Some home upgrades improve the looks, functionality, and comfort of your home. Others take it one step further and can transform the health of your home.

If you think about the time you typically spend indoors, doesn’t it make sense to be surrounded by furnishings and materials that are better for both the environment and your health?

Here are a just a few such upgrades to consider.

Nontoxic Paint – When choosing paint for your next project, choose one that is Green-Seal certified and has no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) like heavy metals, carcinogens, and other harmful compounds.

Green Mattresses – Time to replace your mattress? Look for brands that are certified chemical-free. Many mattresses contain chemicals that have been identified as health risks by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Sustainably Grown Wood – Home improvement products and furnishings often contain formaldehyde, which can cause skin and respiratory irritation and even cancer following long-term exposure. Look for sustainably grown hardwoods or Carb-compliant (California Air Resources Brand) products.

Healthier Flooring – No one flooring is perfect, but some are healthier than others. Instead of vinyl, which can contain formaldehyde and phthalates, choose cork, tile, linoleum, stone, or real wood.

Central Vacuum System – Much more powerful than your typical upright or canister vacuum, a central vac system picks up more dirt, dust, and allergens and pulls it out of the house into a canister or bag near the central power unit.

Lime Plaster – Building materials matter. Whether building your dream home from the ground up or planning a room addition, do a little homework about the products used. For example, lime plaster is less prone to cracking than cement, repels mold and bacterial growth, and is weather resistant.

Indoor Garden – Fill your home with plants that improve air quality, balance humidity, and aid with mental and emotional health. A small herb garden, for example, can add essential nutrients to your diet.

Natural Lighting – A little bit of sunshine can do wonders for your mood and overall mental health. If it’s time to replace your drab, drafty windows, consider the health and energy-saving benefits of replacement windows.

At Anthony’s Plumbing, Heating & Air, we offer numerous products and services also designed to turn your home into a healthier indoor habitat. From whole-house air purifiers to humidifiers, de-humidifiers, water filters, and more, we’re ready to make a difference for the better. Call us today for more information and a free proposal.