When most of us improve our homes, we start with the cosmetic aspects, whether it’s a paint job, accessories, or a newly tiled floor. While we are making these aesthetic renovations, it’s also important to think about health and safety adjustments. There are many different aspects to creating a healthy and safe home. These five general ideas should get you started on the right track.
1 . Banish Mold
Mold can have negative effects on our health, and yet it’s common in many households. Luckily there are many ways to get rid of mold.
*Prevent water infiltration: To prevent mold from growing in your home, you’ll need to prevent water infiltration. You can do this by ensuring that water flows away from home and by fixing any leaks. If you have a crawl space, try covering the soil there with plastic.
*Dehumidifiers: These machines work by allowing warm air into coils, using a fan. The air contracts when it passes through the coils, and then the condensation remains inside the machine. To stop mold in its tracks, a dehumidifier is a wise purchase.
2. Purchase Air Purifiers
Data from the EPA suggests that the concentration of certain pollutants can be up to ‘5 times higher’ inside, compared to outdoors. To keep your home healthy, the best thing you can do is buy an air purifier. An air purifier can help to remove dangerous chemicals and toxins. Plant’s possess a similar ability; houseplants can cleanse the air, removing chemicals such as trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.
3. Try Water Filters
To make your home a healthy space, why not try investing in a water filter? Water filtration is useful to remove impurities and get rid of contaminants, including lead, mercury, or chlorine. Water filters will not remove healthy minerals such as zinc, calcium, magnesium, or fluoride. You’ll no longer need to buy plastic bottled water, which also reduces your carbon footprint.
4. Pest Control
No one wants pests entering their home, but how exactly can you keep the pests away? Luckily, there is plenty you can do:
*Seal the gaps: First things first, you’ve got to target the gaps where pests might enter. Seal up any holes and gaps yourself, or call in a professional if the job is too big.
*Clear away food debris: All pests are attracted to food, which is why it’s important to clear away all food debris. Keep all of your cupboard food stored securely (so that there’s no way that pests can break in)!
*Natural remedies: Certain smells and substances repel pests. Try diatomaceous earth for ants, or peppermint oil for mice.
5. Wheelchair Friendly Additions
If you have wheelchair users living in your home (or frequently visiting), you’ll need to think about wheelchair-friendly additions. There are plenty of options available, including a handicap ramp, stairlift, or grab rails for the bathroom. With the right additions, you’ll ensure that your home is a safe space for wheelchair users.
Creating a healthier space can help to improve the well being of you and your family. With the right healthy adjustments, you’ll turn your house into a home.