Published On: Wed, Jun 12th, 2019

An Improved Home Can Mean Better Health

By Justin Weinger

Most conversations about home improvement are about adding value or focus on technical aspects of the task. It’s easy to forget that many kinds of improvements to your home can benefit your physical health as well as your financial stability. Regular inspections of heating and cooling systems, installing an in-home elevator, adding water purification systems and doing routine checks for the presence of mold are a few of the health-enhancing home projects you can undertake in order to not only maintain your appearance, but to live a long healthy life. Here’s a look at four of the most healthful home improvements people are making in 2019:

Regular HVAC Maintenance

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Homeowners who do regular maintenance of heating and cooling systems, and who replace or upgrade units when necessary, suffer fewer colds and other seasonal ailments. Simply replacing filters on a regular basis, and using hypo-allergenic brands, can mean the difference between never having to deal with colds and flu and spending many days in your sick bed each year. Face it, the air you breathe has a huge impact on your general health and keeping an HVAC system in top form is the ideal way to keep your respiratory tract healthy and clean. Air conditioners and heaters don’t last as long as an average home. That’s why it’s important to replace, repair or inspect them on a regular schedule.

Adding an In-Home Elevator

Elevators for the home are becoming much more common, both as an add-on for existing structures and as a feature of newly-designed homes. In addition to the obvious benefit of adding significant value to a home, an elevator makes floor-to-floor travel much safer and less of a strain than hiking up and down long staircases. Some international surveys have shown that as many as 25 percent of all homeowners want an elevator in their residence. For young children and elderly people especially, this is a safe, convenient way to move about a house.

Water Purification System

Millions of homeowners are discovering the importance of drinking water that is free of contaminants and toxins. Unfortunately, most tap water, while not dangerously harmful, does contain dozens of unwanted substances like chlorine, fluoride, and salt. Purification systems are a small but powerful home improvement that can drastically improve your state of health. In fact, lots of people are allergic to common tap water contaminants like fluoride and excess calcium. Installing a reverse osmosis or other type of water purification unit can drastically cut down on common ailments.

Annual Mold Inspections

Another small but impactful home improvement is having a professional inspection of attics and basements at least once per year. The first time you do this, an inspector might have to remove large amounts of mold that has built up over the years. Mold gets into attics from trouble spots on roofs, where moisture aggregates and helps support large chunks of the stuff around chimneys and eaves. Basements are another location where mold forms around leaks and residual water buildup. Getting rid of mold and making home improvements like fixing roofs and repairing cracks in the foundation will go a long way toward bettering your state of health.

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