Home Improvement Ideas That Promote a Better Living Space
Home safety is one of the top priorities of homeowners and renters alike. As people spend more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent social distancing rules, the desire to achieve a healthy, clean and safe home environment rapidly increases.
Here are a few of the latest trends to improve happiness, remove toxins and add a touch of nature to your space for a healthier home environment.
Natural light is an important improvement that not only affects the livability of your home, but also your physical and mental wellbeing, too. Additionally, experiments conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security show viruses can quickly be destroyed by sunlight. According to research, published in the journal Microbiome, “Rooms exposed to daylight have fewer germs. In fact, the study showed that the naturally lit rooms had about half the viable bacteria (those that are able to grow), compared with dark rooms.”
Cost-effective, energy-efficient and eco-friendly, a tubular skylight harvests daylight at the rooftop, transfers it down a highly reflective tube (which bends up to 90 degrees and can be up to 70 feet or more long) and distributes it evenly into an interior space through a diffuser at the ceiling — on both sunny and cloudy days — with virtually no maintenance. This is a simple and effective way to bring more daylight into living environments.
Whole-House Water Filtration
Improving the water quality in your home is another top priority for better health. Whole house filtration systems remove contaminants from a home’s water system through a filter connected to the main water line. All of the water coming into the house will pass through the filter before being routed to faucets, toilets and any water appliances in the house.
Another option: Get a water filtration system just for the kitchen. It is less expensive and is easily installed under the sink.
Healthy air quality is one more great way to promote better health inside your home. Whole house fans don’t just recirculate the air in the home like air conditioning does; they work by continuously replacing the dirty air in the living spaces with fresh air, removing pollutants and stale indoors air to improve air purity and create a healthier home environment.
Additionally, during the warmer months, this improvement helps cool the home and attic by up to 30 degrees, allowing them to stay much cooler the following day (the principle of Thermal Mass Cooling). So overall the costs to keep the home cool are dramatically reduced, especially as compared to air conditioning, not to mention being healthier.
Plants can be used as nature’s natural air filters. One commonly cited NASA study found a number of common house plants are useful in absorbing harmful gasses and creating clean indoor air. By adding a few indoor plants, they can work wonders to improve the indoor air quality in the home, while enhancing the home décor.
These are just a few of the ways homes can be made healthier and safer. For more information on tubular skylights and whole-house fans, visit www.solatube.com.