We often hear about volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and the importance of reducing our exposure to them. These are chemicals that are commonly found in things like paint, carpeting and furniture that vaporize easily into pollutants. VOCs can make you and your family sick and contribute to an unhealthy indoor air environment. One way to minimize your exposure is to let new furniture off-gas before bringing it indoors. Leave new cabinets and couches in the garage for a few days to let the VOCs vaporize away.