How Do Our Homes Impact Our Wellbeing and the Environment?

Home is the place where we sleep, eat, relax, grow and play. In high-income countries we spend 70 per cent of our time at home. That number is even higher where unemployment rates are high. Obviously, any positive action we take such as saving energy or making our homes more meaningful will have a massive impact on our health and financials. On top of this it, it will address one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century: climate change.

If you feel the need to improve on those directions, Smart Home Need can support you. They are a social Start up helping people to reconnect with their inner needs (ex. sleep, work from home, security, healthy environment). They do so to help you live a better life, focusing on well-being and sustainability, because they know how much homes can impact your health and the environment.

The impact of homes on health.

Most people, when asked about the things that they do to stay healthy, answer about nutrition and physical activity. This shows that few people are aware of the impact that a variety of factors of wellbeing have on our health. Even more so, they’re unaware of the role that our houses and housing environment plays on our overall physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Every person’s genetics and behaviour play an important role on their health and wellbeing. However, so do things such as the indoor air quality, the light, the noise, the moisture, the temperature, the amount of space and ability to move.

For example, high indoor temperatures can increase deaths to do with the heart (like cardiac arrest). The indoor air pollution can cause allergic or other reactions such as asthma. And on top of this, living in a dark home can worsen our health by 50 per cent. Worsening health is often translated into headaches, insomnia or depression.

These are just some examples of health issues that Meaningful Smart Home can help reduce or help you avoid. As a result, the costs for the global economy should decrease. Research affirms that the world lost 5.5 million lives in 2013. These deaths were due to diseases associated with outdoor and household air pollution.

The impact of homes on the environment.

The International Energy Agency states that the energy demand from buildings and building construction continues to rise. The buildings and buildings construction sectors combined are responsible for 36 per cent of global final energy consumption. They’re also responsible for nearly 40 per cent of total direct and indirect CO2 emissions!  

Increasing the use of daylight, preventing leaks, using proper home insulation and making better use of the energy are just some of the things you can do to decrease your environmental footprint.

Visit Smart Home Need and join one of our plans to change the way you approach life, starting from home. By subscribing to our plans, you will learn why human needs are important for your well-being and how to satisfy them through new habits and smart home technology. We will support you to take informed decisions and to live your life meaningfully.

 

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