Aesthetics are an integral aspect of making a house or apartment into a home. Many of us spend a great deal of money and time furnishing, decorating and maintaining. It’s a labor of love with the goal of making our family as happy and comfortable as possible. Nevertheless, there are elements contributing to comfort and happiness that are not apparent to the naked eye. Air quality is a great example. Airborne pollutants may not be visibly seen, but can cause breathing difficulties, diminish health and contribute to overall discomfort and depression.
The following list are some indicators of “sick-house syndrome:”
- Random and new allergic reactions
- Skin rashes and other skin irritations
- Eye, nose and throat irritations
- Altered tastes and smells that come and go
- Overall poor general health
These symptoms may be common, but together and with frequency, they form a pattern that we should not ignore. Health in the home is crucial, and without that, aesthetics and such do not matter. How safe and healthy is the air in your home? If you can’t answer that question, it’s time to find out. Let’s make this a labor of love as well, and in that spirit, here are a series of pointers:
- Always discard used and partially used toxic materials, such as chemicals and cleaners.
- If you experience water damage, remove/replace affected carpets, walls and ceilings.
- If you experience a chemical spill, deal with it immediately and comprehensively.
- Inspect and maintain your air conditioning and heating system regularly.
- Ensure that you have the right number of air exchanges for your size home.
- Use a portable air purifier with HEPA and activated carbon.
- Vacuum often, at least weekly, using a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- Ensure that the home has adequate ventilation, particularly near appliances like stoves.
- High-moisture areas, such as bathrooms, require ventilation fans.
- Whenever you use paints or chemicals, increase the ventilation in the home.
- Control mold and algae growth by pressure washing the home exterior and roof yearly.
- If you see signs of mold, inside or out, deal with it immediately through a professional.
- If mold spreads to the structural system within the house, it becomes difficult and expensive to manage.
- If you detect or suspect that you have a problem, you may want to contact a local licensed mold and air quality specialist.
There is wisdom in these words: A healthy home is a happy home. The first and best step that you can take to a healthy home is an air purifier with HEPA and activated carbon filtration. The HEPA aspect is responsible for cleaning the air of airborne particulates. In fact, HEPA removes nearly all matter down to 0.3 microns in size, which includes pet dander, dust mites, mold spores and dust particles. The activated carbon component removes the gases, chemicals, bacteria and even odors. This multipronged approach can be the key to a home that looks, feels and smells beautiful and healthy. The health benefits of HEPA can be significant. Even hospitals and military installations throughout the world use it. It is the filtration type supported by both the EPA and the American Lung Association. Doctors recommend it to patients with asthma and allergies and even expecting mothers. A HEPA air purifier is a tremendous investment that can have a life-changing effect on your family.
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