This “Asthma-Friendly” Bedroom was designed for an asthmatic child who won a contest to celebrate National Asthma Awareness Month.    12 Tips for an “asthma-friendly” sleeping zone
 
 
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  Stuffed animals are a dust mite’s haven in this asthmatic’s room The dog, which should not be in the sleeping area and is a major allergen for asthmatics. Minimize stuffed toys, keep the dog out of the bedroom and cover the bed with a dust mite cover and use washable bedspreads. When clutter and triggers are gone, the air is breathable!


 
 
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  Minimize window treatments by using window shades and blackouts to control the light. Fabric topper keeps ease of maintenance as well as nowhere for dust mites to live.



 
 
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    Personal Care products and air fresheners are a major source of indoor air pollution and major trigger for allergic and asthmatics. Keep activities such as polishing nails, spraying perfumes and burning candles out of the bedroom. Fragrances are “chemical perfumes” which have negative effects on the indoor air quality and are the number one cause for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.



 
 
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  Hard surface flooring replaces the wall to wall carpet, which is a sponge for chemicals and pesticides as well as home for dust mites. The dry-rub transfer mural is a non-toxic alternative for a beautiful mural accent eliminating the need for toxic faux-paints. The walls were painted using low in VOC (volatile organic compound) paints, which can be purchased in most paint stores. Look for the green-seal label.

 
 
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  Mold - George Dining Wall Detail
“Control the moisture, control the mold” according to the EPA. Over 38% of our homes have mold problems from a variety of water intrusion sources. Improperly working ventilation systems, water leaks from plumbing, window or roof problems, as well as spaces designed without exhaust fans in bathrooms or kitchens, all add to the moisture in our spaces. Relative humidity, or moisture, in our spaces should be at 55% or lower. This can be measured with a hygrometer which can be purchased at a hardware store.
 
 
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    Ventilation
In order to maintain good indoor air quality, proper ventilation is key. Most residential homes only recirculate the air in the home which is 10 to 100 times more polluted than the outside air. Toxins from furnishings, building products, cleaning products, personal care products, pesticides and hobbies or activities all add to the toxic soup we breath daily. It is important to flush the toxins out of the space by opening the windows on low pollen days.

 
 
         
    Non-Toxic Products Hypo-Allergenic
This commercial space was designed to be green-n-healthy. With the use of cork for the flooring, the dust mite exposure it greatly reduced. Cork is a renewable resource, as the cork bark is peeled from the tree, allowing re-growth. The walls were painted with no-VOC paints and water-based stains were used on the wood. Cabinets were formaldehyde-free and some of the existing furnishings were re-used in areas. The client maintains the space with cleaning products which are green-seal certified.
 
         
    Toxic-Teen Room
Anyone who has a teenager knows how toxic this space can be. Clutter, personal care products, animals, food and just too much stuff make this a toxic dumping ground. It is a dust mites paradise as well as a chemical waste site with the fragrances lingering in the air. Teenagers can still have their own individual space that is healthy as well.

 
 
         
 

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- No animals in the bedroom.

 

Right Picture - Personal care product and fragrances add to the toxic soup

 
         
  Remove the clutter and food to keep pests from sleeping in your space.

 

 
         

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