Install a Water Filter to Keep Your Home Healthy
To provide clean and safe drinking water, install a water filter. Have a water test performed or request a water-quality report from your local utility. Knowing the types of contaminants in your home’s water will help you choose the best filter for your household.
You can find filters that sit on the countertop and others that attach to your kitchen tap. Still other varieties are designed as water pitchers and can be stored in the refrigerator for cool, clean drinking water.
Test the House for Radon
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that occurs as a byproduct when uranium breaks down underground. Radon seeps up through the soil and into your home through small cracks and openings in your foundation.
Radon is the second leading cause of cancer after cigarette smoking, so it’s important to know if your home has high levels of this gas. Hire a professional to perform a radon test in your home. He or she will use superior testing equipment and return accurate results.
Prevent Mold Growth to Keep Your Home Healthy
Mold in the home can lead to itchy eyes, running nose, sneezing, coughing, and headaches. Prevent mold growth by keeping moisture and humidity under control.
Use ventilation fans when cooking or showering. These fans help to pull humid air out of your home. Don’t leave damp clothing on the floor. Hang towels to dry or throw them in the clothes dryer. Use fans to circulate the air in your home. Good airflow helps to evaporate moisture and prevent mold growth.
Improve Indoor Air Quality
Take steps to improve air quality to keep your home healthy. Dust at least twice a week and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to clean the floors. Especially if you have pets, it’s important to launder bedding and upholstery frequently. Set a reminder in your phone to change the filter in your HVAC system every 30 to 90 days or as recommended by the manufacturer.
Make Your Own Cleaning Products
Commercial cleaning solutions contain artificial fragrances and harsh chemicals. To make a healthier home, find recipes online and learn how to make your own natural cleaning products. You can clean your home thoroughly using ingredients you probably already have around the house. Baking soda, vinegar, and essential oils are common ingredients in homemade cleaners.