Creating a “Healthy” Home

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By Vickie Williamson, Custom Framer and Interior Designer 

As we make our resolutions, this is a time to improve our lives. While most of us declare we will finally lose those 10 pounds that stand in our way to perfection, we should also remember to focus some of our attention on the health of our home.

Simple Steps to a Healthier Home:

  • Safeguard your bathroom, the home’s most dangerous room. Keep cords away from water and make sure the tub/shower floor has a slip-proof surface. This is especially important for young children and the elderly.
  • Lower the hot water heater’s heat setting to alleviate scalding temperatures, and check manufacturer’s instructions for your dishwasher; many require higher temperature settings. Consider installing a water heater timer for your family’s varied usage needs.
  • Use “green” cleaning products as a responsible choice for keeping your house clean while also creating a safer environment for your family.
  • Change HVAC air filters at least every three months. This will result in cleaner air for you and a “healthier” HVAC system.
  • Install proper lighting and skid-proof surfacing on stairways, inside and outdoors, to reduce the risk of falls.
  • Clean carpets with a mixture of vinegar, alcohol, cleaning solution and warm water to help keep carpets fungus free. Regular vacuuming (at least once per week) keeps dirt and allergens under control.
  • Use an air purifier to reduce the level of airborne contaminants. This can be especially beneficial for people with allergies or asthma.

These are relatively uncomplicated ways to improve your home and life. I don’t know about you, but it’s probably an easier goal than losing those darn 10 pounds I swear every Jan. 1 that I will shed.

Prince William resident Vickie Williamson owns Fine Design Custom Framing & Interiors in Woodbridge. She has worked in the fine art, framing and decorating industry for more than 25 years and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. 


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