With the new year right around the corner, you’re probably already thinking about some resolutions you’d finally like to keep. Some of them may revolve around your health, like eating nourishing foods or heading to the gym regularly, while others may be related to your finances. Perhaps you’re looking to save up for that vacation you’ve been dreaming about or finally paying off some debt!
What you probably haven’t thought of is the fact that there are certain New Year’s resolutions you can set for your home which will actually make it easier for you to maintain those more personal goals. When you establish some key objectives for your home, you’ll be able to stay healthier, more comfortable and save money.
So, what should you be doing in 2017 to ensure your home is supporting your best interests?
1. Schedule Regular Heating & Cooling Maintenance
Seasonal heating and cooling maintenance for your home’s HVAC system is crucial to keeping it running well. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t see the need for regular tune ups. HVAC maintenance can help your home stay more comfortable year-round, while also reducing the likelihood of costly, emergency breakdowns, carbon monoxide leaks and inflated energy bills.
The easiest way to take advantage of everything that regular heating and cooling maintenance offers is with a maintenance plan. This makes it simple to remember your home’s HVAC tune up needs, while making sure you’re saving money, staying comfortable and safe throughout the entire year.
2. Ventilate & Reduce Humidity
Your bathroom vent fan and range hood should be used whenever you’re showering or cooking. The pollutants that cooking can disperse into your home can cause your home’s indoor air quality to drop significantly, therefore worsening respiratory illnesses, allergies and asthma symptoms. Humidity from showers can also linger, making it more difficult to breathe and potentially turning into moisture problems that can breed mold.
You can also help to improve your home’s general ventilation with an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) or a heat recovery ventilator (HRV). ERVs and HRVs help to bring fresh air in, while expelling contaminated and stale air out of your home.
A whole home dehumidifier or humidification system can aid in controlling your home’s moisture levels, ensuring you can breathe easily while working to prevent dangerous mold issues. Make sure your home is healthy with proper ventilation and humidity management.
3. Test Your Home for Indoor Air Pollutants Regularly
Dangerous gases and airborne chemicals in your home can greatly affect your health. If you install a home air filtration system and test your home’s indoor air quality regularly, you can avoid issues in the short and long-term.
Make a calendar reminder for yourself to check your carbon monoxide detector batteries at least twice a year. Also, if you haven’t had your home tested for radon, make sure it’s tested this month. These seemingly insignificant steps can help preserve your health and even save your life.