Healthy Homes

Tightened budgets lead to cutting of healthy homes programs

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 11:36

Programs to fight lead poisoning and create healthier homes in Massachusetts have been cut during the past two years because of a tightening of federal and state budgets, according to The Boston Globe.

Homeowners may want to address the problem on their own, due to the lack of funding, as products like lead free paint and radiant heating systems may help to reduce the presence of harmful materials in a house.

"This is very concerning, because we’ve been appropriately advised to be more worried about children with lower levels of lead in their blood at a time when they are taking away the very resources we have all relied on to address this public health crisis," Suzanne Condon, director of the Bureau of Environmental Health in the state Department of Public Health, told the Globe. "This means children may go longer without being identified as having lead poisoning."

The news source reported that household contaminants provide a much more significant problem to families than many people realize. Part of the issue is that the harmful particles are rarely visible and the damage occurs over a longer period and is not immediately noticeable.

A radiant heating system can help to eliminate some of these harmful particles in a home, as the technology doesn't require the use of certain products that allow dust and other contaminants to gather.

While conventional heaters require the use of radiators, heating ducts and air vents to distribute warmth, a radiant heating system is installed as part of a subfloor, and doesn't have any exterior products that generate pollutants.

This type of heating system also helps to provide a more comfortable warmth, as the radiant nature of the technology acts like the sun on a cold day, warming an individual through contact.