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When you’re relaxing at home in Savannah, the last thing you want is to inhale air filled with harmful contaminants. Studies have found, however, that levels of VOCs are up to 5 times higher indoors than outdoors. What are VOCs? Short for volatile organic compounds, VOCs are gases emitted from many household products, furnishings and building materials. Some pose long-term health hazards for you and your family. Here’s how to reduce your exposure to these dangerous substances that could be lurking in your indoor air.

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For products like paint and pesticides that you use only occasionally, confine your purchase to the quantity you need. Even when stored in closed containers, chemicals can still leak into the air. Before using, read any safety warnings on the label and follow the directions carefully. For your protection, use solvents in well-ventilated areas.

Go Natural

From pressed-wood furniture to artificial air fresheners, modern homes are filled with synthetic materials that emit VOCs. You can improve your indoor air quality by opting for natural home furnishings and eco-friendly cleaners. Applying a sealant on surfaces like faux-wood paneling can also help limit your exposure to VOCs.

Check the Filters

The air filters in your HVAC systems help stop contaminants from circulating through your home. Check them often and change them at the first sign of dust and dirt. A vacuum equipped with a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter can help too. HEPA filters can block 99.97 percent of particulates larger than 0.3 microns.

Clean the Air

For homes in Savannah with forced-air heating and cooling, whole-home air cleaners offer effective solutions. Installed in the ductwork, they filter out contaminants like VOCs without impacting system performance. Whole-house air cleaners also help protect HVAC equipment from damaging dust and contaminants.

Call McDevitt Air

Serving Greater Savannah since 1979, McDevitt Air is dedicated to keeping your family healthy and comfortable. For more information about how to safeguard your household from harmful VOCs, explore our indoor air quality solutions or give us a call 877-692-9402.

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