Healthy Homes

New program to help those with asthma find healthy housing

Tue, 07/26/2011 - 09:15

A coalition of the Habitat for Humanity Detroit, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Merck and HGTV's Carter Oosterhouse were responsible for the dedication of a house with asthma-healthy futures to the Dunmore family of Detroit, Michigan, according to a joint press release.

This was the first house that was built as part of the Build Smart, Breathe Easier national program, introduced to try and educate and provide housing for families in need, the release noted.

"I am excited to become a homeowner for the first time with the help of Habitat for Humanity Detroit," said Betty Dunmore. "When I learned our new house was being built with asthma-healthy features, I felt extreme gratitude in knowing my family will now have a healthy place to call home."

The paint, cabinets, kitchen appliances and bedding materials were all designed to be as asthma-friendly as possible, according to the release.

Another way that a family can limit the amount of allergens in the air of a house is to install a radiant heating system. This in-floor technology allows for much cleaner air to flow through the home, as the old forced-air methods for providing heat use ducts that add mites and dust to the environment of the residence.