Starting Fresh in the New Year – Five Ways to Freshen Up Your Home Published on January 15, 2016 Fitness centers are full, weight loss companies are flooded with new customers, and you may notice extra families filling the seats at church. That’s right – 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 our homes? 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 get rid of germs. The system helps decrease concentrations of airborne bioaerosols (bacteria, fungi, viruses, pollen, and other gross things you don’t want floating around in your breathing air) by 50% in as little as 45 minutes. These lights can even assist in stopping more germs from collecting in your home and in your heating and cooling product. 2) Essential Oil Diffuser People were using essential oils for thousands of years to enhance 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 the children 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 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 holiday goodies. and decluttering is always good for your mental health. You can also carry the goodwill into the New Year by donating clothes, blankets, and anything other gently worn or used items to women’s shelters. Kids 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 reasons that 2016 is the year to get a humidifier: Humidifiers help moisturize your nasal passages, assiting with congestion and sinusitis relief and keeping troubling nose bleeds and respiratory infections a thing of the past.Improve dry, itchy skin and help clear up severe skin conditions by sleeping with a humidifier.Hardwood furniture and floors can get too dried out 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 your air and helps you feel warmer at lower temperatures, so you can stop cranking up the heat and save money on heating bills. 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 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 company tracking in who even knows what all through the holiday 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!