According to the Shelton Group, a Knoxville, Tenn., energy, and sustainability marketing firm, three-quarters of Americans are somewhat concerned about the air they're breathing in their homes With so many still hunkered down at home because of the pandemic, homeowners continue to focus on home health and indoor air quality.  


The Hayward Score online tool walks you through a series of questions, covering everything from a home's heating and cooling system and a carpet's age to whether mold is present and what chemicals are stored indoors. Based on the answers, the Hayward Score provides a score and generates a customized list of projects to improve the indoor environment. 


Besides the customized to-do plan, you also get detailed explanations of the impact of a given problem, details on how to fix it, and whether it's a DIY project or one that requires a pro. The site also offers a wealth of useful information about understanding home health, including the five principles of a healthy home. They are: 

  • Continuous fresh air
  • Proper sealing and insulation
  • Non-toxic materials and products
  • Cleanable surfaces
  • Healthy home habits

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