Our World Today
Unfortunately, it is becoming harder and harder for our body and soul to fight off the onslaught of toxins that are produced by man. It is really amazing that we are even alive at all. If you knew or know the thousands of toxins we are bombarded by daily- some by choice, some by circumstance, you will be amazed at God’s goodness and the fact that we are even alive.
The one place that can become a respit of health and restoration from the world today is your home. It is perhaps the only place where you have control over your environment, therefore the only place you can really begin to physically heal. Personal experience has taught me that when I am healthy physically, my mind, soul and spirit stand a much better chance at equal health.
You may think that creating or maintaining a healthy home is common sense, but it really isn’t. While there is much to it; much of it can be done with your own 2 hands and/or through your own wise choices. Because God is love, God had to give us the ability to choose. Love never forces. Our choices daily consist of life or death. We either make choices that support life or we make choices that support death.
You would be surprised at the amount of deception there is behind our choices. While God is always applauding us towards Life; there is an opposite, invisible angelic being that is determined to see us die. The following is just one of many examples of deceptive choice when it comes to the health of our home and our body.
Whose Fault is It Anyway?
“Greenwashing” is big today. One example of this lies in the many building and design industry professionals who are calling themselves “green experts” after attending a seminar or two on green building issues. But without really living through what is true and what is a wash in this industry; many are being deceived and creating a unhealthy (therefore not green) home as a result.
For example; our regional building codes require exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom. That is what they consider “adequate ventilation” by code. But this is not ventilation at all, it is exhaustion. The industry does not have a good set of standards to work by which is where the deception begins. With so many homes being built using more energy efficient strategies, the building envelope (or what I consider the blood and veins of the home) is tightening up.
Ven Mar Balanced Mechanical Ventilation System
Tight is good, that is not the problem. With a tight envelope you have total control over your indoor air. With a leaky envelope you have little control over your indoor air. The problem lies in the fact that a majority of these tightly built homes do not have adequate oxygen production inside because the home cannot breathe. This is not solved by opening a window or turning on your bath fan.
The tight home needs lungs- a breathing machine or what the industry calls mechanical ventilation. But not just ANY mechanical ventilation; appropriate mechanical ventilation, depending on the design of the home and the climate. With this vital, but not required “organ” missing; the occupants of the home experience anywhere from blatant suffocation (death) to minor suffocation (headaches, lightheadedness, insomnia, shortness of breath, heart arithmea – sound like any common dis-eases today?). Their home then becomes a curse thanks to inadequate design and construction measures.
In this case and in any home design or building decision; the contractors, designers and you, the homeowner, need to be more knowledgeable in order to prevent an intended healthy home from becoming a toxic home.