Our properties should be a safe space where we can relax and feel healthy. As the summer ends it’s a great time to approach your home maintenance chores. With the help of these home improvement tasks you can create a healthier space for you and your family.
1 . Go VOC free
Certain types of furniture and paints contain VOCs, meaning ‘Volatile Organic Compounds.’ According to Lungs.org, ‘Breathing in VOCs can irritate the eyes, nose and throat, can cause difficulty breathing and nausea, and can damage the central nervous system as well as other organs.’ To improve your home, choose furniture, materials and paints that contain no VOCS or low VOCs. You can also choose plant-based cleaners, and eco-candles.
2. Prevent mold in the home
According to the CDC, molds can cause adverse health effects,‘Molds can lead to symptoms such as stuffy nose, wheezing, and red or itchy eyes, or skin. Some people, such as those with allergies to molds or with asthma, may have more intense reactions,’ (CDC 2021). To prevent mold in the home there are lots of things that you can do:
- Use a dehumidifier or air con to lower humidity levels.
- Improve ventilation by opening windows and using extractor fans in your kitchen and bathroom.
- Fix any leaks in your property to prevent moisture growth.
3. Use air purifying devices
Air purifiers will remove allergens and toxins from the air, indoor air can contain a number of harmful pollutants including formaldehyde and benzene. According to Ameri Sleep, ‘Air purifiers can refresh stale air, reducing the chances of health issues caused by indoor pollutants, which can trigger respiratory infections, neurological problems, or aggravate symptoms in asthma sufferers,’ (Amerisleep, 2021).
4. Fix any gaps
During the fall and winter mice will attempt to enter our homes, using any gaps. To prevent an infestation it’s best to fix any gaps in your walls, or underneath your doors. You should be able to fix small gaps using a foam spray or caulk, for larger gaps you might need sturdier materials. While you’re at it, check for gaps in your windows, any gaps here will cause a draft and leave you with higher energy bills. Sealing your property will help you to lower your energy expenses and reduce waste in your home.
5. Prevent burst or frozen pipes
The last thing you want is frozen or burst pipes. A burst pipe can lead to water damage which can leave your home damp and cause problems with the structures of your property. To stop your pipes from bursting, or freezing over, the best thing to do is to insulate your pipes. You should also fix any taps that drip. Ensure that you have your boiler serviced regularly, and keep your heating on a low setting when you are out. If your property becomes water damaged you’ll need to contact water extraction services.
Whether it’s using an air purifier or repairing gaps there are plenty of ways to create a safer and healthier home.