Healthy Homes

Washington, D.C. program helps to create healthy homes for residents

Thu, 05/24/2012 - 08:21

Officials in Washington, D.C. are evaluating homes with children who have been hospitalized with asthma and others with at-risk children to help eliminate environmental health threats within a residence.

The Associated Press reported that city environmental officials are calling it a Healthy Homes program and the effort covers more than 200 residences in the area. The program offers families a chance to use up to $7,000 to eliminate potential threats within a home and to install new technology that will limit and mitigate the risks.

According to the news outlet, officials from the city will come in and investigate homes in order to see if old and outdated technology and products are contributing to the declining health of children who live in these houses. If they see a problem, such as a conventional forced-air heating system, they will likely tell the homeowner and begin a process to secure funding for a retrofit.

Although a number of homes are likely to contain these pollutant-producing products, officials will have to determine which residences pose the biggest risks to children who are forced to live there.

Installing new technology will help these families limit the amount of exposure that their children have to potential health hazards, as conventional heaters should be replaced with new products like radiant heating systems.

A radiant heating system, installed as part of a subfloor, is a completely invisible and clean product, as it doesn't require the use of dirt-producing fixtures like radiators, heating ducts and air vents.

Along with putting less airborne contaminants into a home, the technology also helps to reduce the amount of noise that persists in a home during winter months.