Volatile Air Compounds (VOCs)

Healthy Homes protects against volatile organic compounds (VOCs) airborne particulates.  Most indoor air pollution comes from sources inside the building. For example, adhesives, carpeting, upholstery, manufactured wood products, copy machines, printers, pesticides, and cleaning agents may emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including formaldehyde, other toxic compounds, and airborne particulates. 

VOCs may cause chronic and acute health effects at high concentrations.  Some are known carcinogens. Low to moderate levels of multiple VOCs may also produce acute reactions.

Combustion products such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and airborne particulates can come from space heaters, wood stoves, fireplaces and gas stoves.

The outdoor air that enters a structure can be a source of indoor air pollution. For example, pollutants from motor vehicle exhausts; plumbing vents, and building exhausts (e.g., bathrooms and kitchens) can enter the building through poorly located air intake vents, windows, and other openings. In addition, combustion products can enter a building from a nearby garage.