Healthy Homes

HUD awards more than $2.5 million to improve home health for Americans

Fri, 05/11/2012 - 10:14

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to four projects across the country in order to protect families from the many household dangers that exist in American residences, according to a release from the government agency.

The federal agency reported that the awards are often made to academic and non-profit institutions that work to advance the recognition and control of residential health and safety hazards among American families. The lack of knowledge that many homeowners have about the potential risks within a house lead to a number of health issues, especially for children and seniors.

"HUD is committed to improving the nation’s technical capacity to provide every American with a healthy and safe home," said Jon Gant, Director of HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. "These grants support the applied research that is needed to build the national capacity for meeting the Department’s goal of having every American’s home be safe and healthy."

According to the release, the presence of airborne contaminants and lead within homes poses a problem for families, as asthma symptoms can be worsened and serious illnesses can be contracted.

The negative effects that a conventional heating system can have on the health of a family have been outlined by HUD, as radiators, heating ducts and air vents can all store and distribute harmful air particles.

New technology, like Warmboard radiant heating systems, can help a family limit their exposure to these harmful pollutants. Due to the fact that this product does not require the use of bulky and dirty fixtures to produce heat, children and seniors are at much less of a risk.