How to Choose Low VOC Window Treatments
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VOCs and Window Treatments: Healthy Alternatives for Your Loved Ones

That new car smell is invigorating when you buy a new set of wheels. But it can also be hazardous for your health, because it’s an indication your car is expending dangerous gases.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are given off by synthetic materials like paints and finishes. They can lead to headaches, respiratory troubles and joint aches. In some situations, they can even lead to cancer.

Flooring, furniture and even window treatments in your house can emit VOCs, contaminating your indoor air and making you feel ill. That’s why it’s beneficial to select products that are good for your loved ones and your environment.

When it’s time for new window treatments, Louver Shop of Macon is here to help. All our custom shutters, blinds and shades are developed here in the USA from the best quality materials and fabrics. You can examine samples for yourself during a free consultation, where you’ll get expert design advice, also at no cost.

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

Check Where the Window Treatments Are Created

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

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

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

Window Treatment Material is Important

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

Wood and Other Natural Materials

We provide many real-wood solutions for window treatments: plantation shutters, horizontal blinds and shades. Our plantation shutters are produced from the best wood available, furniture-grade basswood or poplar. And, as we talked about earlier, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.

If you want the appearance of plantation shutters at a lower price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood comes from efficiently managed forests, and every purchase supports the Arbor Day Foundation®.

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

At Louver Shop of Macon, we have plenty of exceptional models that won’t badly alter your loved ones’ health. From a free consultation where you can review 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 set up your free consultation.

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