(ARA) As we become more aware of the impact our choices have on the world around us, we can tackle many simple do-it-yourself projects to beautify our homes, while still being kind to the environment: adding energy-efficient lighting or appliances, upgrading to water-saving plumbing fixtures or painting walls with a fresh coat of environmentally friendly paint.
 
“Homeowners can easily incorporate green elements into their living space,” says Dan Johnston, national director of the American Lung Association’s Health House program, which aims to educate consumers about the importance of indoor air quality. “Products such as low-VOC paint are not only better for the environment, but can also improve air quality within the home.”
 
Indeed, the buzzword in paint these days is VOC, or volatile organic compound. Simply put, VOCs are odorous vapors that affect a home’s indoor air quality.
 
Look for products that have low to no VOCs. For example, Harmony Interior Latex from Sherwin-Williams is a zero-VOC, low-odor coating that permits immediate use of newly painted spaces. This makes it an ideal selection for rooms like nurseries or kids’ play areas. You don’t have to wait for paint fumes to dissipate before moving back into a space, and the paint can be applied even with family members in the room.
 
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