10 Healthy Home Maintenance Tips
At Morgan Contractors, we help families build and remodel the houses they dream of. We love our work and the people it brings us into contact with. It is our hope that all our clients and their families are healthy and happy long after our involvement in their projects are complete. So, to help them keep a healthy home, we’ve created a handy healthy home maintenance checklist.
Tackle these items one at a time, or over the course of a weekend this winter. Each task will contribute to a healthier home. Don’t forget to put on some holiday music in the background while you work!
Start with Bedrooms, Living Rooms, and Family Rooms
We spend more time in these spaces than we realize – nearly half our lives may be spent in a combination of these three rooms! It certainly pays to keep them clean and healthy, so here are 5 simple tips to do just that.
- Install smoke alarms on every floor and near all bedrooms. Remember to test them monthly and change their batteries once each year.
- Install carbon monoxide alarms in or near bedrooms.
- Ask your family to help make your home a smoke-free space.
- Aggressively deal with clutter – it is unsightly, but even more important, it can be a place for rodents and insects to make their homes.
- Keep the floor clear of electrical cords and other items such as shoes, toys, and clothing. This will prevent falls and lead to a more efficient and spacious home.
Healthy Home Maintenance for Kitchens
The kitchen is considered the heart of the home. For a healthy ‘heart’, your whole family will appreciate, follow these simple tips and tricks.
- Never heat the house with your stove (this happens more often than you think)
- Use a range hood fan or other kitchen exhaust fan.
- Install a carbon monoxide alarm.
- Never leave food unattended on the stove.
- Avoid wearing clothes with long, loose-fitting sleeves when cooking.
- Use safe (green) cleaning and pest-control products, and keep them safely locked away.
Don’t Forget the Bathrooms
Though they may be a small space compared to other rooms in your home, bathrooms may need more work than anywhere else to keep them safe. There are many hazards to be found in your bathroom, but with the proper precautions, risks can be minimized.
- Medications locked in a secure cabinet and make sure they all have child-proof lids.
- Take measures to consistently clean up excess water and moisture around the sink and on the floors.
- Open windows and doors to get fresh air into the room when not in use.
- Make sure your vent fans push air to the outside. Vent fans that keep air in the house also keep moisture inside. Ask your contractor about this.
- Tile, stone, and most other bathroom materials are hard. To prevent falls on hard surfaces, install grab bars on the wall of the bathtub and shower and next to the toilet. This is especially important if you have elderly people in your home or anyone with mobility issues.
Safeguard Your Attics
Because attics are not used as often as other rooms, they are often neglected when it comes to safety measures. Keep your attics safe and healthy spaces by taking the following steps.
- Check for leaks in the roof.
- Make sure your attic is properly ventilated. This will reduce moisture and potential mold buildup.
- Seal gaps around roofing and attic openings. This will help keep rodents and insects out of your home.
- Keep the attic clear of clutter and organized. This will make fetching holiday decorations easier, and remove areas where pests can dwell.
- Check your insulation. Older homes may have asbestos – and you will need to hire an insulation expert to inspect and/or remove the harmful substance.
Basements, Crawlspaces, and Utility Areas
Don’t forget these important and potentially dangerous places in your home. A few precautionary measures will go a long way toward a safe and healthy home.
- Limit water heater temperature to 120 degrees F to prevent burns.
- Change the furnace/AC filter every other month.
- Ask a professional to check your furnace and other gas appliances for carbon monoxide leaks each year.
- Make sure the clothes dryer vent funnels air to the outside.
- Test for radon. Most homes are safe, but if it is found in high levels, you will need to hire a specialist.
Stairways and Halls
These frequently used areas in your home can cause problems unless they are properly looked after. Here are some tips to prevent falls and other hazards.
- Use stair gates at the top and bottom of stairs if children are present
- Make sure stairs and halls are well lit.
- Fix loose or uneven stairs, and attach a carpet or no-slip rubber strip to each stair.
- Install handrails on both sides of your stairs.
With a little hard work and some attention to detail, you can help make your home a safer and healthier place to live. You can divide this checklist into seasonal chunks, so you aren’t overwhelmed. We wish you a happy and healthy year ahead!
At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home improvement services to the Tristate area. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliant, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it!
For more information about how we can make your home remodeling project a success, to request an estimate, or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.