Three Housing Problems That Can Impact Your Health

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When you feel like you have become more vulnerable to allergies and cold than you used to be, there are many possible causes, one of which is poor housing condition. You may think that living in a condo or apartment can guarantee you a proper and healthy housing, yet it is not always the case. Having a building manager in charge does not always mean that your health is his/her top priority.

You should be inquisitive about a building’s status before you sign the occupancy contract or purchase agreement. Do your research first before questioning.

If you have already had your housing by the time you read this article, then you could continue to read the information below and follow the suggestion.

Poor Air Circulation

exhaust fanAll residential housings require an adequate air circulation system. A poor one can cause mold growth and pollutant buildups, which can lead to asthma, chronic sneezing, headaches, allergies, sinus congestion, fatigue, skin rash, and respiratory inflammation. They are health conditions that can drastically reduce your productivity and wellness. If you feel one of those conditions, you must suspect something has gone wrong with your house’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) units.

First, you should inspect if the air filters in the HVAC units are all okay. Small tears can allow a lot of pollutants to enter your rooms. Therefore, if you spot any of them, you should replace the filter immediately. If the HVAC allows a filter upgrade, you should use the one with the HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) technology. It traps more than 90% pollutants in the air.

Second, you must check if the humidity at home is within the normal range. You can use either hygrometer or psychrometer for that purpose, depending on your budget. High level of moisture can increase the dampness of the air, which makes the room an ideal place for mold. To some people, this might not be a severe problem. But to those with asthma, it can be fatal.

Contaminated Water

pure waterWater contamination does still happen in 2018. As a matter of fact, you cannot solely trust the authority to determine the quality of the water. In 2013-14, pathogen outbreaks, chemical, and toxin contamination occurred in the United States’ water supply. At least thirteen people were reported died during that period.

Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, cramps, nosebleed, and rapid pulse are six common symptoms resulting from ingesting contaminated water. If you have been experiencing any of those conditions, you must consult a doctor immediately.

To prevent such an extreme consequence, you can install a water filtration at home. Your first option is the whole-house filter. The most recommended ones are Home Master HMF3SDGFEC Whole House 3-Stage Water Filter, iSpring WGB2B 3-Stage Whole House Water Filter, and 3M Aqua-Pure. The three-stage filtration technology in those products can filter 95% water contaminants, which makes even the heavily-polluted water safe to use.

Your second choice is to use a mounted water filter. It will be your only solution if you live in an apartment or condo that does not allow you to modify the building’s piping system. Here are the most popular brands in the market: Aquasana, Brita, Culligan, Kenmore, Whirlpool, and ZeroWater.

Clutter and Depression

depressionThe majority of adults in the world is suffering from depression and anxiety. According to Jane Williams, a Coordinator of Clinical Services for ServiceNet Inc., Massachusetts, clutter/ disorganization does negatively impact people’s psychology. If you live a hectic life, this issue can become severe and reduce your life’s quality significantly.

Your primary solution is to optimize the efficiency of all things in the house. First, use foldable furniture pieces to get more space. A spacious room is known to soothe depression. A narrow and cramped one, on the other hand, worsens the condition. Second, use only several appliances that function accurately according to your need. Third, never hoard useless things at home.