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Spring 2014

Allergy Relief: How to Breathe Easier in Your Home

There are certain times of the year when it seems like those of us with allergies are just doomed to be miserable. As beautiful and comfortable as spring may be, it also brings on a deluge of allergens. This can really hinder your enjoyment of the season if you have allergic reactions to pollen and other substances that come with spring. All hope is not lost, though. There are plenty of allergy medicines on the market today that can help you go along your daily business. However, you don’t want to be constantly treating the symptoms, especially when you are at home. Attacking the root of the problem is a much more effective means of breathing easier in your house. Here are some ideas to help you reduce the effects of your allergy symptoms when at home.

First things first, a problem with seasonal allergies gives you great motivation for keeping up with housework. If you allow dust and dander to build up within your home, you can expect those pollutants to take a toll on your allergies. The longer you allow for these allergens to build up, the bigger the problem at hand. By maintaining a regular cleaning schedule, you can enjoy a more pleasant living environment while also keeping your home more presentable.

Another way to reduce the risk of aggravating allergy symptoms is to invest in a whole house air purifier. There is an air filter in your HVAC system, as you know, but the primary function of this air filter is to protect the inner components of your heating and cooling equipment. If you want to boost indoor air quality to alleviate your allergy symptoms, you may need a more efficient air filter or even an electronic air purifier. This is a very effective means by which to improve the quality of the air throughout your entire house so that you won’t suffer from severe allergy symptoms.

Also, while it may seem counterintuitive it is also important that your home be well ventilated if you want to maintain high indoor air quality. You may want to seal your home up to keep allergens out, but you also risk trapping allergens in your house by doing so, at which point they will just continuously make their way throughout your air distribution system. Plus, if you are running your heater or air conditioner, recycling that air over and over can lead to stale, low air quality. Proper ventilation is the key to comfortable living.

If you have any questions about the ways in which you can combat allergies by improving the quality of the air in your home, call an indoor air quality specialist. Some people are always going to have to medicate their allergies, especially if symptoms are severe. Supplementing such measures with these practices, however, is a great way to enjoy a cleaner, more healthful living environment. Give us a call today to get the products and services you need to breathe easier.


Spring Gardening Tips

Gardening is a passion that many homeowners share. When the weather starts to warm up and the first signs of spring are in the air, you should already have some basic tasks underway. Like most things, a little preparation can really help your gardening season get off on the right foot. For those of you itching to get started on your spring gardening, here are a few tips to keep in mind. This will help you prepare your garden for the season to come while also allowing you to scratch that gardening itch that has been gnawing at you for the last few weeks of the winter season. Remember to share the spoils of your labors with family and friends.

One of the most basic steps that you should take at this early point in the season is to get your soil ready for your seeds and plants. Start tilling your soil about 8 – 12 inches down, and make sure that you remove any rocks or other debris that may impede the growth of your plants. A well–prepared soil bed will help to ensure smooth sailing through the initial stages of the gardening season. You should also make sure that your gardening plot is thoroughly weeded. Yes, this is probably the most boring part of gardening in general. It is a very necessary task, though, and the success of your gardening projects will depend on it being done carefully. Get an early start and do a little at a time so that you don’t burn out on gardening before the fun even starts.

You should also begin to fertilize your soil before getting your planting started. A great way to do so is to use compost that builds up from natural waste in your home. If you are new to composting, make sure that you read up on what types of matter are appropriate for this use. You don’t want to use meat, for instance, as this can rot in your compost bucket. Coffee grounds and eggshells, on the other hand, are outstanding compost materials.

Once your garden is ready for the planting process to begin, you should still hold off just a little bit longer. It can be exciting to get started, but don’t rush into it. It is always beneficial to plan out the design of the year’s garden before you start putting anything into the ground. A good layout is especially important for gardeners with limited space to work with. You don’t want to wind up wasting space or investing in plants that will ultimately require more than you have. Give everything in your garden equal opportunity to thrive by going into the planting process with a plan in mind.

Don’t be afraid to try new things with your garden this year. The sky really is the limit, even when you are working directly with the ground. Remember that while gardening can be a very relaxing and personal endeavor, there is no reason that it cannot also be fun for the whole family. Get the kids involved and give them a chance to learn firsthand where some of their food is coming from – as well as the hard work that goes into its cultivation.