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 get a new set of wheels. But it could also be hazardous for your health, because it’s a sign your car is expending harmful fumes.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are given off by synthetic materials like paints and finishes. They could cause headaches, respiratory problems and joint aches. In more severe situations, they may even cause cancer.

Flooring, furniture and even window treatments in your home can expend VOCs, polluting your indoor air and making you feel worse. That’s why it’s vital to select products that are healthy for your household and their environment.

When you need to get new window treatments, Louver Shop of Boston is here to help. All our custom shutters, blinds and shades are fashioned here in the U.S. from the highest quality materials and fabrics. You can examine samples for yourself during a free consultation, where you’ll get seasoned design advice, also at no cost.

Here are a number of things to know when you’re looking for new window treatments, as well as a few of the best nontoxic styles.

Look into Where the Window Treatments Are Produced

Consider the regulations where your window treatments are produced. In the United States, the EPA regulates VOCs in consumer products. If your window treatments are made overseas, oversight could be more loose or nonexistent.

Louver Shop of Boston creates our plantation shutters in Georgia and finishes them with exclusive paints or stains. These nontoxic paints 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. Because of this, they release little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Boston go beyond standards established by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.

Window Treatment Material is Crucial

If you’re vulnerable to VOCs, finding the right window treatment material makes a big difference.

Wood and Other Natural Materials

We provide multiple real-wood solutions for window treatments: plantation shutters, horizontal blinds and shades. Our plantation shutters are constructed from the best wood you can get, furniture-grade basswood or poplar. And, as we mentioned previously, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.

If you’re searching for the look of plantation shutters at a less expensive price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood is gathered responsibly managed forests, and every purchase supports the Arbor Day Foundation®.

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

At Louver Shop of Boston, we have plenty of outstanding models that won’t negatively alter your household’s health. From a free consultation where you can browse all your options to expert design assistance at no cost, we are here to assist you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 today to schedule your free consultation.

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