Three Tips for Creating a Healthy Home Environment

A national survey conducted by the American Lung Association in May of 1999 estimated that most Americans spend around 65% of their time in their homes, making indoor air quality a significant consideration for their health and well-being. The air inside of a home can be between 2 and 100 times worse for your health than the air outside, mainly due to a build-up of air pollutants in the indoor air.

Three Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Poor quality indoor air can create significant health challenges for people of all ages. There are a number of methods that can be used to improve the air quality in your home and create a healthy home environment for yourself and your family. Apply the following tips in your own home to ensure that the air that you and your loved ones breathe is as clean as possible.

1. Ensure Adequate Ventilation

Many newer homes and homes that have had window and door upgrades are constructed to create nearly airtight seals around the windows and doors, increasing energy efficiency but trapping pollutants in the home. Ventilating the home regularly by opening the doors and windows, along with circulating the air using fans or other equipment, will replace the contaminated indoor air with fresh air from outdoors.

2. Use High Quality Air Filters

Picking a high quality air conditioner filter for filtering the air in your home can improve the air inside your home significantly, reducing the risk of health complications arising from … Read More

In an effort to promote affordable housing that is also safe, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced last year that he was creating two new grant programs. The grants were awarded through HUD’s Office of Healthy Home and Lead Hazard Control. Near the end of 2010, after the program has been up and running for few months, Secretary Donovan announced that it has been a great success.

Close to $100 million was allocated to two programs aimed at removing health and safety hazards that put children at risk. LEAP – the Operation Lead Elimination Action Program – was created to address lead paint hazards. A maximum of $2 million is available to each grantee, which must not be government entities. Only non-profit or for-profit private sector business and organizations are eligible. When funding requests are being evaluated, points are awarded to those requests that have matching funds available – potentially turning a $2 million grant into $4 million.

The other program deemed a success by Secretary Donovan is the Healthy Homes Demonstration Grant Program. This program was created to address health and safety hazards other than lead paint. Issues such as mold, allergens, carbon monoxide and safety risks like obstructed pathways are just some of the problems corrected with money from this program. Award recipients are required to submit a Quality Assurance Plan, and a full assessment of the housing units for which the grant will be used. No less than 65 percent of money awarded must be spend … Read More