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When it comes to interior design, most people put a lot more thought into the color of their paint than the quality — but that could be a big mistake. Consider these three reasons why it really does matter which brand and type of paint you buy for your Evanston, Illinois, home.

Some Paints Really Do Work Better Than Others

When it comes to paint, you get what you pay for. The most expensive paints will be of much higher quality than their cheap counterparts. They cost more because they contain superior ingredients, including strong binders, a higher ratio of solid to liquid ingredients, and additives that provide better coverage and durability.

Different Finishes Work Well for Different Things

Paint finishes exist on a spectrum from flat to gloss, and each option has its own unique characteristics. For instance, a flatter finish will absorb light, giving the paint a darker look, while glossy paints reflect light. Flat paints hide imperfections but aren’t very stain-resistant. Semi-gloss are the easiest to clean, but eggshell and satin paints are close behind in that category.

Certain Paints Can Affect Your Indoor Air Quality

Whether you realize it or not, the paint in your home can significantly impact your indoor air quality (IAQ). Like some adhesives and cleaning supplies, paint emits gases known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Inhaling VOCs can cause symptoms such as headaches and dizziness. Certain paints may even emit VOCs that are carcinogenic.

To keep your indoor air healthier, look for paint that has little or no VOCs. If you can’t eliminate them altogether, consider installing an air purifier to help preserve indoor air quality. You can also boost IAQ in the long run by using mold- and mildew-resistant paints in bathrooms and other humid areas.

If your home’s IAQ has already been affected by mold, mildew, VOCs, or other pollutants, call Ireland Heating & Air Conditioning Co. at 847-388-0108. Our trained experts can evaluate your home’s ventilation and indoor air quality and suggest the best solutions for your needs.

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