adequate ventilation. However, it’s also important that your HVAC system is running efficiently, with proper air filtration.

At Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric we have been installing, maintaining and repairing HVAC systems since 1952 and have a wealth of experience in the field, enjoying an excellent reputation. This allows us to give you the best possible advice on how to get the most from your ventilation system and minimize the issues that can result from inefficient cooling and heating equipment.

For further expert advice on volatile organic compounds, their effects and how to avoid them, please contact us at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Co., proudly serving Yuma and the surrounding area since 1952.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Yuma, Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about volatile organic compounds and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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