Keeping a healthy home is important, not only to avoid costly repairs when things go wrong but it’ll also help you stay in good health too. From the roof to the flooring, there are regular checks you carry out to ensure your property is happy throughout.
Modern-day properties tend to have a problem with proper ventilation, purely down to the construction methods used to keep warmth in during the winter and heat out over the summer. This poor airflow can lead to condensation build ups and stuffy rooms but more importantly can have an adverse effect on our energy levels, even leading to increased headaches. By regularly opening the windows and allowing fresh air through the property you can instantly reverse these issues and reduce the risk of condensation.
Do away with dust
Increased dust around the home can cause allergy flair-ups and increase irritation in asthma suffers so bring out the dusters and bust that dust! You can even make it into a game with your children, defeating the dust mites that inhabit your home. Just don’t forget to declutter, dust loves to get in on your open displays.
Carpets can be a hotspot for dust collection (and pesky dust mite droppings), where possible, ditch the carpets in favour of hard flooring – not only is it easy to get rid of dust and dirt, you’ll reduce the number of allergens floating around too.
In British homes, our heating systems tend to get heavy use during the colder, winter months but usually get switched off over the summer. By having yearly maintenance performed on your boiler, you’ll ensure it works efficiently and most importantly, is still safe to use.
You’ll also want to check your radiators twice a year, air build-ups can make your heating run less efficiently, increasing your heating bills and taking longer to warm your home. Should you notice your radiators need regular bleeding, you might want to call out your preferred heating engineer to perform a power flush.
The roof over your head
Our roofs definitely don’t get enough love, considering they are the largest part of the home that keeps us protected from the elements and provides our homes with necessary structural support, we should definitely be keeping on top of maintenance.
Regularly check the exterior of your roof – ideally from the ground unless you are competent in using a ladder or working at height – keeping an eye out for missing shingles and tiles or loose guttering.
Whether you reside in the countryside or live in a city like London, if you have flat roofing, keep an eye out for damage to the felt, including splitting, cracks or blistering. These problems could lead to costly repairs if not taken care of in a prompt manner.
Make sure to check the interior of your roof for large gaps or holes or signs of damp or mould, as this could indicate a leak which can lead to timber decay and structural fault if not treated.
Chim-chiminey, Chim Chim Chiree
A chimney is happy when it’s cleaned regularly! Sing-along aside, ensuring your chimney is cleaned at least twice a year can prevent build-ups of ash or blockages that could cause lethal carbon monoxide to build up in your home.
In addition to checking your chimney is clear, carbon monoxide can be produced from other appliances in the home, so ensure you have a working, carbon monoxide (CO) alarm. You can’t smell, see or taste CO so having an audible alarm in your home is the safest way to protect yourself against carbon monoxide poisoning.
Small steps to regular maintenance in your home is a good start, it’s no doubt your property is the most expensive thing you’ve “purchased” or rent is your greatest monthly outgoing. Therefore, it makes sense that you’d want to protect and properly maintain your greatest asset; the home that keeps you warm and dry. When you’ve got a healthy home, you’ll start to feel the benefits straight away, whether you are more relaxed or feel more energetic.
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