Having a healthy and clean environment is the need of the hour. After decades of activism, legislating and international conventions, humanity is finally waking up to the sad state of affairs in environmental conservation, and this has resulted in a range of efforts to mitigate the loss caused by rampant and unchecked pollution.
However, this battle for our environment to keep it cleaner and healthier has been taken to another level in the form of rooting for ‘healthy homes’ where people have finally begun to realize the importance of maintaining the healthy indoor environments.
The concept of healthy states that a home has to be healthy concerning aspects such as air quality, moisture, ventilation, and temperature. This endeavor involves making a range of arrangements that will ensure that the house is free from particulates, harmful chemicals and traces of gases such as carbon monoxide as well as natural entities such as moisture, pollen (in cases of allergy) and heat.
There are several ways you can make your house healthy, but the following seven are some basic ones. These changes will cost a fair budget most of the times.
Here they are:
- CO Detectors: Carbon monoxide is one of the most common pollutants in our atmosphere. It is emitted from sources such as vehicles and industries through combustion of fuels like gasoline and diesel. You can install CO detectors all over your house, but mostly in chief locations such as your master bedroom, hall, and kitchen. The measure of the approximate amount of carbon monoxide in your house air can help you take the timely measures such as investing in oxygenating your house or optimizing the fireplace.
- Distributed Ventilation: Your home’s ventilation system should be well distributed, which would ensure that the aggregate air pressure in your house is not imbalanced. It ensures that your house is ventilated thoroughly without having any point in the house stuffy and filled with stale air while others are being constantly supplied with a clean, fresh air. Given that an air imbalance would eventually cause bad air to circulate to other parts of the house, a distributed vent prevents this problem by evenly moving the air throughout the house.
- Timely Air Quality Testing: There are special services that are dedicated to testing the quality of air in indoor environments, especially homes. Experts suggest that you should get the air quality of your house tested from time to time so that you and your family do not become the anecdotal frog in the boiling water. These checks can help you take appropriate measures to keep the air cleaner and oxygenated, thus preventing the slow deterioration of your health.
- Radon venting Through the Roof: Radon vents are known to be a part of a typical North American suburban home. However, many homeowners haven’t installed Radon vents. If your home doesn’t have one, make sure you get it installed. And if it is already there, make sure it is routed through the roof. The reason being, that the harmful gas should not be routed in a direction that is at the level of your house, instead of being rerouted from the top where it is safely disposed right in the atmosphere. Also, notably you should install an exhaust fan box in the basement of the exhaust pipe system so that the gas is moved to the end of exhaust more efficiently.
- Waterproof Your Home: Unfortunately, many homeowners turn a blind eye to home waterproofing, letting them stay damp and dirty as a default. This leads to a growth of molds, insect infestation and a slow deterioration of the house’s walls and wooden building materials. Always make sure that the roof, the walls and other such exterior surfaces that keep your house insulated are devoid of any cavities and are checked for waterproofing from time to time.
- Prevent Condensation of Your House: The point above can be considered a part of this one, however, keeping condensation away is a much larger task. It involves more than waterproofing. Install a dehumidifier in your house which will prevent the built up of excessive moisture. Also, install exhaust fans in kitchens and the bathroom which will ensure that these spaces remain fairly dry and the humidity does not flow to other parts of the house. An efficient heating system will enable you to keep your house free of moisture for a large part.
- Keep Your Basements Clean And Healthy: Always make sure that you haven’t stored any harmful chemicals such as pesticides or cleaning agents in your basements. If at all necessary, make sure that they are tightly sealed and contained. Also, keep the windows in your basement open from time to time to ensure ventilation. Preferably, install exhaust fans.
We understand that having a healthy house can sometimes be a budget burden, but these seven ways will not pinch your penny to a great extent, so they are worth the effort.