The ideal home might vary a lot from person to person.
But one thing that we do know is that for an allergy sufferer, or an asthmatic, they tend to have the same things in common.
They need to be low polluting and as allergy proof as possible!
Here is our checklist of things to be on the lookout for, when buying your dream home.
And even if it is a bit late for buying a new home, there are still things that you can do to make your current abode a little more allergy friendly!
This stands for volatile organic compounds. These are found in wood finishes and paints and can cause problems for sufferers.
Check the products used in the home against the VOC level they contain. These substances are one of the prime causes of childhood asthma.
Fortunately, we are not the only builders these days committed to removing or minimizing the use of VOCs in their homes.
THE AIR SYSTEM
Your HVAC or heating and air conditioning unit can make all the difference when it comes to managing your allergies and asthma. In many cases, you will need to buy an air purifier for allergies.
A system which uses under floor, radiant heating is preferable for allergy sufferers, to one which pushes air particles around the home.
Air conditioning can also be a problem for allergy sufferers, for the same reasons as the heating can be.
Anything that is pushing the same air particles about the place may be distributing dust and other debris about it as well.
For this reason, we would strongly suggest you invest in a HEPA air purifier.
This can help remove dust, as well as other irritants, from the flow of air around your home.
As well as removing dust, it can help to minimize pollen and pet dander – two other major causes of problems.
Additionally, an air purifier will help with any mold problem that there might be in the home. Mold spores can also cause allergic reactions.
As well as the air purifier, a de humidifier might also be employed in an effort to rid the home of mold and damp.
Proper ventilation is also essential for the good health of everyone in your home.
Simply opening a window can help, although it must be remembered this can also be a source of problems in itself – i.e. pollen.
The materials used in the building of your home are paramount.
You should be looking for homes built without VOCs.
In addition to this, look at the adhesives used in the home. Also check the materials used in the flooring, the walls and the upholstery.
Look for natural based clays and plasters, when researching walls, and drywall boards that are mold resilient.
Check carefully for products that are fungus resistant, which use no toxic ingredients or anything else potentially hazardous.
Paints can now be bought which are low in VOCs and other toxins.
Look for paints which not only produce no or low odors, but which can absorb other odors around them.
These are only a few of the things you can do to improve your home environment. To find out more, subscribe to our blog!