Starting Fresh in the New Year – Five Ways to Freshen Up Your Home Published on January 15, 2016 The gyms are crowded, diet 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 get a blank slate to start fresh and better ourselves. But what about the home? Below are five ideas to give your home a fresh start, and you a healthier home, to begin the year. 1) Germicidal Ultraviolet Light Systems Germ-a-what-the-what-what? Germicidal Ultraviolet Light Systems safely produce the highest UV light intensity available to help kill germs. The system helps decrease concentrations of airborne bioaerosols (bacteria, fungi, viruses, pollen, and other nasty things you don’t want floating around in your breathing air) by 50% in as little as 45 minutes. These lights can even keep more germs from collecting in your home and in your heating and cooling system. 2) Essential Oil Diffuser People have been using essential oils for thousands of years to better their interpersonal 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 they are too young for medication. Parents are also using essential oils to safely purify 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 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 fantastic way to find more space for all your new clothing from the holidays. and decluttering is always good for your mental wellbeing. You can also carry the goodwill into the New Year by donating clothes, shoes, and anything other gently worn or used items to women’s shelters. Did your children get a lot of toys? Go through their old toys and donate gently used toys to children’s shelters. 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 a thing of the past.Improve dry, itchy skin and help clear up severe skin diseases by sleeping with a humidifier.Hardwood furniture and floors can get too dried and begin 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 turning up the heat and save money on your energy bills. 5) Clean Your Carpets Carpets can accumulate air pollutants, cause dust mite infestations, and even have mold growth, according to CBS New York. Basic cleaning 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 steaming. After having company tracking in who even knows what all through the season, 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!