(ARA) - Anyone who thinks choice is a good thing has never been to a home show. I decided to drop in on one recently to check out the goods. Who knew there were so many things to put in, on, and around your home? If you want to increase the value of your home by adding a few bells and whistles here and there, don't go into it blindly. To choose products that give the most bang for your buck, think in this order: health, wealth and happiness.
As the old saying goes, "if you don't have your health, you don't have anything." And this definitely applies to making home purchases. Before you invest in that beautiful arbor to go around your pond, select the products that will improve the health of your home.
Water purification systems are an excellent investment to ensure healthy drinking water for your family. If you are considering a new paint job, go for non-toxic and low-voc paints to protect your lungs. New flooring on your list? Go for options that do not contain formaldehyde to prevent off-gassing.
One of the most important purchases you can make for your home is a whole home air filtration system such as the American Standard AccuClean. It removes up to 99.98 percent of allergens and pollutants in the air, things that regular air filters let fly on by. And clean air is vital to having a healthy home.
Purchases that save you money in the long run are always good investments for your home. Solar panels used to heat water can easily pay for themselves in less than three years. A programmable thermostat will shave off heating and cooling costs every time you run your system. Double-pane windows with high-efficient glass will also save you big bucks on your utility bills.
If you are thinking about getting some new appliances, look for the Energy Star label to ensure you have an efficient piece of equipment. Energy Star products may cost the same or slightly more than those that don't qualify for the label -- but they cost less to use. These products won't just save you money, but will also help reduce the amount of carbon emissions from your home. The Energy Star label can be found on refrigerators to washing machines to air conditioners, including those from American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning.
After you ensure a healthy and cost-saving home, you can finally splurge on all of those tasty little tidbits here and there that make a house a home. Go through your home and see how it appeals to the senses. Think visually. Is it time for a new paint job? Does the flooring need to be refinished? What about the sounds in your home? Can you finally indulge in that new home sound system that you've been admiring?
Think about the surfaces in your home. Are the counters nice and smooth? Does your furniture feel inviting? Now sniff around a bit. If you smell any lingering odors, think back to the health of your home and get that air filtration system, such as AccuClean by American Standard. It even removes things like smoke and odors from your home! Where taste is concerned, check out your kitchen, the heart of the home. Is it efficient and well-organized? Do you have equipment that is easy and enjoyable to use?
Remember, a happy home doesn't come together when all of these things are finally met. Happiness is in the process. So enjoy your home today as you make it into the home you will have tomorrow.
Courtesy of ARAcontent