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Updates for a Healthier Home: Expert Awards

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?

Most Inspiring

"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

David's comment is inspiring because it gives simple, easy-to-follow, free advice that homeowners can use to keep themselves and their families safer. We don't often think about how our own habits might be creating a negative environment, but David's gentle reminder to always read the label is something we can all do to stay healthy.

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Most Creative

“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

Jill's comment wins most creative because she came up with a lot of different, easy-to-implement solutions for keeping the air inside your home healthy and clean. Just by following her simple advice, homeowners can greatly improve conditions inside their homes, especially for those suffering from allergies.

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Most Insightful

“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

Wayne's comment is insightful because it identifies a trend in the housing industry that people might not consider, but that nevertheless affects air quality inside the home. He also offers advice for those looking to buy a new home, so that they can start making healthy home decisions right away.

eLocal Expert Network

Most Articulate

“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

Brad's comment clearly demonstrates the importance of well-sealed duct work, and backs it up with data. His advice both points out the prevalence of a problem and offers an easy, effective solution, so homeowners can confront the problem head-on.

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Most Informative

“The least expensive changes involve cleaning and maintaining damp areas of your home. Showers, grout and p-traps come to mind. Mold and mildew are common issues, and slow or blocked drains as well.” read more

Nancy's comment is most informative because it covers just about everything home owners should be looking out for when it comes to moisture in the home, including what resources to use to find out more. She offers guidelines for fixing a number of different problems, and even points out commonly made mistakes, like how using a too-intense cleaner on fresh caulk can break the seal and cause more problems down the road.

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