Healthy Homes

Connecticut healthy homes program to get EPA grants

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 08:33

Two Connecticut programs are getting a boost in terms of federal funding as part of a statewide effort to improve the health of residents, The Associated Press reported.

According to the news outlet, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that programs in Bridgeport and Stratford are among 12 throughout New England that will receive funding under its 2011 Healthy Communities Grant Program.

The program is intended to address and reduce illnesses that are caused by environmental factors such as lead contamination and exposure to allergens within a home that can trigger asthma.

Money is being spent by the EPA on public awareness programs to reduce children's exposure to harmful contaminants and allergens. Many of these can exist in the home, according to the AP, and families can learn ways to limit the presence of these toxins in their residence.

Certain allergens and contaminants are generated and stored in old heating technology, as radiators, heating ducts and air vents produce and provide a space for contaminants and allergens to settle. Once the heating systems are turned on, the unwanted particles are circulated throughout a residence.

A radiant heating system can help to reduce the presence of these toxins, as the technology doesn't require these allergen-producing products to provide heat.

Due to the unique subfloor design of the system, radiant heating technology is not visible and doesn't require any product to circulate the heat. The system uses aluminum piping installed under the floor to warm up a residence from the ground up, evenly distributing the heat around a room.

A radiant system also allows the owner to choose any type of flooring, as the subfloor heating technology can be put beneath any surface covering.