As winter is drawing in, Americans are spending an increasing amount of time in their homes – this year more than ever before! But with COVID-19, cold weather and the common cold running circles around us, what can you do to make sure your home is a safe haven? Check out our tips for keeping your home healthy during Flu Season.
 
 
1. Cleanliness is next to Healthiness
Keep on top of germs by developing a cleaning routine. A few minutes here and there can be a big help in preventing you and your family from getting sick. Here at Genesis, we love Method cleaning supplies: their antibacterial sprays kill 99.9% of household germs, are bottled in 100% recycled materials, and smell divine!
 
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Vacuum 1-2 times per week to reduce allergens and dust settling; download your favorite playlist or podcast, plug in your headphones, and make cleaning a breeze! Regularly wipe down all frequently touched surfaces: don’t forget light switches, TV remotes and thermostat dials.
 
 
2. Keep it Dry
Leaks or water intrusion can lead to a range of issues: mold, ice damage, and damaged insulation to name a few. When surface mold becomes airborne, it can lead to respiratory issues and a compromised immune system. Mold thrives in moist environments, so help to prevent mold growth by preventing leaks!
 
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Check your roof for loose or missing shingles, inspect your siding to make sure there’s no holes or gaps around windows & doors, make sure your gutters are clear of debris, and monitor your basement for any sign of cracks or leaks. Now is the time for minor repairs. Maintaining the exterior of your home prevents small repairs from becoming big problems, and will save you money in the long run. 
 
 
3. Lose the Contaminants
Pollutants such as airborne mold and radon gas can affect your long term health and leave your immune system vulnerable. We have high levels of underground radon here in the Kansas City metro with 1 in 3 homes estimated to be over the EPA guidelines. After smoking, Radon exposure is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the USA!
 
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If you think you may have a mold issue, it’s best to have Air Quality Testing to get a full picture of your home’s indoor air health. Radon is colorless and odorless so Testing for Radon is the only way to know if you need to install a mitigation system.
 
 
4. Check Your Ventilation
The average American will spend 90% of their time indoors over the coming months, so making sure you have adequate air circulation and a healthy indoor environment is a top priority. 
 
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Make sure your bathroom and kitchen extraction fans are in good working order, and are properly ventilating up through the attic. Improper attic ventilation can affect the structural integrity of your roof and increase chances of mold growth in your attic space. Consider installing a whole-home ventilation system to keep the air moving and reduce the concentration of contaminants in your home.
 
 
5. Get Cozy & Look After Yourself!
With more people working from home than ever before, it’s important to draw boundaries and take some time off to relax. Turn off your home office systems, cook a healthy meal (or order takeout from a local restaurant), and get a good nights’ sleep. Getting at least 7-8 hours’ sleep each night helps to keep your immune system in top shape, increases the effectiveness of vaccinations, and can even lessen the likelihood and severity of allergic reactions!
 
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Remember to wash your bedding and blankets once a week – don’t forget the ones on the couch that you cuddle up under to watch a movie! Take time to wind down in the evening, and catch some Z’s.