Healthy Homes

Healthy homes improvements: Working from the inside out

Tue, 07/24/2012 - 17:22

There are a number of improvements that can be made to a home to limit the presence of airborne contaminants and harmful chemicals, but many of these pollutants could exist in places one may not think about.
Heating systems are often one of the biggest producers of contaminants in a home, as these products, especially if they are older, are one of the most inefficient fixtures found in houses.
Newer products, such as radiant heating systems, can help to eliminate much of the contaminants that are produced within a home, as they do not require the use of radiators, heating ducts and air vents.
Along with the lack of dirt and pollutants circulating in the air, radiant heating systems will eliminate the noise that often causes people to lose sleep. No longer will light sleepers be kept awake by the constant pings and pangs that are often created by older products.

Heating systems are not the only inefficient product that contributes harmful particles to the atmosphere of a home, as insulation and paint may be more dangerous that a homeowner may realize.
According to the Marlborough Express, people were often ignorant of the many dangers of these products during the past, due to a lack of testing and consumer advocacy, and that's why older homes are rife with these contaminants.

"I never do anything unless I can pay for it," one builder told the news outlet. "That's typical of my generation. As Depression babies we learned all those things. I got three quotes and I picked the price."
Asbestos and other harmful substances are prevalent in older homes for this reason, but homeowners should consider ways to upgrade these products for the sake of their families.