During the course of our lives, we will often find ourselves exposed to countless toxins that can harm us in myriad ways, from minor illnesses and feelings of discomfort all the way to the real killers, such as cancer and emphysema. One way to keep your house free from such pollutants is by keeping in mind the four elements. Here are a few tips to do just that.
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Though getting in touch with the earth is lovely in and of itself, a lot of dirt is exactly that: dirt. It often contains many toxins and pollutants, and as we track it into the house, there is a chance mold and such will propagate in corners and on floors, especially if you have wall-to-wall carpeting. The simplest way to prevent this from happening is by simply getting rid of all the carpets in your house and replacing them with wooden or laminate flooring. Not only does it look good, it’s easy to clean as well. Though this step will reduce your problems, you can get rid of even more by simply taking of your shoes off when entering your home and leaving them near the door.
You’d be surprised how many things in and around the house use fire for power. For example, many houses use heaters, boilers and stoves powered by gas, which brings its own set of dangers and health hazards, especially for those of us with respiratory problems. If you have one of these afflictions, asthma comes to mind, or if you’re afraid that you’re developing one, it might be a good idea for you to switch to electric heating instead of gas. Electric aids in your ability to breathe more comfortably.
Water is without a doubt the number one way to purify your body and hopefully you are drinking several glasses a day to stay fit and healthy. The downside to consuming this much water, though, is that in many parts of the world, including the U.S., the water supply’s cleanliness leaves much to be desired. Anyone who is even remotely health-conscious should consider installing a purifier on their potable supply. Even a simple one will prevent toxins from entering your body and won’t set you back any significant amount of money.
Water is not all good, either. When it gets into the wrong places, such as behind the drywall, it can cause mold to form, which in some cases can lead to respiratory problems, and in very rare cases can even kill you. It pays to have a dehumidifier to keep your house dry and prevent molds from finding a warm, wet place to grow.
Last but not least, air may be the very best way to ensure a safe and healthy home for you and your family, especially airflow. Nothing quite beats having a few windows open at all times, but if you prefer using air conditioning, you should make sure that something is always moving the air around in your house and that fresh air is being added to the mix. Filters should be regularly cleaned and you need to find out how air flows through your house so you can figure out how to manipulate it, making it so that all parts of your dwelling get a weekly dose of fresh air. Use fresh air not artificial scents to remove household odors, as air fresheners irritate those with respiratory and allergy problems and may contain chemicals and other pollutants.
By employing some of these tips, you can make it so that your house is an airy, comfortable place that is free from the toxins that can shorten your life.