by Natalie Jones
There are many factors in our daily lives that impact our health. When we think about these factors, we probably consider diet, exercise, genetics, and even our stress levels. Many people, however, overlook the important role that our own homes play in our overall health.
Research has shown that “there is a direct relationship between health and housing.” Believe it or not, there are many types of green home improvements and repairs that can help improve your health and well-being.
If you’re planning your next home improvement projects for the upcoming year, these are just a handful you might consider adding to the list:
Indoor Improvements for Health
Wood is Better Than Carpets
When it comes to creating a healthier home, one of the first steps you might consider is removing carpets to help reduce allergens. Hardwood or tile flooring can be better for reducing allergens such as dust mites and pet dander. As an added bonus, hardwood flooring is also easier to clean, longer-lasting, and more sustainable. In other words, it’s a win-win situation.
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors For Safety
An extremely important (and affordable) safety consideration is installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. You’ll also want to ensure that these devices have working batteries.
While you are installing the detectors throughout your home, you should also determine your family’s emergency evacuation plan in case of fire, severe weather, or other unexpected disaster. This will keep all household members safe during unexpected emergency situations.
Repurpose Unused Spaces
Do you have any unused rooms in your home, such as empty bedrooms or basement spaces? If so, you might consider converting an unused space into a “reading room” so that you have a quiet place to relax and unwind.
Another great green home improvement for an unused room or unfinished basement is to build your own home gym. This doesn’t mean you have to break the bank by investing in expensive equipment. Instead, you can install a mirrored wall (so you can help reduce injuries by ensuring you have proper form) and invest in some dumbbells. Additionally, you might also consider installing a sound system so that you can listen to energizing music while you workout.
Outdoor Home Improvements for Health and Safety
If you have a pool or pond in your yard, you probably make sure someone is there to carefully monitor all water-based activities. This is especially important if you have children or pets. Of course, there are some home modifications that can help increase pool safety. For instance, you might consider installing a fence around the perimeter of the water to help keep children and pets from accidentally slipping and falling in.
Some additional home improvement projects you might consider include “green” changes. Your household water usage is a great place to start when it comes to sustainability. For instance, you could implement low-water landscaping with a variety of colorful and beautiful plants.
You might also install a water filtration system. Environmentally-friendly systems such as this 10-stage under sink water filter kit, can cleanse and purify your drinking water. You’ll help the environment (and save money) by not having to purchase bottled water, and you’ll enjoy quenching your thirst with toxin-free drinking water.
Sometimes, taking your health into your own hands can start in the comfort of your own home. Green home improvements do more than add to your home’s resale value; modifications like the ones listed above can actually contribute to your overall health and well-being. They don’t cost much money and the value they add to your life (and your health) will be well worth it.