The home is an important part of all of our lives; it’s where we wind down after a long day, where we make memories with loved ones, and allows us to live a comfortable life. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends 93% of our time indoors, and 70% of that time is at home. This is why we should take extra care to ensure we can be as healthy as possible while inside. Here’s some tips on how to make your home the safe haven it should be.
Improving indoor air quality
If you’re a person who is sensitive to allergens, it’s important to keep up with the quality of the air in your home. Maintain your vents, filters, and ducts to prevent debris from building up. Not only will this help your indoor air, but it will also ensure that your HVAC units are working efficiently for as long as possible.
Molds and mildews love humidity, so you should make sure you’re in control of the humidity in your home. Ideally, your indoor humidity should not exceed 50%. Dehumidifiers and air conditioners can help you remove the moisture in your home, as well as having proper ventilation in kitchens and bathrooms.
Don’t forget about carpets, curtains, bed spreads, and other fabrics that trap dust–especially if you have pets. You should preferably use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wash your drapes and bedding in water at least 130℉.
Indoor plants are also a good way to not only make your space cozier, but also help with air quality. While it is impossible for indoor plants to remove every toxin in the home, they do pose benefits when paired with products such as air purifiers.
Improving your environment in other ways
Do you find that you’re still stressed after a long day even when you come home? Perhaps the environment in your home isn’t what it should be for your mental health to prosper. Clutter is one of the biggest causes of stress in our homes, and it can seem especially impossible to tackle when you live a busy schedule. But there are ways around it, such as taking just 5 minutes everyday to declutter. Clutter can also build up dust and other allergens, making your air quality suffer.
If you are still working from home, it’s important to designate a specific working area. This prevents your relaxing and working modes from being muddled. Speaking of which, allow yourself certain times in the evening or on the weekends when you stop checking emails.
It’s also helpful to go through your home and look for areas that could use a refresh in décor or physical fixes such as cracks in the wall or more.
If you truly want to turn your home into a safe haven, you should not only consider how your home affects your physical health, but also how it affects your mental health. We hope that the tips we’ve provided in this article are helpful to you, and we’d love to hear other ways you make your home a safe space.
Learn more about testing your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) here.