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Kitchen Renovation

Healthy Home Environment

We spend most of our lives at home. This is the place where we sleep, eat, relax, work, meat with friends, spend time with our families. And we want this place to be safe and comfortable for us in every respect. There are several attributes of a healthy home, and you need to pay attention to each one of them if you want to maintain proper environment for you and your family.
Most women think that if they want to maintain a healthy home environment, regular cleaning is all they need to do. But this is only half the story. There are many more aspects that you have to be aware of, otherwise they will cause really unwanted consequences.
So, here is the picture of a perfect home: clean and organized, dry, pest-free, ventilated, free of toxins. These features are really important, and their proper treatment is crucial for your health, both physical and mental.
Clean. This aspect is pretty obvious. You can’t speak of a healthy environment in a dirty house. Keeping your house clean and organized should be an essential part of your everyday routine. Yes, organization is extremely important as well, especially for mental health. Researches show that people living in poorly organized homes more often suffer from stresses, frustration, anxiety, mood swings and other mental problems.
Dry. Excess moisture creates great conditions for growing and spreading of mold, which destroys not only your house, but your health as well. Mold spores can cause strong allergic reaction, asthma attacks and other respiratory problems. Besides, wet surfaces are perfect for bacteria, viruses and insects.
Pest-free. Cockroaches, lice, dust mites, bed bugs and other home insects can spread dangerous diseases, cause allergies, skin conditions and irritations, weaken your immunity. This is why proper pest control is also crucial for creating a comfortable and safe home.
Ventilated. According to researches, indoor air in some modern houses may become more harmful and polluted than outdoor air in the biggest industrial cities. Excess CO2, dust, viruses, our skin and hair particles, evaporations from furniture surface and construction materials, emitted toxins, smoke – all this creates an awful mixture that is simply not appropriate for breathing. But the problem is that we are all so accustomed to it that we don’t even notice that. This is why it’s important to make sure that you breathe clean and fresh air at home: regularly ventilate every room, especially bedrooms, purchase an air conditioner and purifier.
Toxin free. In modern world, toxins are literally everywhere. Harmful chemicals are in the air, water, food, furniture, carpets, clothes, toys. But we want to make sure our environment is as toxin free as possible. With this in mind, prefer high-quality, expensive, natural materials for your house, don’t overuse detergents and household chemicals or even learn how to make your own natural cleaning solutions, avoid purchasing plastic and rubber items with a strong smell, buy natural cosmetics and personal care products, avoid synthetic fabrics, especially for your underwear, sleepwear and bed linen. In your diet, prefer organic ingredients, avoid highly processed and instant foods, drink bottled or filtered water.…

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How Sealing A Window Can Contain Your Environment

Getting home at the end of a long day normally means that you are tired out and don’t want to have to deal with anybody. All you want to do is to shut the door behind you and not hear or see anything. Whatever is happening on the busy street outside should stay there, but sometimes – especially if you live in an older home – insulation might not be your friend. You might have to consider sealing a window or two at the least.
You might find that you can hear people talking outside, those car doors opening and closing and even though this might not be a huge noise problem to you, it certainly suggests that you have other issues to think about. This is when you should definitely consider sealing a window or door, because leaking air is probably frittering away your hard-earned cash in terms of an increased energy bill.
In terms of sound insulation, sealing a window or even replacing it has been shown to be the best methods. Did you know that even a modest crack around a window can let in as much noise as the entire wall in which the window rests? That crack can also let out your hard-earned cash in terms of energy cost as well.
Cracks can be filled in quite simply by a process known as caulking. This is certainly less costly than replacing doors or windows, or rebuilding structures wholesale. Even better, double glazing can keep noise in its place. Look for panes that are as thick as you can afford and establish as large a gap as possible between the glazing.
If you can, consider installing an additional layer of drywall, or recommend filler, in between the existing layers of wall. This is indicated for the more serious problem as it can be costly and very intrusive.
Plain exterior walls are not the best at insulating noise and if you append some stucco it can be better than conventional siding, as well. Pinpoint the cause of your noise problem. If it is an institution such as an airport, contact your local authorities to get a grant to help you.
If you can live with the noise and might not be too close to a major highway or in a downtown location affected by Saturday night revelry, you might think that you can live with it. However, don’t discount sealing a window altogether as if there is a draft present your energy bill is much higher than it should be. In some cases, it could be 20% higher across the board.
Remember that simple remedies often work just as well when you are considering sealing a window or two in your home. Don’t put up with additional noise or cold drafts any longer than you have to.…