Home improvement projects often focus on enhancing the comfort, visual appeal, and overall value of the property. They’re also perfect for boosting the health and safety of the house and everyone in it. If you’re thinking about making updates or renovations, consider these healthy home solutions and upgrades.
Interior Facelift with Non-Toxic Paint
Repainting the inside of your home with a new color can improve your mental health as well as property value but be mindful of harmful ingredients. Traditional latex and oil-based paints release toxic gases that can cause eye and respiratory irritation, dizziness, and other health problems. Look for paints that are Green Seal-certified for low volatile organic compound (VOC) content.
New Energy-Efficient Windows
Studies have shown that more exposure to sunlight leads to an increase in serotonin, the mood-improving brain chemical. Enhancing your home’s natural lighting can boost mental health as well as energy efficiency during winter by utilizing heat from the sun. Additionally, upgrading to modern energy-efficient windows will increase your home’s resale value while decreasing utility costs.
Home Exterior Repairs and/or Updates
The natural wear and tear from the elements can create leaks in your home’s siding and roofing. As water seeps in through these gaps, the excess moisture can deteriorate the structural integrity and become a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and pests. Exterior repairs and upgrades can be expensive, but they’re a worthwhile investment for protecting the safety and indoor air quality (IAQ) of your home.
Central Vacuum System
Regular cleaning helps maintain IAQ, and a central vacuum system makes it easier than ever to keep up with. These unique systems feature easily accessible outlets throughout the home that all connect to a central power unit in the basement or utility room. To vacuum a room, you simply connect the hose to the closest inlet and you’re ready to go—no more hauling a portable vacuum around and worrying about a power cord.
Additionally, as these systems are typically much more powerful than portable units-as they remove dust, allergens, and other irritants easily and efficiently. And for ultimate convenience and clean-up, all of the debris that’s picked up is safely deposited into a single canister or bag near the power unit.
4 HVAC Solutions for Healthy IAQ
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, most people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, where pollutant levels can be two to five times higher than outdoors. Consider the following IAQ solutions to keep the air in your home clean, comfy, and healthy:
Humidity plays a crucial role in IAQ and ideally should be kept between 30 and 50 percent. Working in conjunction with your existing HVAC system, whole-house humidifiers monitor and maintain proper moisture levels automatically to provide year-round health and comfort.
While proper ventilation is crucial to a healthy home, it can be difficult to maintain when the home is sealed tight to trap cool air (or warm air, depending on the time of year) inside. Air exchangers remove stale, recycled indoor air while simultaneously bringing in fresh, pre-filtered outdoor air.
If you think the name says it all, you’re right. Air cleaners remove problematic particles such as pollen, mold, and pet dander to clean the air you and your family breathe. Some even feature odor-mitigating technology as well. Just be sure to keep a clean filter for optimal efficiency and performance!
Ultraviolet (UV) Light Air Purification
UV light technology helps harmful airborne pathogens like viruses, bacteria, mold, and VOCs, as well as odors. These unique systems use UV rays to break through an organism’s cell wall and effectively damage or destroy its DNA, thus preventing it from reproducing and causing illness or irritating asthma or allergy sufferers.
We spend most of our time indoors, with the majority being spent inside our own homes. It’s easy to forget about what we breathe every day but keeping the air inside our houses clean is crucial to our overall health. Remember these healthy home solutions and upgrades to boost the safety, efficiency, and value of your property.
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