A healthy lifestyle is important, a big part of that is a healthy home.
Houzz released a Healthy Home Study outlining what is important to homeowners and how they rated there homes safety.
- Over 60% of homeowners rate their homes as healthy, yet more than a quarter are uncertain of major health hazards indoors or outside
- Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are more critical of their homes’ health than Millennials
- Homes are perceived to be healthier if built more recently, have no allergens or mold, limited instances of insects and rodents, and more light
- Moisture, air quality, and cleanliness top the list of indoor concerns while air quality, grounds safety and soil quality worry homeowners outside
- Prevalence of health-promoting and safety systems like carbon monoxide detectors are limited in all homes
- Preventing health problems remains a motivation for renovations for over 40% of homeowners
More than 70% of those surveyed expressed minimizing exposure to chemicals and germs is very important for supporting overall home health. Comfort rated the highest with security and wholesome food/diet round out the top five health factors.
Here is a list of potential risk factors to keep in mind
- Dust mites Mold/mildew/rot
- Contaminants in drinking water
- Exhaust from gas-burning appliances
- Excessive dust or pet dander
There are numerous hidden dangers and items to be concerned with. Here are additional resources to learn more about what to take into consideration.
To your health and safety!