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Indoor Air Purification – A Healthy Home Starts Here

  • Posted on July 15, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Protect your family, reduce your health risks, save your money, and discover some of the best plants available to decorate, clean the air you breathe, and enjoy your own Habitat for Health home improvement. How you might ask? Well NASA research has consistently shown that living, green and flowering plants can remove toxic chemicals from indoor air. You can use plants in your home decor to improve the quality of the air and make your home a more pleasant place to feel better and enjoy life.

Some Background on Indoor Air Pollution

Beginning in the 1970s, both new and remodeled buildings were tightly sealed to reduce energy consumption. The building industry also turned away from natural building products and furnishings to synthetic products. Indoor air quality became a major issue as airborne contaminants were trapped in the indoor environment.

Carpeting is one of the major sources of indoor air pollution. Although newly installed carpeting produces the most complaints from emission of irritating chemicals, older carpets harbor dust, dust mites and microbes. Even though the outgassing of chemicals from some carpeting is known to cause serious health concerns, the building industry continues to rely heavily upon its use.

In August 1989, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted a report to Congress on the quality of indoor air found in ten public access buildings. This report stated that more than 900 volatile organic chemicals have been identified in newly constructed buildings and that some levels were 100 times greater than normal levels. This report also stated “that sufficient evidence exists to conclude that indoor air pollution represents a major portion of the public’s exposure to air pollution and may pose serious acute and chronic health risks.” EPA estimated that indoor air pollution is costing tens of billions of dollars per year in medical costs and lost worker productivity.

Building Industry Solutions

Because of health concerns and vocal complaints by building occupants, ventilation was increased to purge the stale indoor air and introduce outside air. However, there are two inherent problems with increasing ventilation rates. First, energy-efficiency is compromised. Secondly, outside air is not always clean, especially in metropolitan areas. The building industry still has not adequately addressed the two-fold problem of providing indoor air quality and energy-efficiency.

How to do it yourself

Home improvement can include home decorating using healthy and economical combinations of material and technology to improve indoor air quality and energy-efficiency.

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The Difference Between Bamboo Laminate Flooring And Ordinary Laminate Flooring

  • Posted on July 15, 2017 at 6:35 am

Are you thinking of having a laminate flooring in your home? Well, you actually have two options, it’s either you could go for Laminate flooring or bamboo flooring. Both of them are samples of wood flooring but they actually differ in features. This article will discuss the difference between the two. Read on.

1. Abrasion-Resistant – Laminate flooring has features that could make it abrasion-resistant. It could be used in many high traffic indoor places like the supermart and the gym. Meanwhile, bamboo flooring is the exact opposite.

2. Price Matters – In terms of price, laminate flooring is cheaper. Bamboo flooring on the other hand, is normally 3-4 times higher than that of laminate flooring. Both of them though are moisture-resistant however bamboo is way better since it could be used in the kitchen plus its swelling rate is very low.

4. Durability Counts – In terms of its durability, bamboo flooring is better compared to ordinary flooring. The latter could not be repaired if the top layer is broken since there is no layer to protect its decorative layer and support material. Bamboo flooring could still be used if its surface gets broken since there is still bamboo under the surface.

5. Formaldehyde Content – Bamboo flooring is consists of glued bamboo planks while the support material of laminate flooring consists of glued wooden fiber. Basically, this means that the content of formaldehyde in ordinary flooring is times of that in bamboo however, the latter is still safe as long as it would meet the standard of formaldehyde release.

6. Available Colors – There are plenty of colors to choose from: oak, pine, birch, cherry, birch, teak, ceramic tile, walnut, granite, marble and also including bamboo. However, the colors for bamboo flooring are natural color, carbonized colors and more.

7. Appearance – Bamboo flooring gives an all natural, comfortable and elegant feel. Regular flooring couldn’t provide such feel. However, there are some types of LF with hardwood-like appearance such as V groove type and hand scraped surface.

8. Noise – Laminate flooring is a floating kind, there will be some noise when people would step on it. Bamboo flooring on the other hand only has little noise since its installation procedure is different from regular flooring.

So now that you have already read the difference between regular flooring and bamboo laminate flooring, the decision is yours. Make sure you will weigh its advantages and disadvantages correctly to avoid regrets.