What Are Volatile Organic Compounds?
Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs as they’re more commonly known, are organic compounds that easily become vapors or gasses, including substances like formaldehyde, lead and radon. These could come from chemical products in the home like paint, cleaners and wood preservatives. Some of our furniture and craft materials may even give off VOCs. The most significant sources of VOCs are listed below:
Examples of VOCs
Below are examples of common VOCs and the corresponding products that we use in our home or that we are around everyday along with the VOC gases they may transmit.
- Benzene - Found in: Paint, glue, carpeting and emissions from gasoline combustion
- Butanal - Found in: Emissions from barbecues, burning candles, stoves and cigarettes
- Dichlorobenzene - Found in: Mothballs and deodorizers
- Ethanol - Found in: Glass cleaners, dishwasher detergents and laundry detergents
- Formaldehyde - Found in: Floor lacquers and certain molded plastics
- Terpenes - Found in: Fragrant products such as soap or laundry detergents
- Toluene - Found in: Paint
- Xylene - Found in: Traffic emissions and idling cars
Additional household items that could emit VOCs
- Paint strippers and solvents
- Preservatives in wood, such as furniture
- Aerosol sprays
- Household cleaners and disinfectants
- Moth repellents and insecticides
- Glues and adhesives
- Dry cleaned clothing
- Hobby supplies
- Fuel and automotive products
- Building materials
Can VOCs be harmful to you?
Eliminate these chemicals from your air before they negatively affect your health. Long-term exposure to many of these VOCs can cause kidney, liver and nervous system damage, as well as eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, fatigue and other health issues according to the Minnesota polution control agency.
According to an EPA study found that the levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants can be to be 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside, regardless of whether the homes were located in rural or highly industrial areas. Additionally, while people are using products containing organic chemicals, they can expose themselves and others to very high pollutant levels, and elevated concentrations can persist in the air long after the activity is completed.
Can Air Purifiers help with VOCs?
The good news is that you can do something about VOCs in your environment. A high-quality air purifier for your home or business can help remove VOCs and keep your environment as healthy as possible.
The Air Health SKYE features PRO-Cell Technology, which breaks down VOCs and toxic gasses to keep your home or workplace clean and prevent people from breathing in vapors and gasses that can contribute to everything from eye irritation to kidney disease and other health problems.
The PRO-Cell is Air Health’s patent-pending technology to eliminate hazardous chemicals, gases, and odors. Our PRO-Cell filters have a Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) layer that when exposed to the powerful germicidal ultraviolet (UVC) light, it creates a reaction with VOCs, gaseous contaminants, and odors that come into contact with the PRO-Cell™ surface. These harmful chemicals are converted to odorless, harmless water vapor and carbon dioxide. The HEPA filter captures particles, the PRO-Cell eliminates chemicals, and the UVC reduces biological contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, mold, and fungi. When used properly, the PRO-Cell technology is a powerful air purifier ideal for improving air quality.
What Else Can I Do to Ensure My House Has Clean Air?
Get an air purifier that has multiple levels of air purification including a high-quality HEPA filter. Avoid ones that say "HEPA like" as they are not certified to catch particles down to 99.97%, which is the standard for a HEPA filter. Also, choose one that offers activated carbon which eliminates the odors. Finally, get one with UV technology and PRO-Cell technology to rid your home of germs and VOCs.
SKYE takes advantage of a five-stage filtration process to make your home's air the cleanest and freshest it has ever been. SKYE features
1) Prefiltering large particles like dirt, hair and dust.
2) Removing gases and odors with the charcoal filter
3) Removing allergens and irritants with the true medical-grade HEPA filter.
4) Breaking down VOCs using the patented PRO-Cell technology.
5) Reducing bacteria, mold and fungi with the ultraviolet-C, or UVC, light.
The SKYE Portable Air Purifier offers state-of-the-art technology to keep your home or office clean. It’s perfect for a living room, bedroom, home office or business, and the great news is that it’s portable so you can use it where you need it most. It covers 420 cubic feet per minute, meaning it would take only an hour to filter 3,200 square feet.
The unit is also quiet and easy to control through the SKYE application. You can easily order replacement UV lamps and filters through the Air Health website.
Air Health also offers in-duct air purifiers that use UVC light to help stop the spread of mold, bacteria, germs and viruses in your home. You can reduce airborne mold and other allergens to keep your home environment as clean and healthy as possible. Our Haven and Haven Plus models install easily in as little as 15 minutes and plug into standard outlets. Haven uses state-of-the-art UV technology to keep dust and other contaminants from circulating in your home. The Haven Plus model is the best option for removing VOCs, as it employs Air Health’s patented PRO-Cell technology to deconstruct VOCs and make your home smell great.
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