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Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids.

VOCs in the home

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.

Airborne Chemicals Exposed: A look inside the American home.

  • Terpenes

    Like a-pinene and limonene. Typically found in consumer products with fragrance such as, laundy detergents, and soaps.

  • Ethanol

    Solvent in household cleaning agents such as glass cleaners, dishwashing and laundry detergent.

  • Butanal

    Emitted from tobacco smoking and other indoor combustion sources such as cooking stoves, candle burning and barbeques.

  • Acetone

    Released from nail polish remover, furniture polish and wallpaper.

  • Tolunene

    Found in paints or gasoline solvents.

  • Benzene

    Associated with gasoline combustion and some paints.

  • Xylene

    Released by vehicles, either traffic emissions of vehicles idling.

  • Carbon Disulfide

    Emitted from chlorinated tap water.

  • Formaldehyde

    Released by particleboard, floor lacquers and certain molded plastics.

  • Dichlorobenzene

    Emitted from deodorizers, and mothballs.

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Product Information

  • Locate your product’s model number: Usually on the bottom of the machine or on the back of the motor, engraved into the plastic or on a sticker

    Locate your product’s date code: The date code is a 5 digit number stamped into one of the metal prongs on the plug of your unit.

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