Is ozone considered a VOC?

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asked Nov 23, 2023 in Other-Environment by 1000facts (1,940 points)
Is ozone considered a VOC?

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answered Nov 28, 2023 by TRXStar (1,700 points)
Ozone is not a VOC although Ozone is formed in the atmosphere over time from the emissions of VOCs and also Nitrogen Oxides.

To identify a VOC source you should inspect your home and look for VOC sources such as paints, varnishes, caulking, adhesives, solvents, and other chemicals.

Also carpet, composite wood, upholstered furniture etc all tend to give off VOCs especially when new.

You can recover from VOC exposure and most health effects from exposure to VOC are temporary and will improve after you have stopped being exposed to the VOC.

Health effects that can occur from exposure to VOC include irritation of the skin, throat, nose and eyes as well as dizziness, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea and headache.

You can reduce your VOC by storing any paints, solvents, caulks, adhesives, chemicals etc in an unused garage and also dispose of any unused chemicals.

Also using an air purifier and ventilating your home as much as possible can lower your VOC levels.

The causes of high VOC levels include mold, dry cleaning, hobby supplies, glue, stored fuel and automotive products, moth repellents and air fresheners, disinfectants and cleansers, aerosol sprays, lacquer, wood stain, paint, paint stripper and other solvents, glue in flooring and vinyl flooring, countertops etc.

The VOC level that is safe is a VOC level of between 0 to 400 ppb.

A VOC level above 400 ppb is considered safe and a VOC level of between 400 to 2,200 ppb can result in headaches, dizziness, nausea, and irritation of the eyes and respiratory tract.

VOC on an air purifier means volatile organic compounds which are emitted as gases from certain liquids and solids.

The air purifier with VOC on it can help to remove these volatile organic compounds from the air which can be harmful to breathe in.

The most common VOC is formaldehyde which is present in everyday products like lacquers and molded plastics, some countertops, wood products etc.

CO2 is not a VOC as VOC is any compound of carbon but excluding carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide as well as ammonium carbonate, metallic carbides, carbonates and carbonic acid.

Mold is a VOC because when the mold grows the chemical reactions of the enzymes substrates and the mold growth then produces volatile organic compounds, water and carbon dioxide.

Chlorine is not a VOC because when dissolved in water the chlorine forms more or less of an azeotrope, evaporating slightly faster than the water itself.

A VOC is a volatile organic compound and examples of volatile organic compounds include benzene, ethylene glycol, formaldehyde, methylene chloride, tetrachloroethylene, toluene, xylene, and 1,3-butadiene.

The 3 categories of VOC include.

Very volatile (gaseous) organic compounds.
Volatile organic compounds.    
Semi volatile organic compounds.

Water itself is not a VOC or volatile organic compound.

However water can contain VOC or volatile organic compounds which are released into the air.

Most of the VOCs that get into water enter the water supply directly as a result of human activity.

Improper disposal of volatile organic compounds causes the VOCs to leach into the ground.

Once they've infiltrated the groundwater, they can migrate from aquifers to lakes and reservoirs.

The best option for the removal of volatile organic chemicals from water is activated carbon filtration.

The potential of the adsorption success rate varies with each kind of VOC.

Some examples of commonly detected VOCs are dichloromethane (methylene chloride), an industrial solvent; trichloroethylene, used in septic system cleaners; and tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene), used in the dry-cleaning industry.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that both vaporize into air and dissolve in water.

VOCs typically are industrial solvents, such as trichloroethylene; fuel oxygenates, such as methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE); or by-products produced by chlorination in water treatment, such as VOCs are often components of petroleum fuels, hydraulic fluids, paint thinners, and dry cleaning agents.

Exposure to VOC vapors can cause a variety of health effects, including eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches and loss of coordination; nausea; and damage to the liver, kidneys, or central nervous system.

The VOCs emanating from a product dissipate over time as the chemicals vaporize.

VOCs from paint dissipate fairly quickly with most off gassing occurring during the first 6 months after application.

Other sources, such as particle board may continue to off gas for 20 years or more.

VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are volatile organic compounds made up mainly of carbon, hydrogen and usually oxygen.

They can also contain nitrogen, sulfur, and halogenated compounds such as chlorine, bromine, or fluorine.

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