Healthy Homes

Georgia town receives breath of fresh air, healthy homes program enacted

Mon, 12/12/2011 - 11:08

The town of Canton, Georgia, is benefiting from work that is being done by Habitat for Humanity, as several families will be receiving the keys to new residences that are more accommodating to their needs, according to the Cherokee Tribune.

Several families in the town will be able to breathe easier because of the work done by Habitat for Humanity, as modern insulation, lead-free materials and a radiant heating system will allow them to live in a cleaner, more comfortable home.

The news source reported that these families have children who have been hospitalized numerous times because of asthma and breathing-related issues. It was determined by local officials that the root of the problem was the lack of cleanliness and "indoor pollution" that were present in their old houses.

"The whole effort boils down to the fact that asthma can be controlled," Dr. Stanley Fineman, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, told the news source.

Technology like radiant heating systems can help to limit the presence of pollutants and allergens in a home. These particles are often caused by inefficient systems, like conventional heaters, which use radiators, heating ducts and air vents.

By eliminating the need for these products, a radiant heater is a safe choice for families who have children that may have severe allergy problems or asthma. Along with creating a healthier home, the technology also helps to provide comfortable and efficient warmth to an entire residence.

Because of its subfloor design and unique integration of aluminum piping into a subfloor, the technology evenly distributes heat throughout a residence in a quicker fashion.