Why Homeowners Should Care about the Health of their Home.
By Franco Cordano, sonnen Senior Channel Specialist - Northeast
Over the last 5 years, there has been an increasing focus on creating a healthy environment within the home. New, smart technologies are emerging and evolving to make it easier for homeowners to improve their living spaces and easily create safe, sustainable, and healthy living spaces. Read more about how sonnen helps enable healthy homes solutions for the future.
1. Why should homeowners care about a healthy home?
It is important for homeowners to understand that the term “health” is not just about following a Keto, Paleo or low carb diet. Factors such as diet, sleep and exercise are certainly important to keep our bodies healthy, but this is not the pinnacle of healthy living by any means. With the amount of time we have spent at home over the last year and a half, homeowners can now understand — more than ever before — that a healthy home is an important aspect of our lives and an extension to our own internal health.
There are typical health principles of a home such as:
- KEEP IT DRY TO avoid MOLD and ventilated to reduce asthma triggers,
- KEEP IT CLEAN TO AVOID PESTS, INSECTS, and accidents,
- KEEP IT CONTAMINANT and toxin free since RADON, CARBON-MONOXIDE AND ASBESTOS CAN BE VERY HARMFUL TO HUMANS,
- KEEP IT SAFE and well-maintained to keep your family healthy.
There are simple things you can do to create a healthier home inside and out, starting with air quality. Air filters are nothing new or groundbreaking but the technology within them has certainly improved from the days of using wool as a form of filtration media. The quality of air we breathe inside our homes plays a crucial role in our vitality and longevity. Outside of the home, we face external air quality issues, like pollution and CO2, daily. Clean energy technologies, like solar and wind, play an important role in helping create a clean energy future. Keep reading to learn more about technology that enables homeowners to make improvements that effect every single breath they take — which is about 20,000 per day!
2. How does clean energy play a role in a healthy home and community?
Clean energy can have a massive environmental impact within a home and community. If we use the example of solar + storage, clean energy can be produced locally, your rooftop, and bottled using a battery to be used when your home needs it most! Energy produced by solar and even wind, is renewable, sustainable, and clean, producing far less greenhouse gas emissions like Carbon Dioxide (CO2) than other traditional energy producing methods, such as fossil fuel burning power plants. Entire communities of homes that are powered by renewable energy and batteries help decrease the amount of fossil fuel power required, lowering carbon emissions and ultimately contributing to better local air quality.
3. How does a battery maximize clean energy?
A battery can maximize clean energy by being able to store energy generated when the sun is shining for use when it’s needed most — in the late afternoon or when the sun stops shining. By storing the excess solar energy, the battery helps ensure that no clean energy is wasted, curtailed or dumped simply because it has “demand is low and the energy has nowhere to go.”