This year many of us have been spending more time than ever at home.  Awareness of the importance of having a healthy home is heightened, and many people are wondering what they can do to improve their homes to make them safer and healthier places to live.

In this blog, we will introduce you to some popular home updates that prioritize staying healthy at home. From repainting to installing new flooring, simple updates and remodeling ideas can enable healthy living at home. In addition, these efforts can improve the value of your residence and make it a more comfortable space.

 

Natural Building Materials

Utilizing natural materials is often the best option for building a healthy home. Stone, concrete, and ceramic are all considered safe building materials.

It can also be beneficial to choose natural, solid wood over artificial, laminate flooring. Faux wood can contain high levels of formaldehyde, which has been linked to respiratory problems. However, it is important to remember that formaldehyde can also be present in solid wood flooring products.  In an effort to stay healthy at home, choose solid wood cabinets, furniture, flooring and doors that meet air and environmental quality standards.

landing for finished basement

Wood is a natural material found in many homes.

 

Prevent Mold

There are multiple ways to help prevent the growth of mold in your home. To stay healthy at home, try the following:

  • Upgrading the fan system in your bathroom can help reduce trapped moisture.
  • Choose mold killing primer or mold resistant paint for rooms prone to excessive moisture levels.
  • Paperless drywall has been shown to help prevent mold growth.
  • Drywall can be coated with lime plaster to prevent mold from forming.

white and gray bathroom with tub and stand up shower

Design to prevent mold and keep your bathroom beautiful!

 

Stay Close to Nature

Consider your mental health when making changes for healthy living at home. Sunlight and spending time in nature have been linked to improved mental health. If you believe you’d benefit from more natural light or spending time outdoors, building a sunroom or deck might be great options to discuss with a qualified contractor.

A sunroom will allow you to enjoy natural lighting and stay close to the outdoor space you love year round, no matter what the weather has in store. A deck is a great place for socializing, cooking or relaxing with family and friends. Either one of these additions will improve your lifestyle and help you stay healthy at home.

Remodeled covered patio with TV and fireplace

Spending time outside can improve mental health. 

 

A Fresh Coat of Paint

A fresh coat of paint can not only brighten up your home with your favorite hue, but it can also make your home a healthier place to live. Homes built before 1978 are likely to have lead based paint on their walls. If you are planning a remodel, ensure that you test for lead paint before you begin, and choose a lead-safe, EPA certified remodeler to do the work. Never sand lead paint, as this can release lead dust into the air. Depending on the condition of the paintwork, it may be possible to safely paint over the lead paint.

Whether or not your residence contains lead paint, you can make new paint choices for a healthy home going forward. Green Seal Certified, VOC-free paints are always the best option.

 

Quiet and Comfortable Surroundings

Keeping your home quiet and comfortable can help you sleep better and improve your mental health. A peaceful environment is critical to creating a healthy home.

Utilizing insulation, solid doors and energy-efficient windows with either dual or triple-pane glass can reduce noise and help keep your home at the perfect temperature, all year round.  All of these products play a vital role in creating a healthy home environment.

Ready to get started with home updates or a remodel for a healthy home? Contact Reliable Home Improvement today to get started!

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