Starting Fresh in the New Year – Five Ways to Freshen Up Your Home Published on January 15, 2016 Work out centers are crowded, health companies are busy with new customers, and you may notice extra families filling the pews at church. You guessed it – the New Year is here.New Year is a time when we all begin anew and get a chance to better ourselves. But what about our homes? Below are five ideas to give your home a fresh start, and you a healthier home, this year. 1) Germicidal Ultraviolet Light Systems Germ-a-what-the-what-what? Germicidal Ultraviolet Light Systems safely give off the highest UV light intensity available to help kill germs. The system helps decrease concentrations of airborne bioaerosols (bacteria, fungi, viruses, pollen, and other icky things you don’t want floating around in the air you breathe) by 50% in as little as 45 minutes. These lights can even assist in keeping more germs from accruing in your home and in your heating and air conditioning product. 2) Essential Oil Diffuser People were using essential oils for thousands of years to improve intellectual and emotional wellbeing, along with physical wellbeing. In recent years, more and more families are using essential oils to treat colds and viruses in their little ones, especially when the child is too young for medication. Parents are also using essential oils to safely purify their homes and keep harsh chemicals out of the air their loved ones breathe. Essential oils like lemon, thyme, and lemongrass are just a few oils that you can use to purify your home and leave it smelling yummy instead of with the odor of harsh chemicals. 3) Clean Those Closets Out with the old, in with the new. Going through and cleaning out your closets is a wonderful way to find more space for all your new clothing from the holidays. and decluttering is always good for mental health. You can also carry the giving spirit into the New Year by donating clothes, shoes, and anything other gently worn or used items to local shelters. Did your children get a lot of toys? Go through their old toys and donate gently used toys to children’s homes. 4) Humidify Humidifiers don’t just save your health, they can save your wallet. Below are a few examples showing that 2016 is the year to get a humidifier: Humidifiers help moisturize your nasal passages, helping with congestion and sinusitis relief and keeping pesky nose bleeds and respiratory infections away.Improve dry, itchy skin and help clear up severe skin irritations by going to bed with a humidifier.Hardwood furniture and floors can get too dried out and start to split due to lack of moisture in the air. Add it back with a humidifier.Adding a humidifier puts moisture back in the air and helps you feel warmer at lower temperatures, so you can stop increasing the heat and save money on heating bills. 5) Clean Your Carpets Carpets can accumulate air pollutants, cause dust mite infestations, and even result in mold growth, according to CBS New York. Vacuuming isn’t enough to rid your home of these germs, but a professional carpet cleaning service gets rid of these bacteria through special shampooing formulas and/or cleaning with steam. After having company tracking in who even knows what all through the holidays, right now is the exact time to clean those carpets and start fresh.So take five to give your home a fresh start for the year to come!