Today, I want to share some information about ozone, VOCs and our indoor air. From here, I will share my stance on “bake outs,” so let’s start at the end to make sure it all makes sense.
Volatile Organic Compounds
The best example of VOCs is the smell of the cleaning aisle in the supermarket – you know that smell – the one where you get a waft and you know the cleaning aisle is coming up. That is the VOCs being released from the cleaning products.
What is a “Bake Out”?
What is Ozone?
Indoor Air Concerns
Summary: In a Nutshell
- Avoid doing bake outs
- Avoid anything that produces ozone, including ionising air purifiers
- Introduce more plants in and around your home
- Britigan, N, Alshawa, A, and Nozkordoc, SA (May 2006) Quantification of Ozone Levels in Indoor Environments Generated by Ionization and Ozonolysis Air Purifiers J Air Waste Manag Assoc (Online) available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16739796
- US EPA (August 2015) Air Quality Guide for Ozone (Online) available at https://www3.epa.gov/airnow/ozone/air-quality-guide_ozone_2015.pdf (3 November 2017)