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Color me Green- The In's and Out's of Low VOCs Paints

 Color me Green- The In's and Out's of Low VOCs Paints

Certain types of paints, stains, and wood finishes can emit harmful chemicals into the air which can low voc paintsdecrease the indoor air quality (IAQ) of a home.

You may have heard about low VOC paints, or perhaps seen them in the store, and if you are like me, most likely notice the higher price tag.  If you have wondered what is it about low VOC products that make them more expensive and what is the benefit of using them you have come to the right place.

First let's discuss what VOCs are.  VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds that are found in many building materials and products.  Click here to see a list of common indoor pollutants (http://206.191.57.201/tllflash/NAR_Green/docs/Common%20Pollutants.pdf).

The thing with VOCs that it is not just the initial fumes that can affect the indoor air quality of your home, as gases can continue to be released over time because volatile chemicals are ones that "off gas" at room temperature.

One way that you can improve your overall air quality in your home is to make a conscious effort purchase and use materials that contain low VOCs or formaldehyde free products such as paint, flooring, carpet, sealants, stains, and adhesives.

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3 commentsChristine McInerney • May 20 2009 03:28PM
Color me Green- The In's and Out's of Low VOCs Paints
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Color me Green- The In's and Out's of Low VOCs Paints Certain types of paints, stains, and wood finishes can emit harmful chemicals into the air which can decrease the indoor air quality (IAQ) of a home. You may have heard about low VOC paints.. more