Air Quality Testing For VOC’s

Air Quality Testing For VOCs

Benchmark Environmental Engineering can test your air quality for the presence of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). We can perform state-of-the-art testing in the San Jose area (and nationwide) to ensure that you, your loved ones or your employees are breathing air that is free of harmful contaminants. Don’t let your health be impacted by poor air quality and the presence of VOC’s in your home or office

VOC’s In Your Home & Office

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are chemicals that permeate the surrounding air from various sources, many of which are common household items. This particular group of chemicals into the air easily as breathable molecules that can then easily enter the body.

Some common VOC’s include:

  • Acetone
  • Benzene
  • Ethylene Glycol
  • Methylene Chloride
  • Toluene

While those technical names may not mean much out without context, they are present in a surprising array of items that can be found in countless homes. Some common sources of household VOCs are carpets, paints, upholstery, and varnishes. Other products that many of us use on a daily basis that contain these potentially harmful chemicals include air fresheners, cleaners, and many types of cosmetics. With this list of offending items, it’s easy to see how we can unknowingly be living or working in an environment plagued with indoor air pollution.

Testing For VOC’s

Because homes and offices are enclosed spaces, any released VOC’s have a tendency to concentrate and circulate in the surrounding environment. That’s why it’s important to have indoor air quality testing performed if you have any concerns about your air quality. Testing for VOCs will help ensure that occupants, especially children, the elderly and those with asthma or chemical sensitivities, are not at risk due to the presence of high levels of VOCs.

Symptoms Of VOC Exposure

There are two classifications of toxic exposure to these common compounds: acute and chronic. Acute symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, asthma complications, and throat, eyes, and nose irritation. Chronic (or long-term) exposure can result in liver and kidney damage, cancer, and central nervous system (CNS) damage.

Breath Easier Today

Unfortunately, not all VOC’s emit an odor when they “off-gas”, which means a person may be unknowingly breathing in these chemicals. To determine your air’s concentration of VOCs, contact Benchmark Environmental Engineering to discuss your options and obtain a quote today.