Homes that lack an air ventilation system often contain trapped moisture and other pollutants in the air, resulting in an unsafe living environment. This is especially true when you are working on a home improvement project, such as painting. Awhole-house ventilation system allows fresh, clean air to flow in and out of all rooms, while maintaining an optimal humidity level indoors. The following guide offers ventilation advice you’ll need to stay safe when sprucing up your home with fresh paint.
Choose a Dry Day
Stick to painting on dry days when you can leave the windows open. If your area is particularly prone to wet spring weather, consider getting a head start on your painting project before the season begins.
Keep in mind that latex paint typically contains a concentration of 60 to 70 percent water, which means that as the paint dries and evaporates into the room, humidity levels will rise. If there is already too much moisture in the air, this can hinder the proper setting of the paint. Although latex paint may be a bit safer than oil paint, it does contain silica, which is known to be harmful when inhaled.
Filter Out Toxic Vapors With an Air Purifier
Solvent-based (or oil-based) paints create the strongest odors and pose the greatest safety hazards — including fire — in a poorly ventilated home. If you use a solvent-based paint, be sure to install a working air purifying system in your home before you begin or use one of a range of portable air purifiers. A high-quality air purifier does more than remove dangerous toxins and particles from the air; it also creates a moisture control system that removes mold and bacteria from the air that you breathe. When you tackle your next paining project, your air ventilation system should be active and running, and the windows should be open while the paint dries.
Wear Proper Safety Equipment
The importance of a good in-home ventilation system cannot be overstated. However, if you find yourself painting in an inadequately ventilated room, be sure to wear proper safety equipment. This may include a respirator approved for protection against silica dust and other noxious paint fumes.
Since many of us spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors, it is crucial to take measures to ensure the air that we breathe doesn’t contain dangerous bacteria, particulates and other toxins. Proper air ventilation is the key to preventing exposure to these pollutants that are known to cause unnecessary illness and injury.