New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Kevin's pictures 148A new year. It’s like hitting the reset button. It’s a chance to start off by breaking old bad habits and developing new and better one. Lose weight, get into shape, spend less, save more — these are all great resolutions. But what about your home? Maybe it’s time to thinking about some New Year’s Resolutions for your largest investment! Here are some ways you can improve your home in the New Year.

Clear out the clutter. Year after year, most of us acquire stuff. Lots of stuff. But how often to you get rid of stuff? One of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about your home is to clear it of clutter. Without some regular purging, cabinets and drawers get jam-packed and it becomes hard to find the things you use and enjoy the most. The clutter also makes your home look dated and dirty too.

This year resolve to go room-by-room periodically clearing anything that you don’t use, wear or love and donate it to charity. After that, think twice about what you bring in. Fill your home with the things that raise your energy level and make you feel good, and get rid of the things that drain your energy or are broken.

Make your home safer. First, check your house for radon. This colorless, odorless gas causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year from the radioactive particles it traps in your lungs as you breathe. One in every fifteen homes has elevated levels. And with test kits costing as little as $20 at your local hardware store, there’s no reason not to get right on that.

While we’re on the subject of deadly gas, make sure you install a carbon monoxide detector on every bedroom floor in addition to fire detectors. If a chimney flue or furnace vent gets blocked or leaks, carbon monoxide could back up in your house and kill you. Like a radon test, this is a small investment — $40 or more — for such an important safeguard.

And if your home was last built or remodeled before 1978, consider testing for lead paint and asbestos flooring. It will have to be handled properly during removal, or particles can be released into the air for you to ingest.

Increase your home’s efficiency. One of the simplest and most cost effective ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency is to add attic insulation and attic ventilation. These two components work hand in hand to make your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Plus, it helps prevent ice dams from forming in the winter.

LED lights and programmable thermostats can go a long ways to making your home more energy efficient. LEDs use less power and last longer than standard incandescent bulbs. A programmable thermostat will make sure your home’s heating cooling are operating at peak efficiency and only while someone is home. And of course as your increase your home’s efficiency, you are also saving money on utility bills!

Let your home have a chance and a Happy New Year too. These three things can go a long way in increasing your home’s value, saving you some money and keeping your family happy and healthy. Happy New Year from Excel Roofing.


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