Practical Changes to Make Your Home Healthier and More Environment-Friendly
A house is easily made into a home with attention to details. Those details that make a home a reality can range from design aspects to functional changes that are better for your health and the environment. If you are looking to make your house better suit your overall health and well-being while also benefitting the planet, then here are some tips for you.
A Space to Call Your Own
A routine practice of meditation, rest, and quiet is a staple to a well-balanced life and mental health. Giving yourself some space to unwind, detach from electronics, and recuperate is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. If you have space, turn an unused bedroom or a den into your own little oasis. That oasis can look like a reading room, a place for you to do your hobbies, or a place for you to simply be alone and recharge.
Focusing on the Floor
We hear a lot about the air quality outdoors and its effects on our health, but it is the indoor air quality that often gets overlooked. While carpet in a house can make the house seem more comfortable and cozy, it also holds allergens, dust, bacteria, and other pollutants. While there are options to routinely treat the carpet or install more natural options, you may be better served to remove carpet throughout your home to ensure improvement in your health.
A Color Refresh
An inexpensive way to make any room fresher and appeal to your visual senses is to change the color. Adding a fresh coat of paint with a color that complements the room can dramatically change not only how it looks but how you feel. Whether you are renovating or updating, it’s important to consider the prior condition of the walls and whether lead paint was used.
The older your home, the more likely it is that lead paint was used on the walls. In order to reduce contamination in your home, for the health of you and your family, you should hire an EPA-certified contractor to take the right precautions when performing work in your house. When at all possible, make sure any updates you do to your home create a wonderful end product but also are safe for you, your family, and the environment.
The exterior of your home should be viewed as an extension of your interior living space. It’s a place to unwind on spring and summer days, for kids to play, to entertain, and to breathe in the fresh air. This year, invest in your exterior space. Below are some ways you can make some exterior improvements that will be good for you and the environment.
- Add some comfortable seating.
- Install no water or low-water landscaping by utilizing succulents, perennials, and rocks to design your exterior space.
- Introduce native plants that will take to the soil and don’t require a ton of upkeep.
- Use recycled brick, furniture, and stone to give your home that personal touch.
A Place to Lay Your Head
Each room is important, but special attention should be given to the bedroom. You spend a large portion of your life sleeping, and it is worthwhile to invest in the quality of sleep you get each night. Consider updating the paint, bedding, floors, and aesthetics of your room. Spend time decluttering the space and making it open and stress-free. You will reap mental and physical benefits from focusing on improving your sleep space.
Make your house a home by paying some special attention to the details. While there are common renovations and design improvements you can make to have a beautiful home, you can take it one step further by ensuring every choice is rooted in improving the mental and physical well-being of your family. While you’re at it, make some environmentally-friendly changes that can also make your life easier in the long run.
Article written by Natalie Jones Homeownerbliss.info
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