Most people don’t know that there’s a lot more to health than eating right and exercise. As humans, we spend the majority of our time indoors, particularly in our homes. At TreeHouse creating healthful and safe homes is core to our mission, just as important as sustainability and environmental responsibility.
What does it mean to have a “healthy home?”
Although it seems like common sense, the “healthy home” is a fairly new concept. Over the last several years consumers have become more aware and concerned with the materials used to produce everyday household products, from flooring to furniture to cleaning products. Unless we are intentional about what we put into our homes, many harmful toxins still make it into our homes every day.
Earlier this year we launched Healthy Home as a dedicated category and in-store experience at our Austin location. The key contributors to a healthful home include: air filtration, water filtration, indoor plants, circadian lighting, non-toxic cleaning products and cookware, and biophilia, among others. Finally, our customers had a chance to see in one place all the best and easiest ways to make their homes healthier for their family members - as it turns out, making healthy home upgrades is one of the most cost-effective home improvements you can make.
The success of this experience in the store inspired us to bring the healthy home nationwide through our online store. We want to give as many homeowners as possible the tools to create a space that supports their health, by eliminating as many toxins from the home as quickly as possible.
What contributes to the health of your home?
While keeping harmful toxins out is a crucial step in improving the health of your home, it is equally important to actively remove harmful chemicals from your air and water and fill your home with products that support your body’s natural rhythms. We’ve broken down four of the key areas of a “healthy home” to help you get started.
Did you know that the quality of the air inside your home can be up to 8 times more toxic than the air outside? Fortunately, this is a problem we can solve with the right devices. Smart air quality monitors give us an accurate reading of our indoor air quality and can trigger air filters to respond accordingly, removing both harmful and non-harmful particles from the air, including dust, pollens, viruses, bacteria, and more.
TreeHouse Recommends: Austin Air HealthMate Junior Plus, Netatmo Healthy Home Coach
Tap water can contain dozens of contaminants from chlorine to aluminum to lead. Sadly, many of us have simply grown accustomed to the way these toxins taste and don’t even notice their presence. Water filtration systems quickly remove many of these substances and are an affordable way to reduce the amount of toxins exposed to you and your family.
TreeHouse Recommends: Big Berkey, Soma Pitcher
According to NASA, indoor plants can remove 87% of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from the air every 24 hours, while simultaneously releasing pure oxygen into your home. Having a close connection with nature can also have a significant impact on general psychological well-being. Indoor plants are an inexpensive way to make the air you breathe safer, your home happier, and they look great!
TreeHouse Recommends: Living Wall Planter, Edelwhite Wall Planter, VividGro LED Bulb
Light from the sun triggers the release of hormones, like melatonin, to help us wake up and go to sleep naturally, while artificial light from smartphones and lightbulbs can disrupt that cycle. Replacing your lights with those that mimic natural light will support your body’s circadian rhythm and improve the quality of your sleep.
TreeHouse Recommends: Good Night LED Bulb, Ilumi Smartbulb
At TreeHouse, we are committed to improving as many homes as we can as quickly as possible. If you’re ready to make healthier choices for your home, come visit us at our store in the Westgate Shopping Center or visit our healthy home online shop.