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Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a group of harmful chemicals that can be emitted as gases from certain paints and other products. These compounds have low boiling points and can easily evaporate into the air, contributing to indoor air pollution. VOCs can have detrimental effects on indoor air quality and human health, leading to respiratory problems, allergies, headaches, and other symptoms. They are a concern in both residential and commercial settings, particularly during and immediately after painting or using products that contain VOCs.
Example: The homeowner chose a low-VOC paint for the nursery, mindful of the potentially harmful effects of VOCs on the air quality and the health of the baby.
These terms can be used interchangeably or in conjunction with VOCs to describe the harmful chemicals emitted by certain paints and products that can impact indoor air quality and pose health risks.
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