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IKEA doesn’t have the most spotless reputation — though no major corporation does. There are plenty of reasons you might not enjoy shopping at the Swedish budget furniture store, and we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to. If you like the cost of its goods, the user-friendliness of its flat pack items and its minimalist Scandi style, but you don’t like IKEA itself, you have a handful of other options for affordable, flat pack furniture. IKEA isn’t everything. Here’s the best of the rest.

Bedroom Design Tips

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 35 percent of Americans are not getting a good night’s rest. If you’re in that large group, the environment in your bedroom could be a contributing factor to why you aren’t sleeping. Take a look around your bedroom. You may have insomnia inducing problems like an old mattress, the wrong wall color, or too much ambient light. Rectify these issues to give yourself a more peaceful slumber.

Paint the Walls Blue

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Your bedroom walls could be overstimulating you before you go to bed. Warm colors add energy to a room, so if you’ve got yellow or pink bedroom walls, paint over them. Choose a muted blue, turquoise, or teal. Blue hues will create a soothing sleep environment, calming your mind down before you fall asleep.

Replace Your Mattress

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Sleeping on an old mattress that doesn’t support your skeleton leads to joint pain and muscle aches. An uncomfortable mattress that’s harder or softer than you prefer could keep you up all night. If yours is more than a decade old, research mattress options like firmness and memory foam, and high-tech options like cooling surfaces. Get a mattress with a one- or two-month money-back guarantee, so you can test it out before you commit.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

The human body needs to cool down to sleep, and the perfect bedroom temperature is typically lower than 70 degrees. Program your thermostat to drop the temperature in the house a bit each night to help you sleep better. You may find your ideal sleeping temperature is a bit outside this typical range. Play with it until you find the perfect cooling level, and then set the thermostat.

Hang Room Darkening Curtains

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You need to lower the lights about an hour before you go to sleep. Dim the lamps and turn off overhead lights to cue your body in that it’s time to sleep. In your bedroom, install room darkening curtains. Street lamps, traffic, and lights on at the neighbors filter through your windows and disrupt the dark you need to start resting. Pull those curtains to create a dark environment. Don’t ruin it by staring at your phone screen or watching TV while in bed.

Add Scents That Soothe

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Aromatherapy may help you calm down and drop into slumber. Some of the most effective scents are jasmine, lavender, sandalwood, and chamomile. Get a reed diff user that you can keep on your bedside table to infuse your room with these soothing scents. Consider sachets of dried petals scented with your favorite of these options under your pillow, too. You can also get essential oils and dab them on a tissue, which you then put inside your pillowcase.

Poor sleep quality affects your ability to concentrate, your mood, and your health. When you suffer from insomnia, now is the time to dig into the problem. Discover if your bedroom environment is contributing to your lack of sleep and take the right steps to design a bedroom better for sleep.

Preserving indoor air quality is essential to good health and comfort. While there are many options available to help you improve your indoor air quality, an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) is one of the most popular. An ERV brings fresh air into a structure, while simultaneously retaining preconditioned heating or cooling. At the risk of getting too technical, an ERV functions using air-to-air exchange. A spinning wheel inside the ERV uses the air’s counter flow to expel the old air from inside a building while maintaining a cozy air temperature inside. Here are four main reasons to install an ERV.

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Conserves Energy

There are many ways to make your home more energy-efficient, such as eliminating air leaks and adding needed insulation, but a common problem with today’s newer buildings is that they are so airtight they don’t allow enough fresh air in for a healthy atmosphere. Unlike other indoor air quality systems on the market, an ERV renews and freshens the air without creating ozone, a noxious gas that can be dangerous to the respiratory system and is harmful to the environment.

Removes Humidity

An ERV is most ideal for homes in warm climates with moderate winters. It easily transfers moisture and heat from the incoming fresh air to the departing current of air. Typically, energy recovery ventilators are used with timers or monitored by humidistats, which control the humidity level in a building. ERVs generally remove the excess humidity, but they can also add humidity if the air feels too dry.

Improved Comfort

Everyone wants to feel comfortable in their homes, and an ERV is a great way to help your family feel cozy in a natural way, while also conserving energy. Have you ever opened a window just to let in fresh air? Well as good as that feels, opening a window brings in pollen, dust, and other potential allergens into your house. An ERV keep your air fresh without creating a potentially uncomfortable or hazardous environment.

Easy Installation

You can purchase a small window-mounted ERV at most home improvement stores, but the best ERV systems are suspended from the ceiling and generally mounted in attics, basements, or other crawl spaces within your home. Installation should always be done by a professional. Energy recovery ventilators need two connections to the outdoors. One connection will blow out stale air from the inside, and the other connection will bring in fresh air from outside. A professional HVAC technician will know the best way to route the connections.

An ERV is simpler than it sounds. In a nutshell, during the warm seasons it pre-cools and dehumidifies, and in cool seasons it humidifies and preheats, so you don’t feel cold air blowing in the moment the fan kicks on. The benefits of using an ERV include improved indoor air quality, consistent air temperatures, energy savings, and a reduction in overall HVAC equipment. Why not call your local HVAC expert today and look into a new ERV system for your home?

For a pet lover, there’s nothing like coming home to a sloppy kiss or a friendly purr from a furry friend. It’s important to those who love pets that their animals are happy and healthy. Many don’t realize how easily some deadly hazards can be disguised as ordinary objects around the home. Discover some pesky items that should find a new home for a pet-friendly haven.