How Green Home Upgrades Can Help Improve Your Health

Posted June 17, 2014 by Gabriel Posternak

You probably are more than well aware of the benefits of owning a green home, both for the environment and for your wallet. While many individuals are driven by the bottom line when it comes to homeownership, others are driven solely on the health and well-being of their family members, no matter the cost.

Well, there is a happy medium. Green upgrades improve health and save you money, as well. Now, that is good news. You can save money and improve the health of your family at the same time.

Years ago, you had to purchase equipment and have services such as cleaning out your air ducts and buying humidifiers in order to breathe easy at home. Unfortunately, that was just a quick fix for a deeper problem.

Nowadays, green upgrades improve your health dramatically.

Ways Green Home Upgrades Can Help Improve Your Health

There are several ways to improve your health and that of your family by going green. For example, the paint that you choose to place on your walls and ceilings has a long lasting impact on your family’s health.

The most important thing to remember when choosing paint is to choose a paint that has a low VOC. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. Volatile Organic Compounds release gases, particularly when you use them. Paints, lacquers, varnishes, and many cleaning products emit these vapors into the air. Paint on the walls, however, may have a longer term impact on your family. Using green products and paints for your home will improve the quality of your indoor air in the short term, as well as in the long term.

If you had a choice whether or not to use chemical laden products that emit dangerous vapors or not to use them, the logical choice would be to delete them from your home life for good.

Side Effects of Not Going Green

There are many health issues you may experience by not going green:

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Asthma
  • Headaches, nausea, and dizziness

These are among the more common; however, there are some more serious side effects of using volatile organic compounds and not using green home upgrades.

Liver and kidney damage, as well as potential for possible future cancers are showing as signs of volatile organic compound exposure. Chronic fatigue, upper respiratory issues, and memory impairment are among health issues, as well.

Incorporating green home upgrades such as utilizing VOC paint, all natural flooring such as bamboo or even wool or hemp rugs, eliminating indoor chemicals that are harmful, and improving indoor air quality are all ways to use green home upgrades to improve health.

Using green home upgrades offers you the opportunity to keep allergies at bay, improve your indoor air quality, and ward off even more serious illnesses.

Another bonus, the less sick you are, the less money you spend on doctors, and prescriptions, as well.

It is far better to spend your money on making green home upgrades than to give it all away to doctors and pharmaceuticals, which really do not solve the problem long term.

So, these are a few ways that green home upgrades can help improve your health.

Posted June 17, 2014
by Gabriel Posternak.


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