Features of the healthiest homes

October 30, 2007

Today’s homeowners are becoming increasingly concerned with the environmental fitness of their homes.  Knowing what features contribute to the creation and maintenance of a healthy house will help you improve your home’s value over time by upgrading its ecological rating.

 

If you are building a new home or remodeling your current residence, use nontoxic materials whenever possible.  Homes built before 1970s may contain lead-based paint and asbestos insulation, serious health hazards that must be removed and replaced by professionals.  Choose carpet, backing and adhesive that do not contain chemicals.  An abundance of dual-paned, low-E windows will refresh the interior with natural air circulation and reduce mold by providing plenty of natural light.

 

th sidence, use nontoxic materials whenever possible.  Check for lead-bThe healthiest homes include heating systems that do not circulate dust and other particulates – a side effect of forced-air heat.  New homes with radiant-heat concrete floors, wall-mounted radiators and/or a sealed combustion fireplace are in high demand with health-conscious homebuyers.  If your home already contains a forced-air heating system, change the HEPA filter four to six times a year, and have the ducts professionally cleaned every two years.

              Healthy homes are more attractive to buyers.

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