As the New Year rolls around, we have mentioned that it’s time for the resolutions to begin! This year, consider making sure that your Windsor home is a healthy one.
While we all try to watch our waistlines, promise to exercise more and cut out fatty foods, many of us ignore the health hazards that are right under our noses: allergens in our home. So here are some ways to control the mold, pollen, dust and other issues that are making us sneeze well before the spring allergies set in.
1. Don’t bed with dust mites:
Believe it or not, many of us share a mattress with dust mites. A way to get rid of these awful creatures is to use zippered dust-proof casings for mattresses and pillows. The reason this works well is the space of these casings is so tiny that dust mites and their waste products (yes, not a pleasant thought is it?) can’t get through. These products are available at department stores and worth the investment.
2. Don’t forget HEPA filter!
When vacuuming, it’s common for the dust to be blown back in the air. Use a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter to keep dust where it belongs: in your vacuum.
3. And change the filter!
Don’t forget to change the filter to your vacuum regardless! This is essential for keeping dust particles out of the air as well as preserving your machine.
4. Speaking of filters…
Don’t even consider running your heating/air condition without filters. And certainly change them frequently, at least twice a year.
5. Prevent mold in bathroom:
Make sure to run the exhaust fan to remove moisture from your bathroom, which is a naturally humid room. Mold can appear without notice, especially if you have leaky faucets. So keep the fan running when showering.
6. Remember to clean gutters:
You wouldn’t think that by ignoring your gutters, you might be creating health problems for you and your family. But leaky gutters can cause moisture entering your crawl space or basement. Make sure that if you don’t have gutters that are covered, that you regularly remove litter and debris. This pertains not only to the fall, but also all year-long.
7. Watch out for too many textiles:
If your bedroom has lots of pillows, carpeting, upholstered chairs and even a quilted headboard, you can end up with dust galore. While it looks attractive, it can be a huge problem if you suffer from allergies. You may want to consider getting rid of some of these dust catchers and use something that won’t make it hard to breath at night.
8. And that goes for your living area as well:
Again, if you have lots of carpeting, drapes, pillows, and upholstery in your living area, then you will invite lots of dust into your living space. Consider replacing carpeting with a bamboo flooring which is harder than oak or maple.
9. Consider allergens when landscaping:
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, then you want to make sure that you avoid any plants that are wind-pollinated. Grasses are usually considered the worst pollen offenders, so consider landscaping a yard that is free of those types of plants. After a long winter inside, it’s nice to be able to enjoy the outdoors, but not if it affects your health.
10. Be aware of musty smells:
Whenever you smell something that feels musty, chances are you will find mold. Don’t ignore this, as mold grows and gets worse. If you want to get rid of it, it’s best to do it sooner rather than later. If you plan on selling your home, then it will need to be removed as soon as possible. Check here on how to remove mold effectively and quickly.
11. Is your water safe?
Make sure your water is safe to use by having it tested. If necessary, install a water-filtration system.
12. Add an air purifier:
Believe it or not, indoor pollution can be up to five times higher than outdoor pollution. So you may want to use an air purifier to control chemical vapors, control odors and pollutants in your home. As mentioned above, HEPA filters remove microscopic particles.
13. Freshen Air with Kitchen Fan:
Like the bathroom, a range hood helps by removing water vapor and other pollutants generated by a gas stove. Don’t forget to use when cooking or using an indoor grill.
14. Open Windows:
During mild weather, especially during the winter, don’t forget to open your windows for clean, fresh air. It’s good to get air flowing through the home and see if you notice a difference once a home has been naturally ventilated.
15. Be a smart cleaner:
Finally, clean smart by getting rid of bacteria on kitchen surfaces. Make sure you regularly sanitize sponges by tossing them into the dishwasher or microwave. Clean countertops and cutting boards while use products that are free from chemicals, which can irate your skin.