While you may have an excellent cleaning routine at home, there are hidden ways that our homes can make us sick. For example, if you don’t filter your drinking water, there could be lurking contaminants that may be compromising your health. Another common issue in homes is air quality, as mildew and mold growth can create harmful allergens and release toxins into the air. To manage these issues, consider buying a robust water filter, investing in air purifiers for your home, and limiting the amount of chemicals you use to clean.
One of the easiest and best ways to improve the health of your home is by adopting a water filtration system. It’s recommended that homeowners test their water yearly for contaminants such as coliform bacteria, nitrates, and pH levels, especially in older homes with aging pipes.
While a simple refrigerator pitcher-filter might be enough for a couple or someone who lives alone, if you have a family, it’s a good idea to invest in a complete system for up to 4 people. A filter such as the Big Berkey will store over two gallons of water at a time, and will eliminate all common water contaminants. If you invest in one, be sure to change out the filters often. Not only will your water quality improve, you’ll also be reducing your plastic usage.
Poor air quality in a home can be a sneaking cause of illness, especially for people who live in regions that are humid or wet. Mold and mildew growth is common in homes, and can cause major complications for people who are sensitive to allergens.
Fortunately, it’s usually easy to resolve mold and mildew growth by regularly cleaning problem areas such as bathrooms and kitchens. The trick is knowing how to spot dangerous mold spores, and determining whether you can clean it yourself or if it’s time to call in the experts to remove it.
Other causes of air pollution at home can be caused by emissions from chemicals, paints, solvents, and some building materials. If you live in an older home, be sure to determine whether there’s lead in the paint, or if your home contains asbestos. Homes that contain lead paint or asbestos must be dealt with as soon as possible, because the longer you’re exposed, the more you’ll be at risk.
Even pets can compromise air quality in your home. Qrealty recommends being proactive, as you’ll likely have no issues: vacuum regularly, groom your dog, and change your home’s air filters often.
One way to combat poor air quality is by installing air purifiers in your home. Air purifiers can remove odors, gases, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as paint off-gassing, smells emanating from new carpet, or fumes from a recently re-caulked shower.
Here are a few other environmentally friendly ways to improve air quality: buy houseplants, keep humidity levels under 50 percent with help from a dehumidifier in wet climates, and regularly open your windows to increase ventilation.
Avoiding harmful products
It may seem counterintuitive, but even your household cleaning products could be causing your health issues. In order to avoid problems, use non-toxic cleaning products when possible—opt for chlorine-free products and cleansers that have natural cleaning properties, such as vinegar or baking soda.
If you have a home improvement project coming up, such as repainting your bedroom walls, be sure to look for a non-toxic paint that won’t off-gas harmful chemicals. For kitchen remodels, avoid particleboard, which can off-gas formaldehyde.
By improving the water and air quality in your home, you’ll be taking a major step to boosting your health. Remove harmful contaminants in your drinking water by using a filter, and consider ways that your air quality may be compromised. Buy an air purifier to help eliminate VOCs and gases, and if you’re considering a DIY project, opt for non-toxic building materials as you renovate. Your family will (literally) breathe easier as a result.
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