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Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) evaporate near room temperature and are in many air fresheners, paints, cleaners, glues, and fuels. Xylene, acetone, benzene, and formaldehyde are VOCs. These substances can lead to fatigue, dizziness, headaches, asthma symptoms, headaches, and other health issues. Fortunately, you can avoid most VOCs in your Gibson City, Illinois, home by using natural products, adding houseplants, and installing ventilation.

Using Natural Products to Avoid VOCs

Instead of commercial products, use natural alternatives when possible. That way, you can avoid VOCs and other potentially harmful substances. Baking soda and water make an excellent cleaner for most surfaces, and you can simmer some orange slices with cinnamon sticks instead of using air freshener. You can also use potpourri or polish your furniture with olive oil and lemon juice. These substances are usually less expensive than commercial options, as well.

Adding Houseplants

Many houseplants absorb VOCs as they take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Adding some plants to your home is an affordable way to improve your indoor air quality and make your home look more attractive. For the best results, place one or two plants in each room. Chrysanthemums and spider plants can reduce benzene levels, and aloe vera plants or large-leafed philodendron can remove formaldehyde. The clear gel inside aloe leaves can treat minor burns and work as a moisturizer, too.

Installing Ventilation

Air cleaners and air filters work by capturing particles in your home’s air. Since VOCs are gases, these devices don’t impact them. You can remove VOCs by replacing the air in your home with fresh air. An energy recovery ventilator (ERV) operates like a heat pump, moving heat as it gets rid of bad smells and pollutants. That way, you can conserve energy and keep your utility bills low as you improve your indoor air quality.

Popejoy Plumbing, Heating, Electric, and Geothermal has decades of HVAC and indoor air quality experience. For outstanding service, call us anytime at (815) 496-5181.

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