Monday, April 4, 2016

Creating a Healthy Home Environment

Guest post by Ella

If you want to have a home that is both healthier to live in and practical in every way, then you will need to be extra careful with the way you approach things. The following examples will give you what you need to do to make your home healthy:

  • Start the job by doing a bit of downsizing and clearance around your home. This will give you a hand when you need to handle the rest of the job, so either deal with the clearance alone or work with a professional clearance company to do it for you. If you handle it right you will have a great time in a healthy environment as much as possible.
  • You should make an indoor air quality test. You can do so with a professional lab that will give you a performance metric for all your rooms so you can compare the results. Test for mold and particulates as well since this will give you more information on the subject. 
  • Provide distributed and balanced energy recovery ventilation. Balanced ventilation with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) filtration is extremely important for air quality and better comfort. This will ensure you have no pressure imbalances in the house, since exhaust only ventilation types will require you to bring that air from somewhere. If your home is small, then you will need to ensure you have the air filtered and distributed correctly. 
  • You would do well to ensure your walls are modeled using a WUFI tool for better dry out capability. WUFI basically means heat and moisture transiency, a hydrothermal modeling tool that is used to check the exact building assembly with details about your climate. That way you will have better idea about moisture and potential mold risks. 
  • You can install a radon vent under the basement slab that vents through the roof. A passive radon vent that goes through the roof will be an easy and cheap solution. Radon mitigation is an important part of the ventilation system, so you would do well to consider making use of it. 
  • Working on eliminating condensation is equally important, as letting it go can lead to excessive mold growth. A lot of the valuable surfaces should be installed in such a way as to keep condensation to a minimum. This is a good rule of thumb when it comes to colder climates, as it will allow you to keep your home healthy and safe. Making sure you have good exterior insulation should be a priority to ensure the surfaces on the inside will not become a condensing area. Anything left after a renovation should go, so do some junk clearance while you’re at it. 
  • Keep to the use of natural materials whenever you can and ensure you avoid plastics, as well as non-VOC paint as it would bleed bits of gases into the air and you will find a great way to keep yourself safe from toxins in the air and the rest of your environment. With clearance out of the way you will have a much easier time handling these. 

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