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Healthy Home

A Comfortable and Healthy Home Starts at The Home Depot

The Home Depot has the product authority, services, and know-how to help create a healthier home and improve your home air quality.

How Can I Improve the Air Quality in My Home?

Protect everyone in your home by reducing your exposure to irritants, bacteria, and other contaminants. Test your air quality then monitor it, and if needed, find the right healthy home products to address your issues.

Sources of Indoor Pollutants

Sources of Indoor Pollutants

A. Bathroom: Mould, mildew, etc.

B. Living Room: Paint VOC’s, tobacco smoke, varnishes, pet dander, etc.

C. Bedroom: Perfumes, nail polish, dust mites, etc.

D. Laundry Room: Cleaning product VOC’s, mould, mildew, etc. 

E. Kitchen: Natural gas, cooking appliance emissions, smells, etc.

Test & Monitor Air Quality

Testing your air quality is the first step to improving it if needed.

Smart Indoor Air Quality Sensors

Smart Indoor Air Quality Sensors

Airthings is a smart air quality sensor that monitors radon and other pollutants in your air such CO2 and VOCs. Get complete insight into your indoor air quality.

Improve Your Air Quality

Air Purifiers

Air purifiers can refresh stale air, remove contaminants, and improve the air quality in your home. Explore portable, room and whole home solutions. Learn how to choose an air purifier. Portable units should have their filters replaced every 3 months.

Use your Rangehood while Cooking

Range hoods are designed to remove odors, irritants and grease particles that are expelled into the air.

How to Improve Your Water Quality

We offer products and services to help improve the quality of the water you use at home

Water Filtration Solutions

Water filters help to reduce the contaminants in your water including lead, chlorine, mercury and VOCs. Learn how to choose a water filtration system.

Consult a trusted Installer to install a Rainsoft water filtration solution that suits your family’s needs. Free water test included.

Don’t Forget to Replace your Filters

Don’t Forget to Replace your Filters

Replace your faucet-mounted filter at least every 2-3 months and your refrigerator water filter cartridge two times per year or as the manufacturer recommends. Look for filters certified with NSF-53 to safety reduce contaminants and lead in your drinking water.

Improving Your Home Environment

There are several ways you can help improve the environment in your home, and even small things can make a big difference. Use the following checklist to get a head start on creating a healthier home.

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Mould Remediation & Prevention

Mould will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mould grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mould can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.

✔    Mould and mildew products

✔    Install double-pane windows, bath fans and silicone caulking to keep the moisture out

✔    Replace mouldy drywall with mould resistant ones

Well-being

✔    No-touch faucets prevent germs on handles

✔    Anti-microbial surfaces

✔    Safe cleaning products

    Smoke & CO2 detectors

    Improve mood with light therapy

    Keep outdoor sounds out with soundproofing

     Hire cleaning services

Removing Mould

If mould is found in its early stages in your home, or in a small quantity, isolating the area, cleaning the affected area, or replacing it are the main management strategies. Identifying the source of the mould is key to ensuring that it doesn’t return. Fixing a leaky roof, ventilating damp areas, and looking for leaky pipes are all great strategies for isolating your problem. Then simply use a cleaning product that is specially formulated to kill mould and mildew to get rid of it.

If you discover a large area of black mould, one that perhaps you may not be able to clean by yourself, you should leave the removal to a professional mould cleaning service. They can clean and disinfect the area and leave you with peace of mind.

Replace Moldy Drywall

Replace Mouldy Drywall

Walls made of drywall are porous which makes them susceptible to mould if there is a constant level of humidity/moisture in the air. You can replace any affected pieces of drywall yourself using our how-to guides or connect with a Local Pro who can help you get the job done.

Mould Prevention

Mould can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and even your heating and air conditioning systems. Depending on your source of mould, here are some ways you can prevent mould from occurring. The key to mould prevention monitor the humidity levels in your home and ensure proper ventilation is achieved.

Install Double-Pane Windows

Install Double-Pane Windows

Single-paned and aluminum windows are more prone to moisture and mould because they are good conductors of cold. Moist air from inside the home contacts the cold surface creating condensation and mould.

Bath Fans

Bath Fans

Bath Fans are the best way to prevent mould in your bathroom because they remove steam and promote airflow. Connect with a Local Pro who can install your bath fan for you.

Caulking

Caulking

Using 100% silicone caulking that contains a biocide can prevent mould from forming on the caulking in your bathroom.

Install Vinyl Flooring

Lifeproof vinyl flooring is not only waterproof and scratch resistant, but it also has an Ultra-Fresh treatment on the bottom and top of the flooring to inhibit the growth of mould and mildew. Learn about how to choose vinyl flooring and how you can install it yourself. We also offer installation services with our trusted Home Depot Installers.

Indoor/Outdoor Rugs

Most indoor/outdoor rugs are mould resistant due to the use of synthetic materials like polypropylene, polyester, or nylon. Since they are designed to be low-maintenance, they are easy to clean in the event that they are exposed to water or humidity over an extended period of time.

Well-being

Increasing the general well-being you feel in your home can be accomplished by doing simple things like reducing ambient noise, growing a garden, or even adding a light-therapy lamp. Here are some ideas on how you can do it.

Anti-Microbial Surfaces

Anti-Microbial Surfaces

Cabinet and door hardware and certain flooring have a treatment applied to continually disrupt and prevent the growth of microorganisms.

Soundproofing

Soundproofing

SONOpan soundproofing panels can greatly increase the soundproofing of any wall or ceiling. Safe’n’Sound Rockwool insulation has excellent sound dampening properties to help you block out neighbours, noisy traffic, and all kinds of other sounds within the home.

Grow an Organic Garden

Growing your own organic vegetable garden is therapeutic and healthy, and can give you fresh, delicious vegetables all season long. Learn how to grow an organic vegetable garden.

Organic Pest Control
Worm Composters
Organic Vegetable & Fruits
Grow Bags

Cleaning Services

Cleaning Services

The Home Depot offers a range of cleaning services when you don’t have the time to do it yourself.