New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Monday, December 19 2016 11:42 AM

With 2017 right around the corner it’s time for some new year’s resolutions – for your home. Here are some ways you can resolve to make your home a better place to live in the coming year.

Trim Down…Your Stuff

An effective way to beautify your home for free is by trimming down the clutter. Day after day things will pile up around your home, which cuts down on the available free space and can sometimes get to the point where it feels like your stuff is closing in around you. The time to take action is now.

Get a few garbage bags and some boxes and go to each room in your home and throw away old, broken, unused and unnecessary items away in your garbage bags. In your boxes put anything you don’t use anymore which you can donate to a local charity. After you comb through your home with an eye for making room, you’ll look around and feel like you’re in a brand new space.

Practice Self-Defense new year's home resolutions

Is your home as secure as it can be? There is a long list of ways you can strengthen the security of your home, but here are a few items you may have overlooked.

  • Deadly Gases – Test for toxic gases that could be invading your home. Get a test kit for radon, an almost undetectable gas responsible for thousands of deaths per year. While you’re at it get a carbon monoxide detector to make sure there isn’t any trapped from a chimney or furnace.
  • Vents – Are you cleaning out your dryer lint regularly? Not only in the door trap, but in the vent and ducts as well? Lint combustion accounts for thousands of fires per year, so be sure to clear your vents sooner than later to stay clear of trouble. Also make sure your bathrooms and attic are vented to the outside to avoid buildup of mold.
  • Lead and Asbestos – Older houses – built or remodeled before the 1978 ban on asbestos – should be tested for lead and asbestos. These materials have damaging health effects and should be replaced. If you’re planning a remodel and aren’t sure how to remove these materials safely, call a professional for help.

Save Money Every Day

Every day your home is costing you money. How much money depends largely upon your daily habits. By simply adopting some money-saving habits and utilizing energy-efficient resources, you could drastically cut down your bills each month.

  • Switch Off Lights – Don’t leave your entire home lit up like a Christmas tree. Remember your parents’ constant urging to turn lights off when you leave the room. Those minutes and hours of electricity saved will add up.
  • Temperature Timer – You’re probably using an electronic thermostat with a programmable timer. Set your timer to give your heating and cooling system a break during times when you’re not at home or when you’re asleep.
  • Energy Efficient Products – The home improvement market is full of products designed to save your money and resources. Energy efficient light bulbs, low-flow showerheads and other Energy Star products and appliances can make a huge difference in your monthly energy bills.
  • HVAC Ducts – Leaks in your HVAC ducts can be a huge drain on your energy costs. Make sure your ducts are sealed and insulated to eliminate wasted money and extend the life of your HVAC system. Vents and floor registers are a good place to look for leaks, so check them out and insulate them with fiberglass insulation if you spot any leaks.

Get Some Fresh Air

An easy way to add warmth and vibrancy to your home for a low cost is with the addition of plants. They also have the added benefit of helping to clean the air in your home through the process of phytoremediation. The leaves and roots absorb pollutants and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in common household items that can linger in your home undetected. Look for plants and pots to fit your home’s design and color scheme for a fresh new look.

Lighten Up

Is the lighting in your home too dim, too bright or just looking stale? You might not be aware of the wide range of lighting styles you can add to your home to provide a new perspective. Consider styles like skylights, track lights, recessed lights, spotlights, ceiling fan lights, under-cabinet lights or a combination of styles to make a room stand out.

Get on the Floor

If it’s not the lighting that needs refreshing, perhaps the answer is under your feet. Your floors probably haven’t been replaced in a while and are probably showing signs of wear. Carpet fibers will loosen over time, tile will scuff and styles will change every few years. If you haven’t looked at your flooring options in a while, you might consider new tile, carpet squares, area rugs or stripping it all away to bring out the beautiful natural floors that could be resting underneath your current flooring. New floors are a great way to change the entire complexion of your home.

If you’re looking for remodeling ideas or ways to freshen up your home, contact All Seasons Construction today at (316) 685-1700 or fill out our contact form and we’ll contact you. From all of us, have a happy, safe and refreshing New Year!

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