When choosing the right paint for your Boulder, CO home, quality and affordability are the most important factors in your decision. Right?
Bump safety up on that list, otherwise that beautiful new shade you pick out could be full of toxins harmful to the environment – and to your family.
Many homeowners often don’t know that many paints contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), chemical additives that help keep paint blended within the can. As paint is applied in your home, these dangerous fumes escape into the air – at levels up to 1,000 times higher than outdoor VOC levels, according to the EPA.
And these vapors continue on at lower levels for quite some time, long after you cease smelling that “new paint” smell.
Side effects of VOCs
So, what does this mean for your family?
VOCs can cause a number of negative health effects, ranging from short-term – such as eye irritation, nausea, dizziness and headaches – to more serious, long-term issues – including liver, kidney and nervous system damage, and even cancer.
They also do serious damage to the environment, with paint fumes contributing the second largest source of VOC emissions into the atmosphere after automobiles.
Choose Safer Boulder Home Painting Options
High-quality house painters like Jacobsen Brothers offer zero or low-VOC paint options that meet EPA standards. Just check the label to verify – certified low-VOC options will have under 250 grams of VOCs per liter.
These greener options are typically comparable in quality to regular paint, and don’t come at much of a price hike.
Want more information on choosing safe paint products? Ask a Jacobsen Brothers Painting expert at firstname.lastname@example.org.