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What is a healthy home? Healthy homes are safe and clean for people to live in. According to The National Center for Healthy Housing “ A healthy home is housing that is designed, constructed, maintained and rehabilitated in a manner that is conducive to good occupant health.” Everyone deserves to be in a safe and healthy home. Here are some of the strategies in having a healthy home.
1. Keep your home dry
One of the biggest causes of an unhealthy home is mold and mildew. Keeping your home dry with a low moisture will prevent mold and mildew. Too much moisture not only creates a breeding ground for mold and mildew but also will cause the timbers to rot where the moisture is entering the house.
2. Keep your home clean
I know this sounds silly, but many health hazards today are related to clutter or filth in the home. It is even more important when you have children in your home to keep it clean. Clutter in the home can collect dust and dirt and provide great little hiding spots for spiders and other rodents. Get rid of the stuff that you do not need.
3. Keep your home full of fresh air
The American Lung Association says, “Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer and chronic lung diseases such as asthma.” Keeping your home full of clean, fresh air is important to your health. Open the windows when you can and get an indoor air filtration system installed to clean out all of the indoor pollutants.
4. Keep your home pest free
This one is directly related to keeping your home clean. When you leave crumbs around it attracts cockroaches, rodents, and other pets that want to come in and look for food throughout the year. This is even more critical in regions like the Upper Valley where we have four seasons. Pets bring in diseases and other biohazards with them. The best line of defense it to keep your home clean to prevent pests.
5. Keep your home safe
Your home should be safe for all ages of residents. Assess who is living in your home and who is going to visit your home throughout the year and see if there is any area of your home that could pose a danger to the residents or visitors. It is great to decorate the home, but sometimes too much is worse and can cause hazards like tripping, suffocations, poisoning, drowning, etc.. Most of these injuries can be prevented in a few simple steps.
6 Keep your home contaminant free
Tobacco smoke is one of the leading asthma triggers and chemicals in many leading household cleaning products can be harmful to your health. If you have contaminants in your house, make sure to store them in a place that is safe and away from children and pets.
7 Keep your home maintained
Every home no matter how new or old it needs maintenance over time. Cracks, leaks and breaks in your home can lead to bigger problems. The one constant is that your home is going to need minor repairs over time and building materials decay. Don’t put these things off, an ounce of prevention goes a long way with your home. This will save you time and money, to prevent the large breakages.
Remember this is your home and your deserve to have a healthy home to live in. If you find that you are busy and don’t have the time to take care of the maintenance and cleaning of your home, hire a professional. In many cases, professionals can accomplish these tasks on a regular basis more efficiently and more cost-effectively than we can. Start making your home a healthy home today.