So, what makes a home healthy? A healthy home is one that’s not only good for the occupants, but good for the planet, as well, through its focus on healthy materials, energy efficiency, indoor environmental air and water quality, respect for its site, and conservation of resources.
The majority of indoor air studies indicate the air in a home, in general, is much poorer quality than the average outdoor air. This is a serious concern for health.
The good news is that you’re in control! You can create a healthy lifestyle in any type of home.
Consider also what you bring into your home for creature comfort. Do furniture and household supplies contain toxins, toxic fire-resistant chemicals, or, heaven forbid, bed bugs, moisture, and mold? Is ventilation adequate to prevent mold and mildew?
How are your appliances rated? Do they minimize water use and operate efficiently? Choosing detergents and household cleaners without harmful chemicals not only protects your health and indoor air, it results in cleaner waste water that makes its way back into the natural environment. It may sound radical, but some waste water is totally appropriate for landscape or outdoor cleaning projects.
Consider also moisture in the air, which is both beneficial—for skin, comfort—and detrimental, when too much causes mold and mildew. From simple to system-wide, features such as windows that open, whole-house fans, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers help control indoor moisture.