Starting Fresh in the New Year – Five Ways to Freshen Up Your Home Published on January 15, 2016 Fitness 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 the home? 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-who-what? Germicidal Ultraviolet Light Systems safely give off 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 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 assist in keeping more germs from accumulating in your home and in your heating and cooling unit. 2) Essential Oil Diffuser People have been using essential oils for thousands of years to improve spiritual and emotional wellbeing, along with physical wellbeing. In recent years, more and more moms and dads 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 purify their homes and keep harsh chemicals out of the air they 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 organizing your closets is a fantastic way to find more space for all your new holiday goodies. and decluttering is always good for your 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 kids get a lot of 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 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 at bay.Improve dry, itchy skin and help clear up severe skin conditions by sleeping with a humidifier.Hardwood furniture and floors can get too dried and begin splitting 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 your heating bill. 5) Clean Your Carpets Carpets can collect air pollutants, cause dust mite infestations, and even result in mold growth, according to CBS New York. Regular cleaning 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 company tracking in who even knows what all through the holidays, 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!