While pollution in the Middle Kingdom may be the most visible of complaints, worries about new furniture, a fresh coat of paint, and other renovations are an older elephant in the room. These concerns are so serious that a rumor linking child leukemia and home renovations (in Chinese) went viral recently. While the rumor was ultimately unfounded, Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC or VOC) do pose serious health risks, including damage to the liver, kidney, and central nervous system. TVOC are carcinogenic compounds evaporated from paints or surface coatings that contain phenol–formaldehyde or urea–formaldehyde resin glues.

To help people better take control of their health, Beijing-based Kaiterra (rebranded from Origins) announced last week the Laser Egg 2+, a monitoring device that measures TVOC in addition to air quality. Laser Egg 2+ is the high-end version of Laser Egg 2, the recently-launched second edition of Kaiterra’s flagship product.

“TVOC comes from inside the home, such as flooring and paints. When air pollution is bad, people may close the windows for several days which creates a problem,” Kaiterra CEO and co-founder Liam Bates said at the product launch for the Laser Egg 2 and 2+. “But to know when the windows should be opened or closed, you need both the TVOC and PM2.5 readings. The Laser Egg 2+ will provide a composite that takes the two readings into consideration.”

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Linda Lew

Linda Lew is a Beijing-based journalist who covers technology, start-ups and business in China. You can reach her at lindalew at aliyun dot com.