While it may be unusual to think of your home as being good or bad for your health, it is an essential concept for us to consider. We spend a large percentage of our lives at home; hence, it’s pretty important to be mindful of the factors which may be impacting your health without you even realising. Below are 3 of the most common harmful features of a home that you should be looking out for:
While we might have a bit of dust in our homes now and again, an excess of dust in your home can be quite harmful. Dust is mostly made up of human skin cells, tiny creatures and dead insects which can cause you to have an allergic reaction to your own home. What’s worse is that dust can act as a carrier for viruses and infections, spreading illness to you and your family. The dust in your home can also retain hazardous chemicals like lead, pesticides, asbestos and fire retardants, even if they haven’t been present or used in your home for decades.
How To Get Rid of Dust
While it’s expensive, one of the most effective ways to get rid of house dust is to remove any wall-to-wall carpeting in your home and replace it with tiling or wood. Dust loves carpeting as it can easily settle and gather within the fibres. However, if you aren’t ready to get rid of your carpet, you can ensure that you vacuum regularly and meticulously. It’s recommended that you vacuum twice a week and get into the nooks and crannies which are likely a favourite hiding spot for dust.
It’s important to have a home that allows natural sunlight in and doesn’t make you feel like you’re living in a cave. Sunlight is a natural disinfectant which helps to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and organisms. Below are just some of the health benefits of natural sunlight in the home:
- Increases your levels of vitamin B and D
- Increases red blood cells
- The ultraviolet in rays of sunshine are a natural antiseptic*
- Boosts energy
- Strengthens your organs
- Scientifically proven to improve your mood and mental health
*Of course, we recommend being sun-safe outdoors! Never forget to slip, slop, slap.
How To Increase Natural Light in Your Home
Adjusting the colour scheme of your interior decor can help to bring natural light into your home. The lighter the colour, the more it reflects light, so try to go for whites, creams, and even light pastels. You can also add more shiny objects to your home, like mirrors or reflective photo frames. At Total Lifestyle Builders, we are happy to design an extension for you that will help you gain the maximum amount of sunlight by strategically choosing the placement of your extension and incorporating large windows, to let that glorious sunshine in.
Mould is a type of fungi that can present pretty much anywhere that moisture exists. Indoor mould is most often caused by dampness and a lack of ventilation, with the most common areas being ceilings, walls, bathroom tiling and wood. Mould uses airborne particles named spores to reproduce, and spores can cause health problems when inhaled. These health problems can include:
- Inflamed airways
- Nasal congestion
- Respiratory problems
- Tightness in your chest
- Reduced lung function (after prolonged exposure)
- Chronic health issues (after prolonged exposure)
How to Prevent or Get Rid of Mould
Before buying a house or if you suspect that you may have mould, you may want to consider organising a building biologist inspection. Building biologists investigate indoor living spaces and environments for a range of irritants and health risks. You can also prevent mould by maintaining proper ventilation with fans and opening windows when possible. You should also reduce humidity as much as possible and control any moisture by immediately repairing any water leaks or plumbing issues.
At Total Lifestyle Builders, we are experts in designing and constructing extensions and renovations that will enhance your lifestyle and help you to live a happy and healthy life. If you would like to make an enquiry, get in touch with us today.