What is VOC?

You can always smell a house that’s recently been painted. While the house looks beautiful, a byproduct is VOC.

VOC is a carbon-containing compound that readily vaporizes into the air. When they enter the air, they react with other elements to produce ozone, which causes air pollution and a host of health issues including breathing problems, headache, burning, watery eyes and nausea. Some VOC’s also have been linked to cancer and kidney/liver damage.

As paint dries, these harmful VOC’s are released into the air at high levels. Indoor VOC levels are routinely 10 times higher than outdoor levels, and up to 1,000 times higher immediately after painting. Although VOC levels are highest during and soon after painting, they continue seeping out for several years. In fact, only 50 percent of the VOCs may be released in the first year.

While this certainly sounds scary, Nerolac has a solution. In 2011, Nerolac became a pioneer in the field and made its entire range of premium interior and exterior emulsions almost Zero VOC and its popular range of interior and exterior emulsions low VOC, being the first company in India to do so. With very low levels of VOCs, Nerolac paints are safe for use at home and in alignment with the healthy home philosophy.



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