5 Ways To Have A Healthy Home
A healthy home? Although it sounds strange, the state of your home can greatly affect your health. Take something as simple as sweeping and dusting, for example. Doing this on a regular basis will prevent dust from getting into your body and affecting your allergies or respiratory system. If you decide to never maintain or clean your home, you could actually be facing some health problems in the future.
Don’t wait until you already have a problem to start taking care of your home, and in turn taking care of you and your family. Instead, plan ahead and do a few things around the house on a regular basis to ensure you can stay healthy.
1. Remove Your Shoes
Think about all the places you walk on a daily basis and all the things you step in. Chances are, you’re only thinking of the half of it and you don’t even know what you’re stepping on half the time! Shoes obviously carry a lot of bacteria on the bottom, and it’s best not to track that into the house where you’ll also want to walk around barefoot or your children might want to play. Additionally, shoes track in the obvious: dirt and mud. Clear a space by the door and take off shoes when you enter the home for a cleaner space.
2. Ensure Your Smoke Alarm Works
We’d like to think that a fire could never happen to us, and we hope that you never have to deal with the devastation of a fire in your home. But on top of damaging your home and losing some of your belongings, don’t risk losing a family member, too. Test your smoke alarm regularly so that if there is ever a problem, everyone will have time to evacuate.
3. Test For Radon
Radon is a natural radioactive gas that you can’t see or smell, and unfortunately about 1 in 15 US homes have a high level of radon. Extended exposure can lead to lung cancer, although there aren’t really any other symptoms of breathing in too much radon. The best way to know if radon levels are high in your home is to test regularly. You can purchase kits at the store that are easy to use and easy to read, allowing you to keep your home radon-free.
4. Vacuum Weekly
No one likes to do chores, but as we mentioned, dusting and vacuuming can help those with allergies or respiratory issues. A vacuum will effectively suck up any dust and prevent it from accumulating, allowing you, your family, and your guests to breathe easy.
5. Get Rid Of Mold
Mold also can cause serious damage to the body, affecting respiratory systems and causing skin and eye irritations. It’s an incredibly unpleasant thing to have to deal with, but it’s much better to take care of it as soon as you spot it.
The best thing you can do is a regular mold check, especially in areas that could be damp, like your basement. Mold can form within one or two days of excess moisture showing up in your home, so it’s best to catch it early. You can then get rid of the mold and also waterproof your basement to prevent further mold infestations. If you’d like to get rid of mold in your home, contact AA Action Waterproofing today at 888-922-5517.