Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are airborne chemicals that can cause a number of serious health issues. Paints, perfumes, household cleaners, air fresheners and other items throughout your Northbrook, Illinois, home release VOCs at room temperature. To combat VOCs and breathe easier, here are some tips to improve your home’s indoor air quality.

Place Household Plants Around Your Home

Plants absorb harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and other airborne contaminants, removing VOCs directly from the air. Place several varieties of household plants throughout the home to combat VOCs. But don’t keep too many in the same room together. They can increase the room’s humidity and cause mold growth.

Invest in a High-Quality Air Purifier

Owning an air purifier helps improve indoor air quality almost instantly. Portable purifiers are great for bedrooms and home offices. But to really boost your air quality and remove VOCs more effectively, invest in a whole-home purifier.

Ventilate Your Home Properly

Proper ventilation is key when dealing with VOCs. A well-insulated home may save energy, but all that insulation makes it easier for VOCs to build up. Consider adding ventilation throughout the home as needed, and crack a window on a nice day to let in the fresh air.

Use Natural Cleaners Instead of Chemicals

Most commercial cleaning products and air fresheners are loaded with VOCs. The unfortunate part is that manufacturers don’t even have to list these ingredients in most states.

Avoid adding more VOCs to your home by sticking with natural cleaners and scents, such as those that use essential oils. Just make sure you aren’t allergic to a particular essential oil before spraying a natural cleaner throughout the home.

Schedule Routine HVAC Maintenance

When your HVAC system is working efficiently, it traps harmful compounds in the air filters and circulates fresh air throughout every room. Staying on top of your annual HVAC maintenance is key to reducing your family’s exposure.

Don’t take a chance with your family’s health. Call Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning at 847-272-5836 to schedule your next HVAC service and discuss our indoor air quality products.

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