5 Tips to Clearing the Air of Your Home

Did you know that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than the air outdoors, primarily due to a lack of proper ventilation?

An increased presence of toxins happens because of different reasons:

 – Smoking or indoor fires, from stoves, fireplaces and other cooking activities.

 – Mold and asbestos, which can develop in areas like your carpets under damp, warm and dark conditions.

 – Higher levels of carbon monoxide and radon, which are both toxic gases

All of these can have severe adverse effects on your health, contributing to severe asthma, lung cancer, and other complications.

Regulating the quality of air inside your home is essential to leading a healthy lifestyle.

How do you do it?

Using air fresheners and other similar products to cover up damp or stale air only adds to the overall pollution inside the house, as they only mask the effects of pollutants instead of getting rid of them.

Instead, here is what you can do.

  1. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Using low VOC paint on indoor walls and installing carbon monoxide detectors in every room is the first step towards ensuring better air quality. However, there are many other methods you can employ to cleanse the air in your house such as:

     2. Improve Indoor Ventilation

Open your windows! Install trickle vents or exhaust fans to regulate the air, especially in your kitchen and bathrooms to reduce the risk of mold and similar problems caused due to an increased moisture content in the air.

  1. Go in for Natural Purifiers

Beeswax candles and salt lamps are 100% naturally occurring substances, which act as natural air purifiers when burned as well as help elevate the atmosphere of the room.

  1. Purchase Air Purifiers

You can also buy an electronic purifier, for faster more effective air purification. These devices can filter out even the smallest of particles for fresh, helping you get clean breathing air inside your home. And they are cheap too, so you wouldn’t really feel any pinch on your pocket.

  1. Cleaning is Important

Your central heating system, ventilators, air conditioners and dehumidifiers collectively called the HVAC system require frequent cleanup and maintenance. Carpets, rugs, and furniture that catches a lot of dust also need to be dusted and often cleaned to avoid dust mites, especially if you have pets!

However, do look to reduce your dependence on cleaning products, as they contain strong chemicals such as bleach, hair sprays, deodorants, and nail polish indoors. Often, they include VOCs, chemicals known not just to affect your health but the environment as well.

Focusing on Your Daily Habits

Having plants inside the house can help by naturally decreasing the carbon dioxide content in the air as well as adding a natural, fresh and pleasant aroma to the room.

In a nutshell, some lifestyle changes can make a good difference.

 – Do not smoke indoors

 – Clean the carpets; they can be dirt magnets

 – Take off your shoes before entering the house and use a doormat

These simple tips can help reduce the amount of air pollutants and improve your health by fresh, clean breathing air.

The Steps for Getting Your Home Remodeled

Does your home have a few areas that could use some improvement? If this is the case, you need to know the right way to go about getting them fixed up. Educating yourself about the home improvement and remodeling process will make the project go much more smoothly once it has begun. Remodeling a home is never something that you should jump into without carefully planning it out in advance. The time you spend doing this will be well worth it later on. Here are the steps that you will need to take when you have decided to have a part of your house remodeled.

1. Make sure you know exactly what you want to have remodeled.

It is important that you have made all of the decisions about your remodeling job before any of the work begins. This is because the contractor you hire will be ordering materials and hiring a crew based on the requirements of the project you initially give to him. Therefore, changing your remodeling plans in the middle of the project will be very problematic. There will be times that it will be necessary to change your plans because of some unforeseen situation. However, you should try to avoid this if at all possible. This is why you need to take some time and figure out everything that you want to have remodeled before you start looking for a contractor to oversee your project.

2. Hire a contractor who has many years of experience.

You will now need to seek out a person to be in charge of your entire remodeling project from start to finish. This person is called a contractor. You should definitely not consider hiring someone at random for this very crucial task. You need to be certain that the person you hire to be your contractor has all of the necessary training. Therefore, you must check out the person’s background in order to find out how long he has been working as a contractor. It would also be beneficial to take a look at some of the contractor’s previous work. This will enable you to get a good sense of his level of skill.

3. Negotiate prices with several contractors in your area.

You should never just hire the first contractor who meets your criteria. You would be better off exploring all of your options. Therefore, you should get in touch with numerous contractors in your area and get free remodeling quotes from all of them. Feel free to haggle with them. You might discover that they are willing to lower their price if they find out you are talking to other contractors. Anyway, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying to negotiate a lower price. The worst thing that could happen is that they refuse to negotiate. In which case, you are no worse off than you were before.

4. Get a time frame for the completion of the remodeling project.

You need to get some sort of idea when the contractor will be able to wrap up the remodeling project. Ask him to give you a realistic time frame. However, you need to realize that it is hard to give an exact completion date because sometimes there are unforeseen problems.

Tinting The Home Windows

When you want to keep the home cooler without using more electricity, consider applying window tint. It’s similar to tint that you would see on a car and offers many of the same benefits, if not more. Home window tinting is an easy process to complete as the film is applied to the inside of the window. It can be removed at a later time if you no longer want it on the windows.

If there is nothing on the windows to block out the sun, then it can lead to health issues for those who are in the home. Sun exposure for long periods of time during the day, even without being outdoors, can result in an increase in skin cancer as well as an acceleration of the aging process. Wrinkles might develop sooner, and you might notice spots that begin to develop on the skin.

Sunshine coming through the windows can begin to fade the color of the furniture. Even with drapes and curtains on the windows, unless you keep them pulled to the side for periods of the day, you will begin to see the colors fade on the material. The tint will protect the furniture and other items in the home by not allowing the direct sunlight from reaching them.

You can save money on cooling cost as the tint will reflect the amount of sunlight that enters the home, which will keep the home cooler. It will also help trap warmth in the winter so that you don’t have to use as much electricity heating the home.

Another reason to use window tint that you might not think about is to maintain your privacy. When there is tint on the windows, it makes it difficult to see inside the home. You can see outside, but the darker surface of the tint usually faces outward, making it harder for others to see what you’re doing during the day and into the evening. This can be a deterrent for those who might want to try to break into the home. The tint can also be added to the home for decoration as it can create a modern and sleep appearance.

Home Updates

Before my cousin’s vacation came to an end, my aunts asked her to help clean up the garden. My aunt got sick for a few weeks so the upkeep of the small garden in front of their house was amiss. My cousin declared that she can’t wait to leave since we had her working for the past few days by letting her cook and putting her into gardening duties. She said that in jest because I know she was proud of the outcome of the garden space.  She rearranged the placement of plants.

garden

 

And the outcome is this:

  garden2

Not bad for an hour of work. I helped her with some lifting and cleaning up.

My own home underwent some changes, too. My walls was repainted with lively colors. This is now my office area.

  office area

This used to be our dining area when my parents were still around. Since I now live alone, this has become my work space. My house is beside my aunt’s so I eat my meals with them in their house.

The rest of the house still needs some sprucing up. This wall near the kitchen needed some loving. My aunt was annoyed that I have uneven wall surface that she bought some decals to hide the cracks and bumps in the wall.

kitchen

Shopping for the home has become easier. Instead of driving to home stores to buy furniture and things, you can now do that in the comforts of your own home. You do not even have worry about transporting the things to your home since the items will be delivered to your doorsteps. You can even get discount coupons from Promos4Home.com. Whether you are doing major renovations, rearranging or a simple home organizing, it is a lot more fun to get things done when you get save a few dollars trying to make your space look pretty.

How about you? What are some of your home makeover tips?

 

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