"Are You Sick Of Your Home?"

Wait, that doesn’t sound like a correct sentence. Let me rephrase it. Do you feel sick when you’re home? Now that’s making more sense. This week’s topic will mainly talk about your health. Yes… back to your health & well being! With the heat wave starting to strike (that being said as the hottest October in 20 years, whaaaat…) many people might feel a little under the weather lately. Why did I decide to write again about this stuff? Because people around me are very vulnerable to sickness these days. Here in Sydney, we experience a very annoying weather where one day is super cold and the next day is super hot. Duh. Of course when it combines with stress from work, unhealthy environment and weak immune system people can pass out really easily.

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Now you should realize that source of sickness can be from anywhere. We can’t just sit down and just take anything that our surrounding is giving us, can we? We can do something to minimise the risk of getting sick and that should start from our home.

You know what, certain things in our house can be detrimental to our physical & mental health. According to our source it can range from “mould in the corner of cupboards, to all sorts of chemicals; even the temperature of a house”. Very broad area to consider in our tiny house. Further, our source describes that the effects are not uniform as well. As I said, it will depend on personal’s immune system that some people are weaker/ stronger in terms of defending themselves from illness.

According to Archicentre Australia, health issues such as natural light, fresh air and noise control are now among the most important features of renovations. Read on, I will tell you the most important thing you need to look at to prevent some sickness getting close to you.

1. Mold

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Mold is one culprit you might want to eliminate straight away. It’s not good to inhale and counted as one of the most common cause of sickness. It can spread in everywhere and most of the time it is not even visible. It hides behind the walls, inside the insulation, under your carpet, etc. Health effect of this is something like respiratory problem or skin allergic. To get rid of them, try to keep your house warm and dry.

2. Toxin

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While houses built prior 1980 are likely to have lead, toxin is commonly found in houses build prior to 1995. A source said that ''The subfloors of most Australian houses have this chemical cocktail that I would never let a child or a dog near, or an adult without personal protection equipment''.

3. Temperature

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This is where the weather plays a role. A house that suffers from extremes in heat or cold can be particularly adverse for people's health. The effect can be severe, unfortunately, because not only it can lead to cold or respiratory problem but also a heart disease. Make sure to see if your house is well insulated. Failure to do so will cause you some health problems!

4. Paint

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Repainting can be a lot of fun and give you a fresh look of your house. More exciting colours, new atmosphere, brand new feelings, etc. Care2.com.au suggest us to consider low VOC paints, which are “designed to off-gas less, for a more comfortable repainting job”, and one that won’t make people sick. Because choosing a wrong material can do you some harm.

5. Treated lumber

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Do you use timber for some part of your house? Decking maybe? Most of those product use what we called “treated lumber”. It’s called “treated” because it resists weather and insects which is good for outdoor use but don’t ever burn it or use for indoor. It’s been filled with chemicals that make it resistant against insects, pest and other stuff. Everything with chemicals is not so healthy, right? You might as well consider using alternate product like naturally durable wood instead.

*taken from many source*

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