Choosing to paint the interior of your existing or new home now gives us many more choices than ever before. With in introduction of many low-emitting paints and coating now on the market, allows us to make the choice of a product that will promote our families health as well as the workmen doing the installation.

Things You Will Need

Low VOC paint (flat paint below 50 mg/l voc)(non-flat paint below 150 mg/l voc)
Rollers with extension handles
Drop Cloths
Roller Pans

Step 1

Search for a low VOC paint product. Do product research on the web. Look up the MSDS data sheet which will indicate the emittance of the product or VOC level. All paints must publish this value and it is the standard by which all paints are compaired. Possible choices you could investigate are Benjamin Moore, AFM Safecoat, Pratt & Lambert and Sherwin Williams. I'm sure there are many more but these are the ones I'm familiar with.

Step 2

Visit your local paint store. Many of the major paint manufactures offer low VOC products. Be sure to read he label though as they may be labeled low VOC and realy don't meet the standard. Limits for VOC content was established by the South Coast Air Qualiy Management District (SCAQMD) and is the standard adopted by the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) in their LEED building program. Keep in mind that a low VOC does not mean low quality!

Step 3

After selection of your wall paint, you may want to consider a low VOC option for stains and clear wood finishes. While a bit harder to find and the VOC limits tend to be somewhat higher, it still would be a great option to consider.

Minimizing indoor air pollution should be a priority, especially for small infants, young children, the elderly and especially people suffering from allergies and asthma. These products will contribute minimally to the indoor air pollution and should be considered.

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