What is a Healthy Home? Part 2
We spend most of our time in our house. Whether it’s cooking, entertaining, relaxing or sleeping, we can easily spend 12 hours a day at home. We give a lot of thought to the look and functionality of our homes, but we should also give lots of consideration to making our homes healthy!
Our first article looked at some great ways to make our homes healthy, now this article will give you some more useful tips. We’ll take a look at; well-ventilated homes, unsafe containments, energy-efficient homes, and maintaining our homes.
Why is a Well-Ventilated Home Important?
Well-ventilated homes have fresh air that flows through them on a regular basis. This can make your home feel fresh, airy and inviting. It can also help prevent some serious health issues. In poorly ventilated homes you are more likely to have higher levels of humidity and organic matter in the air. This can worsen the effects of eczema. In more severe cases this can also lead to mold in your home. Mold can have negative effects on your respiratory system.
How to Ventilate Your Home
Thankfully there are some easy measures we can take to make sure that our homes are well ventilated. Firstly, make sure that any existing ventilation system is running properly and not blocked by any furniture or structures. If you do not have a ventilation system you can retro-fit your home with one. Extractor fans above cookers and vents from living areas to the roof can greatly improve the ventilation in your home.
Why is a Contaminant-Free Home Important?
Contaminants can have severe effects on our health. Health and safety has, unfortunately, not always been at the forefront during the construction of homes. This has lead to some very unsafe materials being used. Buildings made with lead-based paints and materials made from asbestos have had some tragic consequences. It is vitally important that we surround ourselves with materials that do not harm us.
How to Keep Your Home Free From Contaminants
Firstly, you must identify if you have any dangerous contaminants in your home. You can hire an industry professional to inspect your property. This will give you great peace of mind. If your home has lead paint in it, it must be removed. Airborne contaminants can be removed with the aforementioned ventilation system. You can also test your home for radon and carbon monoxide. These are both silent killers, so you will need to monitor these.
Why is an Energy-Efficient Home Important?
For most, the primary reasons for having an energy-efficient home are financial and environmental. But did you know that energy-efficient solutions also have an effect on the safety of your home? Modern, energy-efficient boilers and heating systems are much safer to have in your home compared to an older, outdated, inefficient system. Some of these systems can leak carbon monoxide into your home.
How to Make Your Home Energy-Efficient
Making sure that you have a safe, energy-efficient home can be done in many ways. One of the best ways to do this is by checking the Energy Star ratings of your appliances. Highly rated appliances are safer than older ones as they use lower power, have a cleaner energy output and often come with warranties that protect you if they become faulty.
Why is a Well-Maintained Home Important?
Maintaining your home means taking care of small issues regularly before they become bigger problems. This makes sure that your house is safe and reduces the chances of accidents happening. It can also prevent your home from falling into poor condition. Doing regular maintenance is very cost-effective as it can prevent costly repairs being needed further down the road.
How to Maintain Your Home
The best way to maintain your home is to make a maintenance schedule. Weekly cleaning rotas and inspection of alarms can help you to stay on top of the day to day maintenance of your home. If you have kids, you can include these in their chores. Larger maintenance tasks, like inspecting walls, decks and windows require a bit more work, but can really pay off in the long run. Check for sloping walls, sagging decks and cracked windows. If you see something you don't like, call an industry professional to come take care of it.
We all deserve to live in a safe, healthy home. If you feel that you need the help of experienced, caring professionals to make your home healthier, get in touch with us today!
Posted: Wednesday, August 07, 2019