November is traditionally the month associated with pausing to count our blessings. The things that typically come to mind are work, good food, a roof over our head, our family, and our good health. It’s also important to remember the things we have in our life – and our home – that keep us healthy. Everything from cleaning supplies and protective gear to the ways in which we are able keep our air pure and our water clean – as these are all very important.
Items In Our Home That Help Us Stay Healthy
There are many important items around our home and services that help keep harmful germs away, which not everyone in our world has the privilege of using. Basics include running hot water, a working toilet, a sink with a garbage disposal, garbage bins and a weekly garbage collection service. Most of us are fortunate to have these items that not only prevent the spread of germs but also the unpleasant odors they cause. There are some other home items you may not be aware of that protect your home and your health as well. These Include:
1. Your HVAC system – HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. This system provides heating and cooling to your home. It brings in fresh air from outdoors to provide high indoor air quality. The V in HVAC, or ventilation, is the process of replacing or exchanging air within a space. It provides better quality air indoors by removing moisture, smoke, odors, heat, dust, airborne bacteria, carbon dioxide, and other gases that could be harmful to your health. It also controls temperature and replenishes oxygen.
2. Air Scrubbers – An air scrubber is a device that attaches directly to the ductwork of your HVAC system. It removes air pollution, VOCs, surface contaminants, pet dander, odors and dust. It provides a cleaner, healthier and more efficient home
3. Germicidal Ultraviolet Lights – Germicidal UV lights are devices designed to improve the air quality inside your home. Outside, high-energy UV rays generated by the sun neutralize airborne viruses, bacteria, and fungi; indoors, a germicidal lamp performs this same function as air from your forced-air heating and cooling system passes through the beam. Because UV light is so energetic, it kills or neutralizes harmful organisms before they can affect your health. Installing a germicidal UV light in your HVAC system offers you these same health benefits as well, reducing your risk of becoming ill due to exposure to microorganisms in your home’s air. Because UV light also kills mold spores, a UV light system can prevent mold buildup inside your HVAC system, your ducts, and elsewhere in your home as well.
4. Water Filtration Systems – There are a variety of water filter systems that can be installed in the home. These systems filter out harmful bacteria, chlorine and fungus, making water safer for drinking, cooking and bathing.
Respiratory and digestive disorders are often linked to poor indoor air or water quality in the home. If you don’t already own these household protection systems, consider installing them to maintain your and your family’s health and well-being. If you do, you’ve made a wise investment!