A healthy lifestyle starts with a healthy home. But what does that really mean? What constitutes a healthy home? We believe that a healthy home is one that makes it easy for you to engage in healthy habits. It's also a space that minimizes your exposure to unhealthy contaminants, such as mold spores and dust mites. If you'd like to create a healthier home in the coming year, here are a few tips to get you started.
Change Your Air Filter
The air filter in your HVAC system traps dirt, dust, mold spores, and other particulate matter. But after a month or so, an air filter gets clogged and stops doing its job well. If you change your air filter more often, your home and air will stay cleaner. Set a reminder in your phone to change your air filter monthly.
Deep-Clean Your Fridge
Little spills in your fridge have a tendency to grow bacteria and mold. These pathogens can also hide in little nooks and crannies inside the fridge. Create a healthier food storage space by deep-cleaning your fridge. Take everything out, wipe down the fridge with soapy water, and remove and clean the drawers. When you put everything back inside, place an open box of baking soda on the shelf to trap odors.
Organize Your Pantry
Re-organize your pantry, placing healthier snacks towards the front of the shelves. This wya, you'll choose healthier snacks more often. While you're at it, get rid of expired food and wipe down the pantry shelves.
Check the CO Alarm
A CO alarm will alert you to the presence of carbon monoxide in your home, which could save you from carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure you have a working CO alarm on every floor where you have a fuel-burning appliance. Change the batteries once a year. Change your smoke detector batteries at the same time.
Replace Torn Weatherstripping
Torn weatherstripping around your windows and doors will let in cold air and little drops of water. Over time, this will moisten the window sash and frame material and allow for mold growth. Mold can cause sneezing, itching, nausea, and other symptoms. So, get in the habit of checking for torn weatherstripping and replacing any torn weatherstripping you find.
Decorate With Plants
House plants give a home a fresh look, and they make your home a healthier place to live, too. They absorb carbon dioxide, and they release oxygen into the air. Some house plants are even known to absorb pollutants from the indoor air. Good, low-maintenance house plants to consider include:
- Snake plants
- Spider plants
- Aloe vera
- English ivy
- Majesty palm
Start with one or two house plants, and slowly build your collection over time.
The tips above should help you make your home a happier, healthier living space. If you could use help with home maintenance and cleaning, consider signing up with Hassle Free Home Services. Our monthly and seasonal maintenance plans are perfect for busy homeowners.