Our Homes are Making us Sick

It is a little known fact that our homes are making us sick – we know that healthy eating and exercise is good for us, yet the state of our home can also be detrimental to our health & well-being. 

For instance, chemicals released from building materials, furniture, paint, air fresheners, and cleaning goods fill the air with toxins known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Exposure to VOCs can lead to various adverse health effects, including eye, nose and throat irritation, headache, nausea, dizziness, and damage to the liver, kidney and central nervous system.

We can Design Homes that Create Better Health & Well-being

At Okos Koti, we intend to help you design a home that will improve your health & well-being by eliminating air pollution, lowering toxic emissions, connecting with nature and conserving energy. In addition, following the principles of holistic interior design and feng shui to produce a balanced and harmonious space.

 

Holistic Interior Design Elements

1. Air Pollution

Eliminate air pollution by reducing the build-up of toxins emitted from furnishings, negative ions, electromagnetic smog, and pollutants from electrical equipment and cooking, heating, and cooling the home.

2. Sustainable Materials

Use sustainable materials free of toxins and chemicals that are ethically sourced, cruelty-free, and have a low environmental impact.

3. Biophilic Design

Use biophilic design to bring elements of nature into the home – by maximising views, natural light and fresh air to enhance health and well-being.

4. Allergy

Reduce allergy symptoms by eradicating mould, dust mites, pet dander and pesticides. Use toxin-free decorating and cleaning materials and natural allergy free furnishings.

5. Conserve Energy

Conserve energy by minimising water and energy consumption, using recycled materials and properly managing waste.

6. Interior Design

Use the principles of interior design to improve the layout and maximise existing space. Use colour to boost happiness and well-being and beautify the home using natural materials and furnishings.

7. Feng Shui

Enhance mind, body and soul by uniting the essential elements of feng shui – colour, sound, aroma and energy to strengthen the vibration of the home.

8. Health & Wellbeing

Wellness practices such as yoga, mindfulness, and meditation helps balance the mind, body and soul. Also, eating healthy foods, getting the right vitamins and getting plenty of sleep to enhance health & well-being.

References

Environmental Protection Agency. Volatile Organic Compounds Impact on Indoor Air Quality. Available from: https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/volatile-organic-compounds-impact-indoor-air-quality

Further Reading 

Helpful Advice to Create a Healthy Home. Available from: https://okoskoti.co.uk/helpful-advice-to-create-a-healthy-home/