A healthier living room could be the start of your healthier home. It’s a room most often used by everyone living in the house, so it really is the heart of the home. So shouldn’t it be the healthiest room it can be?
There is more of a push towards healthier lifestyles than ever. Many people trying to eat more healthily and get more exercise. However, they don’t think about creating a healthier living room as part of their fitness routine.
In a space used by the whole family, a healthier living room will help keep occupants healthier. But how can that be? I’m glad you asked, because there are several things you can do to keep your family healthier.
A Healthier Living Room Will Have Houseplants
Research carried out by NASA showed that just one plant in every 100 square foot of floor space would improve the air quality of a room. Imagine the difference having 2 or 3 plants in your living room could make.
In fact, why not use hydroponic systems that will keep your plants healthier, let them grow quicker and are less likely to have any of the infections that can be picked up from soil?
Part of the trick with houseplants is to have ones that do not flower, as they need less looking after, and do not have too many. Using them as decoration is a great way to improve the air quality of your living room, and doing away with the need for dust collecting ornaments.
A Healthier Living Rom Will Be Cleaned Regularly
Dust and mess is not just unsightly, or an embarrassment if unexpected visitors call, it can also be bad for your health. House dust can contain all types of chemicals and bacteria and these can be harmful if you breathe them in.
Vacuum your living room at least twice a week, and clean all the surfaces either with polish or a damp cloth. A dry cloth will just move the dust and it will settle elsewhere. Don’t forget the places that you cannot see, the tops of doorframes being a prime example.
Even when you vacuum carpets and tugs it is very hard to be certain you have removed all the dust. The best way to combat this problem is to opt for low piles that will not let the dust sink so deeply.
If you really feel you want a deep pile carpet or rug, then choose natural piles such as cotton or wool. They are easier to clean and are less likely to give off harmful chemicals than synthetic fibres.
Leave Shoes In The Hallway (Yes, this really helps your health)
The Japanese really know a thing or too about health. One of the best and easiest solutions to keeping your home healthy is to keep shoes in the hallway, or porch if you have one.
Our shoes can carry all sorts of germs, and if we walk around the house in them, we are just spreading them everywhere.
Keep a pair of slippers by the front door. Slip them on and leave your shoes behind. Some people see this as being house proud, and unnecessary, but it is actually one of the most sensible things you can do.
Use Non-Toxic Paints for A Healthier Living Room
There are laws that ban some substances in paints, however others still have toxic elements in them. It is now widely known that you and your family can breathe in toxic chemicals from the nasties in some paints.
Therefore, premier interior designers, architects and specifiers will recommend zero and low-VOC paints – VOC Volatile Organic Compounds. Modern paints and plasters are generally low-VOC and many brands specialise in artisan, organic and sustainable paints using limestone and clays. So investigate the paint you want to use and save the health of your family.
These are just four suggestions of ways to ensure a healthier living room. None of them are drastic or expensive, however all will make a big difference to the health of your family.