The start of a New Year is a good time to look at making a few long-term changes in one’s lifestyle and routines. Whether we formally make New Year’s resolutions or not, we are surrounded by an air of change, potential and excitement. One positive change tenants can make that will go a long way towards ensuring a healthy and happy 2018, is to ensure that the air isn’t also filled with pollutants, according to Baxton Property Management in Hobart.
Australians have a reputation for being outdoor people. Traditionally they love their barbeques and are crazy about sport and being there to support their teams. But is this still the real picture in the 21st Century? Not so, say the statistics. Instead figures show that like those in developed countries across the world, today’s Australians spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors, both at work and at home.
Fresh Air is the Best
Health wise, hitting the hiking trails, taking to the beach, adopting a habit of walking every day, and cooking outdoors on a regular basis, are the best solutions. But as you spend most of your waking, and all of your sleeping, time, it’s important to pay attention to the air you breathe inside.
The effects of the wide range of air pollutants that occupy our homes along with us, are not always evident straightaway. While some do bring on immediate responses such as sneezing, wheezing, headaches and nausea, the damage caused by others can take years to reveal itself.
Avoid Puffing and Spraying
Smoking: If your New Year’s resolutions didn’t include giving up smoking, it’s never too late to at least resolve not to smoke inside, or allow anyone else in your house to do so. With the current stand on smoking, and the dangers of second hand smoke, it’s fair enough to make this rule, even as far as visitors are concerned.
Aerosols: Do away with sprays as far as possible. Aerosol cleaners, air fresheners and even personal deodorants, have been linked to bringing on respiratory problems ranging from tightness in the chest to asthma. Babies and new mothers seem to be especially sensitive to sprays, possibly suffering diarrhoea, vomiting and headaches as a result. VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), as well as chemicals in the sprays and even fragrances, are considered responsible.
Watch Out for Pesticides and Toxins
A great deal of publicity has been given to the presence of dangerous toxins that lurk in the air around you at home. These include lead, asbestos, carbon monoxide, mould spores, gas and other fumes. Even candles and incense can result in adding particles to the air that can irritate the airways and lungs.
Change to natural cleaners
The focus in health-friendly homes is shifting from high-power and heavy risk chemicals when it comes to cleaning products used in the home. The internet is filled with recipes and products which provide natural alternatives. At the top of the popularity list are combinations of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), white vinegar and lemons. And there are not many cleaning tasks this trio can’t manage.
Ventilation is Vital
When weather permits, be sure to draw the curtains, open the windows and invite the outside air, and the healing sun, into your home. Relying exclusively on extractor fans and mechanical ventilation or air conditioning systems is not the best option, unless the systems in your rental home incorporate the intake of outside air. They must also be regularly serviced, and their filters cleaned or changed.
Out of concern for the health and safety of its rental property clients and their tenants, Baxton Property Management in Hobart tries to share information regarding matters which could assist them in living happy and healthy lives. To keep up to date with blogs on property management, lifestyle and health, as well as tenancy and property management, visit the Baxton website regularly.
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