Homeowners are more concerned than ever with the effect their living environment has on their health. Healthy home builders are focusing more on using sustainable materials and creating residences that offer healthy living spaces. Indoor air quality is at the top of the list, when it comes to improving the health of a home.
Homeowners will spend a significant amount of their time indoors, which means that the air inside the living space must be as clean as possible. The concentration of some pollutants can be 2 to 5 times higher inside than in the outdoor air. Focusing on improving indoor air quality can make your next home a healthier place to be.
One of the main factors when discussing indoor air quality is volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs can have a direct impact on the health of your home. The presence of VOCs in your indoor air can cause respiratory irritation, headaches, and even nausea.
A lot of the construction materials that are used to build homes release VOCs. Paints, glues, and other adhesives will emit VOCs over time. Furnishings and rugs can also contribute to the concentration of VOCs inside your home. It's important that you are addressing VOCs with your builder, if you want your home to provide healthier air.
The easiest way to minimize VOCs inside your home is to use the right materials during construction. Your builder will have access to materials with a low VOC content. Some materials are even designed to help eliminate VOCs entirely.
Specialized drywall can capture any VOC compounds in your air and convert them to a harmless inert compound. Paint manufacturers have started to add a titanium dioxide finish to their indoor paint products. The titanium dioxide is capable of breaking down toxic substances in your home environment.
Opting to spend a little more for these materials will help to ensure the health and quality of your indoor air over time.
Another simple thing that you can do to minimize indoor air contaminants is install a mechanical air ventilation system. All residential properties are ventilated, to help allow the transfer of stale air out of the home.
Mechanical ventilation systems accelerate the release of a home's air into the environment, which helps to get rid of contaminants much quicker. The ventilation system can be incorporated into the design of your home and completed during the initial construction process, or it can be retrofitted in an existing home.