Blog post by Seth Murphy, PapaDIY.com
Your home is like another member of the family, but do you show it enough love? We can all stand to put in a little more effort to make the house a happier, healthier place, and there’s no better time to start than now — after all, spring cleaning season is just around the corner! Here are some great ideas on home projects that can make you and your family physically and emotionally healthier.
- Improve Your Air Quality
The air inside your home is full of allergens and pollutants that can be harmful to your family’s health. Fortunately, there are lots of ways—big and small—you can improve air quality in your house. Check out the following tips:
- Create a space at every entrance where family members can remove their shoes before entering. Our shoes drag all the outdoor chemicals, allergens, dirt, and dust inside.
- A deep cleaning of furniture and carpets a few times a year can also significantly improve air quality.
- Open the windows when the weather is nice to let fresh air in.
- Adding houseplants and air purifiers in different rooms helps produce cleaner and fresher air.
- Avoid products that contain volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. Household products including paint, cleaning supplies, building materials, pesticides, adhesives, personal care products, synthetic fragrances, and more contain VOCs.
- Be sure you are changing the air filters in your HVAC system every 60 to 90 days.
- Reduce Energy Use
There are many reasons homeowners would want to reduce their energy use. First of all, the less energy you use, the lower your utility bills will be. But don’t discount the other environmental benefits. You can reduce your home’s carbon footprint with these easy tips:
- Seal and insulate the ductwork around the home.
- Switch to long-lasting, energy-efficient LED light bulbs.
- Invest in a smart thermostat that keeps your home comfortable and reduces energy consumption when the house in unoccupied.
- Install automatic light switches that turn lights and lamps on when a person needs them, but turns them off when not in use.
- Wash clothes in cold water and hang them to dry when you can.
- Ask your utilities company if it performs free energy audits and get a professional opinion on how your home could be doing better.
- Breathe New Life Into Old Rooms
Redecorating doesn’t have to be a costly or super time-consuming endeavor. There are tons of quick and easy mini projects you can do on a budget that can make your house look new again. Some projects include:
- Painting old furniture or refreshing the paint on your front door to give your home’s curb appeal a bit of a boost.
- Framing prints to add a touch of class to your favorite posters. Use a safety knife to trim down excess borders and get the perfect fit.
- Clearing out clutter and opening up more space to make your home look larger and cleaner (even when it’s not).
- Changing the scent of your home with candles, reed diffusers, and essential oil sprays.
- Changing curtains to update an entire room and make its decor scheme feel more modern.
- Giving some lift to indoor plants by hanging them from macrame holders.
The turning of the seasons is the perfect time to make changes to your environment to shake things up and inspire you. If you’re planning to make any substantial changes to your home, make sure to keep safety in mind, particularly when using power tools. By completing projects around the house, you can show your home some love. Improving the air quality helps ensure the health of your family. Reducing your energy use is both good for the wallet and the environment. Finally, mini makeover projects like painting or changing curtains can help inspire you while making your home feel more modern.
Thanks to Seth at PapaDIY.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.