Healthy Homes

Suburban sprawl and family health: Homes that will promote positive lifestyles

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 10:23

New Jersey invented suburban sprawl, according to Richard Jackson, a physician who studies the connection between homes and health, and this move by the Garden State has led to a decline in health, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

Jackson noted that the manner in which houses were designed has led to this deteriorating health, as the original design of the suburbs - where people would walk around their neighborhood and into the town center - has been replaced by a lifestyle that no longer includes fresh air and exercise.

According to the Star-Ledger, the type of housing has also been part of the negative influence, as older technology has persisted into the new millennium despite posing significant risks to families. Along with this presence of negative products in a home, the lifestyle of people has also changed.

"Too much driving and too little exercise made us fat, depressed and unhealthy," Jackson says.

The use of older heating systems is something that many families do not realize poses a significant danger to the health of all parties who enter the residence. This, coupled with poor insulation and having to run an inefficient system all day, can work to produce significant amounts of allergens and contaminants in the air of a home.

A Warmboard radiant heating system helps to reduce the presence of harmful toxins in the air, as this technology does not require the use of contaminant-producing radiators, air ducts and heating vents. The product is completely quiet, hidden and safe, helping homeowners in both an aesthetic manner and also in terms of health.

This type of heating system also helps to lower heating costs and energy consumption, as it relies on an efficient delivery of heat due to the use of highly conductive aluminum tubing. This material allows the heat to emanate from the floor panels in the most efficient manner.