Most of us don’t bat an eye at the smell of a newly constructed building. “That’s just how it smells. It will fade,” we think as harsh odors smack our nostrils. However, this “new house smell” is an indicator of toxic chemicals present in the air. For example, traditional primer, paint, glue, and other sealants contain VOCs.
V oh what? VOC stands for “Volatile Organic Compounds,” -- chemical compounds released as paint and glue dry and age that negatively impact your respiratory health. These chemicals include: Formaldehyde, d-Limonene, toluene, acetone, ethanol (ethyl alcohol) 2-propanol (isopropyl alcohol), hexanal.
Here’s the thing. Home improvement doesn’t have to smell. In fact, it shouldn’t. Now that you are in control of your environment, you can reduce the amount of toxic materials you and your family come into contact with on a daily basis. Health and comfort go hand in hand, so as you consider paint, flooring, and sealants, consider the chemical impact of each material. Your home is as much a financial investment as it is an investment in the quality of your health.