We all know that many see the new year as an opportunity to embrace a healthier lifestyle and make significant changes. This normally manifests in going to the gym or changing your eating habits. But what about making changes to your home? Here are some healthy upgrades you can add to your home this year.
What should your goal be?
Oftentimes when home upgrades are done it’s for aesthetic purposes (think fancy crown molding, or knocking down walls for an open floor plan) and while having a beautiful home is a reasonable desire, you should first focus on making your home a safe haven for you and your family.
Here’s a quick overview of what you should aim to improve:
- Purifying the air and providing ample ventilation
- Sufficient waterproofing
- Maintaining a healthy humidity level
- Adequate temperature control for all seasons
Let’s take a look at ways to get started on these improvements.
Did you know that the air in your home can be up to 5x more polluted than the outside air? This is because many of the materials used to build our houses today have their own pollutants. Add in the fact that fresh air can’t always be circulated into our homes, and you have some toxic indoor air. Because of this, air purification and ventilation is important.
If you don’t have an air purifier in your home already, we strongly recommend getting one, especially if you have pets. To further improve air quality, consider HEPA filters. Don’t forget that maintaining your air purifier is also important.
There are three types of ventilation systems: natural, mechanical, and mix-mode. Natural ventilation is when windows and doors allow fresh air into your home. Mechanical ventilation uses fans to push the fresh air into your home. Mix-mode refers to both methods being used at once. It’s up to you to decide which method works best for your home.
Ensuring that your home is waterproofed is essential if you live in an area that is susceptible to flooding, but most basements can benefit from waterproofing. Doing this to your home can provide you with mold prevention and humidity control while also protecting the structure of your home. We have an extensive article about managing a flooded home that can be found here.
But to give a quick overview on waterproofing: First you want to find the source of the water and use a dehumidifier to suck up as much of the moisture as possible. Once the moisture is gone, you should seal up or finishing your basement. If this seems too daunting of a task to do alone, contact a professional.
Healthy humidity levels
Humidity is something that needs to be in a sweet spot between 40% and 60%; too little humidity leads to the uncomfortable dryness we’ve all experienced, but too much humidity can cause a dangerous mold issue. To find that sweet spot, integrate humidifiers and dehumidifiers into your home.
You should also consider exhaust fans or other ways to circulate air in rooms that often get a lot of moisture such as bathroom, kitchens, or laundry rooms.
Feel free to increase the use of humidifiers in those dry winter months, but keep in mind that sweet spot!
The best way to have a comfortable temperature in your home is to ensure your heating and air conditioner units are well maintained and newer products. Signs that your unit is out of date include: higher bills, increased need for maintenance, and an odd increase/decrease in humidity. Pairing humidifiers and air purifiers with your heating and cooling system will also ensure that you’re at a comfortable temperature but also in a healthy condition.
After completing these updates to your home, you should notice an improvement in your day-to-day life. It may seem subtle, but even just a change in how stuffy your noise is when you wake up is a huge improvement and means you’ve created a healthier environment in your home. Contact us today to get started on these upgrades in your home!