Features of the healthiest homesOctober 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.