Room by Room Tips: Bedrooms
As you batten down the hatches and get ready for cooler weather, pay special attention to the bedroom.
Help make your sleeping spaces safer, and energy- and cost-efficient
Fall is a great time for home improvement and maintenance projects. Cooler weather drives you indoors, and you batten down the hatches in preparation for winter. A great place to start your fall home preparation is in the bedroom.
The bedroom is, after all, where many people spend one third of your life. So why not make your family’s bedrooms as safe, and energy- and cost-efficient as possible? Complete our bedroom checklist, with tips to make help make your sleeping spaces more sound.
- Use hypoallergenic mattress pads. Your mattress can be home to millions of dust mites — microscopic insects. To help keep dust mites at bay cover mattresses, box springs and pillows with casings designed to block dust mites.
- Install wall socket insulator pads. Electrical sockets on external-facing walls can leak heat during the cold months. Stop the seepage with inexpensive pre-cut foam pads, available at any home supply store. To install, unscrew the faceplate, insert the pad, then reattach the faceplate.
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in every bedroom. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms in the home are considered one of the best and least expensive means of providing an early warning of a potentially deadly fire, according to the U.S. consumer Product Safety Commission. Install a carbon monoxide detector in every bedroom to help warn of potentially dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas that is produced when any fuel is incompletely burned. Make sure you have one alarm placed in every room of your home.
- Use a quiet air purifier. Many HEPA air purifiers make a racket as they clean. Let a Filtrete Ultra-Quiet Small Bedroom Air Purifier help you get a restful nights sleep. Rated quietest in its class.
*Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission