Weather and climate depend on various factors we have no control over. But we can adapt to it by dressing ourselves according to the weather. We can take care of a good living climate ourselves. Temperature, humidity, drafts, odors and pollutants have a significant influence on the well-being in rooms.
Proper ventilation against mold and pollutants
Our modern construction with good sealing and effective thermal insulation has advantages: We have a high level of living comfort and low heating costs. What is lost is an unintentional but nevertheless sensible ventilation of the apartments and houses in older buildings. With the result that our living spaces are threatened by moisture and thus mold and can accumulate harmful and toxic substances by the lack of air exchange.
In contrast, only regular and correct ventilation helps. This is best done 3-4 times a day by cross-ventilation: open two opposite windows and ventilate for about 5 minutes. The heating should be switched off beforehand for energy saving reasons.
Attention: When it's cold outside, do not ventilate too long. Because that cools the walls and furniture. If, after closing the windows, the heating is restarted, the temperature differences between the heating air and the cold walls and furniture are too great and condenses in large quantities of water vapor. The walls and the room air become moist.
Humidity in rooms
Also important is the humidity of the rooms, both for the mucous membranes in the mouth and nose, as well as for the personal well-being. The easiest way to increase the humidity is through water evaporators that are hung on the radiators. For a fresh scent you can add a few drops of essential oils to taste.
Attention: the higher the humidity, the lower the temperature has to be. At high humidity, the body's cooling effect is lower due to transpiration - the ambient temperature may be lower. The humidity can be checked with so-called hygrometers, which are already available from 5, - Euro.
Of course it should be clean in our private environment, so home. But please not germ-free. Because the human body is not defenseless against the microorganisms. He is rather used to dealing with them without getting sick. Disinfection should therefore not be an issue in a private environment and under normal conditions. Because not only the bad germs that cause disease, but also the harmless ones are killed. And you take the body the opportunity to train its defense.
- Wall paint: it is good to choose low-emission paints and paints. If wall paints are awarded the "Blue Angel", they do not give off any or hardly harmful substances.
- Furniture: They can be treated with hazardous substances, such as harmful paints or adhesives. Orientation is offered by various quality labels, eg the RAL quality seal, the "Goldene M" - the "German Property Association Furniture" or the badge "Blue Angel". These products have been tested in independent laboratories according to strict criteria.
- Floor coverings: they can release many substances of concern. Formaldehyde or even PCP are often found in cheap products. PVC floors can emit environmentally harmful plasticizers, sticky carpets solvents. But even natural materials can be treated with pyrethroids (insecticides) to protect against moths.
- Tips for carpets:
- for allergy sufferers: if anything, buy better short-pile than long-pile carpets, bind the dust better
- Carpet rather tense than stick
- Before buying note: pollutant tested does not necessarily mean free of pollutants .
- Asbestos: banned since 1993 in Germany. Nevertheless, it is still found in night storage heaters, insulation boards, insulation and backs of frayed PVC floors. In case of asbestos suspicion one should under no circumstances be active and tear eg floors out of the apartment. Because the liberated asbestos fibers can have a carcinogenic effect. Better to hire a specialist company.
- Electrosmog: Electrical and magnetic fields are created where power lines, cables and transmitters are present. High-frequency electromagnetic fields are generated by cordless phones, mobile phones, cell phone shielding products, wireless "networks", wireless headphones, microwave or baby monitors. Therefore, do not use unnecessary electrical appliances, especially in the bedroom, and switch off your mobile phone at night.
4 care tips
Maintain and make wooden furniture shine: For the furniture polish, put 125 ml of good olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon lemon oil in a bottle. Apply thinly to the furniture (shake well before application) and allow to dry briefly. Then polish with a soft duster.
Remove water marks on wooden furniture: Simply halve a walnut core and rub the water ring with it several times.
Vinegar Glass Cleaner: Mix 170 ml of water, 90 ml of vinegar essence and 2 drops of lemon oil. Practical: Store the solution in a spray bottle.
- Natural drain cleaner: Prevents soap and grease in the sink, once a week. Add 60 g of sodium bicarbonate, 110 g of salt and 125 ml of vinegar essence to the drain. Rinse with boiling water after fifteen minutes.