Healthy Homes

Florida community to hold healthy homes event

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 10:51

A partnership between the Newtown/North Sarasota community and Home Depot will hold an event that is designed to help residents learn how to keep their homes dry, ventilated, maintained, clean, pest-free, contaminant-free and safe, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

The news source reported that the event will teach local residents how to make their home more safe by using the principles from the National Center for Healthy Housing. Along with holding a workshop and education session, the partnership is working to rehabilitate a home in Newtown that will be showcased for interested families.

The effort is being spearheaded by a local community health action team that has said the homeowners' lack of understanding of pollutants in a house by homeowners is a reason that an unhealthy atmosphere may exist in so many residences.

Technology like radiant heating can help to limit the presence of harmful contaminants in the air of a home, as this product doesn't require the use of bulky and dirty radiators, heating ducts or air vents to provide warmth.

The Herald-Tribune reported that many people in the Florida communities do not realize that there is a connection between health and housing.

A study by the Environmental Protection Agency showed that the average person spends 90 percent of their time indoors, necessitating a clean environment for every residence.

A radiant heating system can help to limit the exposure that a family has to harmful toxins, along with providing a level of comfort that older heaters are unable to provide.

The radiant nature of the heating system helps to spread the heat out more evenly than an older system, limiting the temperature difference between the floor and ceiling to two-to-three degrees, much less than a conventional heater.