VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. They are harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, ammonia, and ethylene glycol that are found in many standard household paints. These chemicals are what create that “new paint smell” that can cause headaches, dizziness, and trouble breathing for people with asthma or other respiratory problems. VOCs have also been linked to certain types of cancers.

The majority of the chemicals dissipate as the paint dries, but some stick around and take several years to fully stop off-gassing. All the while, you and your family are breathing them in daily!

Fortunately, there are many high-quality, low and no-VOC paint options in San Diego, made by such respected manufacturers as Dunn Edwards and Sherwin-Williams. These products greatly reduce the amount of toxins that are released into your home, when compared to traditional paint. What is more, these eco-friendly paint options are also durable and provide great coverage! You don’t have to sacrifice quality when going with low or no-VOC paint for your home. Using low and no-VOC paint is truly a win-win!

If you’ve never considered low or no-VOC paint for your home, ask a PaintGreen team member for more details at your in-home consultation.