13 Silent Signs Your Home Is an Unhealthy Place to Live
So you go awhile between dustings. Let the dog sleep in the bed. Watch moisture bead up on the bathroom window. However, these innocent-seeming habits could be making you and your family sick—really sick.
You’re surrounded by wind-pollinated plants
You may unknowingly be inviting allergens into your yard that cause your stuffy nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and breathing trouble. If you have allergies, the Old Farmer’s Almanac recommends the following:
- Large shade trees such as oaks, maples, and beeches
- Most lawn grasses
- Common weeds such as lamb’s-quarter, pigweed, and ragweed
You have too much stuff
You love throw pillows, coffee table books, and knick-knacks: All these things collect dust, dander, and pollen, and they can contribute to poor air quality in your home. Unless you plan on constantly moving and cleaning all of this, you should consider minimizing your furnishings and collections. Here are more subtle ways your house might be making you sick.
You let your pet sleep in your bed
They’re cozy, loving, and even help you sleep, but if you’re walking your dog around the neighborhood, you can bet they’re carrying a lot of dirt, germs, and even insects (think ticks) into your bed. Not only that, but pet dander traps allergens, which means you’re subjecting your sleeping space to those allergens. Don’t miss these other hidden home dangers you should never ignore.