Many people struggle to understand how to get rid of VOC gases, but hydroxyl radicals have been proven to decompose VOCs in the Odorox machine itself as well as throughout the treatment space. This has been documented for more than 25 years. Hydroxyl radicals are able to decompose VOCs using a complex series of steps that results in the loss of carbon atoms, forming carbon dioxide. The maker of Odorox technology, describes it as being a cascading effect that allows future generations of oxidants to dissociate and decompose VOCs. This occurs because oxygen is introduced into the carbon chains, making it possible to eradicate VOC in your space. Many VOCs are emitted as a gas from liquids and solids, and can include multiple chemicals that may adversely affect your health. It is normal for there to be higher concentrations of VOCs inside rather than outside since they are emitted by thousands of products. Organic chemicals are often present in products like varnishes, wax, and paints, as well as products used for disinfecting, cleaning, and degreasing. Even fuel is
made of up organic chemicals, and they can be released while in use or in storage. The EPA released a study that showed that around twelve common organic pollutants are found in up to five times higher concentration inside a home than outside, no matter where the home is located. This study showed that people using products that have these organic chemicals in them put themselves and others at risk of high pollutant levels, and the VOCs can remain in the air even when the activity is finished, making it important to understand how to stop VOC. Where Do VOCs Come from? There are many household products that can produce VOCs, so it’s important that you understand the risk that you undertake when you use them. Products such asaerosol sprays, wood preservatives, paint, solvents, paint trippers, air fresheners, moth repellents, fuel, and even dry-cleaned clothing and pesticides can all release VOCs into your home.
There are additional products to be careful of, including carbonless copy paper, building materials, office equipment, correction fluid, adhesives, permanent markers, and even glue. How VOCs Can Affect Your Health There are a lot of negative health effects from VOCs, including liver and kidney damage, headaches, and nausea. Other symptoms include discomfort in the throat and nose, skin reactions, dizziness, and fatigue. There are some VOCs that have no known health effects, while others are highly toxic. The time spent exposed to VOCs as well as the number of VOCs that are in your environment will play a huge role in the health problems you may experience. Be on the lookout for the following symptoms: Respiratory and eye irritation Memory impairment Dizziness Visual disorders VOCs in Homes Homes generally have between two and five times more VOCs than are found outside. Certain activities, like stripping paint, can increase this to up to 1,000 times more VOCs.
Ways to Reduce Exposure: Increase ventilation when using VOC-emitting products Heed label precautions Don’t store opened containers inside Remove sources of VOCs Reduce exposure by applying a sealant on exposed surfaces of furniture Rely on integrated pest management techniques Follow manufacturers’ directions Allow fresh air into your home Keep products out of reach of pets and children Don’t mix products Throw away excess product that won’t be used Follow Instructions and Dispose of Excess Product Carefully To reduce Volatile Organic Compounds' impact on indoor air quality, make sure that you follow the label instructions and rid your home of excess products in a safe matter. You may have to take the products to a toxic collection program, and not just throw it away in your household trash. Buy Smaller Amounts Try to only buy the amount of products containing VOCs that you are going to use. Reduce Emission Exposure Try to reduce your time spent around products that contain methylene, as it can cause cancer in animals and mimic symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure. These products include adhesive removers, spray paints, and paint strippers. Also reduce your exposure to benzene, which is a known human carcinogen and found in paint, fuel, and tobacco smoke. Reduce Exposure to Perchloroethylene Emissions Your dry cleaned clothes can emit perchloroethylene, which is known to cause cancer in animals. Don’t accept dry cleaned clothes that have a strong odor, and if you continue to have a problem with strong odors, find a new dry cleaner.
Our neighbor smokes constantly and since the ventilation in our building isn't adequate, the smoke fills our office as well.
As a non-profit that serves pregnant women and young children, it was a constant frustration. We had even reached the point where we were going to look for new space. When John installed the two Odorox Air machines, we noticed the difference quickly. The air cleared up! Even the baby clothes we provide our clients stopped reeking of smoke! Our clients and volunteers commented on the difference. We are so grateful for these machines. They work so well and solved our problem!
Aimee Huber, Executive Director
First Choice Women's Resource Centers
This is the most effective and profitable deodorization tool on the market. We?ve used ODOROX? systems on many different types of jobs and it works every time. The best part is being able to occupy the structure while it?s running. We now teach ODOROX? at our training facility
Odorox hydroxyl technology destroys 99.9% of germs, bacteria, mold, mildew, voc's and viruses in the air and on porous and non-porous surfaces which can cause illness and infections. MDU/RX FDA approved and safe to use in spaces occupied by people, pets, and plants.