If you are searching for home improvements to make, now more than ever, you may realize the benefit of selecting the more health-conscious options on the market. A healthy home upgrade can not only improve the health of you and your family but improve the function of your house and increase its resale value. Although the initial costs for some of these upgrades may be high, you will experience savings over time and improved health right away. The following health-conscious home upgrades vary in size and cost but can fit easily into most family homes.
Home Water Filter
Water filters are one of the most popular health-conscious home upgrades. These filters efficiently remove lead, chlorine, and industrial chemicals in the water that comes into your home.
Traditional oil and latex paints can leach harmful gases that can cause eye and respiratory irritation, dizziness, and other health complications. When shopping, look for paints with no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and ones that are Green Seal-certified. This means that they do not contain certain dangerous heavy metals, carcinogens, and ecologically-harmful compounds.
HVAC and HEPA Filters
To help improve your indoor air quality, consider upgrading your furnace filter. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you could also try a HEPA filter which is available for both HVAC systems and portable air purifiers. Additionally, one of the health-conscious home upgrades rising in popularity is a UV light sanitizer. These are installed in your HVAC system and help remove harmful bacteria in the air, among other benefits.
Central Vacuum System
A central vacuum system is as close as you can get to a “self-cleaning home.” The system includes a central power unit, typically installed in the basement or utility room, which is connected through piping to a series of inlets installed on the walls of your home. Then, when it’s time to vacuum a room, you attach a hose to the closest inlet and vacuum up any dust, dirt, and debris. The central unit is more powerful than a portable vacuum so that it can pick up more dirt and allergens.
Your choice of building materials can impact your family’s health for years to come, so it is essential to be mindful of what you select. One health-conscious home upgrade is adding a coat of lime plaster over drywall. This material is less prone to cracking than cement plaster, and it repels mold and bacteria growth.
Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in the soil. As radon is drawn up from the organic matter beneath your home’s foundation, this gas can become trapped in indoor spaces. Over time, radon exposure can lead to lung cancer, and according to the EPA, at least 1 in every 15 U.S. homes has radon levels above the recommended guidelines. To mitigate this danger, install a radon detector in your home, especially in the basement, in which levels are likely to be higher.
The addition of these health-conscious home upgrades will ensure that you and your family can remain healthy inside the safety of your home.
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T&G Builders, located in Berlin, MD, has been a premier waterfront custom home builder and home improvement contractor serving Worcester and Sussex Counties for over 25 years. We are a locally owned and operated business known for our uncompromising commitment to quality, our passion for using innovative technology and premium materials to complete projects, and our exceptional attention to detail. In addition to building custom homes, we also specialize in remodeling your current house into your dream home! Our skilled team can assess your needs, determine the right design for your addition or improvement, and complete the entire construction process.