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Volatile Organic Compounds

 

What are VOCs?

Volatile Organic Compounds, commonly called VOCs, are carbon-containing chemicals that easily vaporize at room temperature. Most have a strong odor, but a few are odorless.

VOCs can cause many symptoms including congestion, asthma, dizziness, headaches, vomiting, rashes, cognitive impairment, and cancer. Children, the elderly, and people with respiratory problems can be more susceptible to VOCs.

Common household exposure to VOCs include new carpeting, newly painted rooms, and cars idling in garages.

Home testing kits have been manufactured for use if you are concerned about the levels of VOCs in your home, but should be used as an estimate.

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