There are a lot of good reasons to remodel your Naples-area home. Often, Naples-area homeowners find that remodeling makes a lot more sense than moving when they want their home to better meet their wants and needs. Sometimes those needs have to do with the long-term health of the homeowners. Two of the major concerns are improving air quality and ensuring safety for those who plan to stay in their own homes as they age (aging-in-place). Let’s look at those 2 things to consider when you’re remodeling for your health.
Over the past few years, there has been a strong emphasis on improving the energy efficiency of homes. HVAC systems are much more efficient than they were just 10 or 15 years ago. Builders and remodelers use much more effective insulation products than they did years ago. Doors and windows are also much more effective than they used to be in protecting leakage (and that’s just as critical for running your AC in Naples as it is in heating a home in colder climates).
Some homeowners like to “seal off” their homes so they won’t be plagued by allergens, but that can have unintended consequences of sealing in unwanted toxins. A remodeling.hw.net report mentions numerous symptoms of “a home that is so tight that it is waterproof, dustproof, and has little to no air leakage. Nothing gets in or out.” Symptoms can include mood changes, to sinus congestion, shortness of breath, frequent headaches, sleep disturbance, stomach discomfort, fatigue, and more. People with asthma can be affected because indoor contaminants (mold, dust, and dander) can trigger asthma attacks. But they offer some solutions:
Proper ventilation can be delivered through a heat recovery ventilator (HRV), for use in colder climates, or an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) for warmer climates. These systems not only filter the air but also lower or raise the temperature of the incoming air to bring it to the same temperature as the air in the home, which reduces the load on the heating and cooling systems.
Another way to cut down on airborne contaminants is to replace indoor carpet with hardwood flooring or tile flooring. It’s much easier to keep those types of floors dust and allergen free. Here’s an article that compares various flooring choices for Naples-area remodels.
Your remodeler may also want to replace old insulation with newer, more effective insulation that is free of dust and other allergens. And if—during the process of renovation—your remodeler uncovers areas where mold has set in (it’s not unusual in a warm, moist climate such as we have in Naples), your remodeler may choose to replace some existing woodwork. Another option is to treat affected areas with special finishes or paints (such as Zinsser Mold Killing Primer) to get rid of mold.
We may not think of aging as a "health" issue, but making adjustments to your home to make it safer as you age can not only make you more comfortable—it can also protect you from injury. So while you're in the process of making your home look fresher, brighter, and more inviting, you can also make changes that will make your home safer for you. Here’s an article that talks about several aging-in-place features you should consider for your home.
Remodeling your Naples-area home is all about creating a space that looks great and makes you and your guests feel comfortable. And sometimes what you don’t see is every bit as important as the things you see!