Green And Healthy Home Tips – Ideas for Creating a Healthier Home Environment…

Poor air quality, allergens, extreme temperatures, and humidity levels can make your home a bit uncomfortable, and even unhealthy. A healthy home is something our home improvement team thinks about every day. Our goal is to help create a safe and healthy home for you and your family. From using non-toxic materials to installing ventilation systems and energy efficient equipment throughout your home.

Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) and Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) Systems

There is a new normal for today’s energy efficient homes. HRV (heat recovery ventilation) and ERV (energy recovery ventilation) systems, they are found everywhere and not only monitor the incoming and outgoing air but also filter the incoming air for fresher, healthier indoor air quality. Because homes are becoming more energy efficient, and maintain a tighter seal this causes the need for the new ERV and HRV ventilation systems.

Other Ventilation Tools

  • Kitchen Hood Vents – Range vents are key to a healthy home because they are designed to remove odors, smoke, grease, and pollutants that are released into the air while cooking. They also prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Bath Fans – As soon as you enter your bathroom turn on your bath fan. It is needed for fumes from cleaning agents that cause health-related issues in addition to mold and mildew that build up as soon as you start your shower or bath.
  • Windows – For a healthy home we need sunlight and fresh air so windows are key elements and at the top of the priority list. Have a professional check your windows for energy efficiency and for your best options such as wood, composite or fiberglass windows.

Design Your Remodel to Promote Health

When choosing the basics, one should keep in mind the range of organic materials that offer health benefits. Eco-friendly and organic material selection is the basis for the healthy design. Creating a restorative environment begins with sustainable choices. Even the smallest decisions matter and can have profound effects on our health and the environment. Material selection includes raw fibers and natural textiles, such as wool, cotton, and linen. Also if you are considering a remodel keep in mind curbless showers and good lighting. Smart design can eliminate injuries. Good lighting and paint colors can impact a person’s mood. Well placed windows, skylights if possible, workspace lighting, undershelf lighting. With a remodel, technology can change a room from calm to bright light with the press of a button.

Other Small Steps Can Make Big Changes In Your Health

When we purchase a new couch or mattress or carpet or even children’s toys we do not think of the VOC (volatile organic chemicals) levels in them, be aware. Store leftover paint in a well-ventilated space and do not store them by the HVAC. If you love to burn candles look for beeswax or vegetable-based wax with cotton wicks. Paraffin and Perfume scented candles release carcinogenic toxins in the air. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are extremely hazardous. According to the EPA, VOC’s causes eye, nose and throat irritation, frequent headaches, nausea, and can also damage the liver, kidney and central nervous system. Get curious and start checking the VOC. Increase your home ventilation for reducing the VOCs. in your home.

Creativity makes all the difference in remodeling your home! Becraft Plus has completed many full home renovations over the years. Contractor experience makes all the difference. 

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About Becraft Plus

Since 1989, Becraft Plus has provided customized design and construction services to customers in the Washington, D.C. area. We specialize in custom home building, additions and remodeling, and whole house renovations with a focus on creating living spaces that are tailored to the needs of our clients.
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