That new car smell is invigorating 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 emitting dangerous gases.
VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are given off by synthetic materials including paints and finishes. They sometimes cause headaches, respiratory troubles and joint discomfort. In a few examples, they might even cause cancer.
Flooring, furniture and even window treatments in your home can release VOCs, contaminating your indoor air and making you feel worse. That’s why it’s crucial to identify products that are beneficial for your loved ones and your environment.
When you need to get new window treatments, Louver Shop of Western Carolina is here to help. All our custom shutters, blinds and shades are made here in the U.S. from the highest quality materials and fabrics. You can see samples for yourself during a free consultation, where you’ll enjoy veteran design advice, also at no cost.
Here are some things to keep in mind 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 Made
Examine the regulations where your window treatments are developed. In the United States, the EPA governs VOCs in consumer products. If your window treatments are made overseas, legislation could be more slack or nonexistent.
Louver Shop of Western Carolina 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 suggests, water-based paints and stains use water alongside their pigments. As a result, they create little to no VOCs. The finishes we use at Louver Shop of Western Carolina go beyond rules enforced by the Air Quality Management District and the Ozone Transport Commission.
Window Treatment Material is Essential
If you’re vulnerable to VOCs, selecting the best 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 developed from the best wood you can find, furniture-grade basswood or poplar. And, as we mentioned previously, they’re finished with nontoxic, low VOC paints or stains.
If you want the style of plantation shutters at a lower price point, there’s horizontal wood blinds from Hunter Douglas. This basswood comes from sustainably 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 home a special look. Pick from styles like Roman, waterfall Roman and vertical drapery. And then make them your own by selecting valances, edge banding or a light-filtering liner.
At Louver Shop of Western Carolina, we have plenty of gorgeous options that won’t badly alter your loved ones’ health. From a free consultation where you can examine all your options to expert design assistance at no cost, we are here to benefit you. Contact us at 888-428-1415 now to schedule your free consultation.