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According to a skylight company Freelite, having skylights in
your home reduces energy consumption, mildew and mold,
and deficiencies in vitamins D and B1. In addition to increasing efficiency and health benefits, skylights are a worthwhile
investment that increase your home's visual interior appeal
and resale value.
3. Cozy up by the Fireplace
Throughout human history, the use of fire has been very
important to us, from cooking to protecting and hunting. The
good news is that you don't have to go outside anymore to sit
close to a warm fire. An indoor fireplace can supply you and
your family with an additional heat source and psychological
benefits. Research has shown that there are stress-alleviating
health benefits associated with sitting and gazing at a fireplace.
To reap the benefits of an indoor fireplace, you may not even
need a real fireplace! If you have cable, Netflix, or internet
access to YouTube, you may be in luck. Research from the
University of Alabama suggests that merely watching a video
of a fireplace, especially supplemented with a crackling sound,
makes you feel more relaxed and reduces your blood pressure.
4. Keep the Kids Happy & Healthy with
Natural Elements
A classroom study in Austria found that classrooms with
natural wood elements can keep the kids healthier, calmer,
and less stressed than traditional classrooms. Another study
reported that using wood in your home's interior provides a
positive atmosphere and reduces the risk of allergies.
To bring these benefits into your own home, try incorporating
natural wood elements into your decorating style. Styles such
as mid-century modern highlight natural wood elements with
touches of color, but you can bring natural wood into your
own home by investing in wooden storage options, wood
beams and wood furniture.
Collectively, research has shown that bringing outdoor elements into your home provides numerous physical and psychological benefits. Having a functional indoor environment
with outdoor style will promote the wellbeing of your family.

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