4 Ways to Improve the Health & Safety of your home this June
This June is National Healthy Homes Month, a time during which HUD encourages families to ensure the health and safety of their home. This year’s theme is “Check Your Home; Protect Your Family” which aims to raise awareness about the importance of home assessments. Besides looking for ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home, our Home Energy Specialists check to ensure the safety of your homes during No-Cost Mass Save® Home Energy Assessments. For more information on the Mass Save Program, check out this article: What Is The Mass Save Program?
1. Indoor Air Quality Check
Air quality in our homes can be more polluted than the air outside. Pollutants like pollen, lead-based paint dust, formaldehyde, mold, and CO are all common issues homeowners deal with. Changing the filters on your vents, AC, and/or furnace is an easy way to improve the air quality of your home. Having an HVAC or Home Performance Contractor perform an AC maintenance check on your home’s heating and cooling system can improve its energy efficiency and air quality.
2. Test for Radon
About 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States have a level of radon that needs to be reduced¹. Radon is a natural radioactive gas that you can’t see or smell. There is usually very little radon in the air outside, but sometimes an unsafe level of radon can build up indoors. If you are breathing in too much radon, you won’t feel sick or have any symptoms right away. Testing your home is the only way to know if there’s a radon problem. You can get a home test kit to measure your homes radon levels. Here’s more information by the Environmental Protection Agency.
3. Schedule a Home Energy Assessment
Getting a home energy assessment is a great way to improve the overall safety and health of your home. Through the Mass Save® Program, HomeWorks Energy provides Massachusetts homeowners with No-Cost Home Energy Assessments, scheduled at a day and time convenient for you.
• No-cost high-efficiency lightbulb replacements. We’ll install them throughout your home!
• Energy use evaluation and infrared report of any trouble areas.
• Safety check for mold, CO levels, and gas leaks.
• No-cost energy-efficient shower heads and programmable thermostats.
• A custom energy efficiency report and action plan, including recommendations for further improvements like insulation and HVAC solutions.
4. Check Carbon Monoxide & Fire Alarms
Carbon monoxide (CO) is almost impossible to detect as it is odorless, colorless, and can’t be seen by the naked eye. Installing CO detectors near every bedroom and on every level of your home will keep your family safe from this “silent killer”. Also, install fire alarms on all levels of your home to ensure the safety of your home. For both of these alarms, check and change the batteries at least once a year.