Over the years we have seen great changes in technology which are impacting every industry and home design is no exception. Now homes are built with more energy efficient materials to improve the home’s resistance to fire, water, air quality within the home, soundproofing and durability!
If the home has mould problems it is typically found in the basement. By insulating your basement better you can help reduce water issues. Now you can spray insulated cork onto your house. This spray-on cork is applied from the outside which will help with the heat or cold from getting inside your home. The added insulation will also help soundproof your home better. If you are working on your unfinished basement, it would be wise to add an insulated subfloor system which is placed over the concrete this way you will prevent mould and mildew.
Air quality within a home is dependent on many factors, one of them being the paint you use on your walls. Today you have the option of choosing low or no volatile organic compound (VOC) paints without having to compromise on the quality or durability of the paint. Just a few years ago this wasn’t the case, the VOC paints lacked in quality – the VOC paint would chip off fast. If you are choosing low VOC paint and you are planning on adding a pigment make sure that it is also VOC-free. This is extremely important if you are painting a baby room. A rule of thumb to follow is that usually darker colours contain more VOCs than lighter colours. Aside from paints there’s also low VOC absorbing drywalls that you can incorporate. This drywall is also resistant to fire, moisture and mould. You can also improve the air quality within the home by installing a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. The HEPA filter is installed next to the furnace and it can filter more particles than the average furnace air filter.
Each home is different that is why it is best to get a healthy home inspection. The inspection should scan for any water problems and air quality. Thermographic scans will check for any leaks and/or mould hiding behind the walls. Air quality tests will test for mould, VOCs, and radon (the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers).
A healthy you starts with consuming healthier foods, being more active, and living in a surrounding that is free from toxic/hazardous substances.