From the materials used to build your home to the furnishings, appliances and utilities you use every day, everything in your house can impact your health. Let’s take a look at ten ways you can make your house a healthier one in 2019.

1. Use Low- and Classified Zero-VOC Products

Volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) are emitted gases that can come from thousands of different solids and liquids found in homes. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that VOCs can be up to ten times higher indoors.

Curb your exposure to these harmful gases by making sure you use Low- or Classified Zero-VOC products. These products contain less grams of VOCs per liter. A good way to reduce VOCs in your home is choosing paint that has been certified low-VOC.

Another tip by the EPA to cut down on VOC emission in your home is to reduce the amount of time you keep high VOC products in your home. Rather than store items such as gasoline, paint strippers and kerosene for space heaters for a long period of time purchase only what you need or will use at a time.

2. Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

There are several chemical-free ways to improve the indoor air quality of your home. Using things like central air conditioning, air purifiers, fans and whole house fans will help you recycle air quickly. There are also plenty of all-natural options to improve air quality:

  • Open windows to circulate indoor/outdoor air.
  • Use houseplants to help filter out unwanted organic compounds.
  • Remove shoes inside to prevent tracking in dirt and other contaminants.
  • Groom your pets regularly to cut down on pet dander and allergens.

Click here to take an interactive tour of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor Air Quality Demo House.

3. Purify Your Water

Protect your drinking water and keep harmful chemicals out of your body by using a water filtration system. Water filters help remove chemicals, minerals and other unwanted elements from your drinking water.

Today, there are several reasonably priced purifiers that are easy to install, like this faucet filter by PUR. Also, if your refrigerator has a water dispenser or an ice maker, remember to replace the water filter regularly.

4. Remove Mold from Your Home

There are always a few areas in your home that stay damp or are often exposed to moisture. These places have the potential to grow mold in higher concentrations, which can impact your health. Knowing where to look for mold and how to properly remove it from your home will help prevent illnesses and allergies that are triggered by increased exposure to certain types of mold.

Be sure to check these areas for mold and clean them often:

  • Unvented clothes dryers
  • Moisture seeping through concrete walls
  • Behind furniture, particularly against outside walls
  • Moisture coming through a basement wall or floor

5. Know the Origin of Your Building Materials

To guarantee you’re getting a product that is safe for your home, research manufacturers to learn both how they harvest the materials used for their products and how their products are produced. Finally, remember the three “R’s” when it comes to choosing materials that promote greener, healthier living:

  • Re-Use
  • Recycle
  • Rapidly Renewable

6. Choose Vented Aluminum Soffits

Soffits form the flat area under the eaves, bridging the gap between the siding and roof lines and acting as a barrier of protection from outside elements. Vented aluminum soffits are virtually maintenance-free, last for years and will provide much-needed ventilation to and from the attic.

Proper attic ventilation can have many positive impacts on your home and your health:

Rollex Aluminum Stealth Soffit is an environmentally friendly option that’s perfectly vented to promote continuous airflow. It’s low maintenance, environmentally friendly, durable and comes with a best in class warranty.

7. Pick Insulation that Is Safe and Environmentally Friendly

While there are several insulation options to choose from, many of them can bring formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals into your home. Use these tips to find healthier insulation options:

  • Look for Greenguard-certified insulation
  • Choose natural materials when possible, such as cotton from post-industrial scrap denim, sheep’s wool, hemp and cellulose from recycled newspapers
  • Research potential products to ensure they don’t contain flame retardant chemicals, high VOC levels, asbestos or formaldehyde

8. Use Steel Siding for Your Exterior

Protect your home from weather extremes with steel siding. It’s a strong alternative for your home’s exterior and is made from one of the most commonly recycled materials in the world. Steel siding doesn’t contribute to deforestation as wood siding does, and it doesn’t contain silica dust made from fiber cement that has cancer-causing agents.

Rollex steel siding is one example of 100% recyclable steel siding that is extremely durable and safe to install. It offers the protection you need with a maintenance-free, natural looking wood-grain finish in your choice of designer colors. Plus it has a limited lifetime warranty for your peace of mind.

9. Opt for Eco-Friendly Flooring

While every home has different needs, cork and bamboo are great flooring options for both your health and the environment. They are also made from highly sustainable wood.

  • Cork – Absorbs sound well, retains heat, hypoallergenic, and fire resistant
  • Bamboo – Durable, easy to maintain, and moisture resistant

But if you are interested in other wood flooring options, it’s important to note adhesives used in manufacturing plywood and other wood composites often contain formaldehyde, which is toxic. Be sure to search for formaldehyde-free alternatives.

10. Install Green Cabinets and Countertops

The most widely used cabinet and countertop materials, such as laminate, can release chemicals for long periods of time after installation, with one of the most prevalent chemicals being formaldehyde.

Here are seven eco-friendly cabinet options that are green, safe and growing in popularity. If your countertops need a facelift, check out these five green kitchen countertop alternatives where you will find options ranging from recycled glass to paper composite.

Remember to consider these ten areas for improvement, and you will be well on your way to turning your house into a healthier, more eco-friendly home. Need more inspiration? Start the path toward improvement with your home’s exterior.Click here to see examples of beautiful custom projects using Rollex materials.

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