8 tips to a safe and comfortable home

A safe and comfortable home is a haven indeed.

There are many factors that can affect the comfort and safety of your family. Small problems can lead to possible danger or cause serious discomfort if not fixed over time.

For example, if the water pipes are leaking, they can cause harmful mould and fungus to grow. Or, if there are frequent power trips, it can affect your quality of sleep.

These “minor” problems can potentially become costly and complicated if they aren’t fixed right away.

In order to have peace of mind, here are eight things you need to do to make your home safe and cosy.

A well maintained air con unit keeps your house cool efficiently.

1. Ensure that your air on is clean

Keeping your air on units clean is something that all homeowners should do, especially if someone in your family has asthma or a respiratory condition.

Cleaning the filters at least once every two months will help to prevent dust and mildew build up, improve indoor air quality by preventing virus and bacteria growth and increase your air con’s efficiency.

Remember to service your air con units regularly. This helps to prevent further complications such as leaks, funky smells and prevents your air con from blowing hot air.

Sofas and mattresses need to be kept clean too.

2. Clean your sofa and mattresses

Like air cons, your sofa and mattresses are important in improving your family’s overall respiratory health.

Trapped contaminants such as food particles and dirt like pet fur, sweat, food stains and dead skin cells will remain in your sofa and mattress for months.

This leads to harmful pathogenic viruses, bacteria and mould, while also attracting fleas and dust mites.

You might find your family members showing symptoms of allergy such as itchiness, headache and sneezing.

You need to vacuum your sofa and mattresses regularly, wash the sheets and deodorise with baking soda.

Or, you can hire professional cleaners to deep clean your sofa and mattresses without resorting to harmful chemicals.

3. Clean your carpets

Vacuuming alone doesn’t remove carpet stains, dust mites, pathogens and pollutants residing in carpets.

These harmful elements are the main causes of indoor air pollution, causing headache, dizziness and sore throats.

The best way to effectively clean your carpets is to engage a professional carpet cleaner, who will deep clean your carpet with specially formulated chemicals to remove stubborn stains.

Then, they will disinfect your carpet via steam cleaning to ensure that it is germ-free.

Proper carpet cleaning will also help to prolong the lifespan of your carpet and maintain its appearance.

4. Clean “high-traffic” areas

A high-traffic area is one that gets lots of usage, like toilets, shower area, kitchen sink and door knobs.

Regularly wipe them down with a clean cloth and a cleaning agent. A clean home prevents pest infestation and improves the overall health of your family.

5. Improve home security

To beef up security and keep intruders away, you can install security grilles around your windows and home entrance, or invest in CCTV cameras.

Get an alarm system if you really want to deter robbers from breaking in. Most alarm systems nowadays come with motion sensors, fire and smoke alarms and emergency buttons.

Electrical wiring needs to be inspected for leaks and faults regularly.

6. Ensure your electrical system is safe

Faulty electrical wiring is the main cause of fires breaking out, claiming over 300 lives in the past few years.

The Selangor Fire and Rescue Department has revealed that old and un-serviced electrical systems are among the main causes of fire. They encourage homeowners to have their premises checked by an expert.

To ensure that your home adheres to the latest electrical standards, get an electrician to inspect your home.

The electrician will also check for loose wiring, test power points and inspect outdated wiring.

If you’re experiencing frequent circuit trips, consider hiring an electrician to inspect the problem, or upgrade to three-phase wiring.

Catch and fix electrical problems early to avoid costly future bills.

7. Have your plumbing checked

Make sure that your pipes are in tip-top condition by getting a plumber to inspect your home.

Apart from looking out for corrosion and leaks, the plumber will also check for clogged pipes and drains, and if your faucets/shower heads/taps/water heaters are functioning properly or need replacing.

Scheduling yearly checks will help you identify potential problems that can otherwise lead to costly repairs.

8. Renovate your home

If you live in a 30 year or more home, the condition of your home may be more severe. The walls may be cracking, pipes may be rusting, wires can get exposed, doors may be rotting and built-in cabinets may be falling apart.

In such a case, it is better to do a major renovation. A full renovation allows you to replace the pipes and wiring; add new cabinetry and fixtures and ensure that your home is ready for another 30 years.

Of course you will have to set aside a reasonable budget, as renovation is not cheap.

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