Healthy Homes

Rhode Island residents to benefit from healthy homes program

Mon, 12/05/2011 - 11:58

The city of Providence, Rhode Island, is going to help its residents make their homes greener, more energy-efficient and healthier, according to WPRI.

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Providence Neighborhood Innovation Pilot will provide free weatherization, upgrades and health and safety assessments for 125 homes in the center part of the city to help improve the health and prevent sickness of its residents.

A lack of efficient heating, lighting and insulation can have a significant impact on the health of a family, especially one that spends a significant amount of time indoors. These individuals could benefit from the use of lead-free paint, modern lighting and a radiant heating system.

The use of a radiant heating system eliminates the need for families to use radiators, heating ducts and air vents, all of which can lead to the spreading of unhealthy air particles.

In using a subfloor radiant system a family can improve their indoor air quality because the heat is radiated from the floor without allergens and dust particles. European studies indicate that dust mites are reduced by as much as 90 percent in homes that use radiant heaters.

Along with a lack of allergens and pollution in the air, the lack of noise also helps to create a healthier home environment. No noisy fans or blowers helps to create a quiet and serene environment, eliminating the potentially chaotic noise of traditional heaters.

These benefits can help to improve the overall health of families, and this is what the city of Providence was trying to accomplish.

"We're going to work with the families who live in these homes to make sure they realize the most [benefits] out of the retrofits; saving energy, saving money, and living healthier," Mayor Taveras said in a statement.