All homes have health risks, no matter where we live. Our homes may be brand new or old, and regardless, there could be health hazards that lie under the surface. Even the brightest and cleanest homes have hidden health risks that should be eliminated properly.
Even if our homes are well ventilated, in the winter there will be some damp and dark spots that will get condensation. You can take care of the ventilation of your home and make sure that there are extractor fans installed in the wet room, the bathroom, toilet, and the kitchen. This will take care of condensation that is clearly visible. It is also helpful to move furniture around regularly, this can help to spot the signs of mold early.
Some of us may have old pipework in our homes, or the water quality may be poor in our community, or perhaps there are hard water issues. It's important to protect the pipes, and get them checked. If there’s too much residue on the water pipes, this can cause us health issues. While changing the plumbing can be expensive, there are some easier solutions. Many companies share plumbing issue tips, and there are various ways to install a water filter on the faucet. To get rid of harmful chemicals, limescale, and heavy metals is crucial. We have a Berkey water filter in our home, and we do love it.
Indoor air quality is equally important. There are several ways to create a healthier home, and adding some greenery to the front yard to reduce pollution coming through the windows can be a simple solution. Even a window box with a few plants will make a difference. Alternatively, we can invest in dehumidifiers, or find an air purifier that can be used in the bedroom. This can help to reduce pollution and pollen. Regular checks on the air vents and ducts, is also important.
Some of us may suffer respiratory health issues, another reason why it is important to take care of our home’s insulation. Drafts can make asthma or bronchitis worse. Windows and doors should be properly checked and fitted, and receive a secondary glazing to help keep the home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, without spending a fortune on heating and air conditioning.
I hate writing about it, and talking about it, but it's always best to spot signs of pest infestation early. To be sure, it may be easiest to sign up for a monthly extermination service. Bugs can creep through the smallest cracks in the wall or floor boards, and they will multiply quickly. Rodents may enter the home without us knowing and contaminate food or spread diseases. Yuck!
Sometimes home care can been tedious, and even make our skin crawl, but timely maintenance can make living in our homes that much more pleasant.
*This is a collaborative post.