In 2015, 136.9 million emergency department visits took place in the United States. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 12.3 million of those visits resulted in hospitalization.
What makes it worse is that many of these injuries and diseases were — and are — preventable. If we only paid more attention to creating and living in a healthy home.
But it’s not too late to start now. There are plenty of things that you can do to make your living space healthier and safer.
That’s exactly what we’ll share with you today. So, let’s get right into it!
Get Your Air Tested to Know Which Nasties You May Be Breathing In
The average American spends about 90% of their time indoors. One huge reason is that many of them believe indoor air is much safer than what’s outside.
But that isn’t the case. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that it can be up to five times more polluted. In fact, it even noted that on occasion, it can be up to 100 times more polluted!
Even if you think the air inside your home isn’t as bad as what’s outside, there may still be dangerous elements in it. There’s radon, for instance, a radioactive yet invisible, odorless, and tasteless gas. It’s responsible for about 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the country every year.
Then, there are also the microscopic asbestos fibers. Exposure to these increases one’s risk for different types of cancers. In fact, asbestos is the reason for many of the 3,000 new mesothelioma diagnoses in the U.S. every year.
That’s why you’d want to invest in air quality testing services at least once a year. Testing is the only way to determine what’s exactly in the air you and your loved ones breathe. From there, you can then put into place measures that’ll make air inside your home healthier and safer.
Install Air Purifying Devices
Asthma makes the lives of 24 million people — 6 million of which are kids — in the U.S. more difficult. That’s on top of the 50 million who also go through allergic reactions every year.
Again, these health conditions have something to do with the air we breathe. That should already tell you how cleaner air is key to a healthier, happier home.
That said, it’s best you get an air purifier installed in your home with asthma or allergy sufferers. Actually, you should get one even without asthmatics or allergics at home. Knowing that everyone in the fam breathes in air free of contaminants will already put you at ease.
These devices, as their name suggests, purifies the air by removing contaminants in it. Even the most basic purifiers can help get rid of dust, pollen, molds, and foul odors. The more innovative ones can even remove some types of bacteria and viruses in the air!
Don’t Forget to Change or Replace HVAC Filters
Inside your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system are air filters. These filters catch and trap unwanted contaminants and pollutants in the air. As such, they’ll become clogged and filthy over time.
Changing these filters at least once a month makes for a robust home cleaning strategy. Sooner, if you live somewhere with high dust or pollution rating. You also want to change them more than once every month if there’s an allergic or asthmatic at home.
As a bonus, know that regular filter replacements or washes can bring energy costs down. It can bring your AC’s energy consumption down by as much as 15%! Lower energy consumption means lower utility bills, so that’s another incentive to enjoy.
Bring the Outdoors Inside Your Home
Beautiful and healthy houseplants are more than visually-appealing home decorations. They can also help contribute to better indoor air quality, especially large houseplants.
But any kind of green (or colorful) living thing inside your home already has health benefits. For instance, one study found that touching and smelling them can relieve you of stress. So, imagine how less stressed you’ll feel if you touched and smelled them every day!
Scientists also say that being near plants helps ease nerves and make you feel calmer. They also say this can speed up the body’s healing process. As such, they recommend it as a “complementary medicine” for people who’ve had surgery.
The bottom line is, a healthy living environment is a green environment. There are too many benefits of having indoor plants for you to pass up this opportunity.
Adopt a Pawed Pal
Fun and amazing fact: Humans have the same kind of love for dogs as for their kids.
Even more amazing fact: Scientists found that it’s mutual.
The most amazing fact: Having pets is one of the best healthy home tips you can ever follow. They bring not only joy and warmth to any household, but health benefits too!
But the simple feeling of happiness when you see them should be enough. Plus, they can make your home more secure, safeguarding you from law-breakers.
Make Eating More of an At-Home Thing
Did you know that in 2017, the average American spent $3,365 on food outside of the home? That shows how much we love dining out. After all, they’re convenient and save us time from preparing our own food.
Granted, there’s nothing bad about eating out, but only if we go for healthy options. Unfortunately, a whopping 92% of restaurant meals have way too many calories and too much fat in them.
That should be enough reason for you to start preparing and eating more meals at home. Plus, this affords you quality time with your loved ones, especially your kids. You can also use this time to teach them the value of proper nutrition.
A Healthy Home is a Happy and Productive Home
All this said you can already see why a healthy home is key to a healthier, happier life. That’s why as early as now, you’d want to start following these tips. The sooner you do, the lower your chances of falling ill and feeling bad in general.
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