The Benefits of Low VOC Paints

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It feels like a given to say that the fewer chemicals that are used in your home the better. Research and technology have been used to reduce the chemicals in our cleaning supplies, the food we eat, and now, the paint we use to personalize our living spaces.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are solvents that get released into the air and can cause dizziness or headaches to the person using it. The long term health effects from VOCs are still generally unknown.
In a recent study, participants spent six full work days in an environmentally-controlled office space at the TIEQ lab at the Syracuse Center of Excellence. In this space, VOC levels were reduced to approximately 50 micrograms per cubic meter and 40 cubic feet per minute of outdoor air per person. They found that, on average, cognitive scores were 101% higher than in conventional workspaces.
Luckily, our options for eco friendly paint now include eco friendly polyurethane clear coat, eco friendly primer, and even environmentally friendly spray paint. These low chemical and low odor paint options limit the amount of VOCs released into the air which will help the environment and your health.
The best low VOC paint can be applied in the same way as any normal paint or no VOC paint. These types of paints will be used in places that need to have a minimal amount of toxins in the air such as hospitals and homes with people who are sensitive to certain chemicals.
With people becoming more aware of the types of chemicals found in paints and the alternative options available to them, it won’t be difficult to find the best low VOC paint for your interior or outdoor paint project.
To ensure that you are buying the best low VOC paint for your home, check the label. In general, paints must not exceed 200 grams of VOC per liter and tarnishes must not exceed more than 300 grams per liter to meet EPA standards. The best low VOC paint is typically going to have 50 or fewer grams per liter. If you are looking for a low VOC paint that will not emit an odor, look for a label that reads 25 grams of VOC per liter or less.

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