The Negative Impact of VOCs on Indoor Air Quality

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases that contain a variety of chemicals, some of which may have long-term adverse health effects.

While VOCs may be found in household sources including paints, varnishes, cleaning products furnishings and air fresheners, concentrations of VOCs are up to ten times higher indoors than outdoors; therefore, creating a negative impact on the quality of air indoors.

The Negative Impact of VOCs on Indoor Air Quality - ION Science

Studies from the EPA indicate that while products containing organic chemicals are being used, the users can expose themselves and others to high pollutant levels and elevated concentrations can persist in the air post activity completion. 

Although the ability of VOCs to cause health effects varies greatly from those that are highly toxic to those with no known health effect, both short- and long-term health is at risk.

There are many key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs: nose and throat discomfort, nausea, headache, fatigue, dizziness and an allergic skin reaction. However, long-term effects include damage to liver, kidney and central nervous system, visual disorders, memory impairment and cancer. 

As these chemicals can be extremely hazardous to human health within various industries, proper detection is essential to mitigate exposure and ensure the safety of personnel.  

ION Science offers both fixed and portable gas detection systems capable of providing fast, accurate and reliable results of present VOCs within the atmosphere. 

The Negative Impact of VOCs on Indoor Air Quality - ION Science

The Tiger LT, for example, is a handheld VOC gas detector that is low on cost but high on performance. Its patented photoionization detection (PID) sensor technology with humidity resistance and anti-contamination design provides market leading accuracy and run-time.

To learn more about our VOC detectors specializing in the continuous monitoring of indoor air quality, contact ION Science at (877) 864-7710 or

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