Small and Affordable Changes that Can Turn Your House into a Healthier Environment
Money Saving Tips | Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
It’s a big and harsh world out there, but at least we have our homes where we are safe all the time, right? Well, not really. There are a million of threats lurking in their interiors, and the fact that we consider them to be completely safe often prevents us from seeing these hazards. That doesn’t mean they’re not there – in the air, furniture water… Luckily, as soon as you open your eyes to these problems you will find that the solutions are quite simple, and that they require little to no investments to deal with. Here are a few examples.
Problem: Dust Mites
Dust mites are microscopic, insect-like organisms that exist in every house. They feed on pet dander and dead skin cells and can be found in beds, curtains, carpets and couches. Prolonged exposure to dust mites can dramatically impact your family’s health, especially members suffering allergies, asthma or are particularly sensitive to mites. Some of the symptoms of the exposure to dust mites are watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, cough, congestion and asthma attack.
Solution: Create an Unfavorable Environment
The reason why dust mites thrive in one house is the perfect environment where everything works for them – from humidity to food supplies. Make their lives more difficult by keeping the humidity below 50% (air conditioning and dehumidifier can help with that), using furniture with smooth surfaces, and removing carpets, drapes and curtains. Also, it is important to wash bedding in hot water once a week and using a steam cleaner to clean floors and rugs.
Problem: Contaminated Air
The concerns about outdoor air pollution are growing higher with each passing year, and as the world is becoming more conscious of this threat, we tend to forget to look inside our homes. The air quality inside your home can be really poor, especially if you are not doing anything about it. Some of the indoor air pollutants, such as mold, pollen, secondhand smoke, pesticides, household products, gas emissions, lead, chemicals from paints, etc. can cause serious health damage. The immediate effects include irritation to the nose, eyes and throat, headaches, fatigue and dizziness, while the long-term effects can be heart disease, respiratory issues, and even cancer.
Solution: Eliminate the Contaminants
To deal with the polluted indoor air, you will have to go all the way to the roots of the problem: the contaminants. First inspect your house for contaminants. Some will be visible (e.g. mold), while others will require testing (e.g. radon gas). The simplest step towards cleaner air will not cost you a dime. It is regular ventilation. If you don’t have windows in your bathroom, however, you should install an exhausting fan. A huge chunk of contaminants can be eliminated with quality air purifiers so they’re well-worth the investment. Some pollutants, such as tobacco smoke, should be forever eliminated.
Problem: Poor Water Quality
Although water contamination poses the most serious problem for third world countries, other parts of the world are not completely safe either. Water pollutants, such as nitrates, sodium, lead and mercury, are hazardous to humans. When you take water hardness and softness (the amount of minerals contained) into consideration, things get even more complicated.
Solution: In-Home Water Treatment
Sure, you can buy bottled water instead of drinking it straight from the tap, but it is complicated, the expenses piled up, and how can you even be sure that water is completely healthy? The best solution requires investments. In-home water treatments are more sophisticated than ever, and they can save you a hundreds of dollars a year by delivering clean water straight to your home. The most economical filtration systems are pitcher units, which require no additional plumbing, while the most effective ones are reverse osmosis filtration systems.
Having a family means putting the health of its members on the top of your priority list, and there is no better place to start caring for their health than inside your home. Fortunately, most of the health hazards found in houses can be eliminated simply and affordably.