5 Ways Your Home Could Be Making You Sick Right Now

Most of us think of our homes as being our safe spaces, and this is mostly true because when we come inside and lock the doors, we are as safe as we are ever likely to be. 

However, it is also fair to say that there are often many hidden dangers lurking in the home that can cause us to become sick or unhealthy.

The good news is, we know what many of these factors are, so that we can mitigate against them. 

With that in mind, below, we’ll take a look at some of the most common ways your home could be making you sick right now.

1. Poor air quality

It’s shocking, but the quality of air indoors can sometimes be worse than the quality of the air outside. Dust, pet dander, mold spores, and chemicals from cleaning products can all contaminate the air inside our homes. This can lead to allergies, asthma flare-ups, and even long-term lung damage.

In order to combat this, ensure your home is well-ventilated, regularly clean and dust surfaces, and consider using natural cleaning products. An air purifier might also be a worthwhile investment, especially for those with respiratory issues.

2. Unseen pests

The idea of pests in our homes is unsettling, and not just for the 'ick' factor. Pests like cockroaches, rodents, and dust mites can trigger allergies and asthma, spread diseases, and even cause food poisoning. Regular cleaning can help deter pests, but if you see signs of an infestation (droppings, damage to food or property), it's best to call in professional pest control

Don’t leave it too long either, because the longer they are there leaving their droppings, the less safe your family are from various health effects.

3. Mold and dampness

Damp spots and mold in your home aren't just unsightly, they can pose serious health risks. Mold releases spores that can trigger allergic reactions, cause respiratory issues, and in severe cases, lead to lung infections. Leaky faucets, damp bathrooms, and high humidity can all encourage mold growth. 

Regularly check for leaks, ensure your home is properly ventilated, and use a dehumidifier in high humidity areas.

4. Chemicals in household products

Many household products, from cleaning agents to air fresheners and even some types of furniture, can emit harmful chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Exposure to VOCs can cause headaches, dizziness, allergic reactions, and potentially even long-term health effects. Opt for products labeled low-VOC or VOC-free, and consider natural alternatives for cleaning and freshening your home.

5. Poor lighting

Poor lighting, especially in spaces where you work or read, can strain your eyes, leading to headaches and fatigue. Conversely, exposure to bright artificial light in the evening can interfere with your sleep. Optimize natural light in your home during the day, and consider using lower, warmer lighting in the evenings. Make sure you have adequate task lighting for work or reading.

While it's impossible to control every aspect of our environment, being aware of potential health hazards in our homes can go a long way towards improving our health and well-being.

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