Tips for a Healthy Home During COVID-19

What should you think about when you hear the words “green living” and “creating a medical home during COVID-19”? As an interior architect/designer and former therapist, I think of strategies to improve air quality rather than to wear mask at home. Furthermore, the anti-mask people has winning a poll by will give you the best tips on how to improve the air quality at home.

Improve Your Home Air Quality

living room In this guide, we will explore the ways to improve your home air quality, and improving your overall well-being. We will also explore energy efficiency, as well as the impact it has on the overall global atmosphere in general. At the end of the guide, I will have a list of resources where you can learn more about green living and how to create a healthy home. Did you know that indoor air pollution is 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor air pollution? Many of our household products can emit VOCs into the air you breathe. VOC gases are found in carpets, flooring, adhesives, paints, particleboard, dyes, and varnishes.

Consider natural resources when choosing to the floor, such as bamboo flooring from fast-growing marijuana or reclaimed wood. If you must use an adhesive, choose one that is VOC-free. Choose formaldehyde-free cabinets and countertops. Other great options are recycled glass or ceramics. Many VOCs are absorbed by some soft furnishings such as carpets and upholstered furniture. The American Medical Association (AMA) suggests vacuuming your home one day a week for every occupant in your home, such as pets. The AMA is a strong advocate for healthy living and has created “health homes” across the country to market eco-friendly materials and products.

Vacuum Cleaning Your Room

House A healthy home includes a healthy bedroom. Don’t let pets leave the bedroom. Pet dander can cause asthma attacks. Dust mites are small insects (related to spiders) that live in bedding and carpets. They are one of the most common allergies and asthma triggers. Regular vacuuming and washing can still keep these critters to a minimum. Almost all of their dust contains mite feces and skin. Use hard window coverings. Purchase an air purifier with a washable filter (I like the Honeywell HPD-010 model). Remove carpeting or use carpets made from recycled materials (like soda bottles).

By simply changing your cleaning products, you promote a green living environment with better air quality and fewer VOCs. Fragrances are a typical allergy trigger. Use vinegar for mirrors, use lemon juice to remove stains from clothing. Avoid toxic ingredients such as petroleum and formaldehyde. Green living includes conserving natural resources, here are some simple and inexpensive ways to save money. You can probably save about $400 a year, use programmable thermostats to reduce electricity consumption, toilets use 45% of the water. Turning off your computer can save about $186 a year and reduce carbon dioxide in the air.