You may have heard the term VOCs tossed around when discussing the air you breathe. VOC stands for volatile organic compound and refers to chemicals that come from a variety of products used in your home. You release VOCs when cleaning, painting, and even lighting candles. VOCs are more common indoors, where the air is trapped, but there is good news: you can reduce them. Take these four steps to reduce VOCs in your Hiawassee, GA home.

Look for Green Cleaning Products

Even sealed cleaners can emit low levels of VOCs. The best way to reduce their spread is to limit the chemicals you bring into your home. Try to find green products that offer the same quality of cleaning effectiveness as their toxic counterparts.

Store Items In an Outdoor Area

If you do keep old paint, car care chemicals, and cleaning products in your home, find secure ways to store them. Keep them sealed in a cabinet in your garage or invest in a shed or storage area indoors. Apartment and condo dwellers can use storage closets or space on your patio if you have one.

Let Your Nose Alert You to VOCs

If you can smell it, then there is a chemical present in the air. Even products like a new shower curtain can emit VOCs when you open the packaging. If there are any such odors in your home, try to open the window or get circulation through your HVAC system to diffuse the chemicals.

Pick Up a Few Houseplants

Many houseplants are low-maintenance and filter the air through their exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. If you are looking for a way to brighten up your house while cleaning the air, then a few houseplants can go a long way.

Of course, the best way to remove these pollutants from your home’s air is to establish adequate ventilation. The indoor air quality experts at Radlee Heating and Cooling can help you find the right ventilator for you and your home. Give us a call at (706) 623-4952 today.

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