If you are about to paint your home or researching on the different styles and tips for interior painting, then you would come across the term ‘VOC’ off and on. Volatile organic compounds or VOCs are gases that are emitted by certain products and even paints. They have adverse health effects and need to be considerably reduced and checked during interior painting.
What Emits VOCs?
There are a large group of products and chemicals that release the harmful VOCs in the environment. These include paint, cleaning products, building material, office machinery, adhesive, pesticides, and even the small permanent markets. These products release VOCs of varying degree into the surroundings. While painting your home, you might just be releasing a lot of harmful volatile organic compounds into the environment. Especially, in the interiors, gases are not easily swept away and they built up inside the house or office. Therefore, one must ensure that low VOC or zero VOC paints are used for interior painting.
There are various health issues caused by high VOC emission in the air. These include loss of coordination, pulmonary irritation, and even damage to kidneys, liver and the central nervous system. Serious complications in the animals and even skin reactions and fatigue in humans is also widely documented.
Reduction of VOCs in air
One can ensure that the interior painting being done to a room is well ventilated. It is important that there is enough fresh air moving in and out of the room so that the VOCs are swept away. But the best alternative remains the use of low VOC or no VOC paints by interior painting and decorating companies.
Quality of Air
The most important consideration during interior painting of your house is to maintain the quality of air. Especially while working in your kids’ room, use of low VOC or no VOC paints is essential to keep the VOC emission low. The right precautions ensure that you and your family breathe good quality of air.