As exciting as it is to improve your home by remodeling, you need to prepare for the risks it comes with, specifically, potential exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
What Are VOCs?
Unknown to many homeowners, exposure to volatile organic compounds happens every day, in every home. VOCs invade a home through vapors from various cleaners and air freshening products. Without proper ventilation, these harmful compounds can seriously compromise indoor air quality.
Why Avoid VOC Exposure?
Prolonged exposure to VOCs has been a known health hazard. You need to work with an expert home addition contractor like the Trust Company that can help you minimize your exposure to such compounds.
How Can You Reduce VOC Impact?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) places emphasis on the importance of ventilation in maintaining good air quality indoors. Proper air circulation lowers the possibility of contaminants and harmful chemicals getting trapped and continuously circulating within your home.
Since VOC exposure levels are particularly high during and right after renovations, you also need to pay more attention to the types of materials used during your home remodeling project. Avoid using poorly sealed pressed wood as much as possible. If you have materials that need to be finished, try having them finished outside of your home before they are brought inside. Use low-emitting paint and other similar health-friendly materials. VOCs remain harmful for up to eight weeks after a renovation job is done so be sure to keep air circulating well inside your home throughout that time.
If you need to learn more about keeping your home safe from VOC exposure, reach out to the Trust Company. We are a family-owned and -operated business, comprised of experts in indoor remodeling and building outdoor spaces as well. You may reach us at (951) 225-3754.