Terms of the Trade: What Are VOCs?

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Volatile Organic Compounds, also known as VOCs, are gases released over time from the degrading of things like cleaning supplies, wood, carpet, and paint. There are hundreds of types of VOCs that are harmful to your health. Exposure may cause allergic reactions, headaches, respiratory issues, and even cancer. While you can not completely eliminate your exposure to VOCs, you can minimize it by choosing products for your home and DIY projects that claim to be low-VOC or don't have any VOCs at all (for example, choosing ceramic tile over synthetic carpet). In recent years, there has been an increase in production of products like paint with intentional low-VOCs, making it easier than ever to eliminate these harmful gases from your living space.