Healthy Homes

Healthy and green: Building homes with the right technology

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 15:36

The use of the right products in a house can allow a homeowner to lower their operating costs, limit the amount of contaminants in the air and reduce their carbon footprint. The opposite is often true for residences that rely on faulty equipment and obsolete products.
Home Goes Strong reported that a combination of the right technologies and products can benefit every family, but many people lack the money to make a significant investment. However, not making one of these upgrades can actually lead to increased long-term costs, along with exacerbating any health issues that may exist.
According to the news outlet, the easiest way to make a home more healthy is to remove older products, toxic cleaning supplies and take simple steps to limit the amount of negative particles that come inside.
This can be done by keeping shoes in a mudroom, limiting the presence of pets inside a home and installing new products and fixtures in the place of old, rusted products.
One example of this type of installation is removing an older and conventional heating system and installing a new product.
Using a radiant heating system allows a homeowner to limit the amount of contaminants that are present in a home, as these products do not require the use of often-dirty radiators, heating ducts and air vents.
These systems operate under the floor of a home, often as part of a subfloor, and provide heat to a residence through the pumping of hot water through a series of paneling and tubing.
While this technology helps to limit the presence of contaminants in the air, it also has other benefits. It helps to lower heating bills and energy use, provides an increased level of comfort and operates quietly and without noise.