Over the past decade or so, the term “green” has really become a part of all of our lives. From the way we view transportation to the products we buy, the environment is something most people are conscious of. And out of all of the places that you spend your time, being green conscious in your home is probably the most important. This holds true not only because it’s a good idea to conserve and protect the environment for the long-term, but also because it is so vital that the place where your family spends most of its time is healthy and safe. For that reason, it is important that you go with a Sacramento green home remodeling contractor when you make any improvements to your house. They will know just what to do to make your home a happy and healthy one.
One of the most important areas to focus on when trying to “green-up” your home is the air quality. And with the right knowledgeable home remodeling contractor, this will not be nearly as difficult as it sounds. For example, if you are interested in installing carpet in your home, you may be able to go with a carpet that has low-emitting V.O.C. content, which will reduce the chemicals given off into your air. This is also true for your new wall paint, which can emit these same harmful chemicals if you don’t select the right type. You may also want to choose certain wood floors that are resistant to the types of mold that may very unhealthy when breathed in regularly. But the solution to all of these problems is easy. Just hire the right Sacramento green home remodeling contractor, and they will help you create a safe and healthy home.
To learn more about how your Sacramento green home remodeling contractor can help you convert your home to a healthier and more environmentally friendly place to live, take a quick look at the video below:
To speak with your Sacramento green home remodeling contractor about these and other green home ideas, please contact the professionals at Russ Johnson Construction here.
SACRAMENTO GREEN HOME REMODELING CONTRACTOR VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
TITLE: Go Green, Part 1 – Air Quality
NARRATION: What’s a world without color? How bout we add some green. Seems to be the color of choice these day, huh? I know you’ve heard a lot about green and the other buzzwords like energy efficiency, conservation, and eco-friendly living. But what does it all mean to you? Maybe you’re thinking of building a home or remodeling your home with efficient features, and you’re not quite sure where to start. Well keep watching, and let me help you connect the green dots. We’ll start with the basics. Simple and affordable ways you can embrace the green lifestyle.
What do you see here? An attractive, well-appointed house, right? Look closer. What you might not see are the features that can help make a home a healthy place to live, like flooring, wall coverings, and cabinetry. And even air vents that work double-time. Looking good and being green. Your floors and walls cover the largest area in your home. So what you put on them can affect the air you breathe. What can you do? Lots.
There are many ways you can improve the indoor air quality of your home. You want to really think about the materials that are going to be placed inside the home. There are many options for floor coverings that you can choose today.
Like bamboo. Sleek and sophisticated, with a fine grain. And more durable than traditional hardwood. How about cork? Naturally hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal, its texture makes it a good choice for high traffic areas in the home. Or natural linoleum. Look at those colors. Something for everybody.
Don’t want to give up wall-to-wall carpeting? You don’t have to. If you want to get around that new carpet smell created by chemicals found in some carpet types, look at the label to find a brand that has low-emitting V.O.C. content on the pile, padding, and adhesives. Another option is recycled carpeting. It looks and feels like regular carpeting, but it’s made with post-consumer products.
You could also use some reclaimed lumber, or you could use something like a forest stewardship certified lumber, which is FSC certified, meaning that it’s forest grown. And these things are durable, long-lasting, and very economical to purchase.
When covering walls, whatever your décor, choose paint and paper with low V.O.C. content. Remember, it’s the invisible V.O.C.s that leave the unpleasant odor behind long after the paint and glue have dried.
Okay. Now that you’ve made some green choices, you want to keep all of that fresh air circulating throughout your home.
You really want to make sure that the air is filtered. And you want to ventilate it properly as well. One of the ways you can do that is to be sure and ask your builder for a good quality ventilation system, especially in your bathrooms. In the kitchen, you want a range hood that vents to the outside. For the family room, forgo a wood-burning fireplace. Instead, opt for a gas-burning firebox insert. It’s well-ventilated, with no ash pollutants floating in the room and into your lungs.
Another way to keep your indoor air quality clean and healthy is to bring in fresh air from the outside. You want to bring that in through fresh air intakes that are actually connected to your heating and air system. They’re called whole-house ventilation systems.
One other way to keep toxic air at a distance is to keep the garage detached. Don’t have the space? Then insist on a tightly-sealed barrier between the space where your car parks and you live. No need to inhale gas fumes and other garage-type toxins.
Well, this is a good start. But let’s keep going. I have more great ideas for you and your home. Keep watching.