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Healthy Home Renovating TipsThink Allergies When Home Renovating

Choosing the right allergy-friendly products when renovating your home can help improve your family’s health. Caroline Wood looks at some ways to reduce the risk of allergies and asthma.

You can help future-proof your home when you renovate by choosing products that are designed to reduce the risk of allergies and asthma – whether you are repainting a child’s bedroom or embarking on a major building project. It can be hard to know which products to trust, which is why picking one that has been through rigorous testing, such as the Asthma Foundation’s Sensitive Choice® programme is a good way to go.

Phil Burt, who manages Sensitive Choice, says: “The programme encourages manufacturers and suppliers to offer products and services that are asthma and allergy friendly. It provides consumers with a way of identifying products and services that may benefit people with allergies and improve health and wellbeing.”

Painting and Decorating
Think anti-mould and low odour paints when decorating your home, especially in problem areas like bathrooms and kitchens. Mould is a real problem for allergy sufferers in New Zealand but you can help combat it by using a special product designed to prevent mould. Resene, for example, has a range of Sensitive Choice-approved paints that help prevent mould.

You don’t have to put up with strong smelling paints any more. Some manufacturers now offer low and no VoC paints that can help prevent asthma, headaches, nausea and allergic reactions associated with higher VoC products. VoCs are volatile organic compounds, which evaporate from paint when it is applied. They produce unpleasant fumes and are found in most paints, wood stains and adhesives. Wattyl and Resene have low VoC paint ranges approved by Sensitive Choice.

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Issue: Summer 2013