A house is a building in which a family dwells. A household is the
group of persons who live in a house and that functions as an integral
unit. The household occupants require products and services that
make it more convenient to operate a home and also make sure it is
well-maintained and doesn't become run-down.
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Modern houses are often constructed with wood framing and exterior
sheathing on a concrete or cinder block foundation. Exterior roofing
generally consists of asphalt shingles, while the siding is vinyl.
Interior walls and ceilings are made of drywall or plasterboard. But
equally important are the products and services used inside the house!
Products needed inside a home include furnishings, so there are places to
sit, eat, sleep, and care for personal hygiene. Some products are
built into the house, such as bathroom fixtures, kitchen sinks, heating
systems, and basic storage units. Other portable products, such as
tables and chairs, sofas and beds, and appliances and cookware, must be
obtained by the homeowner for household use. Household management items
such as cooking utensils, tableware, floor care products, and linens are
known collectively as housewares.
Sometimes services are needed to maintain a home. These services
might include installation of major appliances,
home security systems,
and HVAC systems. If the homeowner is elderly or disabled, cleaning
and basic repair services may be required to keep things sparkling and in
Safety is an important consideration when choosing products and services
for your home, especially if there are children or elderly persons living
in the home. The Household Products Database features health and safety information
on household products. Also, on this page, you will find a variety
of information resources about household products and services.