Health-Friendly Homes; Tips to Building An Allergy Friendly Home

Posted on: 29 July 2016

A healthy home is a must have as an allergy sufferer. Imagine having a dream house that provides you with lasting health benefits. As an allergy sufferer, the condition of your indoor air can affect your quality of life. Product selection is one of the most important steps in minimizing discomforts while building a new home. Truth there is no place that is better as an allergy sufferer. It's not where you need to build your new home that matters; it's how well designed your home will be. While designing your allergy friendly home, here are important tips to improve the quality of a health-friendly home.

Specification on flooring 

Given your allergies, it's important to pass on carpets and other soft or fabric materials that are allergen friendly. A stylish concrete floor is ultimately a good choice of flooring for a low-allergen home you can also opt floor constructed with hardwood for design flexibility. Other than being attractive, hardwood doesn't capture mold, dust mite or allergens.

For wet rooms, such as the bathroom and kitchen you, go for slate, stone, or tile materials since they are less likely to harbor bacteria, and are also easy to clean.

Cabinets and counters

Natural wood is a far better option for cabinets since it doesn't release Volatile Organic Compounds(VOC). Natural stone such as quartz is great for countertops since its durable, stain resistant and doesn't emit VOC.

Building materials

Chemically treated timber wall frames creates a home with an indoor climate that only timber can create. Timber framed structures can be easily clad with brick and cement to achieve a similar appearance to masonry counterparts.

Timber wall frames present healthy home building materials while at the same time promoting sustainability. Timber creates the best indoor climate that provides you with lasting health benefits. 

Other than being zero-VOC timber wall frames help in controlling temperatures, buffer moisture, and humidity and provide a mold resistant option. All these qualities are very important to a healthy allergen-free home.

Wall finishes

Use sourced healthy paints that contain zero-VOC for both interior and exterior applications. This ensures that the quality of air inside your home is not compromised.

Heating and cooling system

In floor heating systems are great for allergy sufferers. They reduce the spread of common allergens since they don't push fire particulate matter around the house.

Install proper filters on cooling and air conditioning systems to remove completely remove all allergens from the indoor environment. Install a proper ventilation system to increase air flow and reduce allergens.