When you get home after a long day at work, all you want to do is relax. Unfortunately, many homes hold invisible dangers that are anything but relaxing, and can even lead to major health complications for you and your family. From mold in the air vents to pests in the walls, you never know what might be lurking where you haven’t noticed it. Luckily, our experts know about these sneaky dangers–and how to prevent them.
Our experts had a lot to say about protecting a home from unseen dangers. We hope their helpful and insightful suggestions will make your home a healthier place to be.
Below, we’ve compiled a few of the helpful answers our experts provided. Check back later in the week for a follow-up article, summarizing everyday housing elements that we tend to take for granted as a society.
What updates can make a home healthier?
What home safety concerns might homeowners not be aware of?
Are there any renovations homeowners should consider to improve the health of their homes?
What small changes can homeowners make on their own?
"An easy update to a home that would make a home healthier (and cost nothing) would be to NOT have the average homeowner reach for a pesticide everytime an insect is spotted.... I have yet to see a homeowner read the label on a can of Raid and most poisonings occur as a direct result of this easily correctable behavior." read more
“Indoor air quality can seriously impact your daily life. By implementing as many of these steps as possible you can create a home that is easier to keep clean and will help you cut back on your need for allergy medicine. It doesn’t matter how beautiful your home is if spending time in it makes you feel ill.” read more
“Modern homes are more airtight, driven largely by a push for increased energy efficiency, but that can trap pollutants inside and make it more likely to breathe toxic air inside the home than outside. ... Green builders and remodelers often choose less-toxic versions of building materials and products to gain green-building credits, but the rating is scaleable. The higher the rating, the more likely the home is built with nontoxic materials and a healthy focus. So ask to see the scoring sheet that shows how they earned their rating, and look for ads with keywords such as green, healthy and natural.” read more
“Find yourself doing a lot of dusting? Does your family suffer from indoor allergies? Chances are good that leaky ductwork is the culprit. It’s estimated that 60% to 85% of U.S. homes today have significant duct leakage – even new homes. Effectively seal the leaks and you’ll dramatically improve the indoor air quality of your home.” read more