Healthy Homes

Iowa city awarded funding from Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 10:50

The Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control has awarded the City of Waterloo additional funding to eliminate lead-based paint hazards and contaminants from the homes of eligible residents in the area, according to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier.

The news source reported that the city is going to administer the funding through the Community Development Office in conjunction with the single-family, owner-occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program.

According to the Courier, the qualifications to receive funding from the program for residents of Waterloo include the location of the house being within city limits, the structure having been built prior to 1978, children must live in the home and an income requirement needs to be met.

Funding from the program will go to qualified applicants, but it is important for residents to understand the potentially harmful products that they may have in their homes aside from lead paint.

Conventional heating systems can generate and store allergens and contaminants in the heating ducts, radiators and air vents that are required to run the aging technology. These particles can build up in those products, and once the traditional heaters are turned on, the air becomes polluted.

A radiant heating system can help to eliminate the presence of these harmful particles in the air, as the technology is able to provide heat without the use of exterior products. It operates as part of a subfloor and uses aluminum tubing to generate heat throughout a residence.

Along with eliminating toxic particles from a home, radiant heating can help to sustain a higher level of comfort than more traditional systems. The design of the technology allows for maximum circulation of warm air, delivering a more even warmth.