VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOCs)

Have you ever walked into a house during the holiday’s and smelled that pine tree smell?  That smell is from naturally occurring VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).  In fact, the “Smoky” Mountains, known for their famous blue smoke, is a combination of water mist and VOCs!

VOCs are more often not produced from nature.   So where are the dangerous VOCs that we, as humans, produce?

 

VOCs are more often not produced from nature

VOCs are most often a by-product of many manufacturing, drying, cleaning, and coating processes.  Printing, converting (such as paper and other materials), painting, and many cleaning processes give off VOCs.  These VOCs must be controlled because VOCs are known to create health hazards in indoor space.

VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)

There have been efforts to reduce the volume of organic compounds that evaporate (off-gas) from building materials and furniture used in the construction and in the furnishing of our homes and offices.  In addition, organic chemicals and compounds are found in our household cleaners, perfume, makeup, dry cleaning fluid, paints, lacquers, varnishes, hobby supplies, and in the glues that bond plywood and other common building materials.

These organic compounds are called “volatile” organic chemicals when they have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature.

In our world at large, the atmosphere and our health are adversely affected by VOCs.  VOCs originate from crude oil which has been transformed into lighter organic products that become vapor at atmospheric conditions, a list of common hydrocarbon compounds (organic chemical compounds composed of only carbon (C) and hydrogen (H)) include:

Examples of typical hydrocarbon compounds

Chemical Name

Formula

Acetal

Acetone

Benzene

Butanol

Cyclohexanol

Formaldehyde

Heptane

Isopentane

C6H14O2

C3H6O

C6H6

C4H10

C6H12O

CH2O

C7H16

C5H12

Greenhouse gasses and depletion of the ozone layer are results of manmade VOCs.  Methane, the most common fuel gas, is also released in large quantities from coal mines and will stay in the atmosphere much longer than most greenhouse gasses.  At the same time, especially during summer months, VOCs react with NOx (oxides of nitrogen) via sunlight to form ground level ozone, a major contributor to smog and respiratory stress.

Certain diseases such as liver damage, anemia, leukemia, and damage to the central nervous system are increase with exposure to VOC’s.  Transportation and Industry are the leading contributors to VOCs in our atmosphere.  It is for these reasons our engineers continue to improve on the cost-effective systems to convert VOCs to harmless compounds or to recover these VOCs for re-use rather than allowing them to end up in our air.

Greenhouse gasses and depletion of the ozone layer are results of manmade VOCs.  Methane, the most common fuel gas, is also released in large quantities from coal mines and will stay in the atmosphere much longer than most greenhouse gasses.  At the same time, especially during summer months, VOCs react with NOx (oxides of nitrogen) via sunlight to form ground level ozone, a major contributor to smog and respiratory stress.

Certain diseases such as liver damage, anemia, leukemia, and damage to the central nervous system are increase with exposure to VOC’s.  Transportation and Industry are the leading contributors to VOCs in our atmosphere.  It is for these reasons our engineers continue to improve on the cost-effective systems to convert VOCs to harmless compounds or to recover these VOCs for re-use rather than allowing them to end up in our air.

Contact the Dustex team to discuss how you can capture your operation’s VOCs

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Dustex is a global supplier of engineered systems that reduce air emissions and improve operational efficiencies. We are at the forefront of engineered solutions for clean air technologies with an exceptional and experienced staff. Our outstanding service combined with our wide breadth of technology allows us to provide practical and economical solutions for our customers that fit their unique needs.

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60 Chastain Center Blvd NW, Ste 60
Kennesaw, GA 30144 USA

info@dustex.com

770-429-5575

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