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When it comes to making your home a healthier place to live, there are some significant factors to consider. Here are four of the most notable, and they are the ones that every health-conscious homeowner should know about.

1. Eliminating and Preventing Mold

Mold is one of the most significant problems that millions of homes face. In fact, around 70% of homes in the U.S. currently have mold. This is particularly concerning for the 28% of people who are genetically predisposed to mold-related health issues. It’s important that you get your home professionally inspected and have all mold professionally removed so that you can start improving your health.

Preventing mold is also something that health-conscious homeowners will need to consider, and moisture is one of the leading culprits. To help guard against moisture in your home, there are a few steps you can take. For instance, make sure to insulate your walls and seal your floors against moisture. Make sure that the R factor — the ability in which insulation works against heat — is at least 19. You’ll also want to make sure to never use carpeting in areas where moisture is prevalent, for instance, the bathroom or cellar, as this will lead to mildew and mold accumulation.

Your roof is also a leading culprit when it comes to letting moisture into your home, and it’s important that you shore up any weak spots or replace old roofs entirely. Materials like stone-coated steel, which is 100% recyclable and lightweight, can help provide a watertight seal against rain and snow. This material also has a class A fire rating and a Class 4 hail damage rating, making it extremely durable and long-lasting.

2. Check Your Water

From water that causes mold to the water you drink. Having your tap water tested regularly is another important step to help keep your household healthy. You can get a copy of your municipality’s annual water test results or you can buy a water test kit to do on your own. If you find your tap water has a high level of contaminants, you may want to install a filter on your tap. Even if contaminants are within healthy levels, a filter can still help provide even cleaner water to your home.

It’s important to test your water regularly to ensure that nothing like what happened — and has only just been fixed after seven years — in Flint, Michigan, will impact your health.

3. Sanitize High Traffic Areas and Items

Did you know that your TV remote can harbor more bacteria than your toilet seat? Items like this that are frequently used should be sanitized regularly to help prevent bacteria from accumulating on them. Door knobs, countertops, light switches, and everything else that people frequently touch should get similar treatment.

When vacuuming, consider investing in a vacuum with a HEPA filter to help pick up and trap allergens and other particulates. This can help keep your floors clean and it can help during allergy season to manage triggers.

4. Air Out Your Bed

While you might be eager to make your bed as soon as you get out of it, it’s best to hold off for a bit. Giving your bed time to air out can help evaporate the moisture that mites thrive in. You should also consider vacuuming your bed weekly to help control mites, as well as airing out your pillows. Adding a zippable dustproof cover to your mattress can also help keep mites out, and removing carpeting can also help prevent dust and dander from piling up.

A Healthier Home

These are only four of many ways that you can keep your home healthier, but they are some of the most important. If you’re having trouble maintaining it all on your own, a weekly or monthly cleaning service can help manage the burden. Take some time to consider your options, and what can be done in your home. Even small changes can have a big impact when it comes to making your home healthier.