5 Steps to a Healthy Home
Healthy Home 2012, a designer showhouse that proves that green and healthy can be stylish, opened last week in Lincoln Park. We asked one of the project’s organizers, Victoria Di Iorio, for some easy tips to make our homes healthier now. Read more about Ms. Di Iorio and her crusade for healthier homes here.
1. Cut out the chemicals: When taking on a home remodeling project, or even a simple paint touch-up, look for products that won’t release harsh chemicals into the air. That means paints and adhesives marked “low VOC,” formaldehyde-free insulation and drywall, and water-based stains and finishes.
2. Go Greenguard: Certification by the Greenguard Environmental Institute is considered the gold standard within the green building industry. Buying Greenguard-certified sealants or flooring ensures that the product has been screened for more than 10,000 chemicals. A complete listing of certified products is here.
3. Let the outside In: The air we breathe inside our homes is often less healthy than what’s outside, according to the EPA. Make sure you’re getting fresh air year-round by cracking windows, running exhaust fans or installing an energy-efficient ventilation system.
4. Live fragrance-free: The super-powered lemon or floral scent found in many candles and cleaning products comes from not-so-natural ingredients such as petroleum. Switch to cleansers without artificial fragrances.
5. Suck it up: Dust that settles on a carpet or couch can contain remnants of the fire-retardant chemicals that are used in so many household products, while front-hall mats are a collecting ground for allergen-triggers that visitors bring in on their shoes. Frequent vacuuming of all floor coverings and upholstered pieces will help clear the air.
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Hillary Deck, Associate Real Estate Broker – Gramata Realty Group