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Are you getting your home painted with a fresh coat of your favourite colours and wondering if the regular paint is a safer option or not? Well, by regular, if you mean the VOC based paint, then apparently, no, it is not. It is harmful to both humans and pet and on a long run, can cause severe health issues. So if you want to know what it is, why it is not recommended and what are the alternatives then read this guide thoroughly. You will know everything you need by the end:
Short for Volatile Organic Compounds, VOCs contain carbon that easily vaporizes which makes them unstable and hazardous. Once the carbon enters the air, it reacts with elements in the surrounding and damages it. Furthermore, when inhaled by humans, it can cause breathing issues, headaches, watery eyes, and asthma and so on. While the EPA has specified a limit of VOC levels which is ‘acceptable’ it can still be quite high for some paints.
Therefore, it is better to not use it or do it in very low quantity. So the answer to the question; should you ask painters to use non-VOC paint is YES, you should! Now some people might say; I won’t be there during the painting process so there is no risk of inhaling the fumes. Well, yes, you are right but the problem is that even the dried paint can release toxins if the VOC content is very high which means you will be breathing them for years to come.
Now your question is answered so if you want to leave, you can. However, if you want to know what you will get in exchange of discarding the use of VOC paints then stick until the end. We will discuss the main benefits of using no or low VOC paints:
Now that you know why you should use the VOC paints and the benefits of low or no VOC paints, you might be wondering; what kind of paints do I use then? Well, there are three kinds of paints that you can ask for from the hardware store, let’s look at them:
Using no or low VOC paints will cause little to no fumes when being applied and while drying. Therefore, people who are even allergic or have asthma can easily breathe after the painting process is completed. The good thing is that the cost of these paints is very similar which is why you won’t have to go out of your way to afford them.