As you probably know, there are countless benefits to spending more time outdoors. With a full schedule, though, it’s sometimes hard to get more than five minutes of time outside. Even though most of us spend the majority of our time indoors, it doesn’t mean we’re stuck living an unhealthy life. There are actually many inexpensive projects you can do around the house that will boost your health and promote wellness.
Indoor allergies are caused by a range of factors, such as mold, dust mites, and pollen. Cleaning and decluttering regularly is one of the best things you can do to keep allergies at bay. You can also handle the issue by filtering the air and addressing areas that trap allergens.
You probably already have a whole-house air filter installed if you have a forced heating and cooling system. Many systems simply use a flat filter, which prevents large dust particles from damaging your furnace. This Old House explains that while these filters keep your indoor air a little cleaner, they aren’t designed to trap tiny particles that cause allergies and lung irritation.
Installation for a more advanced air filter can range from $400 to $1,000, according to This Old House. Because this type of upgrade deals with the HVAC system, it’s a good idea to hire a professional to do the work for you. It may seem like a costly project, but the health-boosting results can help you save on future medical bills.
Upgrading to a better air filter is a great way to improve your indoor air quality, but it’s not the only way to tackle allergens. Curtains are some of the biggest culprits for holding onto dust and other particles. If your curtains are washable, make sure you launder them regularly. If not, it might be a good idea to swap them out for affordable curtains that are machine washable.
Revamp Your Bedroom for Better Sleep
Getting a bad night’s sleep impacts your health in a number of ways. Not only does it make you groggy and unfocused, but it can also have negative effects on your mental and physical health. You can improve your sleep quality by eating right and exercising, but making changes to your bedroom can also have a great outcome.
The National Sleep Foundation says projects such as repainting your walls a more soothing color and changing out an old mattress can make a significant impact. It’s also important to control the light in your room, whether it’s coming from electronics or is filtering in from outside. Repositioning electronics and installing blackout curtains can help control the light.
If these projects seem like they'll be on the expensive side, consider waiting to start working on them until Black Friday rolls around. It's common knowledge that this shopping event releases a ton of great deals, so by grabbing Black Friday coupons for household products, you can knock out all your projects affordably rather than picking certain ones to do now.
Filter Your Tap Water
You probably know how important it is to drink enough water, but you’ll want to make sure your water at home is the healthiest it can be. While the quality of drinking water is closely regulated, there is still a chance for contamination. Filtering your water can be as simple as getting a pitcher that you keep on the counter or in the fridge. However, there are other types of filtration systems to choose from as well, such as under-counter filters and whole-house filters.
You can sometimes install a simple system yourself, but a more complex filter might require professional help from a plumber or even an electrician. Whole-house filtration systems can be expensive, but the price varies widely depending on the complexity of the system you choose.
From revamping your bedroom to filtering your air and water, there are countless ways to boost your health at home. Some of these projects can be done inexpensively, but no matter the cost, it’s worth it if you can improve your well-being.
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