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Health & Home: How Your Home Affects Your Wellness Goals

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Making changes in your home can have a direct impact on your health. No, we're not talking about building an entire at-home gym. Instead, even small improvements to your home can have lasting effects on you and your family's health. 

Health and the home are more important than ever. By looking at these three specific at-home health risks, and solving them, you can improve your family's wellness and health, too! 
 

Bedroom with natural light

Toxic Materials

From lead paint to potentially toxic cleaning solutions, finding out what chemicals are in your home and getting rid of unwanted ones can have both short- and long-term health benefits. Low amounts of lead exposure can potentially have adverse health effects in young children. If your home was built between 1960 and 1990, consulting an expert lead inspector might be a good idea. All our installers in Cleveland, Akron and the surrounding areas we serve are certified to conduct installations even if small amounts of lead paint are present in your home.

Light that Disrupts Your Circadian Rhythmcasement windows with between-the-glass blinds

It’s no secret that if your bedroom is in direct sunlight during sunrise, you might be waking up earlier on Sunday mornings than intended. Beyond cutting in on much needed rest, the light in your home could also be impacting your natural circadian rhythm.

Early in the morning, light advances your natural clock, making it feel later in the day than it actually is. Conversely, light later in the evening can delay your natural clock, making it difficult to fall asleep.

For light sleepers or those working unconventional hours, sunshine seeping into your room can be more than just an annoyance, causing you to lose sleep or get low quality sleep. Blackout curtains and drapes can provide some help, but another, less obtrusive option is between-the-glass blinds or shades. Light sleepers should consider this option when shopping for replacement windows in areas that get a little too much natural light at the beginning and end of the day.

Water and Air Purification

From asthma to providing protection from germs, installing an air purification system in your home can have a number of benefits, especially in the Cleveland and Northeast Ohio areas that are less than friendly to residents with allergies. Not to mention, purification systems can also help improve unwanted odors around the home.

In addition, water purification systems can be a great way to improve your family’s health. These systems can help purify your tap water and cut down on plastic water bottle waste.

Since we’re all spending more time inside lately, it only makes sense to make sure our homes are contributing to our overall health in positive ways. Home gyms are great, but there are plenty of other ways to bolster the wellness of you and your family!

Becca Cornell

About The Author

Becca joined the Gunton and Pella Digital Marketing team nearly a year ago and she likes to think it’s been a whirlwind of a digital adventure ever since. When she’s not creating content for Gunton and Pella’s website or social media pages she’s actively trying to convince her office that everyday should be “bring your dog to work day”. She’s a  graduate of Lake Erie College with an English and Communications Bachelor’s degree and resides in Painesville Ohio, with her boyfriend and their dog, Mason.

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