7 Home Upgrades That Protect Your Health and Safety

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7 Home Upgrades That Protect Your Health and Safety

When you’re renovating, building an addition, or constructing an entirely new home, you can use the project as an opportunity to include seven home upgrades that protect your health and safety.

Whole House Water Filter

Water treatment plants can’t eliminate all pollutants from your home’s water. A whole house water filter uses reverse osmosis and, in some systems, combines that with a carbon filter to remove harmful chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals, and chlorine from your water before it comes out of any faucet in your house.

Soundproofing

Leaf blowers are a constant suburban menace in the fall. They’re incredibly loud, routinely rising above safe decibel levels. Add sirens, motorcycles, and the neighbor kid’s garage band, and you’ve got a recipe for hearing loss. Adding soundproofing to your home can mitigate some of the damage.

Non-Toxic Paint

Homes built before 1978 are likely to contain lead paint. Sanding that kind of paint releases lead dust into the home. When repainting, use non-toxic paints that are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and labeled as Green-Seal certified. This indicates that the paint is free of toxic chemicals.

Whole House Surge Protector

Power surges can damage or even destroy your electronic devices, and they’re happening more often than you think, especially now that ice storms happen in Texas and heat waves shock Canada. Snaking surge-protecting power strips all over your home creates tripping hazards. A whole house surge protector protects your entire house from electric power surges, eliminating the need for multiple surge protecting cords.

Secured Wi-Fi Network

This might be the most neglected of the seven home upgrades that protect your health and safety. When you look for available networks on your laptop or phone, you may notice many that don’t have the little lock icon next to them. That means they’re unsecured.

If your network is unsecured, anyone driving by your home can get onto your network, possibly seeing and stealing sensitive personal information. Unsecured networks are also child’s play to hackers, who can infiltrate them, steal information, and implant harmful viruses. Use strong encryption to protect your network and your information.

Motion Detecting Lights

Motion detecting lights switch on automatically when they sense motion within a defined radius. They can scare off pesky wildlife and deter burglars. Install motion detecting lights above your garage, at each entryway, and in a place that will illuminate your backyard.

Radiant Heat

Hot water heat is a closed system that doesn’t blow dust and pollen all over your home. If you can’t retrofit your home with radiant heat, or if installing it isn’t practical for your new construction home, use HEPA filters for your HVAC system and change the filter frequently.

It’s easy for homeowners to get caught up in selecting finishes, countertops, paint colors, and tile, but don’t neglect safety and health in your building plans. Select materials that are hypoallergenic whenever possible. And remember to consider how easy or difficult it will be to clean surfaces, trim, and flooring when your builder finishes the project.

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