Why a VOC Air Purifier? It’s Allergy Season.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are carbon based chemicals that exist as a gas at room temperature. They have a much deserved reputation as both a nuisance and a health risk. But, if you are hearing the term for the first time let’s get you up to speed. Chemicals have three forms. They can be solids, liquids, or gasses. The form in which they exist at any particular moment in time will depend on the temperature. You are probably familiar with how this applies to water. There is ice when it freezes, liquid water, and water vapor when it boils. VOCs, in contrast, exist as a gas at normal temperature. VOCs come from material in your home. Things like glues used in carpeting, or finishes for wood products are a mixture of many different chemicals. Many of these chemicals such as Formaldehyde or Benzene are VOCs. So, they will evaporate and enter the air of your home. Because, VOC emission sources are more commonly found inside, VOCs are largely an indoor air issue. EPA Identified Sources of VOCs
- Household products, including:
- paints, paint strippers and other solvents
- wood preservatives
- aerosol sprays
- cleansers and disinfectants
- moth repellents and air fresheners
- stored fuels and automotive products
- hobby supplies
- dry-cleaned clothing
- Other products, including:
- building materials and furnishings
- office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper
- graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers and photographic solutions.