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The Best Home Modifications For Your Family’s Health

 

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The Best Home Modifications For Your Family’s Health

 

For many homeowners, creating an environment that is comfortable, relaxing and happy is a priority, especially for those who work long hours or have a lot of responsibilities to take care of. However, there are several ways you can also make sure your home is good for your health, and some of these might actually help with issues you didn’t even know were related to your home. Carpets full of pet dander and allergens can cause problems for children and the elderly, while a lack of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors could be dangerous for people of any age.

 

There are also several “green” changes you can make to give your home a more eco-friendly vibe, and many of these can help you create a more relaxed environment for your loved ones while saving you money. Take a look at your home to figure out the best ways to make modifications that will benefit you and your family for years to come.

 

Here are a few tips to help you get started.

 

Tear up that carpet

Carpet can hold tons of allergens including pet dander, which could be detrimental to your health. Especially if your home is older than 10 years, consider tearing up the carpeting and installing laminate or hardwood flooring, which is much easier on the sinuses and may be easier to keep clean, depending on your family’s needs and whether you have pets. If you decide to do the job yourself, make sure you have the right tools before you get started. Go here for some of the best.

 

Install smoke detectors

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are absolutely essential in any home, especially if you have gas appliances. Carbon monoxide is odorless and often goes undetected without an alarm, so it’s important to make sure your family is protected. Install alarms in the garage, the main living area, and in each bedroom to keep your whole house covered. For more great tips on safety checks around the home, click here.

 

Reduce stress

Stress and anxiety can take a toll, especially if you work long hours or are a single parent taking care of everything yourself. Reduce your stress levels by creating a place in your home to relax, such as converting an unused room into a reading space. Having a quiet place to go and unwind at the end of the day can make a world of difference when it comes to your outlook and ability to perform both at work and home.

 

Protect your floors

We track in lots of undesirable things from outside, so it’s a good idea to lay down a mat on both sides of your front door (or the door you use the most) to catch bacteria, chemicals and waste. Taking off your shoes in the entryway is a huge help, as well. Hang a sign asking visitors to please do the same, especially if you have young children or pets who can pick up small debris from the floor.

 

Eat organic

One of the best ways to keep an eye on your family’s health is to go organic, which means buying fresh meats, eggs and veggies that haven’t had hormones or chemicals interfere with their growth. Hit up the local farmers market every spring and summer and stock up on all your favorite items and teach your family the importance of eating fresh.

 

Go green

There are tons of ways you and your family can go green from using natural cleansers to changing out light bulbs for eco-friendly ones. Take a look at your needs and make some small changes that can have a big impact. Aside from these suggestions, you can also make low-water landscaping a priority and install low-flow toilets and shower heads.

 

Making your home safe and healthy for your family doesn’t have to be costly or overwhelming. Take a look at each room and assess your needs first, then implement small changes before moving on to the big ones. Keep communication open with your loved ones so that everyone can do their part.

 

 

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