Don't forget to also check your surroundings — it can indicate health issues and even save your life. "To live a healthier lifestyle, it is extremely important to maintain a 'healthy home' and be aware of toxins and other irritants that can exist in your living space and make you feel unhealthy," says Caroline Blazovsky, national healthy-home expert and certified mold remediator.
"If you notice headaches, congestion, respiratory irritation, asthma, or allergies, you should have your home tested for mold, allergens, and chemicals. Molds, for example, can produce spores, mycotoxins, and MVOCs (chemicals produced by mold), which can give you an array of symptoms and cause you to feel unwell."
Blazovsky suggests you monitor such conditions every year to every few years to see if your home is within safe limits. You can even try a mold test kit of your own like Examinair.
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