When you talk about having a healthy family and a healthy lifestyle, most people think about what they eat and how much exercise they do, and while these things are very important, many people overlook the importance of keeping a healthier home.
Did you know that your house could be the reason that you or someone else in your house keeps getting sick? It could be the reason that you and your family keep getting colds or the reason someone in your house is suffering from allergies. So, how can you make sure you have a healthier home?
Check for Water Damage
There could be hidden water damage that you do not know about so it is important to keep a watchful eye out for leaks and drips as there could be something going on and you do not realize it. If you experience water damage that you do know about, it’s important to get in a company that specializes in water damage restoration as soon as possible.
People can get very sick and remain sick due to exposure to water damage and exposure to water-damaged buildings has been associated with numerous health problems that include fungal sinusitis, abnormalities in T and B cells, central and peripheral neuropathy, asthma, sarcoidosis, respiratory infections, and chronic fatigue.
Even the slightest cases of water damage can facilitate mold growth. When that water damage is hidden, mold can spread within the insulation of your property, throughout your ventilation system, or even in your carpet’s padding. And the worst part is that you usually do not realize the mold is there until it is too late and has become a major issue. Take care of any water problems immediately to maintain a healthier home for your family.
Embrace Fresh Air
Letting fresh air into your home is vital for your health, so at some point each day make sure you open the windows – no matter how cold it is outside and air out your home. Opening the windows each day will let the stale air which has been locked in your home out. It will also help reduce mold growth as mold loves to grow in warm, dark, and moist conditions. Opening the windows is also a great way to remove dust and reduce condensation.
Having fresh air in the home will increase the levels of oxygen and ventilation, which can help improve concentration, blood pressure, and heart rate. It can also promote a stronger immune system and encourage higher serotonin levels, which improves mood, and aids in digestion. Who knew opening windows could be so beneficial and make for a much healthier home?
Invite Plants and Pets Into Your Home
Plants can help filter the air indoors as they absorb CO2 and eliminate harmful toxins and freshen up the air. Research from NASA shows that houseplants can remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in just 24 hours. Indoor plants are also known for reducing stress levels and boosting your mood — which makes them perfect for a happy and healthier home.
Then there is the option of including pets as well. According to a study published in Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, having a pet can improve your mood and emotional state, lower blood pressure, and reduce cardiovascular risk.
Final Thoughts on Maintaining a Healthier Home
In order to maintain a healthier home, you must keep up with any water damage issues coming from leaky pipes or other areas. Fixing these areas immediately are very important. Make sure to keep up with caulking on windows and check your foundation often for signs of water damage too.
Open those windows and let the fresh air in. Place some houseplants around to help purify the air then get yourself a pet for company and to benefit your health.