Make your new or existing home even greener

February 14, 2009|By NAPSA

There's no need to sacrifice style when making environmentally conscious home design choices.

Today's manufacturers offer beautifully designed, energy-saving and environmentally friendly options to help create a green environment in your existing or newly built home.

Improving indoor air quality (IAQ) is a growing concern for homeowners. Industry leaders have developed and manufactured forward-thinking residential ventilation and built-in products that greatly improve the overall indoor environment, a key component to making a home greener.

According to a number of leading organizations including the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), exhausting pollutants and moisture from the home is one of the best ways to ensure better IAQ.


Range hoods and ventilation fans that are ducted to the outside are the best options for spot ventilation of pollutants and moisture.

Brands such as Broan and NuTone offer complete lines of quiet kitchen and bath ventilation products, including many that are Energy Star(r) qualified, making them a truly green product.

Noise pollution also is reduced as most of these range hoods and ventilation fans are rated at less than 1.5 Sones. For comparison, 1.0 Sone is equivalent to the sound made by a quiet refrigerator.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, asthma and allergies strike one out of four Americans-roughly 60 million people. Poor IAQ, which can be caused by dust mites, mold spores, pollen, humidity, pet dander, smoke and radon, can contribute to asthma and allergy attacks.

NuTone central vacuum systems can alleviate poor IAQ by pulling dust, dirt and allergens from the living environment more effectively than portable vacuums, trapping them within the filtration system of the power unit and exhausting them outdoors.

A central vacuum system also can be used to more effectively "power dust" furniture and living space by removing the dust from the living areas rather than just moving it around.

The system is up to five times more powerful than a conventional vacuum cleaner and will not recirculate dust-laden air back into the room.

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