VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are a large class of organic, carbon-based chemicals that are present in almost all buildings. Because they diffuse or vaporize at room temperature, they can circulate freely throughout the home. Some VOCs have no odour therefore it can be difficult to determine if they are present in your home. VOCs can appear from burning fuels, cooking food, using common housecleaning products, soaps, hair sprays, air fresheners, etc. VOCs can also be released into the air by new building materials, furnishings and equipment (i.e. carpets, windows, wall and floor coverings, etc.).

How does it affect you?

There are many different types of VOCs. The risks range from temporary dizziness, headaches, fatigue and mild irritation to cancer, nerve damage and liver and kidney problems. If you are concerned about VOCs in your home consult a certified professional, like AmeriSpec, and take necessary steps to ensuring your home is healthy.

What should you do?

VOCs can be determined by an indoor air quality (IAQ) test. However, it is important to know that a low reading does not necessarily guarantee that VOCs are not a problem in your home. It is crucial to determine the VOC as some may be harmful even at very low levels, especially to people with sensitivities.

If you have an IAQ test and have a high VOC reading, the exact risk varies from person to person. It is important to again, determine the VOC and eliminate the issue to prevent further damage and/or health issues.

Want to know more? AmeriSpec’s certified professionals inspect, identify and address any problems in your home, so that you can rest assured that your family is living in a safe and healthy home. Learn more by downloading your copy of the AmeriSpec Healthy Homes brochure at www.healthyhomescanada.com, or contacting your local AmeriSpec office.