When it comes to home improvement, the first thing that comes to mind is looks. Of course, the appearance of your home matters, but so does the health of your family. If you’re curious about how you can improve your home and keep your family healthy at the same time, you’re about to find out.
Purify the air
Did you know that indoor air pollution can be up to five times higher than outdoor air? Consider an air purifier to not only take care of all that collected pollution, but also to help control odours, chemical vapours and even dry skin.
If you have pets, air purifiers can also help take care of allergens and help your body to get rid of passive cigarette smoke inhalation. That’s very beneficial if you spend time around smokers as a non-smoker.
Road noise pollution
Most of us are used to the sounds of everyday life. The sound of the TV, loud music, people texting and talking on their phones. There’s nothing wrong with the sound of urban life, but it can become a problem if it keeps you up at night.
Road noise pollution can have serious effects on your health. You can develop sleeping disorders, cardiovascular issues and even hearing problems. Luckily, there are lots of solutions to help with road noise pollution, such as sound proofing your space or wearing quality earplugs.
Get dust under control
Dust can irritate the skin and throat and it can also aggravate allergies. Did you know dust can contain lots of hazardous chemicals, such as lead and pesticides? Enough reason to get a hold on your home.
Dust collects easily, so make sure to get in all the nooks and crannies of the house. To ensure the dust doesn’t come back quickly, use baby wipes or microfiber cloths to collect the dust. Don’t forget to clean the cushions and rugs, they collect more dust than you could ever imagine.
Get your house tested
If you live in an older house, it’s worth it to get your house tested for lead and radon. Both are chemicals that used to be common in paint, but there has since been discovered that it’s very toxic and can cause brain damage.
The main source of lead is old paint and dust that forms when paint chips and erodes. “In tough economic times, we have to make wise decisions with our money — and a lead test is one of those,” says doctor Landrigan, one of the leading advocates of children’s health. “Lead poisoning is tragic, and it happens too often. We’re not just talking about the big cities. Older homes everywhere may have lead paint.”
If you’re worried about toxic chemicals in your house, check with your local health department about lead paint testing. A lab test of a paint chip will usually cost you about $25 per sample.
Adding green to the inside of your home is more popular than ever, but it’s also healthy for you. Plants do not only help to purify the air, they also make you happier. Chrysanthemums are the best at absorbing pollutants, making them ideal if you suffer from allergies. Adding plants to your home can also lead to a good night’s sleep. Plants give off oxygen and placing them on a bedside table can be a great way to boost to the quality of your sleep.
You spend a lot of time in your home, and it’s important to make sure your living space is optimised for your health. A healthier life means a happier and longer life. In the end, your home is about experience, and not appearance.