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How to Make Your Home Healthy

Do you feel tired, low energy, short of breath, and achy? Be careful, you can suffer from building sick syndrome. Your problem may be related to the air quality in your home. One of the most dangerous things we do is live and breathe in our modern homes. Well, sometimes the modern home design underestimates the health elements.

Common home building materials such as paint, wood finishes, insulation and carpets often have synthetic chemicals that emit toxic fumes for the lifetime of the product. And they mix together with bad results; for example the VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) in paint combined with chemicals from regular cleaning products and common mold can become a chemical and bacterial soup that can be devastating to your health.

Here are 4 basic actions you can take that can increase the quality of the air in your household environment. These steps can improve your health and the health of your family.

Stop Moisture From Entering Your Home (Health Concerns: mold and bacterial resulting in biological toxins). Check the outside edge of your home to make sure that there is no water seeping into it. Be sure to clean gutters and downspouts. It’s especially important to direct all water and melting snow away from the foundation of your home.

Install an HRV system (Health Concern: moist, stale and toxic air). Most modern homes have poor ventilation. An HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) system is a mechanical system that functions by constantly extracting moisture and pollutants from household air and replacing the old air with clean healthy air. Installed in the basement, connected to the rest of the house by ducting and properly balanced by a professional, the HRV system is the lungs of your healthy home.

Paint the walls of your house with a non-VOC paint (Health Concern: toxic off-gassing). VOC’s are volatile organic compounds. In high doses, these compounds can affect your health. It’s possible to seal in the VOC’s that emanate from the old paint on your wall with a fresh coat of healthy paint. Because there is currently more awareness about the harmful effects of paint, there are many non-toxic, no-VOC paint varieties to choose from in today’s market. The price is the same as a good quality old-style paint.

Make and Use Natural Cleaning Products (Health Concerns: toxic chemical fumes). Use baking soda to scrub, deodorize and whiten surfaces. Use a few drops of organic essential oils like Orange, Lemon, Peppermint, Lavender to de-odorize purify and clean. Use olive oil to clean wood surfaces. Use a few drops of natural dish soap in hot water to clean mirrors, windows and floors.