Improving our home involve a variety of activities from which we can subdivide into two categories viz; activities that make our home livable such as repairs and maintenance and activities that make our home more attractive, such as installing new appliances, utilizing empty spaces in the houses, re-arranging the settings in the house and much more. These activities are done with the goals of making our home healthy, energy efficient, safe, increased accessibility to essential parts and objects in the home, conservation of water flow in the home among others. Irrespective of what the home improvements project is targeted to achieve there are practical ideas that would help you make your home more energy efficient, use less water and add more appeal to the property.


Below are top ideas on how to improve your home on different levels:


Keep the Home Healthy

  • Fix water leaks early: To maintain a healthy environment, water leakages should be fixed early. Small leaks can become big problems if not addressed early. Water damage leads quickly to mold growth. Water damage weakens floor ceiling and wall structure. When small leaks are fixed early enough, bigger problems would not arise which make the home livable.
  • Vacuum Carpets Often: Carpet often hides dust, grime, and pet droppings, pesticides and food particles. When carpet are kept clean, it reduces odors, pests, air pollutants and asthma triggers. Vacuum carpets weekly with a HEPA vacuum. Deep clean carpets regularly. Also consider replacing carpets with solid flooring.
  • Keep Kitchen Clean: Kitchens are very important part of the house. The state of the kitchen is a statement about the general cleanliness of the home. Food particles on counters and floors attract pests like cockroaches and mice. Clean counters and dishes often. Sweep and mop floors as needed and thoroughly once a week. Use a trash can with a lid and take out often.



Make the Home Energy Efficient

  • Insulate your Home: You would not want instances of shock when moving around the home. To control the flow of energy in the home, one of the best ways is to insulate the home. Increase insulation, especially in the attic, adding a minimum of R-19 to achieve a total insulation R-value of at least R-38. Insulate the water heater with an approved water heater blanket.
  • Seal, Caulk, and Weather-strip: Seal around pipes, wires, and vents passing through the walls, floors, or ceilings. Put weather-stripping around doors and windows to eliminate drafts. Adjust vents and close fireplace dampers when not in use.
  • Heat and Cool Efficiently: You should consider installing a high efficiency natural gas furnace. This would help save energy and achieve heating and cooling of the home maximally. Set thermostat to 72 degrees in summer and 68 degrees in winter. Also when you use a programmable thermostat, you save more energy. It also helps when you are away or sleeping. Ceiling and floor fans are best during summer.


Increase Safety and Accessibility in the Home

  • Adequate Doorways: You can increase accessibility from the main entrance to different parts of the home by having a doorway large enough to at least accommodate wheelchairs. Narrow doorways (less than 32” clear opening) can prevent a wheelchair user from freely moving around the home. Bathroom doors are often too narrow. Easily add 2” to a doorway’s clear opening with Swing-Clear Hinges.
  • Railings: Having railings installed on both sides of all steps or stairs help improve safety in a highly dramatic way. Make sure your railings are installed by a professional so as to ensure the railings secure and reliable.
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