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Home Air Exposed

Indoor Air Exposed

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors as they are released by a wide array of sources within the home and can also migrate indoors from outdoor sources. Exposure to VOCs in the home can potentially impact health, especially in young children. To decrease the amount of VOCs in your home, there are a number of simple steps that can be taken, from choosing products that release fewer VOCs to helping to capture VOCs by using air purification, as well as increasing ventilation in the home when products are being used.


The most common indoor VOC emission sources include consumer products, building materials, combustion processes, personal care products, attached garages, dry-cleaned clothing, and municipal tap water. Products can release VOCs while they are being used, and, to some degree, when they are stored. The Louis family (pictured above), from St. Louis, MO, were surprised to find out how many daily household products emit VOCs especially ones like nail polish remover, hand sanitizer, and laundry detergent.