It is great living here in the Northern Rivers and enjoying the green rolling hills and natural beauty. But for many of us, this natural wonder comes with a downside. The fresh air is often full of moulds, pollen and allergens. Some times of year is worse than others, but this recent wet season usually brings out the moulds in force.
There are some things that can be done to remediate against the worst symptoms… that is knowing how to keep a healthy home – inside and out.
Inside your home
Many people with allergies tend to shy away from carpets. If you have carpets keep them vacuumed and cleaned regularly. All soft furnishings like couches and curtains are also best cleaned regularly. Flat surfaces and floors tend to benefit from being wiped down with combinations of tea tree and eucalyptus oil.
A local practitioner of healthy home consulting is Rhys Brenton at Conscious Environments. He has equipment that is capable of removing any allergens from home interiors. He is happy to answer all your questions and give well-researched tips.
Dark unventilated rooms or cupboards can also be an active breeding ground for unhealthy moulds and spores. They can be especially prevalent during rainy patches or on the southern side of a house. Dehumidifiers can help. Some people have connected a low wattage light in cupboards or walk in robes. It only needs a small amount of heat and light to eradicate the foreign invaders.
EMF – Electro Magnetic Fields
This is a huge subject and also fairly controversial as the science is disputed. Some people react adversely to electrical currents and radio waves. In general, if building a new home, try to keep electrical cables in the wall away from where beds and couches will be placed. Many people these days turn their WIFI off at night. There is some concern amongst some people with the upcoming 5G phone technology. Likewise, there has been a perceived problem with the rollout of “smart metres” (metres that can be digitally read without home visits) as they can also be emitters of high EMF. Rhys Brenton’s business also does EMF consultations if you think this is a concern for you.
Outside your home
Who would have thought that gardening can be a dangerous activity! There have been increasing cases of people being seriously affected by fertiliser mixes. Another negative is mould and spores naturally growing in the garden.
Keeping your fields and lawns cut so that the grasses and weeds never flower would do a world of wonder for those suffering from grass allergies. Eradicating classic allergens like ragweed in your area is probably a job for a qualified bush regenerator. If you see it, don’t ignore it; it can spread 3000 – 60000 seeds per plant.
Paving and Roof
It is also advisable to keep your outside areas clean of mould and dirt. Rooves and pavers can get covered in a film of mould and lichen – especially if not in direct sunlight. Global Coating Solutions are in Tweed and do a good job in cleaning rooves and gutters. they also have a patented system for applying a non-toxic film that can keep moulds and lichen from not building up again. It is effective but not cheap.
Roofs that are feeding water tanks need special attention. Ensure that gutters are clean of a build-up of leaf and organic matter. This area has a number of companies that clean your water tank. In the past, I have used North Coast Water Tanks. Removing any film or residue from your roof assists in keeping a clean water tank and healthy drinking water. I have also heard of the idea that putting oysters or seashells in your water tank can help keep it free of bacteria.
In my line of work, I get clients that are placing their health and associated problems of the modern world as a priority. I know of people who have come to this area expressly to find places that are relatively free of EMF, wifi or phone transmitters. Some people can be affected by these invisible intruders more than others.