7 Steps to a Healthy Home

An excerpt from Living Green: A Practical Guide to Simple Sustainability.

Everyone wants a healthy, efficient, sustainable home that does not cost a lot to heat and cool. There are many products and methods out there that help homeowners achieve this goal. In the excerpt below, author Greg Horn talks about 7 ways to a healthier home.

  1. Remove the Carpet.
    Carpet traps dust, mold, phthalate particles, pesticides and other toxins commonly used in lawns and gar­dens. Wood, tile or stone floors can be kept much cleaner, which is also healthier. If you want to “warm up” your floors, you can use organic cotton or wool rugs that can be taken out­side and cleaned or washed.
  2. De-chlorinate the water.
    chlorine from tap water is absorbed through your skin and lungs, especially during a hot shower: So it makes sense to filter your drinking and bathing water, but also consider a saline system for your pool if you have one. These systems use sodium chloride ( table salt) to keep your pool clean at about one-sixth the chlorine content of a pool using regular chlorine. Saline sys­tems also keep your hair from turning green while sharply reducing a major source of chlorine absorption through the skin.
  3. Insulate, Insulate, insulate.
    The tighter your house is, the less energy you’ll consume to heat and cool it and the fewer outdoor pollutants can get inside. Plasti-Fab manufactures expanded polystyrene insulation, a closed-cell insulation that is GreenGuard certified, and does not off-gas. With a wide range of products for every application on your home, garage, or office, Plasti-Fab helps bring your home to higher level of energy-efficiency and improved indoor air quality.
  4. Replace your mattress.
    s I mentioned in Chapter Four, the formaldehyde and flame-retardant fumes that outgas from stan­dard foam mattresses are just plain bad for you. These fumes can adversely affect your health, and you can’t avoid them because your face and body are touching or only inches away for several hours a night. Buy an organic mattress even if you can’t make any other investments to heal your house.
  5. Dump the artificials.
    (fragrances, cleaning supplies, personal
    care): All artificial personal care products, fragrances and
    cleaning supplies contain toxic ingredients, some of which can cause serious health problems for _you and leave residual effects in your house. Conventional deaning supplies can be exceptionally toxic.
  6. Bake out the bad stuff.
    High heat in the house will speed out­gassing of new construction materials and furniture, and will also stop the growth of mold spores.
  7. Open the Windows. (Ventilate)
    Yes, I know we just said insulate, insulate, insulate. But it’s equally important to regularly ventilate, since air quality in the average American home is far worse that outdoor air quality; precisely because our homes are so much more airtight in the twenty-first century. You can help outgas fumes from construction materials, carpets and furniture by simply opening the windows on mild days and letting fresh air circulate through your home for a few minutes a day. There are also new, quieter ventilation systems on the market that will ensure fresh air keeps circulating.

Learn more ways you can make a sustainable difference in your home at https://www.pfbsustainability.com/make-a-difference.html