Butler County Times Gazette
  • Eliminate VOCs when planning a home remodel

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  • A home remodel can do more than just improve the looks of rooms in the house — it also can improve the indoor air quality. Air quality is an important factor, especially during the winter months when homes are sealed up tight against the cold outdoor air.
    Carpeting, paint and even the materials used in your shower might contain harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
    New technology has helped home improvement companies create products that don’t contain VOCs, so as you plan your remodeling project, be sure to look for these products to help keep the air in your home cleaner.
    The walls: A fresh coat of paint is the first element when planning a room design. Choosing the perfect color and knowing if a primer coat is needed are just two decisions that need to be made when picking a brand.
    The bathroom: Usually one of the smallest rooms in the home, it’s more important to make certain the airspace has good quality. Upgrade your shower with a unit made of modular panels that are lightweight and interlock securely.
    The kitchen: You may never have thought your kitchen cabinets have the potential to pollute the air inside your home. But if they are made from a plastic-based material, or painted or varnished, there’s a chance the cabinets are producing VOCs. Wood cabinets look great in kitchens, and as you choose the perfect cabinets to replace your older cabinets, be sure to research the manufacturer to see if they use any staining or varnish products that produce VOCs.
    — Brandpoint
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