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Last Updated on January 4, 2023
When you think of your home do you think of the health of your home? It is perfectly okay if you do not. Many homeowners do not think of their home as needing home health maintenance. However, home health maintenance is a critical activity that every homeowner should be active in.
What Does a Healthy Home Look Like?
Your home needs TLC just like the humans in your life do. Checking in on the health of your home by conducting regular maintenance is vital to how your home systems function, how long your home systems last, and of course, whether your home can be a health risk factor to your family.
Every system of your home needs a periodic health checkup. From the roof to the basement there are important systems in your home that your family relies on. For example, your roof needs periodic maintenance and inspections. About 80% of roofs require premature replacement because they are not maintained properly. As a homeowner, if you did periodic health checks of your roof, you could extend the life of your roof, save money, and ensure that your roof system is adequately protecting your home.
Pests Are An Enemy
Every homeowner should control pests in and around their home. Pests like termites and vermin can affect the health of your home and its occupants. Bed bugs are one of the most common pests that can negatively impact your home’s health.
Bed bug infestations are on the rise. Homeowners often do not even realize that what they are dealing with is bed bugs. They notice bites on themselves and family members but often mistake the bite marks for mosquito or flea bites. Pest control professionals have found that about 84% of the time homeowners contact them for what they believe to be a different type of pest problem, the real issue is a bed bug infestation.
Bed bugs, termites, and vermin infestations can get very costly as well as threaten the health of your home. For example, with a bed bug infestation, one of the recommendations is to get rid of beds, couches, and other soft material furnishings. While about 56% of homeowners report they plan on buying new furniture for the living room, you do not want to be forced to make that investment until you are ready.
Establishing a relationship with a pest control expert to manage pest problems before they become infestations is an easy way to keep everyone in your home safe and avoid the damage that pests can cause to your home.
Air Quality Is Paramount
There are a few pretty obvious ways to maintain good indoor air quality. First, don’t smoke in your house. Even smoking outside can leave secondhand smoke for your family to inhale. In addition, make sure you’re changing your AC filters on a regular basis and keeping your vents clear.
Other indoor health risks are not as obviously solved. Your home should have working carbon monoxide detectors that are checked monthly for operation. You should also have radon testing done to test the levels of radon in your home. Minimize the use of aerosols in your home. The EPA reports that indoor air can contain 1000% more pollutants than outdoor air. Being mindful of the health of your indoor air is an important step in ensuring the overall health of your home.
Take care of the health of your home to create the safe haven for your family that every home should offer. Keep your home healthy and you can help to keep your family healthy.