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Hidden VOCs That May Be Lurking in Your Home

Hidden VOCs

Keeping the ideal indoor air quality in your Leeds, Alabama, home is important whether you have asthma and allergy sufferers in the home, or just enjoy cleaner air. Unfortunately, there are many common VOCs that could be lurking in your home wreaking havoc on your indoor air quality, and you don’t even know it.

Air Fresheners

If you detect smells or stale air in your home, you may be quick to grab for an air freshener to improve the scent of your indoor air. Unfortunately, the ingredients in most air fresheners release harmful chemicals into the air that can lead to respiratory problems when used often. You can eliminate this dangerous VOC from your home by making your own air freshener from natural products such as lemons, baking soda, and essential oils.


Nothing can freshen up the look of your home better than a fresh coat of paint on the walls. While paint may be necessary to use, especially when remodeling a room, opt for the low-VOC brands and make sure that you seal the cans well and store them outside of your home, if possible.


No one likes pests lurking in their home or eating their garden. Using traps with chemicals or sprays can seem like the easiest way to eradicate a pest problem. You can purchase pesticides that are eco-friendly, or try to remove the pests using live traps or natural methods such as citrus, cayenne pepper, vinegar, or salt spray.

Bleach Cleaners

Household cleaners that contain bleach are commonly found in bathroom and kitchen sprays because of their ability to kill bacteria. The problem is that when used, bleach can release chemicals that can be harmful to your airways, and when mixed with other chemicals may actually result in toxic gas. Ditch your bleach sprays and replace them with baking soda mixtures for scrubbing, and vinegar solutions for a streak-free shine.

Kick VOCs to the curb by trying the tips above. Contact us at (205) 386-2056 today to reach one of our Total Comfort Heating and Air specialists who can help you come up with solutions to improve the indoor air quality in your home.

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