It’s that time of year when coughs, colds and other bugs are running riot, and many of us make the time to get a flu jab or general check-up on our health. But when it comes to keeping healthy, sometimes it’s our homes that could do with a quick once over. There are lots of jobs you can do to make your home a healthier place to be - so why not give it the booster shot it needs?
Deal with mould
Mould is a common problem for homes across the country - one of the many joys of living in such a damp and rainy climate. When temperatures drop outside and we whack the heating on inside, it can cause condensation to form on cooler surfaces, particularly windows and the insides of external walls, which can lead to mould forming - a problem that is exacerbated by cooking, showering and drying clothes indoors. Leaks can also lead to penetrating damp and cause persistent problems.
There are a number of things you can do to tackle it, some of which just require simple changes. Dehumidifiers can help tackle the worst excesses, while keeping windows open where possible to allow the air to circulate and keeping the temperature as stable as possible will also help. Installing good extractors in bathrooms and kitchens can also help remove excess moisture - something an electrician can help with - while draughty windows can also be upgraded to help regulate your home’s heat and save on your energy bills.
Dust can be a real trigger for allergies and asthma, whether it’s collecting on shelves, under beds and sofas, or even in your carpet. Frequently washing soft fabrics like sheets and vacuuming your carpets and rugs will keep dust at bay, but if you want to take a bigger step, you could consider getting rid of carpets altogether. Flooring such as tiles or wood will still need to be kept clean, but harbour less dust. A flooring fitter can find the right product for your home.
Sort your boiler and fireplace
Carbon monoxide gas can build up if your gas boiler gets a blocked flue, or if your fireplace or stove is poorly maintained. Both need to be checked regularly to make sure they’re working properly and all the waste products are being removed from your home as they should be. Installing carbon monoxide alarms is a good idea, but you should also schedule an annual check-up for your boiler and any fireplaces you might have. A gas engineer or fireplace specialist will be able to help.
As well as carbon monoxide alarms, smoke alarms are crucial for keeping the people in your home safe. If you want to install some on your ceilings around your home but are unsure of how, a handyman will be able to help out.
Install hand rails
Trips and falls are just as common a health hazard in your home as any other cause of illness, so it makes sense to try and stop them - especially when the weather outside is wet and cold, meaning we’re all tracking water and slippery mud into the house. If your stairs don’t have a handrail, a carpenter can create one that works with the design of your home. You can apply the same logic in your garden as well - if you have a sloping path to your front door, make sure it’s well maintained - a driveway paver may be able to resurface any cracked or potholed surfaces.
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