VOCs

The Secret Pollutants of Indoor Air

Is the drive towards better insulated buildings and the continued use of harsher cleaning chemicals exposing us to a new cocktail of indoor air pollutants?

New research on human exposure to air pollutants indicate that indoor level of pollutants may be 2 to 5 times – and occasionally more than 100 times – higher than outdoor levels. Considering most people spend about 90% of their time indoors the health effects of these high levels of pollutants is of growing concern.

Several hundred various types of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) can be detected in the air in most indoor environments. The sources of these VOCs lie all around us. From construction materials (e.g floorings, paints, furniture, glue) consumer products (electrical and electronic devices) and even standard cleaning products that we use on a daily basis – all act as emitters of VOCs into the atmosphere.

For example:

  • 1,500 new synthetic chemicals are introduced into the marketplace every year.
  • Cleaning products are responsible for approx. 10% of toxic exposures.
  • 70% of the exposure to all chemicals we come in contact with in life take place indoors
  • Of the 17,000 petrochemicals available in the consumer market only 30% have been tested for exposure to human health and the environment.
A study published in Environmental Impact Perspective investigated VOCs emitted from 25 common fragranced consumer products, including:
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With these everyday products surrounding us in our daily lives, along with the continued drive toward better insulated and more energy efficient buildings the dangers of indoor air pollution are becoming more prevalent.

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The Solution

The good news is that there is a solution. Changing the air quality in your environment doesn’t have to result in installing expensive technologies or disruptive ventilation systems. By simply plugging in and switching on a Novaerus device you will immediately start to break down those nasty VOCs and pollutants.

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The Proof

Independent testing carried out by Avomeen Laboratories found that within one hour of using the Novaerus device Formaldehyde concentrations dropped by almost 50%. This reduction continues over time, with a drop from 100 ppm to 13 ppm over a 14-hour testing period.

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The control in this test showed that formaldehyde concentrations remained high (over 90%) without the use of Novaerus.

Methylene Chloride Testing

Microbial Innovations Limited tested the effect of Novaerus technology on methylene chloride vapour – a chemical used in many cleaning solvents. The report concluded that:

Novaerus technology effectively removed methylene chloride reducing levels from 2000ppm to 0pm in just 160seconds with no formation of VOC by-products.

Microbial Innovations Limited, Technical Report:

Methylene chloride removal using CCFT (Novaerus)

Mixed VOC Testing

Novaerus technology effectively removed methylene chloride reducing levels from 2000ppm to 0pm in just 160seconds with no formation of VOC by-products.

RPS Mountainheath Environmental Analysis & Consultancy, Analytical Report