DIY projects that allow you to breathe easier

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: ImproveTips

This is the peak season for do-it-yourself projects, and maybe you already have your tape measure in hand, ready to tackle a bathroom remodel or open up the floor plan. But you also need to think about the people who will be enjoying this space with you, especially if any of them suffer from allergies or asthma. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) offers these helpful tips:

• Shut the door on bad cabinets.

If you’re looking to add or replace your cabinets, you may be considering common options like pressed wood, particleboard or composite boards.

These materials, however, often release high levels of volatile organic compounds such as formaldehyde. To make your new cabinets more suitable for the asthma and allergy sufferers in your home, talk to manufacturers about low-VOC options instead.

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• Keep the moisture out.

Mold and mildew is a common trigger and can make breathing difficult for asthma and allergy sufferers. These hazards grow from excess moisture in your home, which comes in through the doors or windows. New windows offer energy-saving benefits, and updating the weather stripping on your windowsills and doors can reduce the presence of moisture — thus reducing mold and mildew concerns.

• Get serious about your air.

An updated heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system can improve each breath everyone takes. If you plan to update your home’s HVAC system, opt for one with a replaceable or washable filter — making it easier to control the indoor air quality. This also is a great time to make sure air ducts in your home are unobstructed and large enough to circulate air effectively.

• Find fabulous floors.

Wood floors are more asthma and allergy friendly than wall-to-wall carpet. Cover your new hardwood floors with small, washable area rugs for a more breathable environment.

• Waterproof your home.

Leaky pipes, water in the basement or even on the walls can be a source of mildew, as well as indicate a general waste of money and potential cause of greater damage. These issues should be addressed immediately before water damages your home or mold and mildew become a serious problem.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.