Home renovations have many benefits. They can add space to a small or cramped living area, they can brighten up a room or make it more modern, and they can add exciting new functions that the space previously did not have. But did you know there are improvements you can make that actually make your home healthier to live in by improving the air quality? If you or any of your family members suffer from asthma or allergies, here are a few tips you might want to consider during your next home renovation.
- Don’t settle for any old cabinets
Common material options for cabinet doors include composite, pressed wood and particleboard. But if you suffer from respiratory issues, you lungs might not appreciate the formaldehyde and other compounds that these materials can release into the air.
Instead, consider using a low-VOC cabinet door. Let your contractor know that you have family with respiratory issues and ask them to recommend the best material options for you.
- Banish moisture
One of the worst offenders when it comes to indoor allergens is mold and mildew. These spores thrive in a damp environment and can enter through tiny openings around doors and windows. If your home has moisture problems, find out if they can be solved through more energy-efficient doors and windows.
Keeping moisture from entering through windows and doors will not only help to improve air quality, but your home will also be more comfortable.
- Don’t neglect your HVAC system
Your HVAC system plays a vital role in determining the air quality in your home. Air that is not properly filtered can contain tiny particles that may aggravate conditions such as asthma. If you have a system that is old and outdated, chances are you’ve got poor indoor air quality. To breathe a litter easier, consider getting an updated system that includes a washable or replaceable filter.
An added benefit, is that you’ll likely see reduced energy bills as well!
- Get the right flooring
No matter how often you clean your carpets, chances are they contain all sorts irritants such as dust, pet dander, etc.
If new flooring is in your renovation plans, forget the carpet and opt from hardwood floors which are more easily cleaned and won’t play host to allergens. Hardwood floors are extremely stylish and come in a variety of colours and styles to fit in with any type of décor.
- Be waterproof
Any areas of dampness can breed mold and mildew. If you’ve got leaky pipes, a wet basement etc. these need to be addressed as soon as possible. Not only can they negatively affect your home’s air quality but if left unattended, could actually do much more damage to your home.
If you have people with asthma and allergies living in your home, make sure that you remember the air quality when planning your next renovation. That way, your home will not only be more beautiful, but it will be healthier as well.