There may be several reasons why your family is always sick or fighting off a cold. While some factors may be outside your control, controlling your environment and ensuring it is a healthy one is something you can influence. Here are a few issues you will want to address to ensure your home remains healthy all year round.
Moisture and mould
One of the most common issues New Zealand homes face is too much moisture in the home. This can lead to mould growth and many health and respiratory issues. You’ll know you have a problem if you start seeing damp or wet windows in the morning or mould starting to grow on the walls or carpets. This is usually a sign that your house isn’t well insulated on ventilated and these issues should be addressed as soon as possible.
Not enough ventilation
Ensuring your home has good extractor fans in the bathrooms and kitchen areas is another factor to consider. Removing excess moisture from the home is vital in keeping a dry and healthy home. Extractor fans are inexpensive and readily accessible from most major appliances stores around New Zealand.
Not enough insulation
Fully insulating your home is an important first step. A home’s thermal envelope must be intact with no breaks in the walls. Most New Zealand homes have floor or ceiling insulation, however, many homes do not have any wall insulation which can lead to cold and damp homes in the winter. Having your walls insulated makes it easier to heat and cool your home. In turn, it will significantly improve the quality of your home life and have a positive impact on your family’s health and wellbeing.
The team at CosyWall Insulation can provide you with a free home assessment and advise the best steps to take to ensure your house is properly insulated.
Your home cannot breathe by itself
Opening the windows and doors in your house for just 15 minutes in the morning lets fresh air into your home. This helps keep your home dry and helps remove any unwanted odors or bad smells.
Not enough natural light
Sunshine is great for your health and wellbeing. It helps boost your vitamin D, improves your mental health and is easier on your eyes. Studies have shown that the more natural light you are exposed to the better sleep you experience! We all know a good night’s sleep is important for your immune system.
Get rid of dust and toxins
Avoid using chemicals in the home! Pesticides and harsh chemicals are known to cause damage to the central nervous system and can also lead to other problems such as asthma and cancer. Be careful where and how you use sprays and cleaners. Take appropriate precautions such as wearing protective equipment and making sure there is adequate ventilation.
Dust is another cause of many health issues and allergies. Regularly vacuum and be careful when emptying your vacuum cleaner to make sure dust doesn’t spew back into the air.