How Your Home Could Be Affecting Your Health
The word home typically brings about feelings of comfort and love, and because we want our home to be a place where we feel comfortable, we take a personal interest in designing and decorating each aspect of it. Just as important as the design is the healthiness of the living environment. While you don’t want to overdo things, you do want to ensure that your home is safe and clean for you and your family. Here are a few ways that your home environment could be affecting your health (and what you can do about it).
Since reducing energy consumption is a main goal for homeowners and renters, many houses are built to minimize airflow. However, a lack of airflow can directly affect your health if it results in the release of radon gas from any foundation cracks. Similarly, the appliances we use in our homes can produce radon, carbon monoxide, and other gases that can decrease air quality and affect our health. To increase ventilation, make sure your HVAC system is set to run on a regular basis and have a technician come and test your appliances for these gases.
Improper Lighting and Colors
Your choice of lighting could also be another way your home is negatively impacting you. While fluorescent lights are good for energy savings, they can cause dizziness and migraines. To prevent these negative effects, the study suggests you keep the lighting at least one to two feet from your eyes. In addition to lighting, the color of your bedroom can also have any effect on your sleep. According to Travelodge, people who have blue-colored bedrooms sleep around 7.52 hours on average while people with yellow, green, silver, and orange bedrooms average close to 7.3 hours of sleep per night. The research suggests avoiding depressing grey and stimulating purple colors.
Water can cause both direct and indirect problems in the house. Leaks from damaged pipes can form condensation that affects walls and foundations and harbor mold growth. One place that mold frequently grows is inside HVAC units. The traces of water left inside cooling units can result in mold and be distributed throughout your home, causing allergies to flare and humidity levels to rise.
To prevent the negative effects of water damage, check your plumbing fixtures for leaks and make sure the path for rainwater is clear. According to House Method, you should keep your heating and cooling units in good condition and use your home warranty anytime your HVAC system needs maintenance or repairs.
Dust can be a breeding ground for dust mites and is yet another way in which your home could be affecting your health. Dust mites can enter your body and cause infections and allergies. Similarly, dirt from the outside can bring toxic compounds into the house. To remediate this issue, keep your vacuum filter clean, declutter your house so there aren’t any places where dust mites can gather, remove any dirt from the paws of your pets before they come inside, and consistently wash your mattress sheets in hot water to keep them clean.
About the Author
Kay Carter is a writer from Raleigh, NC. When she isn’t writing about home improvement or the latest wellness trends, she enjoys reading, traveling, and practicing photography.