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 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.” 

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Batteries create an energy reserve for each home that can be called upon daily and provide our aging grid system with greater flexibility to manage intermittent renewable energy creating a greater balance between supply and demand. Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, are not constant but are subject to intermittency from cloud cover and unpredictable wind conditions. Batteries are able to maximize the use of these energy producers by storing the energy when it’s produced for use when it’s needed most, while giving homeowners greater control over how and when the energy is used to power appliances in their home. It is not simply an on/off type of solution but very adaptive and efficient! 

4. In a power outage, what kind of healthy home equipment can a battery power?

When the power goes out, homeowners should not have to shut down their healthy homes until the grid is back up. Today, thanks to batteries, power outages do not mean homeowners have to be stuck in the dark until the grid comes back online. With a battery, power outages can become less impactful on clean air systems, clean water filtration, and lighting. Aside from essential appliances like a refrigerator/freezer, well pumps, and outlets, home batteries can power air and water purification systems and advanced lighting control systems that mimic natural lighting so your mind and body can keep that internal clock ticking and help regulate sleep/wake cycles, metabolism and body temperature. 

A healthy home can come in many different shapes, sizes, and capabilities. We now can increase the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink and the light within our homes to new levels; batteries can keep these running no matter what happens, which creates a sustainable, effective, healthy living home — even if the power is out.  

Want to learn more about ways sonnen can help power your clean home? Get in touch.