Many people assume that house paint became safe with the omission of lead particles in the late 20th century. How much do you know about these dangerous chemicals? Take this quiz to find out!
VOCs have a range of noxious side effects, including both the immediate (headache) and the long-term (cancer).
VOCs are dangerous to your respiratory system and can impair breathing, making them especially bad for those with asthma. Special no- and low-VOC paints are increasingly available.
Paint contains dozens to hundreds of VOCs, some of which have been identified as cancer-causing agents, or carcinogens.
Researchers are still unsure why, but new studies have shown a clear link between children living with VOCs and developing allergies.
VOCs in paint can create an artificial layer of ozone in a freshly painted room. Ozone protects us from harmful ultraviolet radiation, but direct entry into human lungs can be dangerous.
VOCs are not even pleasant etymologically. That's why we named them "volatile organic compounds." Their emission into the atmosphere harms your breathing and that of other life-forms, altering the quality of life on the planet.
Paint with a flat (or dull) finish releases fewer VOCs than a high-gloss paint, such as eggshell or satin.
Even paint without VOCs can contain toxins harmful to your health. You may never be able to locate a totally innocuous paint; the point is to opt for the healthiest choice you can afford.
VOCs in paint function, partially, to help paint dry more quickly. Because of this, choosing a paint without VOCs could mean that you wait longer for your walls to dry. They might also need additional coats.
No-VOC paint is among the most expensive types because of its low availability relative to regular paint. You might see prices drop in the future if demand and production continue to grow.