A fairly comprehensive list of ailments sufferable from your very own home was posted in this article.
It is disheartening to read that more than “30 million homes have significant health problems, according to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. More than 20 million housing units have a lead-based paint hazard. And more than 6.8 million homes have radon exposures above the level at which remedial action should be taken, as determined by the EPA.”
Building materials, new and old can affect our indoor air quality. Moisture can lead to problems as well especially when it helps foster the growth of mold. Lead is still an issue in older homes, and carbon monoxide, one of our regular topics is also a concern.
How in the world do you keep track of all of this? Certainly knowledge is power. Learning more about hazards can help you avoid them. We’ve had numerous posts on CO, information in our learning center and there are other resources as well such as the EPA.
One quote from the same piece that I really appreciated was this: In our cars, we have oil and check engine lights,” says Rebecca Morley, executive director of the National Center for Healthy Housing. “There’s no such light for a house.” This is true, and one of the reasons why an energy assessment of your home that is focused on health and safety is so critical. It can be like a check engine light going off, then its’ just a matter of finding a mechanic to fix it.