When it comes to health, people would normally focus on exercise and food. However, our environment plays a big part in our overall well-being. Especially with the coronavirus at large, we are urged to stay in our houses to avoid the spread of the virus.
Houses are more than just a place where you rest after a long day at work. Your house is where you spend time with your family, hang out with friends, and a place where you keep yourself and your possessions safe. Your house is where you spend a big amount of your time.
The place where we live can directly affect our health. Our living spaces are different, and there are some things about our homes that we cannot control. However, there are a few tricks that will help improve the condition of our home.
Keep your home dry
Common tasks like doing the laundry, cooking, bathing, and washing the dishes add moisture to your home’s air. While moisture is something that we do not always see with our bare eyes, it can attract dirt and other particulate matter that greatly affects your home’s air quality. Heating appliances can also increase moisture in your home. During colder months, doors, windows, and walls without proper insulation can breed moisture.
Too much moisture in your home can be damaging to your health. It is often linked to health problems like respiratory issues and poisoning. Moisture can speed up the growth of harmful mold and mildew. It can also breed an environment for rodents, mites, and roaches.
To control moisture accumulation, dry wet surfaces promptly. You can also install storm doors and windows to help insulate your space. These do not only help with moisture but are also energy-efficient. You can also install exhaust fans to get rid of moisture forming in your kitchen or bathroom.
Keep your home clean
A clean home is not just about an organized space. It means that people are not exposed to chemicals and contaminants. Aside from these, wastewater can also contaminate your home.
A malfunctioning sewer line can also be detrimental to your overall health. As wastewater is supposed to flow to a local sanitation center, a malfunctioning sewer can affect your home’s water supply and overall cleanliness. It is best to consult a contractor for sewer line installation and repairs.
Keep your space free from pests
Cockroaches, mites, and rodents should not be welcome in your home. There are past studies that present the relationship between exposure to pests and asthma episodes. As the presence of pests can signify unwanted growth in your home, it is best to address its roots before these unwanted guests breed in your space. Ask your home contractor for pest eco-friendly pest control options.
Keep your surroundings well-ventilated
Most people keep their windows shut, especially during colder seasons. However, your space must allow you to breathe fresh air. A previous study presented how respiratory health is linked to access to fresh air. Make sure to open your windows when you can so you can improve your home’s indoor air quality. You can also add plants indoors so you can maintain fresh air even when you cannot open your windows.
Keep your home away from dust
It is common for homes and other living spaces to breed dust. This is especially true if you have house pets. It could be under your bed, your table, or even in your bookcase. However, chronic exposure to dust and mites can worsen allergies and other respiratory problems.
Your vacuum cleaner can help you get rid of the dust on floors and other low surfaces. Make sure to wipe tables and vanities as often as you can. Moreover, change your towels, bedding, and pillowcases often to reduce your exposure to dust. Keep your pets away from beds, especially if you or a family member have asthma. Pet fur can trigger breathing problems, too.
Keep your space free from contaminants
Your home might be exposed to many contaminants, including lead, radon, volatile organic compounds, cigarette and tobacco smoke, and asbestos. Even if other materials are meant to clean your home, these chemicals can still affect your air quality.
Ensure your home is free from these contaminants, especially if you have growing kids. If you smoke an e-vape or a cigarette, do it close to windows so the smoke will not stay inside your place. Keep children away from harmful cleaning materials, too.