Healthy Homes

Connecticut towns to increase healthy home funding

Mon, 04/02/2012 - 09:54

Residents in the six towns that are served by the Naugatuck Valley Health District (NVHD) will soon be able to benefit from government help regarding the handling of lead and other household hazards, the New Haven Register reported.

According to the news source, the agency was awarded $2.48 million by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"Our goal is to improve 180 housing units, either single-family or multifamily," Cindy Vitone, outreach and education coordinator for NVHD, told the Register. She noted that while most of the funding will be targeted at controlling lead, a portion of the money will address other household products that can harm children.

Vitone noted that the Healthy Homes Initiative in the region addresses concerns like mold and other allergens that trigger asthma, carbon monoxide, potential sources of asbestos and radon and the removal of pesticides from inside a residence.

According to the news source, the program is especially focused on families that have small children, as these youngsters are likely to spend a majority of their time inside of a home.

Certain household products can contribute to the poor air quality and presence of contaminants in a residence, as older heating systems can produce and distribute allergens around a home that can be harmful to children.

Installing new technology, like radiant heating, could help to remove some of these harmful contaminants as well as provide a family with a higher level of comfort within their home.

A Warmboard radiant heating system is a clean, quiet and effective way to provide heat to a home, and the fantastic level of comfort that is provided by this product will impress guests and other family members.