Harvard School of Public Health publishes tips for a healthy home

A new resource for homeowners has been published by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Healthy Buildings team.

"Homes for Health: 36 Expert Tips to Make Your Home a Healthier Home" offers recommendations for making your home healthier, using room-by-room chapters, plus sections for the house as a whole and for outside areas.

The Harvard experts in environmental health look at certain aspects of a healthy home, such as air quality, water quality, and thermal and acoustic comfort. Each part of your house or apartment, from the living room to the basement, has five simple, specific action items listed.

In addition, the resource emphasizes trusting your five senses—acknowledging that human perceptions of our environment sometimes make all the difference, no matter how many technical tools we have at our disposal.

Harvard T.H. Chan School for Public Health report on home health

Graphic from the Harvard report "Homes for Health: 36 Expert Tips to Make Your Home a Healthier Home." Used with permission.

While you're at it, check out Harvard's previous resources, "The 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building" and "Schools for Health: Foundations for Student Success."

Download the Homes for Health report