How to Choose Low VOC Window Treatments
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VOCs and Window Treatments: How to Keep Your Household Healthy

That new car smell is exhilarating when you have a new set of wheels. But it can also be risky for your health, because it’s a symptom your car is emitting dangerous odors.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are let off by man-made materials like paints and finishes. They sometimes cause headaches, respiratory problems and joint aches. In a few examples, they can even result in cancer.

Flooring, furniture and even window treatments in your home can emit VOCs, tainting your indoor air and making you feel worse. That’s why it’s beneficial to choose products that are beneficial for your household and their environment.

When you need to get new window treatments, Louver Shop of Philadelphia is here to help. All our custom shutters, blinds and shades are made here in the United States from top quality materials and fabrics. You can see samples for yourself during a free consultation, where you’ll receive expert design advice, also at no cost.

Here are some things to understand when you’re hunting for new window treatments, as well as a few of the best nontoxic styles.

Check Where the Window Treatments Are Created

Review the regulations where your window treatments are made. In the United States, the EPA controls VOCs in consumer products. If your window treatments are developed overseas, regulations may be more loose or nonexistent.

Louver Shop of Philadelphia produces our plantation shutters in Georgia and finishes them with proprietary paints or stains. These nontoxic stains are safe for the environment and water based.

As the name points to, water-based paints and stains use water in combination with their pigments. As a result, they emit little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Philadelphia go beyond regulations enforced by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Crucial

If you’re vulnerable to VOCs, picking the best window treatment material makes a large difference.

Wood and Other Natural Materials

We offer lots of real-wood solutions for window treatments: plantation shutters, horizontal blinds and shades. Our plantation shutters are produced from the best wood you can find, furniture-grade basswood or poplar. And, as we talked about previously, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.

If you want the appearance of plantation shutters at a more affordable price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood is gathered sustainably managed forests, and each purchase supports the Arbor Day Foundation®.

Looking for shades instead? Provenance® Woven Wood Shades are developed from natural fibers like wood, bamboo, grasses and reeds to give your house a special look. Pick from styles like Roman, waterfall Roman and vertical drapery. And then make them complement your home by adding valances, edge banding or a light-filtering liner.

At Louver Shop of Philadelphia, we have plenty of outstanding options that won’t adversely affect your family’s health. From a free consultation where you can evaluate all your options to expert design assistance at no cost, we are here to help you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 right away to schedule your free consultation.

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