While the demands of work seem to eat up our days, people still spend the majority of time at home. Whether sleeping, eating or relaxing, the home is supposed to be a safe and comfortable space. But your home might be damaging to your health. See these five ways your home might be affecting your health and what you can do to fix it.
Homes with poor sound-insulation or located in traffic-heavy areas can be harmful to your heart. Noise pollution elevates the stress hormones cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline. In the long term, these problems contribute to conditions such as high blood pressure or stroke. Noise pollution can be reduced with sound-blocking doors, soundproof windows, or choosing curtains made from sound-absorbing fabrics.
The air in many homes can be a breeding ground for germs and allergies or worse can exacerbate asthma problems. Poor airflow or microorganisms that grow in air conditioners are to blame for a lot of those problems. You can improve the air quality in your home by keeping house plants and scheduling routine HVAC maintenance. These will help keep the air bacteria-free.
While those blackout curtains keep electric bills at bay, neglecting your need for natural light can be damaging to mood, sleep, and vision. Drawing the curtains is a quick fix, but also choosing the appropriate color temperature lighting for different rooms can counteract these problems.
Mold as the result of excess moisture in the home can mean severe problems like respiratory illness, not to mention it attracts pests and dust mites. Unfortunately, if mold is already a problem, there’s no quick fix and prevention is the best method. Venting the bathroom, kitchen, dryer and other wet areas can keep moisture at bay.
Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. Radon is the second major cause of lung cancer, and 1 in 15 homes are affected by high levels of radon which seep through cracks in the foundation. Radon can be detected with an at-home or professional test and rectified quickly with a pressurized system to prevent seeping.
These are some of the common problems at home that are damaging to health. They’re also easily manageable. Proactive control of problems like mold and radon, as well as routine prevention measures like regular air conditioning maintenance or venting moisture, can improve long-term health.