Keeping a healthy home is more than just vacuuming, dusting and scrubbing the bathroom. Indoor spaces can appear to be healthy for occupants when, in fact, they are not. Germs and allergens are both things that you can’t see, but are commonly found in homes. Here are four things you can do to get rid of things like this and make sure your home is a healthy living space for your family.
Improving Air Quality
Indoor air is often worse than the air outdoors. Newer homes can be even worse due to better insulation and draft prevention measures that trap indoor air pollutants inside. Though most indoor air quality problems are due to dust and pollen, mold spores and even radon gas can be serious issues. Mold spores are everywhere, and hidden mold in a home can lead to exacerbation of chronic breathing conditions. Radon is odorless, colorless, and can cause cancer. Home testing for mold is often best left to a professional, but you can buy a radon detection kit at most home centers to see if it is present in your home. Be sure to also replace or clean HVAC filters every 30 days.
Carpeting and Draperies
Textiles and hard surfaces are magnets for dust and pollen. However, hard surfaces are much easier for you to clean more thoroughly. Every time you clean things like this make sure that you don’t miss anything! Indoor air particulates are constantly settling in these areas of your home. Carpeting and heavy drapes can hold an incredible amount of fine particulates that can easily become airborne again. Walking across carpeting or opening the drapes can release millions of particles in the air, which can cause allergies to go crazy! These fine particles are often seen floating in the air where sun’s rays are seen shining through a window at sunrise or sunset. Opting for hardwood, tile and vinyl flooring along with hard surface window treatments can greatly reduce indoor allergens and make your home feel like a happier and safer place to be.
Pests are motivated to move into your home. It is a climate-controlled shelter with an abundant food supply. Even if you are very tidy, a small crumb of food you may not notice is a meal for ants. All spiders are poisonous, but not all of them can pierce human skin to inject venom. Many spider bites result in cellulitis that can be life threatening even when the venom is not dangerous to humans. Mice and other rodents can carry diseases that can infect humans and pets. Every home should have a pest control expert inspection, like those done by alexandria pest control, to look for signs of pest activity that can easily be overlooked by a homeowner. Also, professional chemical applications to control pests such as ants, spiders and cockroaches are usually safer and much more effective than over-the-counter consumer pest control products.
Volatile Organic Compounds
VOCs indoors can come from off-gassing of formaldehyde and other chemicals used in the manufacturing of furniture or building/renovating materials, including paint. That smell of newness for items you bring into your home is actually caused by gases coming off the products. However, most VOCs come from products used for so-called air freshening inside your home. Scented candles, oils that are heated by warming devices that plug in, and spray and other air fresheners may be releasing VOCs that can affect breathing. If you desire your indoor air to have a scent, choose a safe natural oil where you know the ingredients do not contain chemicals known to release VOCs that are hazardous to your health.
Cleaning your house is a given, and you already know that. However, it is what you cannot see that may be affecting the healthiness of the inside of your home. Commercial structures having problems with indoor air and other issues that increase the rate of worker or tenant illnesses get a label as being a “sick” building. You can avoid this in your home by taking a few extra steps beyond standard housekeeping chores to improve and maintain a healthy environment inside your home.