Spending A Long Time at Home
The year 2020 has been an eye-opener in many ways. Most importantly it has highlighted the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, focusing on the health of your body, maintaining positive vibes and keeping the positive energy flowing. With the pandemic still ongoing, life has become restricted within the four walls of the house. Office, school and entertainment all have continued but from home. The new decade has shifted the focus on the importance of our homes with most of us being trapped inside literally round the clock for months. The home has become the nerve center of our existence and is playing multiple roles in our lives.
Concentrating on leading a healthier lifestyle at home can have its own challenges. Prior to the pandemic, people would step out for long walks or hit the gym and fitness centers. They would get access to fresh air and end up spending a handful of hours at home. With us being in our homes just about 24/7 nowadays, it is time to ensure that your home’s health is in the best of shape. Well-lit, well ventilated, dust and allergen-free, well insulated and protected against heat gain are but a few of the challenges that you have to now encounter on a regular basis.
Secret to a Healthy & Fit House and You
Maintain a Clean House
Dust and allergen find their way into the house through windows and doors and settle on different surfaces around the house. these are the surfaces that are touched on a regular basis and then find their way into our body causing a host of health issues like coughs, sneezes, allergic reactions, rashes, etc. some can even trigger asthma and migraine attacks. It is important to subject your house to regular vacuuming and dusting. The windows, window treatments, sofa fabric, mattresses and different nooks and corners must be given special attention as these are the favorite haunts of dust.
Ensure Proper Ventilation
A well-ventilated house can create a huge difference in the living environment. Imagine a house with no access to fresh air. The impure air inside the house will keep circulating and cause infections and viral attacks like fever, cough, cold, etc. cross ventilation is essential so that the air can flow through one window and out through the other. It will help create a healthy environment with less sickness and elevated moods. Keep windows open for few hours during the day.
Keep the House Dry
A moist and damp house is the perfect breeding spot for all kinds of diseases and infections. Exposure to excess humidity and molds in the house caused by water leakages and damp walls can cause throat irritation, nasal congestion, skin rashes, eye irritation and many more. Over a period of time they can cause lung illnesses and asthma which is highly undesirable. You must check your plumbing from time to time to prevent leakages. You can even use a dehumidifier to help take the moisture out of the air and leave the air dry for easier breathing.
Enhance Insulation & Prevent Heat Gain
When you are at home for such long hours you have to pay careful attention to the environment within. A pleasant and comfortable temperature must be maintained inside the house irrespective of weather conditions outside. During winter when it gets extremely cold outside and the mercury falls below the freezing point, your home should not become a cold storage. Weatherstripping, keeping the heaters in good health and sealing off the windows and doors is crucial to keep the cold out and heat inside. Window treatments play a critical role in creating a liveable and healthy atmosphere inside the house. They help to cover the windows which are poor insulators. They help to keep the warm air trapped inside. Cellular honeycomb shades, blackout shades, insulated and thermal drapes make a fantastic choice of window treatment. They help to enhance the insulating abilities of the windows and prevent heat loss through the glasses.
Similarly during the hot summer months when it is sizzling outside, you would not want your homes to become a furnace. Without sufficient protection, warm air can heat up the windows and the air inside the house. This will cause the temperature inside to soar steadily. Air conditioners will have to overwork to try and maintain a cool ambiance inside. Blackout curtains, solar shades, thick drapes, cellular shades, shutters all help to keep the warm air outside the house. External solar shades are great choice for homes that experience cruel summer heat.
Maintain a Secured house & Preserve your Privacy
Home is your private world where you spend intimate moments with your family. Even when you are eating, chatting, working or engaging in varied activities around the house, you would not want your home to become a spectacle to the outside world. It would be disconcerting and unpleasant to have outsiders peeping inside or getting a full view of the interiors of the house. This will not only jeopardize the privacy of your space but also threaten the security and safety of the house. Get your windows and patio doors covered with good window treatment solutions like blinds, shades, drapes or curtains, whichever suits you the best. You can add smart automated devices to your home, where you can get your window treatments to operate at scheduled times without your intervention. This will mean the blinds will close immediately after sunset and open only when the sun comes up. Smart alarms can also give your house added security.
These are the few ways in which you can maintain a healthy and comfortable home lifestyle. It will create the perfect ambiance for you and your family to engage in different pursuits while remaining healthy and fit. They will help keep you and your home in the best of health.