Interior painting is one of the highest risk factors for exposure to VOCs. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has found that indoor VOC levels are 10 times greater than outdoor levels, and immediately after paint is applied VOC levels may be as much as 1,000 times higher.
However, VOCs are released long after the paint is dry, even when there’s no odor, leaving inhabitants still at risk for health problems.
In this video, John Salvadore, senior marketing manager for PPG Paints, discusses low-VOC paints and PPG’s products that will help provide better indoor air quality.
VOCs pose health risks to humans and animals, with exposure causing eye and breathing irritation, headaches and nausea. Long-term exposure has been linked to cancer as well as kidney and liver damage.
VOCs are almost ubiquitous in paint commonly found at the local hardware store. But other options are available, including low-VOC, no-VOC and natural paints.
Paints typically come in two types, based on the type of solvent. Oil-based paints usually have a high level of VOCs, while latex, or water-based, paints are lower in VOC content.
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