Is your home healthy? Many homeowners don’t understand what health means when it comes to the home’s infrastructure. But a healthier home environment can have a powerful impact on you and your family.
What to Avoid for a Healthier Home Environment
- Smoking – While smoking itself is a well-known health hazard, it can be especially dangerous inside the home. There, where the area isn’t naturally ventilated by wind and weather, the chemicals can gather and be carried throughout the home. This means that all household members are exposed to secondhand smoke, which lingers far longer than it does outside. If you have household members who smoke, make sure they smoke outdoors.
- Radon – A naturally-occurring gas released from soil in many places across the U.S., radon can cause cancer when allowed to build up and concentrate inside homes. Have a professional test your home for radon gas.
- Inadequate fire and CO detection – Every home should have at least one smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm, and preferably more. A good guideline is one for each level of your home, and one outside of each bedroom area. Smoke alarms can provide vital early warning of a fire, and carbon monoxide alarms are one of the only ways to detect the colorless, odorless and highly toxic CO gas.
- Mold and mildew – If you have plumbing damage or humidity problem areas like unventilated bathrooms or kitchens, your home may be threatened by mold, mildew, bacteria and fungal colonies. These can lead to allergic reactions and a number of respiratory ailments.
- Pesticides and harsh chemicals – What you use in your home tends to remain in your home, and if you use pesticides or harsh cleaning chemicals, you’ll expose your family to them. Use harsh chemicals sparingly and look for healthier alternatives.
Learn more about creating a healthier home environment with the indoor air quality options offered by Indoor Solutions, Inc. or contact us today at 706-225-8241.