May Is National Asthma & Allergy Month – Spread Awareness!
De Young SmartHomes Include Healthy Indoor Air Quality Features
The month of May is recognized as National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month. I’m sure those of you who have either asthma or allergies have been feeling it lately with all of this wind! According to the Central California Asthma Collaborative, 1 in 6 children in the San Joaquin Valley have asthma; the highest level in the state. It is peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers and a perfect time to promote education and support.
How can you get involved? How can we as a community make the Central Valley a better place for those who are affected by asthma and allergies? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America shares 11 opportunities so people all over the country can participate in to honor people with asthma and allergies including awareness events, educational programs with training materials, and much more.
Here in the Valley, communities do their best to help with the air quality. Carpooling is recommended, wood burning is limited and daily air quality rates are shared on the morning news to educate viewers. Clovis Unified School District has become involved by including an air quality flag on their school flagpoles; ranking from Good (green) to Very Unhealthy (purple). This allows the staff, students and teachers to be aware of the air quality and to know how much time should be spent on outdoor activities.
At De Young Properties, we do our part by providing healthier indoor air quality with our EnergySmart technology. These SmartHomes include:
- Electronically Commutated Motors (ECMs) that provide filtered fresh air into your home 24/7
- Humidity controlled exhaust fans in bathrooms
- Protected air ducts during construction of the home to maintain clean ducts for better air quality
- Lennox HVAC which uses environmentally-friendly Puron refrigerant
- High-efficiency HVAC filters for better air quality and increased efficiency
- Kitchen hoods that are vented to the outside for increased ventilation
- Formaldehyde-free insulation for better air quality and health
- Low VOC paint for better air quality
In addition, these SmartHomes include other earth-friendly features such as energy-efficiency, sustainable building practices, as well as resource and water conservation.
We encourage you to share awareness or attend an event to support National Asthma & Allergy Awareness month. There is no cure for asthma and allergies and more than 50 million Americans have all types of allergies. Please join together to raise awareness for these common diseases.
For more information on the healthy indoor air quality of a De Young SmartHome, visit a Welcome Center today.
Author: Brandon De Young
Photo Credit: 1) Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America