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VOC Monitor for An Indoor Air Quality Health Risk - Air and Climate - Indoor Air

Complex Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) In Businesses and Residential Premises Are a Dangerous Health Hazard

VOCs are any of a variety of organic chemical compounds that release gaseous molecules from their liquid or solid form at room temperature. While many VOCs are naturally occurring and important to environmental interactions, a large number are emitted in manmade processes and are hazardous to human health if respirated at certain concentrations. The EPA has determined that concentrations of VOCs are much higher indoors compared to outdoors (up to 10 times higher), and it is estimated that 50 to 300 dierent VOCs may be detected in the air of homes, schools, oces, and commercial buildings at any given time. Some examples of these compounds include formaldehyde, toluene, benzene, xylene, perchloroethylene, etc. The adverse health eects caused by breathing in these chemicals can range from temporary irritation of the eyes or throat, nausea, and headache, to long-term disease such as cancer or damage to the liver, kidneys, or central nervous system. The chart below describes the health eects at dierent levels of exposure