11 HEALTHY HOME WINTER TIPS.
Many people get the deep-cleaning of home each spring, but is spring really the most important time to give your home a full scrub-down? While you may see how dust coming into the home in the spring and summer, you spend the most time indoors in the winter time. Trying to keep heat from escaping also means the same stagnate, dirty air recycles through your home all winter long.
Condensation is probably the most common moisture-related issue in the winter. In fact incorrect energy-efficient building design is often the cause of excess moisture and mould growth. And because of the way buildings are constructed in Auckland, once condensation forms, it can be hard to detect and lead to huge rectification costs.
The most interesting fact that surprised me and might surprise you as well, is that every person can perspire and exhale 40 g of water vapour per hour when sleeping, 70 g/h when seated and 90 g/h when standing or doing housework.
You can learn more about it by clicking on the active link here: The Institute of Specialists Surveyors and Engineers (ISSE)
These facts show that we should take care of our health and home all year around. That is why I wanted to reach you today to share my findings with you.
Keeping the home hygienic and tidy requires effort and it is vital for the well-being and health of you and your family members.
I would like to share 11 useful Healthy House winter tips that will help to keep home hygienic.
1. SET YOUR HEATING SYSTEM BETWEEN 18-21 DEGREES
To reduce your chances of getting sick, the World Health Organisation recommends heating to a minimum of 18 degrees if you can. If you have a heat pump, set it to 21 or 22 degrees. That’s a good balance between keeping warm but not wasting energy.
New Zealand Ministry of Social Development also have mentioned this. You can learn more here: Ministry of Social Development NZ
2. KEEP YOUR WALLS AND CEILINGS CLEAN
You might have never thought of how much moisture settles on walls and ceilings. What happens if you leave condensation untreated? It can cause your timber to rot, and reduce nail pull-out strength. It can also wet the insulation batts causing them to go mouldy and dampen the plasterboard.
And if condensation is left without a proper washing and drying path, mould can form and excess liquid water can damage the ceiling lining. It also poses a health risk or can trigger allergies.
Please pay extra attention on your walls and ceilings when cleaning and maintain it every month or two, depends of a home condition.
You will see that there are rarely some moulds come up and if it does, its much easier to remove them on a early stage.
If you can’t reach your ceilings or if your have a very busy lifestyle, ask professionals to help. They usually come with the right equipment and chemicals to handle most sorts of cleans.
3. KEEP YOUR CARPETS CLEAN
In general, we are indoors much more during the winter months with less fresh air in facilities. Soiled carpets can have allergens and pollutants that negatively impact indoor air quality. Also, the more soil build up there is in carpet, the harder it is to remove.
Pay extra attention to Carpets. To do a carpet clean at least few times a year is vital because carpets retain moisture. Humidity-thriving dust mites love carpets.
Some spots may become stained, making them very difficult if not impossible to remove. Shake out your rugs regularly and steam clean or shampoo your carpets at least 2 times during the winter season.
There are plenty of products and chemicals in supermarkets for a Carpet cleaning. Just be careful, especially if you have a natural fiber carpets. Choose the chemicals very carefully and make sure it is not going to damage your carpet.
Many cleaning services in Auckland provide Professional Carpet Cleaning. If you don’t want to do it yourself, you have plenty of services in Auckland.
4. LET FRESH AIR IN AT LEAST ON 15-20 MIN A DAY
This is a simple thing that we all know about. However, not everyone of us actually following. Letting fresh air in two times a day, in the morning and before bed will be enough. This 20 min rule lets fresh air enter without lowering the temperature inside of your home.
5. REDUCE DRYNESS
Use a humidifier to bring some moisture back into air, just don’t go too humid. The EPA recommends setting the humidity no higher than 50 percent, as dust mites, mould and other organisms grow better in high humidity.
Here you can see the list of 8 Best Humidifiers of 2021
6. EMPTY THE DRYER VENTS REGULARLY
First of all lint and dust that build up in dryer vents can be a major fire hazard. Learn more here: Things You Should Know: Dryer Vents Can Be a Fire Hazard
Also, this lint and dust affect the quality of air in your home. Remove any lint that has accumulated during the year by pulling the dryer out from the wall, disconnecting the back pipe and cleaning the outlet hole and pipe thoroughly.
Use a vacuum or invest in a dryer vent snake to remove lint from the dryer vents. Once you have gotten most of the dust out, run the dryer to flush any loose lint.
If you use cleaning service on regular basis, ask your cleaners to empty the drier vents every time they clean your home. Or do it yourself ones a week.
7. GET RID OF THE CLUTTER
This is not a secret that the more junk lying around, the more places dirt, dust and moisture settle creating harmful bacteria. Go through your home room after room and assess if you need to declutter certain spaces for the winter.
8. CLEAN WINDOWS
Grimy windows block light and make it darker inside your home. Scrub both the insides and outsides of your windows to let in more light and brighten up your home. Ideally, wipe down condensation from your windows every day and clean your internal and external windows at least once in two months.
Also, take the opportunity to clean window treatments like curtains and valences, which hold an unhealthy amount of dust and allergens.
Furthermore, clean windows always make home brighter and fresher. Most of you will agree that it is such a pleasure to have a coffee in the morning and look outside through the clean window glass.
9. KEEP YOUR RANGE HOOD AND OTHER FANS CLEAN AND USE THEM MORE OFTEN IN THE WINTER
It is very important to keep your range hood and vans clean. We don’t even realise how many moisture we create in our home every day. Things like washing, cooking, showering, drying clothes, etc. NZ humid climate makes it even worse.
Clean range hood and fans will do the job much better. Make sure you clean it at least fortnightly and use it every day to reduce level of moisture.
10. PUT OFF REDECORATING UNTIL SPRING
If you are planning to repaint your walls, or buy new furniture or carpet, winter is not the best time to do so. These items can release risky compounds like formaldehyde and acetone when they’re new, so it’s much better to bring them home when you can leave the windows open to air out any troubling particles.
11. KEEP YOUR HOME CLEAN
Set a regular cleaning routine with weekly or small daily cleaning tasks. Do deep house clean ones a month.
Wash your sheets at least once a week in hot water to kill contaminants. Change the filters in your heating system every three months, and bathe your pets once a week to cut down on dander.
These simple tips will help you to keep your house safe and hygienic.
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