We all jump to the conclusion that whatever is making us sick this winter is coming from airborne contaminants - something we "picked-up" off the shopping cart handle, the restaurant doorknob, or even that random stranger's sneeze. But unfortunately, it turns out that there are plenty of little things to worry about when it comes to our overall health, many of which live comfortably in our home.
- Mold: You should consider having a professional check for any signs of mold in your home, especially if there are any visual indications of discoloration, peeling or water intrusion. According to the Center for Disease Control, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation
- Radon: Radon levels in homes are about 1.6 times higher in the winter months because there is less ventilation due to homes being closed up in the winter. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, testing is the only way to know the levels inside your home. This completely odorless and colorless gas that can damage your lungs and you possibly lead to lung cancer.
- Central Heating System: If the temperature in each room of your house isn't regulated the same way, your body has to constantly adjust from hot to cold, which could disrupt the blood supply going to your heart. In addition, improper humidity levels can lead to dry throat and persistent cough.
- Your vacuum cleaner: Who knew? Be sure to clean the filter often, open the windows when you vacuum, and consider wearing a mask while cleaning to protect yourself from bacteria and microbes. Click here to learn more.
- Cleaning products: Many cleaning products contain chemicals that can irritate our skin, damage our kidneys and livers, and depress the central nervous system. We suggest wearing rubber gloves when handling these products and open windows if possible.
If you are concerned about any of these concerns in your home, please give us a call. Your well being is our top concern.