Change Things Up at Home and Improve Your Wellness
We’ve spent more time than ever in our homes over the last year, but unfortunately, the space we look to as a place of respite doesn’t always improve our well-being. Sometimes, living in your own home can make you sick. If you’re tired of feeling less-than-well under your own roof, the following suggestions presented by Force Fitness can improve your environment and quality of life.
Pay Attention to Trends
Before you start making any changes to your property, it’s important to do some research into home trends — especially if you intend to sell your home. While some projects can easily help boost your property’s value, others can cause that value to drop, which is the last thing you want when you’re looking to sell. In fact, you may want to focus on projects that can help maximize your property’s potential when it’s time to sell.
Remove Old Carpet to Reduce Allergens
If you’re currently living in a home with old carpet, swapping it out for new carpet or, better yet, hard floors, can make a big difference. Carpet tends to hold on to allergens, including fungi, pet dander, and dust mites, according to research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public health. Further, no amount of vacuuming can completely pull all the dust out of the carpet. And the thicker the rug, the harder it is to get clean.
Wood flooring is easier to maintain and clean than carpeting, and adding hardwood to your home can even increase its value, but you’ll have to be prepared for some up-front costs. Installation typically ranges anywhere from $3 to $10 per square foot, but a lot will depend on which type of wood you use.
No matter which type of flooring you have in your home, you’ll need to keep things as clean as possible to reduce dust and allergens.
Add a Dehumidifier to Reduce Mold and Dust Mites
The carpet isn’t the only area that can hide nasty invaders. The air you breathe can be home to mold, dust mites, mildew, bacteria, and fungus, and nobody needs that in their lungs. When you notice any of these issues, it’s time to get to work. If you have mold, you may need to call in a mold remediation company. However, if the culprit is mildew, you can usually clean it and take steps to prevent it in the future.
Regardless of whether the problem is mold, mildew, or any of the other invisible air pollutants, consider adding a dehumidifier, which reduces these contaminants’ water source by removing it from the air. Do your research before you buy, however, to ensure you are getting a product that will work with your space.
Create a Quiet Refuge to Relax and Decompress
Even if your house is not overtly making you ill, if you don’t feel comfortable in your space, that can lead to stress and duress. Give yourself a quiet place, such as a study, a personal library, or a meditation room, where you can shake off the worries of the day. You don’t have to invest the bulk of your time and money into doing so; simply putting some comfortable furniture, ample lighting, and a bookshelf in a spare bedroom may be all you need to feel at ease. Similarly, with a few candles, a soothing paint color, and a few luxury towels, you can turn your master bathroom into your own private spa, which can also help you unwind.
Go for a Redesign
If a home makeover is at the top of your list, know that there are countless ways to update your home while keeping it healthy. Look to nontoxic or zero VOC paint, invest in “healthier” incandescent light bulbs, consider eco-friendly and nontoxic furniture, and consider shopping for hardware made from sustainably sourced materials.
Encourage Yourself to Spend More Time Outdoors
The interior of your home isn’t the only part of your property that can enhance your well-being. If you have a yard, you have your own personal nature escape. You don’t have to have a huge lawn or live out in the country to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. A few strategically placed shrubs (and perhaps a hot tub) can give you beauty and privacy.
Remember, your home is supposed to be where you feel most comfortable. If it isn’t, it is time to track down the reasons why. Whether it’s dust mites in the air or lack of outdoor space, you have the power to remedy the problem — you just have to do it.
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