How to Create a Healthy Indoor Climate

We are spending more time indoors than ever before, as with each decade of the past century the number and complexity of indoor sources of pollution have increased. Poor air quality is linked to a variety of health issues that we all want to stay away from! Indoor climate is not just about the air! Rather, it is influenced by contaminants, temperature, moisture and electro-smog. Here are some considerations for creating a healthier indoor climate in your home.


Humidity

Optimal humidity levels are not just important for our comfort but can also contribute to our health by reducing opportunistic bacteria, fungi, mites and more. Indoor humidity levels should be within the 35-55% range, depending upon where you are located and the season.


Purchase an inexpensive humidity gauge to monitory relative humidity, maintain personal comfort and reduce potential for hazards. Explore your space to ensure there are no other moisture related issues.


Ventilation

Try to incorporate ventilation into your regular routine. Especially in winter, air your house a few times per day to get the stale indoor air out and get fresh air for indoors.


When you turn off your heating, consider ventilating as well to avoid condensation problems. Remember that like your own lungs, your home also needs to be able to breathe to be healthy.


Temperature

The ideal temperature for indoors typically ranges between 68-78 degrees but these can vary per season, for sleeping, or if you have pets and babies. Even minor temperature changes can affect our mood, health, and sleep.


Several factors influence temperature. Proper analysis of the built environment and interior components is required to determine, achieve and maintain the ideal set point.


Electro-smog

Instructions and product warnings for practicing safe use of technology is difficult to find, often hidden in the fine print or site links provided at the point of purchase. As a result, indoor climates have become flooded with harmful frequencies. Studies show these invisible electromagnetic frequencies, or EMF’s, are known to cause health problems. These frequencies are emitted by appliances, wireless devices, electrical installations, lighting, wiring, electronics including baby monitors and much more!


Research before you buy. Enlist a professional Building Biologist who can conduct an indoor environmental consultation, perform applicable testing and recommend solutions. Download our guide to learn more about ways to use technology safely.


Noise

Often an overlooked health risk, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that noise pollution can actually lead to short and long-term health problems. Managing the acoustics of your home can improve your productivity and make sure you are well-rested.


Appropriate noise buffering and insulation can be considered so you can just enjoy yourself in your quiet home!


In order to minimize the risk of having a poor indoor climate, you must first understand the contributing factors. The quality of your indoor space is a vital element to consider in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Simple actions can go a long way in maintaining optimal indoor air quality. For more tips for your home and health, and to request a personalized consultation, visit www.nurturednests.com


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