It goes without saying that we all want a healthy home but sometimes things you didn’t even know were unhealthy can sneak in. Here are five ways you can make your home environment healthier.
Research your paint
Paint, wood stain and other varieties of coating account for around 9% of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in the U.S. yearly. VOCs are organic compounds that easily become vapors or gases. You want as little VOCs in your home as possible! For a healthy home, choose a low-VOC paint. Low-VOC paints are water-based and non-toxic (great when you have children) with little to no odor. Researching online before you buy will make it easy to find the kind of paint you’re looking for. Pro tip: buy cleaning supplies with low o no VOCs as well.
Update your insulation
If you live in an older home, it may use older types of insulation that can be hazardous for your health. You should definitely have a professional come in and check it out – if only to confirm that there’s no asbestos or other hazardous materials lurking in your walls. If asbestos or other dangerous insulation is found, it can be a big job but it is a necessary one. It will also help when you’re ready to sell.
Check for mold
In some cases, mold can go unnoticed until homeowner is ready to sell. It’s key get your home checked for mold periodically to ensure there are no pollutants growing in your home. It will help everyone breathe easier – literally. Even if you live in a newly built home that probably isn’t going to have mold, getting a check still can’t hurt.
Remove your shoes
It can be a hard habit to start but once you do, your home environment will be all the better for it. Taking off your shoes before you enter your home keep the germs where they should be, outside. You’ll have to clean less too which is always a plus.
Plants purify the air by removing pollutants and taking in CO2. They also add a natural beauty to any space. For a healthier environment, opt for an English ivy, asparagus fern or bamboo plant – they’re low maintenance and they clean the air.