Each year, as January 1st arrives, we set self improvement goals to lose weight, to travel more, or to spend more time with family. This year, why not set some New Year’s resolutions for your home as well? Take some time to consider what will make your home a more efficient, clean, and appealing place to live, and spend 2016 working towards those objectives.
Having trouble coming up with New Year’s resolutions for your home? Here are 8 home improvement goals to focus on in 2016.
1. Cut energy use.
Gain control of your home in 2016 by cutting your energy usage. Start by following these tips:
- Leaky ductwork can be a major energy waster. Seal up your ducts so heating and cooling cannot escape and waste your energy and money.
- Remember to turn off the lights when you leave a room! Simple, but often forgotten.
- Install a programmable thermostat and trim your energy use and heating and cooling bills.
- Try installing compact fluorescent bulbs and low-flow showerheads.
- Save some energy by waiting for a full load before running the dishwasher or washing machine.
- Save water by watering your lawn less, taking shorter showers, or recycling rain water.
The year has finally arrived for you to declutter your house for good. We tend to attach ourselves to pointless objects we don’t need, therefore accumulating piles of clutter. Get rid of things you don’t need or haven’t used in a year. Donate items that are useful! You’ll find you have more space, and ultimately, you’ll feel good.
3. Improve IAQ.
Indoor air quality–or IAQ–is a major health concern in our homes. Without our knowledge, the indoor air we’re breathing can be full of contaminants, such as dust, pollen, and viruses. It’s especially bad in the winter, so be sure to tackle it ASAP!
Here are a few ways to improve your home’s IAQ.
- Keep indoor air healthy by using low-VOC paints when you remodel your rooms.
- Let in fresh air, even if it’s a small amount per day.
- Vacuum and dust your home regularly.
- Eliminate the use of toxic chemicals in your home and ensure there’s proper ventilation if you must use them.
- Use an air cleaner or scrubber to filter contaminants and pollutants from the air.
4. Schedule an HVAC tune-up.
Your HVAC systems work hard year-round. Ensure they are working to the best of their ability and expand their lifespan by schedule annual tune-ups. Also, be sure to change your air filters regularly to improve air quality and efficiency.
5. Create a cleaning routine.
Establish a weekly or monthly cleaning routine for your space this year, rather than letting the clutter pile up. Enlist family members to assist you and divide up the jobs to streamline the process and keep everything looking pristine.
6. Repaint and/or touch-up old paint.
Hire a painting contractor or put on your DIY gloves and finally tackle that painting project. Customize your home with paint and you’ll see a dramatic improvement in your living space.
7. Build a home improvement budget.
Planning to customize your home this year? Begin building a home improvement budget so you don’t have to cut corners when project time comes.
8. Stay safe.
The beginning of the New Year is the perfect time to replace batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. Make sure they’re working properly to keep your home and your family safe. Check fire extinguishers, chimneys, and flues to ensure they are working properly and are clean and safe for fire prevention.
With 2016 just underway, start constructing your list of home improvement New Year’s resolutions. This year, make your home a more beautiful, organized, efficient, and happier place to live! Happy New Year!