Healthy Homes

Florida program helps to identify hidden dangers in homes

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 10:12

The presence of toxins, allergens and other contaminants in a home is something that many families have limited knowledge of, as people tend to think most of the dangers that exist in the modern world are located outside of their house. However, this is not the case, as everything from older heating systems to gutters can store and distribute potentially dangerous materials.

WKMG Orlando reported that a program in Apopka, Florida, is designed to help local residents identify what parts of their home pose a danger to their health, along with providing monetary resources to deal with any significant issues.

"You never think of your home as unsafe or unhealthy, but sometimes they are. The little things we do or don't do can be unhealthy or unsafe," Ruth Acevedo, manager of the Healthy Homes Program for the Orange County Health Department, told the news outlet.

Acevedo presented a number of ideas to the residents that have already received help, including tips for removing clutter - something that she noted was one of the main causes of the accumulation of contaminants in a home. She also spoke to the impact of older heating and cooling systems.

Older heating systems can lead to the presence of contaminants in a home, as the radiators, heating ducts and air vents that are required to run the technology tend to generate and store dirt and negative air particles.

Newer products like Warmboard radiant heating systems eliminate the presence of these toxins, as they are installed as a subfloor and do not produce anything other than a comfortable warmth for the entire residence.

Along with being a cleaner alternative, Warmboard radiant heating systems are also more cost-efficient and productive than older heaters.