There are some simple things you can do to make your Charlotte home remodeling project healthier!
Most of us devote quite a bit of time and energy to making certain that we are doing all the right things to stay healthy – eating properly, working out, getting ample rest, and more. But when was the last time you thought about how healthy your home was?
Believe it or not, there’s actually a trend toward creating healthy home sanctuaries – rooms that eliminate as many environmental pollutants, chemicals and even electromagnetic fields (EMF) from appliances, electronic devices and electricity, as possible. Some homeowners are using these areas as meditation or workout rooms or just as a place to get away from it all right in their own homes. While you might not be ready to take such drastic steps – like installing EMF-shielding mesh between your studs and your drywall – there are some simple things you can do to make your home healthier during the course of any home remodeling project or even a relatively minor home renovation.
Keep it outside.
The easiest way to prevent dirt and allergens from accessing your home is to keep them outside in the first place. A surprisingly easy way to do so is by adding a welcome mat on both the exterior and interior sides of your front and rear doors. An astonishing 80% of dirt that normally gets tracked into your home can be absorbed by a good, quality mat.
A huge factor in how healthy your home is for residents is the quality of the air that you breathe when you’re inside. One way to make it cleaner quickly is by installing a purification system on your home’s HVAC system. If you don’t want to go that route right away, start by changing your filters consistently – it’s an inexpensive, easy DIY project that makes a huge difference in the air your breathe.
When you filter your drinking water, you reduce levels of lead, chlorine and other random contaminants in the water your family consumes. Under-sink models are less intrusive, but there are faucet-mounted models or inexpensive filtering pitchers that you can purchase. The bonus: when you have filtered water at your tap, you no longer need to purchase bottled water, thus reducing your environmental footprint.
Up a wall.
When you buy a new car and relish that new car smell, you’re actually smelling chemicals from the fabrics and finishes used in the vehicle. The same holds true for that “fresh paint” smell. To counteract that, select paints that are either low or no-VOC (which stands for volatile organic compounds) and are formaldehyde-free.
Carpets collect dust and allergens and depending on the material they are made from, may contain harmful chemicals. In their place, opt for natural materials (and sealants) such as cork, tile, wood or stone.
With a little care, you can make your Charlotte home remodeling project healthier!