Reduce or Eliminate VOCs with Water-Based Paints
Paints with high concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have been used for years. That just-painted smell is actually the off-gassing of chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, and zylene. The VOCs last far longer than the odor, however, as can vapors from floor stains, finishes, sealants, and caulks.
Consumer demand has led to the development of many new, healthier products, including Low Odor or Low VOC paint, Zero VOC paint, and non-toxic or natural paints. Low VOC products use water as a carrier instead of petroleum-based solvents, reducing the levels of heavy metals and formaldehyde. Look for paints with the Green Seal Standard, which certifies that they meet certain industry standards for VOCs.
Even low VOC paints can contain fungicides and biocides, used to prevent mildew growth and extend shelf life. I recommend and use EnviroSafe Paints, which use no fungicides or biocides. Since municipal tap water has been found to contain VOCs in just about every major metropolitan area throughout the United States, even the water EnviroSafe uses is pure, filtered water pumped from a private well. Amazing!
Keeping the air clean is more important than ever in today’s airtight, energy-efficient homes!