The risk depends on the paint used. Oil paints or paints containing volatile organic chemicals have elements that easily evaporate into the air. Examples include solvents, thinners that maintain a uniform consistency, and desiccants that help paint dry faster. These are ingredients that often release gases and can be very harmful to paint fumes.
You may notice headaches, watery or eyes or nose, dry throat, light hair, dizziness or nausea first. This lets your body get out of this paint smoke the way it speaks! Usually, these symptoms disappear after only a very short period of exposure to smoke. But often the paint removes gas fumes for several weeks, forcing everyone living in the newly painted space to continue inhaling these fumes for a long time.
Young children are particularly susceptible to these smokes because they breathe relatively quickly. Because the body is smaller, the body is exposed to paint fumes much more than a healthy adult. Pregnant women are also at risk of harm to the developing fetus, and constant exposure can interfere with normal growth and development. Older people are also at risk many times more from pre-existing conditions such as heart problems, respiratory diseases such as asthma or bronchitis, and/or an immune system that is compromised in some way.
There are paints that are low in volatile organic chemicals and are not volatile. They are more expensive, but worth the extra money for the health benefits they provide. However, if you move into an apartment or a newly built home, you may lose control of the paint you use, and unless you act, you and your family may actually be forced to live in an unhealthy environment.
Highly efficient particle trapping (abbreviated HEPA) air purifiers with filters that target and remove these fumes can purify the air and make your home’s air quality healthy again. How do I do this? This paint gas is designed to run 24 hours a day to continuously remove it from the air as soon as it exits the gas.
When you choose a
HEPA air purifier, you have an additional cleaner that can remove other household particulates that may be caused by new construction or home improvement. These filters, by definition, are designed to remove all common household contaminants such as household dust, mite mold, mold and mold spores, pollen, pet dander, bacteria and viruses as small as 0.3 microns.
The best of these air purifiers comes with four filters built into one easy-to-replace canister, each with a powerful yet compact and efficient solution to remove paint removal from the air for different purposes.