KEY Elements of a Wellness Smart Healthy Home:
Clean Water, Fresh Air, Whole House WIFI, Fitness Area, Smart Technology, Biophilic Design, Comfort, Natural Light, Energy Efficient, Health & Safety Features
1. Try cleaning or replacing your furnace filter every three months with a MERV filter. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, which is a rating system designed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The rating indicates the size of particles the air filter is designed to capture. Ranging from 1 to 20, the larger the number, the better the filter is at catching small particles. For residential furnaces, filters range from 4 to 12 on the MERV scale.
2. Frequent cleaning and using just a clean damp mop with only water can help reduce dust as well.
Those of us living in the home create all sorts of pollutants, including dust! We create an invisible dust cloud simply walking around our homes.
The kind of flooring we have, pets, dust, smoke and so on. Fortunately, you can improve indoor air quality in ways that do not cost a small fortune.
3. A poor-quality vacuum cleaner can also create dust clouds. Installing a central vacuum system with the canister-air discharged piped outside can help, but if that’s not an option, a quality vacuum with a HEPA filter is a great way to help minimize dust. HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air filter. Both of this solutions will effectively decrease the amount of dust that spews into the air when vacuuming. Note: Try using and eco friendly wool carpet material.
1. Dispose of products you no longer need; Old paint cans, half used and other open toxic substances, poisons and pollutants.
2. Avoid using any “scented” products, candles, plug-ins, air fresheners and vaporizers. They do nothing to improve air quality, simply masking agents that add hundreds of unhealthy chemicals into the air.
3. Keep opened bottles & jars of cleaning products in airtight container.
4. Try using less toxic, more environmentally friendly cleaning and household products.
5. Dry cleaned clothing off gasses chemicals into the air. Remove plastic and hang dry-cleaned clothes outside for a few hours before bringing into the house.
1. Buy an inexpensive hygrometer to measure the indoor humidity. Take readings on every level of the home, living spaces, bedrooms, basement, etc. be sure to also measure the humidity of the supply air coming out of the vents.
2. Ensure your clothes dryer vents to the outside.
3. Bathrooms and kitchens need ventilation – fans should be exhausting showering, bathing and cooking moisture to the outside.
4. Ventilation in basements and crawlspaces can help reduce pollutants, odors and condensation by exhausting damp air to the outside. Fix any basement leaks.
5. Air conditioning systems and dehumidifiers can also remove the moisture from the air.
1. The key to eating for wellness is not necessarily what foods to eat, but rather how and when we eat them, says Suzanne Judd, Ph.D.,
2. Food influences the way a person feels, how he or she sleeps and interacts with others. Too much food can lead to extra weight, and extra weight is associated with cancer, cardiovascular disease and decreased physical function.
3. As for the best foods to eat for wellness generally, Judd recommends that people start with fruits and vegetables and try to get about half-full on those before starting on the meats and fats.
4. Use physical activity to feel good, not to lose weight. “If you have eaten in the last three hours, but feel tired or shaky and think you need to eat, try a short walk outside or up and down stairs.”
Physical fitness is obviously critical to a person’s health and well-being, and homes are being designed to make this a top priority. Dedicated workout or Well Retreat area make it easy to stay fit or have a private Meditation room at home. Having a bike workshop in the garage encourage cycling and built-in cubbies in the owner’s entry are a great place for storing athletic gear, making it that much easier to stay physically fit.
Creating an indoor environment that minimizes distractions and promotes productivity will contribute to a person’s mental and physical health. Home studies and libraries filled with books help to promote comfort as reading has been proven to benefit mental health and can relax the entire mind and body while promoting family time.
There are multiple ways to improve a home’s indoor air quality, and technology and design are leading the way. For example, indoor air quality can be optimized with a built-in central air purifying system to eliminate airborne pollens and dust particles. Maintaining indoor air quality is achieved with proper ventilation, low VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) products and use of hard flooring instead of carpeting.
Keeping the body well-nourished can be more easily accomplished with a dedicated juicing station with fresh fruits and vegetables on pull-out shelves. Back kitchens provide space to spread out while cooking and plenty of storage for ingredients and kitchen tools. An outdoor potter’s shed promotes gardening, which is a great way to get fresh air and exercise, and provides fresh, organic vegetables for nourishment.
Natural light does wonders for a person’s mental and physical health and should be maximized within one’s living environment. Plan for plenty of natural light, an important mood and productivity booster. Install automatic solar-adaptive shades that adjust throughout the day in response to the changing position of the sun to save energy and reduce glare and heat gain. When using artificial light install smart, adjustable color temperature light bulbs throughout the home to help reinforce the body’s Circadian rhythm and improve energy, mood and productivity.
Cleaner water can be tapped into by researching and implementing water systems that will deliver the cleanest water possible to a home and improve a family’s health. Touchless faucets with built-in water filters throughout the home encourage good hydration. A shower filtration system greatly reduces exposure to chlorine and other harmful chemicals that can dry out and damage skin and hair. A zero-threshold shower with a grab bar ensures that a shower will be accessible to everyone and protect against slips and falls.
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The program is designed to learn the senior resident’s activity and sleep patterns. The data collected is then captured in an activity dashboard, which sends automatic notifications to a caregiver’s mobile device if there are any deviations from the resident’s standard routine. Sensor notification service utilizing a slew of devices, such as motion, bed, chair and door sensors;
Toxins such as sodium, alcohol, nicotine, cholesterol and carcinogenic heavy metals (cadmium, lead, zinc, nickel) accumulate in the body during modern daily life. Sweating naturally rids the body of toxins but at a slow rate. Infrared heat stimulates the sweat glands to cleanse and detoxify the skin at a higher rate.
Biophilic design is the designing for people as a biological organism, respecting the mind-body systems as indicators of health and well-being in the context of what is locally appropriate and responsive. Good biophilic design draws from influential perspectives – health conditions, socio-cultural norms and expectations, past experiences, frequency and duration of the user experience, the many speeds at which it may be encountered, and user perception and processing of the experience – to create spaces that are inspirational, restorative, and healthy, as well as integrative with the functionality of the place and the (urban) ecosystem to which it is applied. Above all, biophilic design must nurture a love of place.The philosophy called “Biophilia” that is reshaping how we think about and interact with our environments. Biophilia is changing the way we work, live, and operate within the built environment, and can be defined as “humanity’s innate need to connect with nature and the natural environment. By integrating a variety of Biophilic features such as plants, natural woods, green walls or stone, and more that mimic the natural world. These Biophilic elements effectively create a positive response as if people were exposed to the natural stimuli in real life.
Psychological responses encompass our adaptability, alertness, attention, concentration, and emotion and mood. This includes responses to nature that impact restoration and stress management. For instance, empirical studies have reported that experiences of natural environments provide greater emotional restoration, with lower instances of tension, anxiety, anger, fatigue, confusion and total mood disturbance than urban environments with limited characteristics of nature.
The term Biophilia means "love of life or living systems” and it focuses on our innate draw to nature and natural environments.
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