What is a Healthy Home?
A healthy home is a home that promotes a safe living environment and is free of health hazards. There are eight main factors to consider when making your home healthier. In this article, we take a look at the first four factors, with the other four being addressed in part two.
A Dry Home
Why is a Dry Home Important?
A dry home adds to the overall comfort of the building, but it also ensures that the home is healthy. Damp and wet areas are breeding grounds for pests like cockroaches, mice, and mites. If your home has no damp areas, these pests must look elsewhere for their breeding grounds.
Damp homes are also ideal conditions for mold. Mold can have a significant impact on your health. It can trigger asthma, cause coughing and also affect your skin.
How To Keep a Home Dry?
For a dry home to be dry it must have a solid exterior that water can not penetrate. The most commonplace for this to happen is through the roof. Making sure that roof tiles are installed properly and that broken tiles are replaced is a great way to ensure that rain doesn’t leak in. When heavy rains do fall, it is important that the water is able to drain freely.
Clogged up pipes and poor drainage systems can allow for a build-up of water that can enter the home. The home’s plumbing also needs to be monitored. Small leaks over time can become big problems if not addressed quickly.
A Clean Home
Why is a Clean Home Important?
Cleaning our home is a regular chore, it helps keep our rooms presentable but it also has some significant health benefits. Homes with excessive dust can cause breathing difficulties for some people. Dirt and dust can also contain containments that may be harmful to people.
It is important to make sure that cooking and dining areas are kept clean and free of crumbs. These areas are feeding zones for mites, rodents and roaches. Clean homes are also less cluttered. Cluttered homes are more stressful, so regular cleaning gives your home a relaxed feel and is better for your mental health.
How to Keep a Home Clean?
Homes can be kept clean with a small amount of regular effort. Simple things like a cleaning rota ensures that everything in the home gets cleaned regularly. How we clean homes is also important when it comes to our health. Some cleaning products can be very harmful if used incorrectly.
Cleaning products that contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) must be treated with caution. These cleaning products can cause skin irritation, headaches, nausea and vomiting. These products should only be used when absolutely needed. There are often safer, healthier cleaning alternatives that can be very effective.
A Safe Home
Why is a Safe Home Important?
There are a number of safety issues associated with any house. These range in size from tripping hazards and objects with sharp edges, to potential carbon monoxide poisoning and fire hazards. Having a safe home means that there are no immediate dangers. This allows family members to relax.
How to Make Your Home Safe?
When it comes to making your home safe, a little can go a long way. Most homes have some sort of poison in them. It may be for weeds, rats or other invasive species. One thing they all have in common is that they are harmful to humans, especially children. Storing these poisons in the proper area, ideally out of reach from children in a locked container can help keep kids safe.
Homes must also be properly fitted with a suitable alarm system. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can help save your life and are incredibly important to the safety of a home. These alarms should be tested regularly and have working batteries. Intruder alarms also help to deter burglars.
Additional fire safety measures must also be considered. Make sure to keep flammable materials away from fireplaces and that fireguards are used. A safe home will also have fire extinguishers. Different extinguishers are used for different fire types, so make sure you have the type you need!
A Pest-Free Home
Why is a Pest-Free Home Important?
Pests are not welcome guests in our homes. Not only are cockroaches, rats and mites unsightly in our homes, they can also cause issues for people in the house. They can exacerbate asthmatic symptoms in children and spread disease. Cockroaches can travel from outdoor sewers, latrines and drains into our homes. They are known to carry diarrhea, cholera and other viral diseases.
Rats and mice can trigger asthma attacks for people with allergies and asthma. People who are allergic to these animals are often allergic to their dead skin cells, rather than the fur of the animal. This means that allergies can flare up without the rat being physically present. Keeping these animals out can help reduce asthma attacks and allergic reactions.
How to Make Your Home Pest-Free?
Firstly we should make sure that the pests can not enter the house. Areas such as window frames and door frames should be sealed properly. Pests can enter through tiny gaps in the home’s exterior, so every gap should be sealed. Pests can be trapped with a variety of traps. There are traditional traps available, as well as humane no-kill traps. Smaller insects can be deterred with sprays or pellets.
And finally, we can make sure that all the food in the house is securely stored. Loose food such as oats should be stored in containers with tight-fitting lids. Making sure that all food scraps and crumbs are cleaned up is another way of removing a food source for pests.
This is the first part of a two-part article on how to have a healthy home. The next article will take a look at how maintenance, ventilation, containment and energy efficiency can affect how healthy your home is.
Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019