EFFECTS OF VOCS

Why is a VOC-Free Product Important for Your Health?

The risk of dangerous health effects from inhaling any chemical depends on the concentration of the chemical in the air, how long you are exposed to it and how often you breathe it in. Scientists measure short-term (acute) exposures as hours to days and long-term (chronic) exposures as years to even lifetime.

Breathing low levels of VOCs for long periods of time may increase some people’s risk of health problems. Several studies suggest that exposure to VOCs may exasperate symptoms in people who have asthma or who are particularly sensitive to chemicals.

Each chemical has its own toxicity and potential for causing different health effects. Common symptoms of exposure to VOCs include:

Short-Term (Acute) to High Levels of VOCsvocFreeBadge

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Headaches
  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Worsening of asthma symptoms

Long-Term (Chronic) to High Levels of VOCs

Increased risk of:

  • Cancer
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Central Nervous System damage

Some products in our homes release, or “off-gas,” VOCs.  Interior paints, coatings, sealants and finishes may contain VOCs, and we should minimize our exposure to these chemicals as much as possible. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and long-term adverse health effects.

Some examples of sources of VOCs are:

  • Carpets and adhesives
  • Composite wood products
  • Paints
  • Sealing caulks
  • Solvents
  • Upholstery fabrics
  • Varnishes
  • Vinyl Floors

Studies have shown that the level of VOCs indoors is generally two to five times higher than the level of VOC’s outdoors. VOC concentrations in indoor air depend on many factors, including the:

  • Amount of VOCs in a product
  • Rate at which the VOCs are release
  • Volume of the air in the room/building
  • Ventilation rate of the area
  • Outdoor concentrations of VOCs.

Our patent-pending process simply stimulates the organic maturing of the wood that typically occurs from extended exposure to the elements of Mother Nature. We achieve a unique color and texture on each piece of raw lumber without the use of paints, stains, chemicals or other contaminants. Furthermore, our breakthrough process incorporates a germicidal technology that destroys toxins in the wood. As a result, our wood represents the safest option for siding, accent walls, flooring and furniture because you do not run the risk of being exposed to off-gassing or VOCs associated with lead paint or numerous other stains and treatments. There is no other No Paints, No Stains, Green Certified, VOC-free alternative on the market today.

Rather than use chemicals, we expose our wood to a special combination of the following natural elements:

  • Fire
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Wind

By using Xcelerated Wood in your living spaces and work environments, you are reducing your exposure to potentially harmful VOCs that can have long-lasting negative impacts on your health.

There are no known levels of safe VOC exposure. The best way to protect your health from possible adverse health effects of VOCs is to limit your exposure to products and materials that contain these volatile organic compounds. If you think you may be having health problems caused by VOCs, try reducing the levels of them in your home. If symptoms persist, consult with your doctor to rule out other serious health conditions that may have similar symptoms.

People with respiratory problems such as asthma, young children, elderly and persons with heightened sensitivity to chemicals may be more susceptible to irritation and illness from VOCs. Ultimately, volatile organic compounds will not have a positive impact on anyone’s health.

Although home screening kits (devices) are available to measure total volatile organic compound (TVOC) levels, they are of limited use and won’t correct a VOC problem. Instead of testing, the first step is to conduct an inspection of your home for the common sources of VOCs. Sources that may be problematic include household furnishings which tend to off-gas more VOC’s when they are new. Possible sources include carpet, furniture, paint, plastics or electronic devices.

Purchase and use products like Xcelerated, which contain low to no VOCs