Changing Your Home To Benefit Your Health

We all love doing up our homes to make them more personal to us and what we like. Did you know that there are many things within your home that could be a danger to your health? In this article are a few things that you should look out for within your home and also some changes that you could make to benefit your health.

Asbestos

If you live in a building that’s quite old, it’s likely that the insulation in your home has been created using asbestos. When it’s undamaged it’s generally safe and wont post any threat to your health but over time, it’s likely that some damage or wear and tear might have occurred. The particles that come off asbestos if it’s damaged can get into your lungs and pierce the lining causing you to begin struggling to breathe. Asbestosis (the disease caused by long exposure to asbestos) causes scarring in the lungs and can lead to asthma, COPD and other lung diseases. It can potentially be fatal if it’s not caught early enough.

Finding out whether you have asbestos in your home shouldn’t be a task that you take upon yourself. Hire professionals to come and have a look and take samples away for testing. They will have the proper equipment and protection for themselves. Although you may need to evacuate your home for a few days, they can also remove the asbestos too.

Even though removing the asbestos might set you back some money, it will be worth spending to protect you and your family’s health in the long run.

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Allergies

If you often find yourself sniffly or heavy headed, you might be allergic to some items in your home. There are many things that could cause a small allergic reaction like a runny nose, so consider removing a few things periodically to see if your allergies improve. For example, house plants can affect people with asthma or hayfever so remove them from your home for a few weeks to see if it makes any difference to how you feel.

Keeping your home clean and free of dust particles or mold spores in the air will certainly help your health regardless of if you have an allergy or not. Cleaner air and cleaner homes will reduce the risk of you becoming ill at any point. Investing in a humidifier will also help eliminate any bad air within your home. Adding a few drops of essential oils that are organic will also do you the world of favors. Try picking some oils that will benefit you if you have hayfever or asthma. Not only will it benefit your health, but it will make your home smell wonderful at the same time!

In short, removing things that you feel may be causing you a reaction and adding some essential oils to your home will help no end.

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Repairs

A bit of an obvious one here, but anything that’s potentially dangerous to you or your family within your home should be repaired as soon as possible. Your fridge for example, if it’s not working properly or has burst somewhere could be letting off harmful fumes that could make any of you fall ill. Remember, when disposing of a fridge to check out your city guidelines on what to do with them, as you generally can’t just take them to the dump.

Things like mold and damp in your home can be dangerous too, especially if it rapidly spreads around your home. Make sure that air circulation around every room is even, and that none of your rooms become cold and damp. Central heating and air conditioners are the best way to prevent this from happening. Again, it might be a lot to spend but it will make a massive difference. If you’ve already got mold, head to your local hardware store and purchase some mold treatment for your walls and ceiling.

A good idea after treating your home is to repaint over the patches with paint that is designed to prevent mold and damp from returning. Don’t forget to make sure that the airflow around your home is equal to prevent this from happening again.

As you can see, it’s not too difficult to make sure that your home is safe for your health and your family to live in. Make some changes to your home today for a better and healthier future!