The home is the most important place in the world for most of us. At the very least, you want to be able to feel safe and secure when you are in it, and a big part of that is ensuring that the home is not harming you in any way. You might well wonder why it would be, but the truth is that there are many ways in which a home might harm your health. In this post, we are going to look in some detail at some of the more common ways that this might be happening, so you can work to avoid them.
It is important to keep a strict control over the carbon monoxide levels in your home, as an excess of this particular gas can be lethal. The danger with carbon monoxide is that it is colourless and odourless, and yet can cause great harm in a very short space of time. Even if there is not enough in your home for it to actually be fatal, it is still something that is going to cause some health problems if you are not careful. The symptoms get worse as the levels go up – so be aware! Be sure to have a carbon monoxide alarm installed, and to keep the air flowing frequently through the property, to avoid this trouble.
There was a time when we didn’t realise that asbestos was dangerous, and for that reason it was used pretty liberally across the world in many different kinds of buildings. Unfortunately, this means that it is still present today in many homes. It might be that you have some in your home without knowing it. If it turns out that you do, then you will need to get rid of it at once, as prolonged exposure to asbestos is likely to cause you great harm. Look into finding a decent asbestos removal firm in your area in order to make sure that it is dealt with properly. I re-call when I was working in a building materials company last century when the phasing out of asbestos as a building product was happening. Even then – the long term effects weren’t fully known. Be forewarned if you have it in your home.
If you have ever had mold in the home, you will know what an utter nuisance it can be. It is so easy to develop mold, as all it really takes is for there to be a little damp somewhere in the home, and soon enough the mold will grow. There are many kinds of mold that may develop, with some being more harmful than others. But no matter what kind you have in your home, you should make sure that you get rid of it as soon as possible using a method which is likely to work effectively and long-term. Having mold in the home is never going to be good for your health.I know that I get the “icky” feeling when there is mold around and I work to have it removed as soon as possible. I recommend you do too!
You might not feel that something as innocuous as dust could cause you any severe problems, but if there is enough of it, it really can be an issue. An excess of dust in the home is going to mean that your lungs might be affected, and you might find it harder to breathe. You might have also noticed that you are sneezing a lot or becoming itchy, both of which might be symptoms of overexposure to dust. Fortunately, getting rid of dust is pretty simple and straightforward, and mostly a case of ensuring that you keep the house clean in the first place. But if you have developed a lot of dust already, you will need to deep clean the home first in order to really do away with the collected dust first. That will ensure that you can much more easily keep it clean in the future.
Many people are allergic to their pets, and this is a situation that can actually be very distressing indeed. After all, you don’t want to get rid of the pet – but you will have to work out some kind of way in which you can overcome the allergy so that you can live a better life. It’s no fun being in the home and sneezing all the time, and it will even affect your health in the long-run too, as allergies often have a way of weakening your immune system. So it’s really important to do whatever you can to keep those allergies at bay, whether that is simply cleaning regularly or ensuring that the pet doesn’t sleep in the bed with you. However you do it, it is necessary.If you want to choose a pet and haven’t done so first – I recommend looking at Maltese or Poodles. Both of these breeds apparently have a hair that doesn’t drop hair like dogs for instance normally do.
These are just some of the ways that your home might be harming your health, and they are each worth looking into if you want to make sure that you are taking proper care of yourself.
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Deborah Hunter Kells
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