New Housing Trend: Health
Many people imagine the greatest dangers to their health lurking outside their doorway: sick co-workers at the office, kids with runny noses at the playground, or even the lettuce in your Chipotle burrito. However, with most Americans spending up to 90 percent of their time indoors, the real dangers are closer to home than you think.
In an effort to educate homeowners about health hazards in the home and how to prevent them, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development deemed June 2016 the first-ever National Healthy Homes Month. HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes created the initiative, adopting the slogan “Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy Home” for its first year. Each week of the month included its own theme, such as “Change is in the Air!” which encouraged homeowners to focus on reducing hazards in the air they breathe.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, indoor air quality, water quality and residential chemicals are among the main factors that influence the effects your home has on your health. Since we are constantly surrounded by these elements, it may seem intimidating to make sure your home is up to snuff in all of these major areas. Fear not, for these factors often go hand-in-hand and there are simple steps you can take to improve the environment in your home.
Be Cautious of Chemicals
In conjunction with the founding of National Healthy Homes Month, HUD also launched their new app, Healthy Homes Basics. The app contains different options to help you start your journey toward a safer and healthier home, such as lists of tips that apply to different rooms in the home and various ways that the atmosphere of your home can impact your health. Healthy Homes Basics is available on both iPhone and Android, since after all, “Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy Home.”