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Hidden Toxins in Your Home: What You Need to Know

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals found in household products and building materials that release harmful toxins as gas. Chemicals release into the environment in a process called “off-gassing” and sometimes emit an odor. Items with a strong scent usually present a higher health risk, though unscented items aren’t always safe either. VOCs can off-gas for a short time or for a few years. Using items with high levels of VOCs may increase the risk of exposure to high pollutant levels and a variety of short- and long-term health effects. 

For more information on the health effects of volatile organic compounds, where they’re usually found in the home and chemical alternatives, read our resource.

Hidden Toxins in Your Home from Logan AC & Heat Services, a heating and cooling repair service company