You did it. You bought a home and you’re all moved in. Congrats! Now that you’re settling in, it’s time to think about making your home a safe, healthy haven. When your home is healthy, you’ll likely feel healthier, too. Here are a few tips to help get you started on your journey to a healthier home.
First-Time Homeowner? Here’s How to Keep Your Home Healthy
Prevent Mold Before it Starts
Did you know that mold can develop and spread in as little as 48 hours? It’s a little scary. That’s why it pays to understand where mold grows and how you can prevent it before it ever starts. The biggest contributing factor to mold growth is moisture. In areas like your basement, which is naturally cool and damp because it’s underground, moisture in the air and limited insulation create the perfect environment for mold growth. If you want to prevent this, consider investing in a dehumidifier to run in your basement. In addition, make sure you’re checking the following things:
- Around plumbing fixtures for leaks
- Around windows for condensation
- Around pipes for condensation or leaks
- On walls for water stains and damage
Consider a New Roof
A typical asphalt shingle roof should be replaced every 10 to 15 years. And if the roof on your new home isn’t so new, it might be time to consider looking into your replacement options. While it might seem easiest to invest in another asphalt shingle roof, but you could be throwing money down the drain. If you want to make a great investment in your home and create a more eco-friendly place to live, consider switching to metal roofing. Metal roofs can reflect up to 85% of UV rays. As a result, you’ll be faced with much lower energy bills because your roof isn’t absorbing all of the heat from the sun. When you’re spending less money on energy expenses, you’re playing a part in a more eco-friendly world.
Check on Your Windows
While we’re on the subject of energy use, it’s probably important to talk about your windows. Not only can a drafty window make your home feel uncomfortably hot or cold, but almost 30% of your home’s energy is lost through windows! That’s a big chunk of your monthly energy expenses out the window. Literally. So when applicable, consider replacing windows that are causing the most grief. If you’re not ready for a total window replacement, consider investing in insulated drapes to help keep your home comfortable and your energy bills reasonable.
Take Off Your Shoes
Your shoes go everywhere with you. Unfortunately, that means they also bring everywhere you went back into your house if you wear them inside. Your shoes can bring dirt, germs, and all manner of other nastiness into your home. So to save yourself from dirty floors and potential health hazards, leave your shoes at the door when you come inside. This is especially important if you have pets or young children who are on and around the floor all the time.
Improve Your Air Quality
While things like running a dehumidifier can help reduce moisture in your air, it’s important to take additional steps to improve air quality in your home. This includes vacuuming and dusting regularly, brushing your pets daily, and ensuring all of your air filters are cleaned and changed on a monthly basis. Not only does this help eliminate allergens and other particulates from your air, but it can also help you sleep better, feel more energized, and quite literally breathe easier.
Owning your first home is an exciting adventure, especially when you know how to make it a healthy space to live in. Consider putting some of these tips into action to keep your home healthy.