Seven Principles of a Healthy Home

7 Principles of a Healthy Home

What is a Healthy Home?

Is YOUR home Healthy?

Jonathan McGrath Construction is an expert in healthy home remodeling. Green building, aging in place building/remodeling, RRP lead removal and using best practices is all part of a healthy home. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) considers these the seven principles of a healthy home:

1. Dry: Damp houses provide a nurturing environment for mites, roaches, rodents and molds, all of which are uncleanly and associated with illness, including asthma.

2. Clean: Clean homes help reduce pest infestations and exposure to contaminants.

3. Pest-Free: Recent studies show that exposure to mice and cockroaches create a direct correlation to asthma in children. Inappropriate treatment for pest infestations can exacerbate health problems since pesticide residues in homes pose risk for neurological damage and cancer.

4. Safe: The majority of injuries among children occur in the home. Falls are the most frequent cause of residential injuries to children, followed by injuries from objects in the home, burns, and poisoning.

5. Contaminant Free: Chemical exposures include lead, radon, pesticides, volatile organized compounds and environmental tobacco smoke. Exposures to asbestos particles, radon gas, carbon monoxide and second hand smoke are far higher indoors than outdoors.

6. Ventilated: Studies show that increasing the fresh air supply in a home improves respiratory health.

7. Maintained: Poorly maintained homes are at risk for moisture and pest problems. Deteriorated lead based paint in older housing is the primary cause of lead poisoning, which affects 240,000 US. children.

To learn more about Healthy Homes and how your next remodeling project with Jonathan McGrath Construction can create one, call 407- 260-8077.


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