For millions of Americans, “home” means a place where they can feel comfortable, spend time with family, and know that they’re safe and well taken care of.  Many Americans may not realize that there are several changes they can make to their home that will benefit their health and well-being, and some of these are simple DIY projects that can be done over a weekend. Whether it’s a matter of installing smoke alarms to ensure that your family is safe or simply creating an area where you can relax and spend some time working on self-care, updating your home will help you focus on what really matters.


Here are a few tips on how to make some home modifications that will keep your family both physically and mentally healthy.


Where there’s smoke…


Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are absolutely necessary in any home. If you have a gas stove or gas heat, a carbon monoxide detector will ensure that your family stays safe if something goes wrong. In many cases, carbon monoxide is difficult or impossible to detect without an alarm. Fortunately, carbon monoxide detectors can be purchased at any home improvement store for under $50. If you’ve only recently moved into your home, it’s a good idea to have the heating and air systems inspected to make sure they’re in good working order. For more information on making sure your new home is safe, check out this article from Angie’s List.


Make sure you have the right tools


Every homeowner needs a great set of tools to be prepared for anything that might arise, so make sure you have the right items in your toolbox for anything from a simple home repair to a major renovation. If you’re unsure of what you need, Tool Review Lab offers some informative tool reviews.


Pull up your carpet


If you suffer from allergies or if you have pets, you might want to consider pulling up the carpet in your home and replacing it with hardwood or laminate flooring. Carpeting can take a toll on your health by trapping pet dander and other allergens, which means you’ll need to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter in order to get it clean. Removing it will not only help improve your family’s health, it will be much easier to take care of your floor.


Create a reading room


Reading can help you relax, learn something new, or get away from the real world for a much-needed break. Having a room in your home that you can retreat to will help reduce stress and allow you to focus on the things you love. Consider turning your office or a spare room into a library, complete with a comfy chair by the window for daydreaming. Read on here for tips on how to get started.


Go green


Making green changes to your home can help you reduce your family’s carbon footprint and possibly increase your home’s resale value, and there are several simple ways to go about it. From changing out all your light bulbs to energy-efficient ones to installing solar panels on the roof, going green is an environmentally responsible thing to do.


Making changes to your home that will benefit your health and well-being can help you and your family feel better physically and mentally, which can in turn help you get through even the roughest days with ease. Talk to your loved ones about the best ways you can make improvements around the house and how best to utilize them.