Healthy Homes

Iowa program to help residents create a healthy home for the winter

Wed, 11/30/2011 - 10:09

Officials from Mason City, Iowa, have told residents that in order for their families to stay healthy during the winter months, ensuring that a home is outfitted with the latest technology and kept clean at all times is a good first step, according to the North Iowa Globe Gazette.

This new technology can help to limit the presence of harmful toxins and allergens in the air inside of a residence. A radiant heating system, for example, doesn't use radiators, heating ducts and other products that can generate pollutants within a home.

Winter months often cause families to spend a majority of their time indoors, and this makes an "unhealthy home" a significant impediment for preventing sickness for all members of a household.

"Our homes can directly affect how healthy we are as people," Erik Gustafson, Healthy Homes coordinator with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, told the Gazette. "Here in the upper Midwest, we spend a large majority of our time inside the home in the winter."

If a family were to keep an inefficient heating system running throughout the winter, a necessity for colder climates, they would be exposing themselves to a variety of allergens and toxins. Along with the presence of pollutants in the air, this conventional heating technology would also push their energy bills skywards.

The use of radiant heating can help to fix both of these problems, as the lack of contaminants produced by the technology is only one benefit. The ability of the subfloor system to warm up in a quicker and evenly distributed fashion, means that a family will not have to use as much energy to maintain a comfortable temperature.