There’s no question that incorporating Livable Design features into your home can make your life easier, safer and more flexible. But what if you could add features to your home that would actually help you and your family stay healthy? Improving the quality of the air inside of your home is a good start.
Air pollution isn’t limited to the outdoors. The air inside your home can be contaminated with harmful pollutants that come from many sources. Mold, gases such as carbon monoxide, and chemicals found in household cleaners, pesticides and building materials can all contribute to poor indoor air quality, and they can make you sick. Luckily, there are steps you can take to minimize the concentrations of these pollutants within your home so that your whole family can breathe easier.
- Install hard surface flooring instead of carpet in your home to reduce the accumulation of dust and allergens.
- Use low or zero VOC paints and finishes.
- Vent bathroom, kitchen and clothes dryer directly to the outdoors.
- Run bathroom fan for 15 minutes after a shower to reduce moisture and mold growth.
- Install an HVAC system that includes a de-humidifier and an upgraded air-filtration system.
- Keep up on home maintenance by vacuuming floors and furniture often and changing your HVAC filter every 90 days (more often if you have pets.)
In addition to improving indoor air quality, you can encourage healthy habits in your home by designating a place for indoor exercise and include storage areas for bicycles and other athletic equipment.
Taking a few simple steps can go a long way in contributing to your family’s well-being. Here’s to your health!