Three Dangerous Gases You Probably Don’t Know Are in Your Home Air

Though many of us don’t realize it, there are several gases present in most homes than can pose a danger to human health over time. These gases, known as volatile organic compounds or VOCs come from many sources, including the gas stove in your kitchen and even the very materials from which your home is made. Here are three of the most common household VOCs that you probably don’t even know you’re living with.


  1. Formaldehyde


Formaldehyde is used to treat many common building materials, including home insulation and most types of pressed wood. Although the formaldehyde in these products is largely trapped, it can gradually leak out into your home air over time.


  2. Acetone


Best known for its use as a nail polish remover, acetone is a harsh chemical that can cause upper respiratory irritation. You can be exposed to acetone from various beauty products, as well as several household cleaning chemicals.


  3. Benzene


Like formaldehyde, benzene crops up in several consumer products that most users aren’t even aware contain it. Household adhesives, treated rubber products and even some paints contain benzene and can release it into your home air over time. Though most homes have relatively low levels of benzene, the gas has been linked to a wide range of health issues, including anemia and immune system suppression.


  What Air Purifiers Are Best for Household VOCs?


One of the best and easiest ways to protect yourself from any threat presented by these common household gases is to use an air purifier capable of removing VOCs from your home air. Some of the top units for handling home VOCs include:



If you’re looking for more options for dealing with VOCs in your home, check out our complete selection of chemical and VOC air purifiers. If you have questions about which unit is right for you, please feel free to contact us directly, and we’ll be happy to help with answers and personalized prodcut recommendations.