Paint fumes are one of the biggest culprits of polluted indoor air. In fact the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists paint as one of the top five environmental hazards. But because painting is one of the easiest, cheapest, and most effective ways to make-over a room, few of us will avoid coming in contact with paint. Here are 3 practical ways to avoid prolonged exposure and the acute and long-term health effects paint fumes can cause.
1. Ventilate Properly
Opening windows and doors to move air through the space will prevent fumes from building up to a toxic level. Be careful that ventilating does not create too much of a draft and cause unwanted particles to stick to and dry on the painted surface.
2. Use Paints with Fewer Petrochemicals
Petrochemicals, as the name suggests, are made from petroleum and natural gas. Paints with high levels of petrochemicals contain volatile organic chemicals VOCs which with high and prolonged exposure can cause cancer in humans. Oil-based paints contain approximately 93% parts per gallon of petrochemicals while water-based latex paints contain only 15%. There are now newer low-VOC paints available that have less than 100 parts office 除甲醛 per gallon of petrochemicals. Painting with a lower level of toxicity will greatly reduce your exposure to hazard.
3. Remove Paint Fumes with a HEPA Air Purifier
Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs) contained in paint such as benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene are such a potent pollutant to your indoor air quality because they evaporate so easily into the air, and once the space is painted these chemicals are launched from a huge surface area of walls and ceilings. But even after the paint has dried it often continues to emit hazardous chemicals into your air. Using a high efficiency particle arresting (HEPA) air purifier whose filter is designed to specifically target these volatile organic chemicals is one of the best steps you can take towards protecting you and your family against the ongoing hazards of paint fumes.