Healthy Homes

How to build a healthy residence

Tue, 02/14/2012 - 11:04

There are many families who are looking to construct a new home or alter an existing residence, and it is likely that they would want to install products that would help to limit the exposure they have to harmful toxins and airborne contaminants.

Older technology, like that found in obsolete heating systems or poorly-manufactured insulation, can eventually lead to long-term health issues and threaten the well-being of a family.

According to The Washington Post, there are many homes that include products and building materials that may be harmful to the health of a family.

If a homeowner wants to use healthy materials, they will likely have to do research on their own in order to determine what is the safest product to put in their homes. Though there are some resources available from the U.S. Green Building Council, these are more related to general trends within the housing industry, the news source reported.

Products like insulation and heating systems are ones that can detract from the health of a home, but families are unlikely to know what is the most harmful choice for their residence.

In terms of insulation, according to the Post, there are several toxins that are most detrimental to the health of people in a home.

"Most of the bad actors are petrochemicals, but petrochemical-derived materials are not all bad and not the only bad actors," a housing expert told the news source.

Heating systems are easier to identify, as Warmboard radiant heating systems are a healthier choice for a family, as they operate without radiators, heating ducts and air vents that can lead to the presence of harmful toxins and allergens in the home.

Along with being a healthy choice, Warmboard radiant heating systems limit the energy costs for a family, freeing up resources that they can devote to new insulation and other healthy products.