Healthy Homes

Tips for finding a healthy home

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 09:50

The process of finding a home that would be considered a healthy environment is one that many families are struggling with in the current economy. Elaine Robbins, an Austin, Texas resident, searched for more than a year before her needs were met, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Though the Robbins family went to see a significant amount of residences that were up for sale, they struggled to find an abode that would constitute a healthy home.

"We found one house that was perfect: an adorable, affordably priced bungalow in Crestview," Robbins says. "But the seller had used a plug-in air freshener and I couldn't step inside for five minutes without getting brain fog. We were disappointed we had to let it go, but air freshener can take months or years to disperse from walls."

According to the EPA, people are more likely to breathe toxic air inside of a home than outside, something Robbins took into account when selecting a house. The family finally settled on a residence that came complete with a thermal chimney, earth plaster interior walls and natural lighting, reported the Statesman.

The installation of a radiant heating system can help families to avoid the toxins that are caused by heating vents, air ducts and radiators. The technology is installed like a subfloor, but is actually a state-of-the-art heating system.