Starting Fresh in the New Year – Five Ways to Freshen Up Your Home Published on January 15, 2016 Work out centers are full, weight loss companies are flooded with new customers, and you may notice extra families filling the pews at church. It’s the time again – 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 pointers to give your home a fresh start, and you a healthier home, to begin the year. 1) Germicidal Ultraviolet Light Systems Germ-a-who-what? Germicidal Ultraviolet Light Systems safely emit the highest UV light intensity available to help kill germs. The system helps decrease concentrations of airborne bioaerosols (bacteria, fungi, viruses, pollen, and other disgusting things you don’t want floating around in the air you breathe) by 50% in as little as 45 minutes. These lights can even help stop more germs from collecting in your home and in your heating and air conditioning product. 2) Essential Oil Diffuser People have been using essential oils for thousands of years to better their spiritual 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 a baby is too young for medication. Parents are also using essential oils to safely decontaminate their homes and keep harsh chemicals out of the air their loved ones breathe. Essential oils like lemon, thyme, and lemongrass are just a examples of 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. Cleaning out your closets is a fantastic way to find more space for all your new clothing from the holidays. and decluttering is always good for your mental health. You can also carry the goodwill into the New Year by donating clothes, jackets, and anything other gently worn or used items to women’s shelters. Kids get too many toys? Go through their old toys and donate gently used toys to programs for homeless children. 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, 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 sleeping with a humidifier running all night.Hardwood furniture and floors can get too dried and split due to lack of moisture in the air. Add it back with a humidifier.Adding a humidifier puts moisture back in your 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 collect 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 toxins, but a professional carpet cleaning service gets rid of these bacteria through special shampooing formulas and/or cleaning with steam. After having everyone tracking in who even knows what all through the holidays, right now is the perfect time to clean those carpets and start fresh.So take five to give your home a fresh start for the year to come!