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This is a guest post to help you consider and deal with home environmental issues that may be making you unwell. 

Most people feel that their home is a safe place to be, free from pollution, debris, bugs, and anything else that might make them sick. However, more and more people are finding that their homes are the cause of their illnesses. Impure air, mold spores, toxic gasses, and other such home problems often go undiscovered, leaving families to wonder why they’re all experiencing headaches. If you are concerned about what’s lurking in your home, there are a few things you can do.

Hire a Professional to Clean Hard-to-Reach Places

There are a few locations in your home that you may never have considered cleaning. For example, air conditioning ducts are a hotspot for mold due to leftover moisture. If mold is permitted to grow in these ducts, your AC is pushing out spores and likely triggering allergy-like symptoms. Hire a professional to clean these areas and limit the possibility of impure air in your home.

Keep Your Bathroom Clean and Dry

home health concernsA consistently humid bathroom is a haven for mold and bacteria. You want to ensure that your bathroom, particularly your bathroom linens, stays dry when not in use. Bath mats are one of the worst places in the entire area and should be treated with extra care. The consistently damp mats often are cleaned infrequently, leaving them full of flourishing bacteria. Wash these mats often to avoid as much mold and bacteria in your bathroom as possible.

Check Your Home for Leaks

Unknown leaks within your home could be another source of symptom-causing mold in your home. Check the house thoroughly for any leaky plumbing and consider hiring a plumber for a professional inspection. A few extra bucks for an inspection certainly is worth feeling better and living worry-free in your own home.

Beware of Dust Mites

Dust mites can live in a number of places in our homes. They are commonly found in mattresses, sofas, pillows, carpet, blankets, and towels. Dust mites need warmth and humidity in order to thrive. Therefore, the best way to prevent dust mites is to thoroughly dry any potential dust mite habitats, wash bedding regularly, vacuum and dust frequently, and be sure to cover pillows and mattresses well in order to block the mites from getting in.

If you have a particularly old mattress or sofa, you might want to consider swapping it out for a new one. Keeping old mattresses and upholstery dust mite-free is very difficult, and their existence in your home could be causing you to develop health problems.

Don’t Skimp on Vacuum Quality

Vacuums are supposed to be a tool to keep your home clean and debris-free. However, low-quality vacuums may actually worsen your air quality. Vacuums that do not contain a HEPA filter are sucking the dust and microbes from your carpet and launching them into the air you breathe. A HEPA filter is one of the only ways to ensure that what your vacuum takes in stays in.

There are many hazards within your home that you may not be aware of. Fortunately, with a little research, some professional guidance, and a few accessible changes, you can bring your home up the standard you and your family deserve.

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