The paints, adhesives, cleaning products, and air fresheners in your McKinney, Texas, home are sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs include harsh chemicals, such as benzene, ethylene, formaldehyde, and xylene. They evaporate toxic gases that can cause a host of health problems if you inhale them. Here are the following symptoms of VOC exposure:
Eye, Skin, Nose, and Throat Irritation
Short-term exposure to VOCs can cause your eyes to dry up, redden, become itchy, or turn watery. This exposure can also cause skin dryness, atopic dermatitis, and other skin conditions. Furthermore, you may suffer from a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, and coughing. You could experience chest discomfort, nose bleeds, and breathing difficulties.
If you suffer from asthma or are prone to allergies, a long-term build-up of VOCs in your home is likely to aggravate your respiratory system and make your symptoms worse.
Headache, Nausea, or Brain Fog
VOCs are known to cause painful headaches and frequent dizziness, often accompanied by vomiting. Other symptoms of short-term VOC exposure are being increasingly irritable and finding it difficult to concentrate.
How to Protect Your Family
To avoid these VOCs from mingling with your indoor air and putting your family’s health at risk, you have several options. You can use products that don’t contain VOCs, including VOC-free paints. Any other items should be stored securely in an area like a shed or garage outside of your home. You should also make sure you’re ventilating your house well by investing in a whole-home ventilation system to keep your air fresh and healthy.
If you’re still worried about the possibility of being exposed to VOCs in your home, contact our professionals at Taylormade Heat and Air. Call us at (469) 424-3404 to see how we can help you with any air quality concerns you might have.
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