Originally published on The Daily World
Sat Nov 4th, 2017 1:30am
By Dave Murnen and Pat Beaty
Did you know that keeping your home healthy is important to maintaining your health?
There are specific things your house needs to be able to support your day-to-day health needs. Among them are the ability to properly vent moisture, to maintain heating and cooling, to keep you clean, to safely dispose of your waste, and to protect you from anything outside your door.
Where these needs meet yours is where housing meets health. We want to share a series on each of these over the next few weeks.
Let’s start with talking about indoor air quality. Moisture is good for plants, along with mold and mildew when the humidity is allowed to surpass 50 percent, especially in rooms of your house that are rarely or minimally heated.
Temperatures below 50 degrees support unhealthy molds and mildews, indoors and out. If you can smell mildew in the house, then you may have mold/mildew spore or other air quality issues.
Maybe you are just used to being ill or coughing and sneezing with a constantly drippy nose this time of year. Maybe you have to visit the emergency room on occasion due to lack of breath. Do you get better after you leave the house for a while? Talk to your health care provider about this factor.
You can do a few things that will make a difference in air quality and comfort inside your home besides keeping it clean.