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To maintain a healthy room, consider temperature, humidity and air quality. Ten rules are to be followed. 1. Moderate the temperature At night, you will sleep better with a temperature of 17 ° or even 16 °. In addition, each degree less reduces your energy consumption by 5 to 7%. 2. Manage your daily heating consumption Turn down the heat when you go to work in the morning to avoid wasting energy that won't be used during the day. Use a room thermostat, this will make things easier for you. Switch off the heating when you are away for several days. 3. Aerate every day The breathing and fumes of certain materials release excess humidity and pollutants which must be eliminated, hence the importance of airing your room every day for at least 10 minutes. Also consider VMC (controlled mechanical ventilation), an efficient air regenerator. 4. Remove the dust Dust regularly, not forgetting light bulbs (a dust-free light bulb is much better). Vacuum twice a week, especially if there is carpet. Shake the carpets outside to remove the mites at the same time. Change the sheets every 15 days. We sweat a lot at night and the sheets quickly become nests for germs. 5. Limit electrical appliances The presence of electric wires creates electromagnetic fields which are at the origin of sleep disturbances, even stress. Opt for a battery-operated clock radio. Place the TV as far away from the bed as possible. And avoid recharging your phone in the room.
6 / Do not put your mattress on the floor A mattress needs to breathe, to be ventilated. The mattress placed on the floor goes against this principle. 7. Avoid synthetic bedding Use natural latex mattresses, if you are not allergic to this material. Otherwise, there are now mattresses with anti-mite ticking, as well as anti-mite mattress protectors. 8. Prefer hard floors Parquet or lino are recommended. But clean them often. Because be aware that dust and mites fly more in the room with a hard floor than with a carpet that "captures" at ground level. 9. Prefer solid wood furniture Those in chipboard or plywood contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which can be allergenic, even carcinogenic. 10. Watch out for pets! If there is one room where they are not welcome, it is the room. At least ban them from spending the night there. And finally, breathe! Read on to find out more: - "Practical guide to housing without harmful effects on health", Thierry Gautier, Editions Conscience Verte. - "Guide to healthy housing", Doctors Suzanne and Pierre Déoux, Medieco Editions. - "A healthy and allergen-free home", Paul de Haut, Editions Eyrolles.