VOCs: Volatile Organic Compounds, Indoor Air Quality and Respiratory Health

An "open door" policy can help prevent VOCs from building up inside your home. Photo credit: Getty Images
Avoiding volatile organic compounds and improving indoor air quality
Water-based glues, adhesives, finishes, and soy-based foams will help keep VOC levels to a minimum in furnishings and decor. Buying green cleaners helps ensure that you aren't adding toxins to the air when you clean them.

For further reading, check out green household paint alternatives, learn how to monitor VOC levels in your home and get the low-down on "vapor intrusion". VOCs contribute to Sick Building Syndrome (which is another post), and the EPA has good basic info on how the two relate, and more info on VOCs. Get the facts, and start breathing easier in your home today.

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