Protecting your home and keeping loved ones within it safe goes beyond the installation of a security system, smoke detectors, or a non-slip bath mat. Though it may not always be obvious, the home can often be a space that harbors serious detriments to one’s health. A careful examination of these potentially harmful issues within the home can not only alleviate the stress of knowing that they’re there but naturally assist those residing within the home to live a healthier and consequently, more fulfilled life.
Monitor Humidity Levels:
An easy way to prevent mold from forming inside the house is to control the humidity level. Though it may sometimes seem like wheezing and coughing is the result of pet dander, the fact that mold spores could be the root cause of these issues often goes unnoticed and thus, untreated. High levels of humidity in the house cause these spores to flourish, but with the help of a moisture meter (called a hygrometer), you can go beyond simply looking out for roof leaks and ensuring fixtures like space heaters, furnaces, and fireplaces are both well-ventilated and calibrated.
Eliminate Chemical-Based Cleaners:
Opt out of using potent chemicals to clean the house and instead use natural products you already have in your home. Vinegar, lemon, baking soda, and salt are just a handful of the many different items you can use in different combinations to keep your house looking and smelling fresh without having to breathe toxic chemicals. You can even wash your clothes in a greenway, without “traditional” detergents! You’ll notice an incredible difference in the quality of the air you breathe on the daily through this easy replacement strategy, all thanks to the removal of harmful chemicals and fumes.
Remove Asthma and Allergy Aggravating Houseplants:
Though many plants can help liven up the interior of your home, many people make the mistake of purchasing indoor plants that only serve to incite asthma issues and allergies. Spider plants and ferns are just two of the many forms of greenery that can aggravate allergies and in turn, often cause asthmatic symptoms. Consider removing these plants next time you find yourself sneezing and experiencing difficulty breathing within the home.
Fill up Any Small Holes Leading Into the Home:
Tiny holes and crevices along the periphery of the house can allow small rodents to sneak their way inside. By caulking these spots, you’re preventing any disease-carrying mice or insects from coming into the house and making themselves comfortable. These little guys spread things such as Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, a serious respiratory disease that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say is transmitted via infected rodents to humans through their urine, droppings, and saliva.
It’s important for the home to be carefully examined for potentially serious issues that can detrimentally affect one’s health. By removing these harmful aspects from a house, those living within it can experience a healthier, more naturally proactive lifestyle both within the home and in their endeavors outside of it.