5 Ways to Improve your Health at Home

For most everyone, even people that work outside the home, a good bit of time is spent indoors. If you want to live a healthier life indoors, reduce allergens, breath easier and live better, there are certain things you might want to check for. Below, you will find a guide of sorts that can also be used a checklist if you want to have a healthier personal space in your home.

Assess Your Property – Inside and Outside

You might not realize it at first glance, but did you know that there could be 3 types of toxin in your house that are making you unhealthy or even ill? These 3 common toxins include; radon, mold, and lead. If you have an older home that was built after 1994, you might have lead paint on your walls. If you aren’t sure, there are kits you can buy in Home Improvement stores as well as online that will let you test the paint on your walls. Radon aka radiation is a huge health hazard and if you think your home doesn’t have it, it’s best to test it and make sure! Again, you can buy radon home test kits to see if you do have it or not. Lastly, mold. Mold can become a huge problem in a home and not just black mold like everyone says. The mold of any sort will have you breathing in pathogens that can seriously mess up your immune system, make it harder to breathe and even give you allergic and asthmatic symptoms. It’s a good idea to check areas where moisture is present such as behind the toilet, under the sink, behind the HVAC system and in the basement. If you have mold you might need to call someone in to get rid of it.

Cleaning The Air Properly

Some people are under the assumption that a regular HVAC unit can clean the air. That would be in incorrect assumption. The only real way your air conditioner can clean the air is if it has a filter that can clean the air OR it has an attached purifier in the system itself. If you don’t want to go through all that, you also might want to consider buying yourself an air purifier. These come in many different brands, styles, options and sizes. You can find ones that just clean one room or you can find ones that clean the entire house and help remove dust mites, allergens, pollen inside the house, and even smoke from cigarettes. All of these things can be cleaned with an air purifier and all of these things can cause the air to degrade over time. It might especially be important to you to clean the air in your home if you have elderly people in the home or younger kids because they are more prone to being sick from these things than an average healthy middle-aged man or woman.

Is Your Water Clean? Maybe It’s Time To Fix Your Plumbing

In many states across the country, people do NOT have clean drinking water. Old pipes can lead to all sorts of things such as corroded pipes, pipes that are lead filled, and wells that are not properly maintained. This can lead to dirty or unhealthy water with bacteria and microorganisms which can lead to you falling ill or getting sick – or worse. Make sure that if you don’t use your pipes often, that you flush them out daily. Also, put a filter on your faucet to clean the water before you drink it you can also test the water. If it’s really bad, this might be a good time to start buying water!

Reduce Noise Pollution and Add Calm

If you live on a busy street with lots of traffic, in a city with lots of construction or you just have a lot of outside noise pollution, this could be stressing you out and causing you tension. If you have a lot of outside noise, consider; covering the noises with soft relaxing music, add noise reduction blinds/drapes to your windows. Blackout blinds can actually block out light AND noise. You also might want to think about adding noise blocking screens or even something a little more attractive like greenery on the inside of your home, in front of the windows – both of these options will decrease noise.

Create Your Own Calm

Colors in terms of color psychology are said to make us feel certain emotions when we are exposed to them. Colors like blue and green are ultra relaxing, whereas red can make you feel frenetic and over energized. Consider checking out more about color psychology online to see the BEST colors to paint or the best colors to add to your rooms like the living room, kitchen, home office, bedroom, and bathroom.

 

To Conclude, Improve your Home and Live a Healthy Life. For Home Improvement or Any of your Plumbing Needs. Make Sure to Contact Aspect Maintenance.

 

What to Know About Adding a Deck

The only way to enjoy the outdoors to the full extent is to spend as much time out there as you can. If you aren’t the camping hiking type, but you do love being outdoors, a deck might be the best answer for your needs. Outdoor living spaces have really evolved over the past few years. Where people used to just have a table and some chairs, now you see real outdoor living with plush couches to sit on, outdoor fireplaces and pits, and tables to eat at and kitchens to cook at. If you are going to build a deck, there are a few things you should be aware of beforehand.

Deciding On A Deck Or A Patio

Both a deck and an outdoor patio are good options if you want to spend more time outdoors especially if you have outdoor furniture/patio furniture, as you should know, there are different designs. An outdoor patio tends to be on the ground, usually made from a material like bricks, pavers or concrete. A deck, on the other hand, tends to be made from decking wood boards and is often “propped” up using a platform, however, that’s not always the case. There are three main types of decks; platform decks, decks that sit on the ground using a 14 inch frame, or decks that sit on top of a basement or the ground. You can also choose to build a deck that steps down onto a patio or a deck that is multi-level and has the deck furniture or the patio furniture. There are a lot of different options available.

What Is The Deck For?


Like with any other room or addition you need to first figure out what you want to use the space for, before the design process and with this a deck builder can help you better. The function for the deck is important, but it will also help you figure out other aspects like how big you need the deck to be, what your budget is, and what extras you would like. For instance, if you want to have a true outdoor living space to have parties, have people over to entertain, etc you will probably want a larger deck that either has a separate space for a table and chairs or has stairs that will lead you down to a patio. On the other hand, if you want peace, relaxation, and privacy, you will want a design that allows for just that; by adding something like a pergola you can create privacy.  Also, consider lattice work and an arbor.  

How Will You Get To The Deck

When most people build a deck according to parr.com, it’s on to the side of the home. If you already have a door that leads outside, congrats, you have already won half the battle! If not, then you will need to create a door leading outside to where the deck will be and this will cost extra to create an opening, get it insulated, buy a door, etc. If you are using the deck for dining out, you will want to place the deck door as close to the kitchen as possible. Of course, you can also build an outdoor kitchen outside as well if your budget allows for it!

Choosing The Right Materials

Also, when you build a deck there are more materials available than you might think. Wood is popular, yes, but there are other options. All materials have their own pros and cons of course, but here are a few to consider.

Composite Decking: Composite looks and feels a lot like wood, but in a lot of cases, it has more benefits than wood. First off, it won’t rot, it won’t splinter, and it won’t crack. No more worrying about the UV rays killing your deck! Most of these decks will last anywhere from 20 to 30 years, and with very little upkeep. However composite decking does have a PVC element, so they don’t work well with fire. What this means; if you have a fireplace or a fire pit and an ember just so happens to sneak out and hit the deck, it will cause a mark or bubble up and it’s very hard to get rid of. Just watch where the embers are going and try to control the heat when possible. Don’t lay anything hot right on the surface!

Wood: The most looked at material, wood comes in all sorts of colors and style options – just like the composite decking above. People like to try and mimic wood with laminates or engineered wood, but no other material looks or feels as good as real wood does. You will need to take care of this though, unlike the composite decking, this needs a lot of tender care. You will need to re-oil it and reseal it quite often, and you will also need to sweep it off whenever dirt or leaves fall on it – bacteria loves moist wood, as do little critters. If you still wish to look into some other reasonable alternatives, tilemarkets.com to have good choices.