Thank you for all the information you give us to help in making the right choices for our home environment. I have a question about PVC blinds. I am shopping for blinds for my home and wonder if aluminum is a better choice than faux wood blinds that are made from PVC or vinyl. The faux wood blinds look great but I wondered if they outgas especially if they are on a window that gets a lot of sun. My windows get a lot of the afternoon sun and wood blinds tend to warp in the heat. Do you or any readers have any suggestions.
Marie, Los Angeles
Aluminum blinds are much better than PVC blinds. Yes, the PVC would outgas in a sunny window.
To the best of my knowledge, aluminum does not outgas anything into the air. The problem comes from ingesting food that contains aluminum leached during cooking or storage, or from skin absorption from products like antiperspirants containing aluminum chlorohydrate.
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