The Different Types of Air Conditioner Systems for Your Home

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Whether you are completing a simple remodel of your home, rehabbing an old home that hasn’t been lived in in years or a building your dream house from the ground up, choosing the right air conditioner should be high on your list. The type of air conditioner you choose may depend on the size of your home, the layout of your home and your specific needs.

 

Central Air Conditioner

These cooling systems are located in a central area of the home with an outside component. In some cases, this area may be in the basement or in a utility room if the home does not have a basement. A system of ducts and registers allows the cooled air to travel to all of the different rooms. As the air becomes warm, it gets pulled back through the air conditioner. If you plan on installing a central air conditioner, you will need to plan accordingly as installing the wrong size can result in cooling bills that are far too high.

 

 

Ductless Cooling System

These systems are similar to central air conditioners in that they have both an indoor and outdoor component. However, these units do not have ducts. Instead, the rooms that you want to keep cool each have their own unit that connect to the outdoor unit. For this type of system, each indoor unit has its own thermostat so that you can control the temperatures in the different parts of your home based on your preferences.

 

 

 

Window Air Conditioner

These little air conditioners install in a window in a room. They contain all the components needed to cool the air in a single room. They work well for small spaces but are not efficient when it comes to trying to cool larger homes. However, if you spend a large amount of time in one room, this option may be something that will work for you if you don’t need to cool down the rest of the house.

 

 

 

Portable Air Conditioner

Portable cooling systems are similar to window air conditioners in that the unit has everything it needs to convert warm air to cold air in a single room. Unlike window units, however, portable air conditioners can be moved to where you need them most. Keep in mind, however, that they are still only large enough to cool one room at a time.

 

 

Hybrid Cooling System

Hybrid air conditioners alternate between several different types of energy sources. For example, the air conditioner may track the cost of the different energy sources and choose the one that will save you the most. These hybrid systems often use traditional fossil fuels and electricity as their energy sources.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems

Geothermal cooling systems extract the temperatures from the ground. The ground temperatures stay at about 55 degrees Fahrenheit all year long. This is accomplished using a geothermal coil that is installed in the ground. During the summer, the system pulls warm air from the home and distributes it into the ground. During the winter, it pulls the warm air from the ground and distributes it in the home.

Choose the Right Air Conditioner for Your Needs

Although there are many different types of air conditioner units available, choosing the one that works for your home and your situation is extremely important. Not only will choosing the right cooling system keep your bills down, but it will also allow your unit to work as efficiently as possible. As long as you regularly maintain your cooling system, you can expect it to continue to provide you with cool, conditioned air for up to 20 years.

 

Dealing with Seasonal Headaches

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

If you suffer from headaches, you know just what type of impact they can have on your productivity and ability to finish out your day. What you may not know is that, if you suffer from headaches mainly during times when the weather is changing, you could be affected by seasonal headaches. The changes in temperatures and barometric pressure during the spring and autumn season are actually a common trigger for headaches, so having a strategy that allows you to effectively deal with them can be useful.

Why do Seasonal Headaches Occur?

Studies have shown that some people who suffer headaches find that their symptoms worsen based on the changes that are occurring to the atmosphere. For example, the pain tends to be worse when there are extreme temperature changes. It has been speculated that these weather changes have an impact on the body’s hormones that act as pain messengers, like serotonin.

There may also potentially be a variety of other triggers that could cause seasonal headaches. For those who tend to suffer more headaches in the summer, exposure to heat for long periods of time could lead to headaches. Mold and other allergens can also cause those who are more susceptible to also suffer from headaches during certain times of the year. It is important to identify these triggers so that headache sufferers can either avoid those triggers or find a way to manage them.

Managing Seasonal Headaches

If you suffer from seasonal headaches or notice increased pain from headaches during certain seasons, it is always recommended that you visit a doctor to ensure that there are no underlying causes. If possible, it is also recommended that you keep a headache diary so that you can track your headache patterns. Keep track of the foods you eat, if you missed meals and how much water you are drinking. Your headache diary could help you and your doctor determine if you have triggers that could be potentially causing your seasonal allergies.

For those who have been able to identify a trigger, doing what you can to manage them can help you stay pain-free during your headache season. If allergies are a trigger, avoiding or limiting outdoor activities during the allergy season can help. Many local weather stations actually record the amount of pollen and mold in the air, which can potentially help you to plan any outdoor excursions more easily.

Strangely, hydration is often overlooked. During autumn and winter, for example, many people may be relying on caffeinated coffee beverages to get through the day instead of opting for water. Staying hydrated throughout the year can reduce the potential pain you may feel from seasonal headaches. Keeping up with a healthy diet, sticking to a healthy sleep schedule and continuing to exercise can also keep headache pain at bay.

Opting for Seasonal Headache Medications

Finally, if a headache sufferer knows that they suffer from seasonal headaches, they could potentially start a preventive medication before their headache season starts. Called calcium channel blockers, these medications block the effects of chemical serotonin. Serotonin contracts or tightens the blood vessels in the head while simultaneously lowering the person’s pain tolerance. These medications can cause side effects, so they may not be for everyone.

Because seasonal headaches can be extremely disruptive and may prevent you from spending time with your friends and family, learning how to manage your seasonal headache is a must. By taking charge of your health during your headache season, you can spend more time having fun and less time suffering from headache pain.

 

Spring Allergies?

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Although you may be happy that warmer weather will soon be arriving, you may be frustrated with the allergy symptoms it may bring with it. Unlike food allergies or allergies to certain types of animals, spring allergies often occur when the trees, flowers and other fauna are in bloom.

What are the Common Allergy Symptoms?

Spring allergy symptoms can range from the sniffles to coughing, sneezing and watery eyes. In severe cases, they can cause a person to trouble breathing and can affect their ability to concentrate. Allergy symptoms can make a person feel ill and have a negative impact on their school or work performance. a

Identifying the Causes of Allergies

If a person believes that they have allergies, it is highly recommended that they go to a specialist who can help them identify exactly what they are allergic to. An allergy specialist may give you a skin test or a blood test. Skin tests often include pricking the skin with a small amount of the suspected allergen. If you are allergic to that particular allergen, you will form a red bump at the site of the prick.

Tips to Prevent Allergy Symptoms

If a specialist is able to identify a particular allergen that is causing you trouble, they may have medication that you can take that will reduce the symptoms and make you feel better. However, if your symptoms are not severe enough to warrant prescription medication or they are more troublesome than normal, there are some natural remedies you can use to keep your symptoms at bay.

For example, nasal irrigation may potentially help clean out the sinuses, which could make breathing a little bit easier. To do this, you will need to mist up a solution of warm distilled water, a quarter-teaspoon of baking soda and a quarter-teaspoon of salt. A neti pot or squeeze bottle is then used to administer the solution into the sinuses. It is important to note that this works for some and not for others, so if you do not see any improvements, you may need to find alternative treatments.

Spring Cleaning to Get Rid of Allergy Symptoms

If you are allergic to pollen and other types of biological allergens, you can help make yourself feel better by making sure your home is free of them. Vacuuming at least once a week and doing the occasional dusting can keep your exposure levels at bay. Be sure to change out or wash your furnace filters, depending on the type that you use, on a regular basis so that you can be sure that the airborne allergens are being removed from the air that you are breathing. You can also install a whole-home air cleaner like these to improve your indoor air quality.

You can also prevent some allergens from getting into your home by removing your shoes before you come inside. If you spent the day outdoors, a quick change of clothes can prevent you from transporting pollen and other allergens all around your home. Finally, you may find it appropriate to shower before jumping into your sheets. This way, you can breathe a little easier and get a refreshing night of rest.

Stay Healthy and Productive

When you find a system of keeping the allergens at bay that works for you, you will be amazed at just how much better and more energized you feel. Note that, in addition to keeping pollen and other biological allergens out of your home and taking medical precautions, it is always helpful to eat a healthy diet, stay active and stay positive.

Taking Control of Indoor Pollutants During the Spring

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

During the early Spring when temperatures remain low, keeping the home airtight and warm may be of the highest priority for many homeowners. While sealing off the home from the outside world will save money and keep inhabitants warmer, there is a major drawback. Sealing up the home can cause indoor air pollutants to also become trapped in the recirculating air, potentially causing feelings of illness or other more severe symptoms.

What are Indoor Pollutants?

Indoor pollutants can range from biological allergens like pet dander and pollen to harmful or even toxic particles called volatile organic compounds. Pollutants can be brought indoors from outside or they may be generated inside from appliances or even from the home’s heating unit.

Before you can begin to improve the indoor air quality in your home, you will need to determine where the pollutants are coming from. Volatile organic compounds can be found in many household supplies, personal care products, furnishings and paints. Fireplaces, dryers and other appliances also give off combustion pollutants when they are used. Finally, biological pollutants can be created when the pets shed, mold and mildew buildup in the damp places or if you bring them in from outside. For example, you can potentially bring in pollen, environmental tobacco smoke and pesticides on your shoes.

Symptoms that can be Caused by Indoor Air Pollutants

Poor indoor air quality can make you and other family members feel ill. It can cause watery eyes, coughing and sneezing. When the air quality is very poor, you may even suffer from headaches and upper respiratory congestion. In worst case scenarios, sufferers may even get nose bleeds more easily, have difficulty breathing or even develop a severe lung disease.

Because these symptoms are associated with other illnesses, you may not think about your indoor air quality when you are suffering these symptoms. However, if you feel better when you are away from home, then it may be worth taking steps to improve your indoor air quality.

Simple Ways to Reduce Indoor Pollutants

It is just a fact of life that you, your pets and your appliances will always be producing air pollutants. While you can certainly reduce the amount of some pollutants in your home, making your air permanently cleaner for the winter will involve your heater. Your heating equipment is responsible for circulating the air when your home is sealed off, so any pollutants that are in the home will have to pass through your heater first. As such, ensure that you clean or replace the filter once every 30 days during the winter. If you have a regular filter, you can upgrade to a HEPA filter, which collects smaller particles and prevents them from going back into the circulating air.

Another way you can improve your indoor air quality is to stop using products that leave pollutants in the air. For example, choosing to use green cleaning supplies and non-aerosol personal care products can reduce the amount of pollutants you are adding into the air. Additionally, if you are involved in hobbies that require paint or chemicals, working in a well-ventilated room, even if it is cold, will prevent you from breathing in the fumes. To keep biological pollutants at bay, you can up your vacuuming and dusting game to prevent a buildup of irritants. Shoes should be taken off outside or be left at the front door.

It is important for everyone to be aware of their indoor air quality and how to combat them. By being vigilant, you can ensure that the air you are breathing while stuck indoors is clean.

 

6 Tips for Going on Vacation

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Traveling anywhere is often a major ordeal for families. Going on vacation may mean months of planning, packing and actually getting there. Here are some general tips to help make your vacation a success.

Choosing the Right Time to Leave

Finding the right time to travel can be a difficult task. Depending on where you are going, you may want to miss the tourist season to avoid the higher prices but you may also be wary of taking your kids out of school. However, traveling to another part of the country or another country altogether is often a once-in-a-lifetime event for many people. Consider traveling when you will get the most out of the experience. Even if this means pulling the kids from school for a few days or a week, learning how to travel can be a useful skill later on.

Pack Smart

The less you pack, the easier your luggage is to handle. No matter where you are going, packing light and smart should be your goal. Keeping your luggage down to one or two pairs of shoes, a few pairs of pants and a few shirts are really all you need, especially if you will have some access to laundry facilities or if you plan to go shopping. Taking clothing items that you can mix and match are always a good idea. Make sure to pack an extra bag in your luggage for any souvenirs or goodies you pick up along the way.

Get Creative about Where You Stay

When you plan on spending a few days in a new place, there are many different types of places you can stay at. Hotels are always a popular choice no matter where you go. The benefits are that these places usually have amenities and English-speaking workers, which can be extremely helpful if you don’t speak the language. However, some countries have hostels. These may be more affordable and give you a bit more freedom if your plans change. Vacation rental sites like Airbnb are also fun as they give you a chance to stay in an actual apartment or home in the city or town you are visiting in.

Research Where You are Going

While it is an extremely romantic idea to just pick a place on the map and go, it is to your benefit to do a little research. If you are traveling outside the country, you may want to see if the tap water is drinkable and if there are certain areas you may want to avoid. Further, tourists are often very easy to spot no matter how hard you try to mix in. Research how to best protect yourselves and what to look out for in terms of scams. If you are traveling to a place that does not have English as a first language, make sure you have your hotel address and any other information you need to know written in the language.

Slow Down and Explore

Many people try to fit as many attractions into their trip as possible. While this works for some, it can actually make a trip miserable for others. Constantly being on the go really doesn’t give you time to just enjoy being where you are. Unless there are certain attractions that you must see, ditch the guide book and go exploring. Ask the locals what their favorite restaurants are and what you should see. You’ll be able to get off the beaten path while still enjoying what the place has to offer.

Don’t Let Your Fears Stop You

Traveling to a new place can be extremely rewarding, especially if you are prepared. However, know that one can never be 100 percent prepared, so go with the flow and enjoy your vacation.

Tips for Preventing and Dealing with Snow Melt Flooding

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

During the winter, there may be occasions where the snow begins to pile up, especially if the snow continues to fall over a period of a few days. While it may look pretty at first, eventually all of that snow will begin to melt when the temperatures rise. If the snow melts too quickly, the ground may not be able to absorb all of the water due to still being. When this happens, you may be at risk for flooding.

How Snow Melt can Cause Flooding

Snow melt is the water runoff that is caused by melting snow and ice. If the snow and ice melt too rapidly, the still-frozen ground may not be able to absorb all of the water, potentially causing flooding. Essentially, the snow and ice that has fallen becomes packed. As the temperatures rapidly rise, the snow and ice melt very quickly. All of this water runoff can accumulate and can flood streets or basements.

What Happens to a Home when Flooding Occurs?

Flood waters can quickly cause serious damage to your home. If the water enters your home and sits for more than 24 hours, your floors, carpeting and furniture could become water-logged and moldy. It can even cause clogged drains and electrical issues. Even when you go through the appropriate channels to get your home cleaned up, you may still be left to deal with insurance premium increases. As such, it is probably best to try and avoid flooding from snow melt altogether.

Tips for Preventing Snow Melt Flooding

There are some ways you can prevent flooding caused by snow melt:

  • Keep the foundation clear: When you shovel your driveway, take some additional time to shovel a 5-foot area around the foundation of your home. This gives snow melt a place to go that is not in your basement.
  • Test the sump pump: If you have a sump pump, make sure to regularly test it. If water does get in, your sump pump can reduce the potential damage to your home.
  • Fix the foundation: Have an expert come out to your home and check the foundation.
    If there are any cracks, these should be filled in to help prevent flooding.
  • Clear the roof: When the snow on your roof melts, any water that comes off the roof will be perfectly positioned to go right into your home’s foundation. Otherwise,
    an ice dam may form on your roof if the snow melt refreezes during the day. This can force snow melt into your attic and ceiling if it has no where else to go.

What Should You Do if You Experience Snow Melt Flooding?

When you find that your basement has water or mold that could have been caused by snow melt flooding, there are several things you should do:

  • Do not ignore unwanted water: If there is water in your basement, you should consider calling a professional. Even if your basement is just damp, any amount of excess moisture can cause damage to your home’s structure over time.
  • Deal with flooding events immediately: If your home floods, you should call an experienced restoration company as soon as you are able. Tackling the problem early can save you major headaches in the long run.
  • Get mold removed: If you find mold in your home, you should call professionals as soon as you are able. Mold releases spores that can make you feel unwell whenever you are home.

Staying proactive when it comes to preventing and dealing with snow melt flooding can keep your home safe and secure all year long.

Preparing Your Air Conditioner for Summer

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

With the summer heat quickly approaching, it is time to get your air conditioner ready to take the heat. However, if you want your air conditioner to be reliable throughout the summer season, you will want to ensure that you provide it with the maintenance and care it needs to run efficiently even when the temperatures soar.
Set Up an Air Conditioner Checkup

While it may seem like overkill to have a professional like us come check out your air conditioner, now is the time to do it. Not only will a professional be able to do on-the-spot repairs and maintenance now so that you know your unit will turn on when you need it, but you will also see advantages in the long run. Air conditioning units that are regularly maintained generally last longer than those that do not. This means that your air conditioner will be more reliable for longer. Click on the link above to request an appointment.

However, if you need your air conditioner before you have a chance to get a professional out to give it a checkup, you can do a quick inspection of your cooling equipment yourself. Keep in mind that you will still want to have a professional come out to give your cooling unit the maintenance it deserves.

Inspecting Your Air Conditioner

Before you turn your cooling unit on, you should conduct a visual inspection of all of the equipment. Start with any exposed ductwork that your home has. Look for wear, like holes or thinning pieces of metal. Worn ductwork can make it more difficult for your air conditioner to keep your home at the desired temperature as cooled air may be lost before it reaches you. The harder your air conditioner has to work, the faster it will wear itself out.

Second, go through your home and check all of the vents. Remove anything that may be blocking them. If you have pets, you may want to remove the vent and vacuum around the opening of the duct. This will prevent pet hair and dander from being blown about your home when you first turn your cooling unit on.

If you have an outdoor unit, ensure that the condenser unit is not blocked by any items, twigs and other foliage. Blockages of any sort can have a drastic effect on the unit’s ability to cool your home. This is something that is easily done when you do your spring yard cleanup.

Finally, check the refrigerant lines and electrical wiring. If you see wear on the refrigerant lines or electrical wiring, do not attempt to fix them yourself. Just be sure to make a note and avoid turning your air conditioner on until a professional comes out to do maintenance. Refrigerant is flammable and faulty wiring could cause a fire, so it is best just to avoid those potential hazards altogether.

Consider Upgrading

If you have had your air conditioner for years and it is just not keeping up with your family’s needs, it may be time to upgrade. The cost for R-22 refrigerant has risen dramatically in the last couple of years and will soon be obsolete. Repairing old systems can be impractical because of cost. Click on the link above to view our current a/c sales price.

Replace your old air conditioning system with new R410a this Spring and save! Many newer systems are designed to work efficiently as save energy, which gets passed on to you in the form of saving money on your electricity bills.

Enjoy Your Summer without Suffering

Once you have checked your equipment and you have ensured that everything looks to be in good shape, it is time to turn your air conditioner on. Set your thermostat to your desired temperature, turn your air conditioner on and go outside. Listen to the fan on the condenser to make sure that it sounds like it is running normally. Within 10 to 15 minutes, your home should begin to feel cool and comfortable.

 

How to Get Kids Involved in Gardening

Monday, April 24th, 2017

When it comes to spring, growing flowers, herbs and vegetables are a joy that many people look forward to. Even though it can take time and lots of love to get your flowers and shrubs to grow up strong and healthy, it is a fun outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy.

Reasons to Start Gardening with the Kids

There are many reasons to get your kids involved in gardening early. Not only does it give them a chance to get their hands dirty, but it gives them something that they can take ownership over. Some kids may even enjoy getting the opportunity to enjoy the fruit of their labor. After all, there is nothing more delicious than getting a taste of a tomato that they grew themselves. Further, they get to learn about nature and be a part of sustaining it.

How To Get Them Started

Tip 1: Give them a space to grow

If you have the space, giving your kids a plot of their very own to work with will get them more invested. Whether it is a small strip near the fence or a nice-sized spot, they can have the power to plant what they want where they want it. As their vegetables and flowers grow, you can talk to them about what they planted and make plans for next year.

Tip 2: Create a job list

Although growing things is pretty easy, the plants still need care to grow. Creating a job list for the kids to follow can help them ensure that they do not miss a step. Make sure to include watering, weeding and adding mulch to the list.

Tip 3: Provide kid-friendly tools

If you are getting younger kids started in gardening, having kid-friendly tools is a must. Smaller hand trowels and kid-sized gloves can make the work easier for them and reduce any frustrations they may have, especially if they are too small to handle adult-sized tools.

Tip 4: Involve them from start to finish

Children love being involved in the entire gardening process. By giving them the ability to pick out what they want to grow and where they want to grow it in their gardening space, you may find that they will be so much more invested in the process. Further, you may be able to get them excited about gardening in the spring if they have time to think about what they want to grow.

Tip 5: Let them decide what to make with the harvest

Harvesting the vegetables and herbs that they grew is always fun. However, they may enjoy it even more if they get to help pick what to make with their bounty. Pizzas are always fun, but the kids may even have other ideas that might surprise you. Best of all, of course, is that you will not have to beg or trick them into eating healthy foods.

Apartment Gardening

Getting kids involved in gardening can be a bit more difficult if you don’t have the gardening space. However, there are a couple options. You can always plant in pots that can be kept on the balcony or in the kitchen. Otherwise, your city or community may have communal plots that are available for you to grow herbs and vegetables.

Enjoy Your Garden

By getting your kids involved in gardening, they get to be outside away from computers and gaming systems while learning skills that will be useful throughout their entire lives. Not only will they get to learn about where their food comes from, but they can also learn about the joy of growing it themselves.

 

Four Tips to Make It To The End of the School Year

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

For many students, getting through the final few months of school can be difficult no matter what grade they are in. As the temperatures get warmer and the days get longer, they would rather be spending quality time outdoors or engaging in hobbies and sports instead of preparing for math tests. However, there are a few tips available that can help students stay focused and get the grades they need.

1. Get a Homework and Bedtime Routine Down

As summer draws near, it is very easy for kids to become more relaxed about getting their homework done and trying to get a later bedtime. However, this can cause a student’s grades to slip and, in worst-case scenarios, could result in the need for summer school. Sticking to a consistent homework schedule and bedtime will keep the student on track and prevent them from going to school frustrated and tired. Depending on your student, you may even work out a snack or break schedule that helps make the task feel smaller and easier to complete. Keeping a consistent routine down at home can also help the student wind down from field trip days and other unusual activities.

2. Work Outside

If the weather is nice and sunny, taking homework outside can boost a student’s motivation. Finding fun ways to incorporate outdoor activities with homework can be fun for younger children, like using sidewalk chalk to work out simple math equations. Older students may enjoy spreading out their work on the back porch so that they can enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. If there is no good work space outside, moving the desk or table closer to a window can help them keep their spirits up.

3. Stay Organized

Many students start out the school year fully organized and ready to go. As the school year progresses, they may become less organized over time. This can cause them to lose homework or even completed papers. Since students generally perform better in school when they are organized, have them take an hour every week or so to get their backpacks, desk and other homework area cleaned out. This way, they can ensure that they have everything they need for the week. If you find that you have a student who is just messier than normal and has a difficult time staying organized, reducing the number of items they keep with them can help. For example, one folder for all homework and completed assignments can help your student keep their most important assignments all in one place.

4. Enjoy Your Weekends

Getting through each week can become more and more difficult for students. As such, giving them a break from dealing with school stress can help them relax and de-stress. If their homework load is low, let them take Friday afternoons and nights off so that they can just enjoy being kids. Have them complete all of their homework on Saturdays so that they have Sundays completely free. This way, they have at least a day and an afternoon when they do not have to think about school at all. If you enjoy family outings on Saturdays, ensure that students get their homework done early so that they can have the evening free before having to jump right back into work the next morning.

Making it to the end of a school year is a huge accomplishment. By helping your student stay motivated to the very end, you can set them up for a fun, stress-free summer vacation.

Tips for Surviving Spring Allergies

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

4. Pollenallergy-suffering-woman-young-sick-ill-spring-using-tissue-nose-49402168With the weather finally warming up, it’s time to open the windows and spend some quality time outdoors. For those who suffer from severe spring allergies, however, this time of the year can lead to congestion, sneezing and sniffling. Not only can these symptoms make it difficult to breath, but sufferers also often have trouble concentrating in school or at work. Even if you are already on medication, there are several ways you can give your sinuses some relief.

Check Pollen Counts

When it comes to the amount of pollen in the air, some days are worse than others. If your allergies are severe enough, you may need to plan your outdoor activities with your local pollen count. Weather.com provides an allergen forecast that you can use to see your local pollen and mold levels. If the levels are high, you may want to workout indoors or choose another indoor activity for the day.

Change Your Clothing

Pollen particles can take a ride on your clothing and attach to your shoes. To reduce the amount of pollen you bring in to your home, consider changing out of your work or school clothing as soon as you get back. Leave your shoes by the door and deposit your clothes into a closed hamper so pollen and other contaminants are contained. This way, you won’t be tracking allergens around your house and onto your furniture.

Close Your Windows

If you are allergic to pollen, the last thing you want to do is allow the pollen particles into your home. Keeping your windows closed will keep the pollen out. On the days where the pollen count is low, throw those windows open and enjoy a fresh breeze through your home.

Install a Whole-Home Media Air Cleaner

The air you breathe inside your home could be the most polluted air you breathe all day. In fact the EPA has named indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental risks to public health. With the amount of time spent indoors, it’s no wonder so many people suffer from allergies, asthma and other illnesses. Check out some of the air purity products that we carry here. We also install UV Lights and other indoor air purity products.

Wear a Surgical Mask

While the idea of wearing a surgical mask seems silly, they can actually help keep pollen and other allergens out. In fact, people in many places around the world, such as Japan and Korea, utilize the masks to stay healthy when the pollen counts get high. These surgical masks now come in a variety of styles and colors so you can still look stylish while working in the garden. Look for the masks that are marked N95 as these have been shown to filter out 95 percent of pollen and other contaminants.

Take Care of Yourself

It is no secret that allergies can take a huge toll on your general well-being. Even though the symptoms can be annoying, brushing off your headache or congestion can be detrimental to your health. If your symptoms are making you feel ill or are preventing you from getting your work done, consider taking a sick day if possible. Pushing through can put unneeded stress on your body and actually cause you to get sick, making you feel worse than you already do.

Do You Actually Have Allergies?

If you live in an area that has versatile weather, the swing from cold to hot can cause bodily symptoms that are very similar to allergies. In general, you most likely have allergies if you only suffer the symptoms after spending the day outside or are around pollen and other triggers. If you are suffering from symptoms that last longer than two weeks or you’re suffering from aches and even fevers, you may actually be sick. Consider talking to your doctor.

No matter where you live, it is practically impossible to avoid spring allergies, especially if you live in an area where lots of plants grow. However, you can relieve your symptoms by being smart about staying away from allergens and triggering your allergies.