Mr. Duct Cleaner knows that VOC is short for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).  These are pesky chemicals that are created in your indoor air space every day. They play a significant role in our environment, health, and everyday life. I’m going to start this blog with where I usually finish – a good way to combat VOC accumulation indoors is to have your HVAC system and ducts cleaned by the experts at Mr. Duct Cleaner.

VOCs are organic compounds that have a high vapor pressure at room temperature. This means they readily evaporate into the air through:

  • Natural Sources:
    • Plants: Trees, flowers, and other vegetation emit VOCs during metabolic processes. These natural emissions contribute to the characteristic scents of forests and flowers.
    • Decomposition: When organic matter (like dead leaves) decomposes, it releases VOCs.
    • Volcanoes: Even volcanic eruptions release VOCs into the atmosphere (hopefully, this does not affect your direct indoor air).
  • Human-Made Sources:
    • Industrial: Factories, refineries, and manufacturing plants release VOCs during production processes.
    • Transportation: Vehicle exhaust contains VOCs, especially from gasoline and diesel fuels.
    • Household Products: Paints, cleaning agents, and even office equipment emit VOCs.
    • Indoor Activities: Cooking, smoking, and using household products contribute to indoor VOC levels.


Why is Mr. Duct Cleaner concerned about VOCs? What does this have to do with HVAC system and duct cleaning?

  • Air Pollution: VOCs contribute to smog formation and ground-level ozone, affecting air quality.
  • Health Risks: Prolonged exposure to high VOC levels can lead to respiratory issues, headaches, and even cancer.
  • Indoor Air Quality: Poor ventilation can trap VOCs indoors, impacting our well-being.


What can you do to lower your VOCs in your home?

  • Purchase paints, adhesives, and cleaning agents labeled as low VOC or VOC free.
  • Use water-based paints instead of oil-based ones.
  • Other ways to lower VOCs in your home:
    • Ventilation Matters:
      • Properly ventilate indoor spaces to reduce VOC buildup.
      • Open windows and use exhaust fans when cooking or using chemicals.
    • Greenery Indoors:
      • Houseplants absorb VOCs and improve indoor air quality.
      • Spider plants, peace lilies, and snake plants are excellent choices.
    • Be Mindful of New Furniture and Carpets:
      • New furniture and carpets can release VOCs. Allow them to spill off the gas in well-ventilated areas before bringing them indoors.
      • Last but NOT least – have your HVAC system and ducts cleaned, then install an Aerus Air Scrubber to regularly deactivate VOCs.

Contact Mr. Duct Cleaner for your Free estimate and to see about alleviating VOCs accumulation in your home!


  1. Volatile Organic Compounds
  2. What Are VOCs?