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How Your Home Affects Your Physical and Mental Health

Location

According to statistics, there are cities in the United States that are healthy for people to live in. The healthiest for overall friendliness and healthcare are:

  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Portland, Oregon
  • San Francisco, California
  • Seattle, Washington

A Harvard study even confirmed that the location of a house within a city can identify your health condition. For instance, living next to a busy road will make you more exposed to fine particular matter found in the air, thereby increasing your chances of getting a renal failure, cancer, coronary heart disease, and more.

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It’s best, therefore, to always consider the location of the house. It could not only affect your physical health but your mental health as well. In https://www.downtownmagazinenyc.com/2018/02/01/nyc-real-estate-sweeping-views/, you can find luxury buildings that offer breathtaking views, and those are good for your mental health. A home where you can relax, take a deep breath, and be surrounded by a stunning view can boost your mood and make you more positive in life. A stressful surrounding will only cause you more stress. And when you’re stressed, your physical health is also affected.

Repairs

home-repair-after-floodIt’s also important to fix broken things around the house immediately so as not to cause any harm or sicknesses. Leaving the ceiling broken can endanger your life and your family’s life. Not pruning hanging branches with your pole saw can also cause injury to the heads of those passing by your tree. Think like a handyman and as soon as you spot something that needs repairing, fix it right away.

 

 

 

 

Hidden Toxins

gas-stoveLastly, there are hidden dangers in our houses that could affect our health. The table below presents the toxins, where they can be found, the dangers they pose, and the alternatives available.

 

 

Name of toxin Found in… Dangers Solution/Alternatives
Carbon dioxide

Carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide,  and nitrous oxide

Gas stoves, water heaters, furnaces, and other combustible appliances in the home

 

May cause harm to the nervous system and the heart;

Can cause fatigue, irritability, inability to focus, depression, and chemical sensitivities

All the appliances must be well vented;

Replace them with sealed-combustion appliances

Formaldehyde Carpets, particleboard, plywood, wall paneling

 

Can cause difficulty or inability to concentrate, can affect memory, may cause chronic fatigue and some types of cancers Replace them with solid wood, cork, natural linoleum, wheatboard, wood flooring, ceramic tile, or natural fabrics finished with low-impact dyes
Pesticides Under and everywhere around the foundations of the house; treated wood May cause learning disorders, allergies, immune system disorders, birth defects, and neurological disorders

 

Eliminate or seal building products which have pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides;

Never treat soil near or under your house;

Opt for physical barriers when preventing pest invasions

Phthalates Food packaging, cling wraps, air fresheners, vinyl flooring, plastic shower curtains,

 

Can damage the respiratory (causing asthma) and reproductive systems Substitute vinyl flooring with wood flooring, cork, natural linoleum;

Use air fresheners that are made from natural essential oils;

Replace food packaging with plastic food-storage containers that are labeled with recycling codes 2, 4, or 5;

Solvents Stains, varnishes, paints, paint strippers, adhesives May damage the central nervous system,

Can cause fatigue, headaches, nausea, and mental confusion

Opt for natural and no-VOC or low-VOC paints and water-based stains

 

To make your house a healthier place to live in, ask a professional handyman. He/she can guide you to the tools that can help you make that possible.