VOCs are volatile organic compounds and are used in industrial solvents, refrigerants, pharmaceuticals, and paints. The compounds emit gases and vapors that have an adverse effect on the health of those around them, both with long- and short-term exposure. Such health effects range from headaches and fatigue, to damage to the kidneys or the liver.
When you’re taking in that new paint smell, you are actually breathing in VOCs and toxic fumes, which trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. When you see paints with a label stating that they have zero VOCs, it means that the levels of VOCs in the paints are below the permissible amount regulated by the government.
All LifeStyle HealthSmart homes are painted with Sherwin Williams® ProMar 400 paint or Sherwin Williams® Harmony paint, both of which contain zero VOCs.
Carpets with Microban® Technology
While comfortable, carpets are not always the best option for the health of your home as they may trap pesticides, dirt, dust, pet dander, and other allergens.
Carpets also can trap spores, bacteria, and particle pollution. The carpet’s ability to trap pollutants and allergens not only greatly decreases the indoor air quality of your home, but it also affects the health of those living within the walls.
Carpets with Microban® technology—like those included in LifeStyle HealthSmart homes—put an end to the worry about bacteria, mildew, and mold growth.
Microban® has antimicrobial technology that lasts a lifetime, and carpets with Microban® technology remain 99% cleaner from bacteria, mildew, and mold than other carpets. When the germs land on a Microban® carpet, they die immediately. This technology which is infused into the carpet will not wash or wear off.
Hard Surface Flooring in Main Living Areas
LifeStyle is proud to offer our homeowners porcelain tile standard in all main living areas. Hard-surface flooring, like porcelain tile, is often easier to keep clean, which makes for a healthier home in turn. You don’t have to worry about what is being trapped in your flooring like you do with carpets. Hard-surface flooring options at LifeStyle include tile, luxury vinyl planks, laminates, hardwoods.
Hard-surface flooring types such as vinyl are comfortable, easy to clean, durable, and easy to install. Hardwood flooring is not only durable and easy to clean but also doesn’t absorb dust. These benefits make hard flooring options a great investment for the home and the health of occupants.
To explore this feature and more that comprise the brand-new LifeStyle HealthSmart program, please take a look at our comprehensive features. And as always, give us a call at (321) 727-8188 ext. 2 with any questions on building a LifeStyle HealthSmart home.