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If you are aiming for a healthier lifestyle overall, one thing to focus on is whether your living space is conducive to wellness. Yes, the condition of the home you’re living in can have quite an impact on your physical and mental health, in more ways than you may realize. So, improving your house’s health should be a component of any comprehensive wellness program. It’s important to know what to look for when evaluating the health level of your home – and to know, too, how to deal with problems you might find. Here are some tips for getting your home healthier so you can be healthier too.
Declutter your home.
A messy, cluttered interior is bad for your mental functioning. Numerous studies show that living in a messy space can lead to increased stress, difficulty focusing, and overstimulation. Additionally, living in a mess makes it harder for you to be motivated, or to complete ordinary daily tasks. Clutter is also a physical risk. A house filled with piles of clothes, unwashed dishes, heaps of papers, and bags of trash is likely to be filled with mold, bacteria, and dust as well. Additionally, more mess means a greater risk of an injury and less likelihood of staying active and exercising.
Deal with dust.
Even in a house without a lot of clutter, dust can accumulate and pose a health risk, especially if dust mites proliferate. Dust mites can irritate your nasal passage, provoke allergic reactions, and even harm your respiratory system. Since vacuuming alone won’t get rid of all dust mites, you may need to use special chemical cleaners. Also, regularly wash curtains, change sheets, and wipe down surfaces with a damp cloth regularly. If your house has a lot of carpeting, consider having it removed, as it can harbor dust mites, their carcasses, and their feces.
Look out for black mold.
Black mold is a blanket term for a host of different molds that are unpleasant and unsightly. And some varieties are also toxic. It can cause a host of health problems, ranging from mild allergic reactions to systemic inflammation or even neurological symptoms. Once mold gets into a house, it is difficult to eradicate, so clean regularly and repair any areas of your home, such as leaky windows or roofs, that could lead to dampness. Using a dehumidifier and an air purifier can also help prevent mold. A little bit of mold can be dealt with by using a detergent spray, but if you find larger patches in your home, you may need to hire professionals to deal with it. (*This is an important aspect I work on with my clients -Deepak)
Get rid of lead paint.
If you’re living in an older house, especially one build prior to 1978 in Canada, it’s important to have it checked for lead paint. Lead poisoning can cause a host of health problems and significantly harm children, both cognitively and physically. Lead-based paint is especially risky if it is deteriorating or flaking. So, clearly, removing lead paint also comes with risks, and is something you should leave to professionals.
Add a home gym or workout space.
One way you can make your home healthier to live in is to invest in renovations that will make it easier to pursue wellness initiatives. You may want to put in a home gym or create a calming space for yoga or meditation. You may be able to do this simply by refreshing an existing room. Or if this isn’t an option, consider renovating or finishing a basement area. For more extensive basement renovation projects, it’s advisable to work with a contractor, especially if you want to get the project done sooner. The cost of a basement renovation can range from around 20 thousand to over 50 thousand dollars, depending on location, budget, and the scope of the project.
Investing in the health of your home is a great way to take another step towards a more fulfilling lifestyle. It can help reduce your risk of illness and make it easier to pursue good habits. For further information about improving your wellness, consult Deepak Saini Health.
Natalie Jones enjoys writing about home buying and hopes to inspire homeowners of all stages to enjoy the perks of homeownership. When she isn’t writing about the homebuying process, Natalie spends time with her husband working on DIY projects for their home.