What effect can traditional paints have on the internal air quality of your home? Air pollution! We all know that polluted air is not good for us. Traditional paints can decrease the air quality within our homes and work spaces. The British Lung Foundation writes, “the internal air quality of a building has been associated with health issues ranging from asthma, COPD to lung cancer.”
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes the effects of VOCS are about 2-5 times higher indoors than outdoors. VOC gases released by traditional paints can be higher than that of eco-friendly paints. It is suggested that certain VOCs emitted into the air of children’s bedrooms can increase the likelihood of illnesses such as asthma, eczema and rhinitis. It is not just the toxic gases emitted from the paint after it has been applied to the walls, but the fumes it releases during and after your painting. These fumes can cause headaches, irritation of the eyes, nausea and severe respiratory illnesses.
So why is this paint used if it is associated with these kinds of health risks? Traditional paints are cheaper, considered by some to be more cost-effective and time-saving to apply.