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 flooded 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 your home? Below are five ways to give your home a fresh start, and you a healthier home, this year. 1) Germicidal Ultraviolet Light Systems Germ-a-who-what? Germicidal Ultraviolet Light Systems safely emit the highest UV light intensity available to help get rid of 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 keep more germs from accumulating in your home and in your HVAC product. 2) Essential Oil Diffuser People were using essential oils for thousands of years to enhance their intellectual and emotional wellbeing, along with physical wellbeing. In recent years, more and more parents are using essential oils to treat colds and viruses in their little ones, especially when babies are too young for medication. Parents are also using essential oils to safely cleanse their homes and keep harsh chemicals out of the air their family breathes. Essential oils like lemon, thyme, and lemongrass are just a few essential oils that you can use to purify your home and leave it smelling yummy instead of industrial. 3) Clean Those Closets Out with the old, in with the new. Going through and organizing your closets is a fantastic way to find more space for all your holiday loot. and decluttering is always good for mental health. You can also carry the giving spirit into the New Year by donating clothes, coats, and anything other gently worn or used items to homeless 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 that 2016 is the year to invest in a humidifier: Humidifiers help moisturize your nasal passages, assiting with congestion and sinusitis relief and keeping annoying 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 and start splitting 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 turning up the heat and save money on your heating bill. 5) Clean Your Carpets Carpets can retain air pollutants, cause dust mite infestations, and even have mold growth, according to CBS New York. Regular vacuuming isn’t enough to rid your home of these germs, but a professional carpet cleaning service destroys these bacteria through special shampooing formulas and/or steam cleaning. After having everyone tracking in who even knows what all through the holiday season, right now is the right time to clean those carpets and start fresh.So take five to give your home a fresh start for the year to come!