We’re all being encouraged to live greener, healthier lives, but it can be difficult to know how to do it. So much information is thrown at us that it can be confusing to know where to start. If you’d like to undertake a home improvement project sometime in the near future, here are some ideas you might want to consider
- Low VOC Paint
Many of the paints, stains and coatings you use in your home produce volatile organic compounds. When repainting your house or opting for barn door painting, or a side wall painting, for that matter, check the labels and try to use low or no-VOC products. The best ones to use are low-toxic, low-odour, water-based products as they emit far fewer fumes and stop releasing chemicals into the air very quickly.
- Easy to Clean Flooring
Did you realise that your carpets are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria? Even if you vacuum regularly, there is still a considerable amount of dust and debris that is left in the fibres. A far better flooring solution is wood, with a new flooring material being bamboo. It is quick growing and can be harvested every year. Another feature of this type of flooring is that it is very easy to keep clean.
- Air Purifier
The air in your home can be just as polluted as the air outdoors, and it can sometimes be higher. Use an air purifier in your home and it will not only control odours but also reduce chemical vapours and pollutants. Filters inside the purifier remove microscopic particles from the air. Alongside these HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arresting) filters, there is often a secondary system that uses activated charcoal to eliminate odours. Its also a good idea to swap your vacuum for one that contains a HEPA filter. These are much better at sucking up the dust, dust mites, animal dander, and fleas. Use a crevice tool on your upholstery and a brush attachment for vacuuming curtains and lampshades.
Installing a humidifier is something else you can do to improve air quality. One of the problems during the winter, when youre heating your home, can be a lack of moisture and dry air. A humidifier reduces dry coughs, sinus problems, and dry skin.
- Healthy Heating
Radiators have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. Gone are the grey, bland and boring heaters we all remember from our school days. They have been replaced with colourful, stylish and modern designs that can keep your home warm and look good at the same time. A wide selection can be found if you visit warmrooms.co.uk.
One last tip thats not really a home improvement, but it is something you can do every day to improve the air quality in your home: open your windows and let in some fresh air while letting the stale air out. If youve got windows on several walls in a room, all the better because it allows for cross ventilation.
These suggestions can be good ways to make your home healthier. They dont cost a lot to do and can make quite a difference to your health and wellbeing. Combine these changes with a healthy diet and regular exercise, and youll soon be feeling much better.