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El Nino, Climate Change and Your Allergies – Is there a Link?

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It could be a bad year for allergies. Make sure your home and family are ready.

Even if your allergies are seasonal, their severity could be linked to weather patterns or global temperature trends that have existed for centuries. According to U.S.A Today*, increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere leads to a rise in the amount of pollen in the air. Warmer temperatures mean pollen season is lasting longer. Allergy sufferers symptoms increase in lockstep with an increase in pollen.

What causes allergy symptoms?

While climate change is one factor that may be increasing allergy rates, there are likely others as well. Whatever the causes, allergists agree they are seeing more patients with seasonal sniffles and respiratory issues. The worst times of year are generally the spring. That’s when trees bloom. Then again in late summer when ragweed pollen becomes airborne. Regardless of the allergy, remedies are similar since the actual symptoms are caused by the body’s immune system and not the pollen itself.

When the immune response strikes, some folks suffer from itchy eyes, while others have a runny nose or even skin issues. There are essentially three ways to deal with allergies: avoidance, symptom management, and antihistamines.

Top tips for surviving a brutal spring

Antihistamines: These drugs are available “over the counter” and through a doctor. They suppress chemicals in your body called histamines, which cause allergy symptoms like itching, runny noses and watery eyes. While they don’t cure your allergy, they prevent it from causing any symptoms – at least in the short term. Most people find if they skip a pill, their symptoms will return quickly. The medicines may also have some mild side-effects, such as drowsiness.

Symptom management: People who don’t want to use an antihistamine can manage their symptoms in other ways – often with natural remedies. A neti pot or a hot shower, for example, can help clear out nasal congestion. Many supposed “folk remedies” exist for treating or preventing allergies, but it’s best to consult a doctor if you’re serious about managing your symptoms.

Avoidance: People can also work to avoid contact with the triggers that cause their symptoms. However, even indoors, pet dander, pollen and mold spores can wreak havoc on your family’s comfort. One way to avoid allergens in the home is with the use of a high-capacity, whole-home air cleaner that traps these tiny particles before they aggravate allergies and asthma.

Other Allergy Tips

Other ways to avoid allergens include keeping windows closed, using a HEPA vacuum and leaving coats or other clothes that may have allergens on them in garage. It’s also a good idea to wash clothes immediately during allergy season, don’t bring them in and leave them on the floor or in a hamper.

For more information on preparing your home and family for allergy season with whole-home air purifiers, visit Aprilaire.com!

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Blizzard season – here’s how to stay safe

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When a blizzard strikes, staying safe means being prepared. The most common issues are power outages and dangerous commuting. If you know a blizzard is coming, assume that you could lose power and have candles and flashlights ready. Because you may not be able to drive during a snow storm, have some non-spoilable food and drinking water on hand.

Blizzard safety infographic

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Stay safe if you get caught in a blizzard this year.

Pass this infographic along to friends, family and co-workers this year and remind them how they can stay safe when a snow storm strikes. The best advice is to prepare long before the forecast turns grim. Stocking up on batteries, water and food can help.

You can also prepare for wicked winter weather by ensuring your indoor air quality is under control. Proper humidity can help improve comfort, health and protect your home from dry winter air.

Visit the Aprilaire website to learn more about humidity control this winter.

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Basement flooding can lead to other issues

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Crawlspace or basement flooding can occur any time of year. Snow melt and thawing ground water can lead to flooding in the cooler months. Heavy rains can cause problems in the summer.

When you walk downstairs and find you’ve had a flood, your first priority will be removing the standing water. However, even when standing water is gone, the problems associated with wet basements and crawlspaces don’t go away. Damp conditions can lead to mold, mildew and even insect infestations.

Stay dry after basement flooding with a high-capacity dehumidifier

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Basements can flood or become damp anytime of year, leading to a wide range of problems.

Aprilaire high-capacity dehumidifiers more completely and efficiently fight damp conditions due to flooding in the basement or because of high summer humidity. Visit the Aprilaire website for more indoor air quality solutions and to learn about high capacity dehumidification.

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Top Tips to Keep Your Newborn Baby Healthy

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Parents: is your indoor air ready for baby?

Indoor air quality can impact both the health and comfort of your small children or baby. Worst of all, polluted indoor air isn’t something you can see. The infographic shows some of the bad guys that can invade your air and how to get rid of them!

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Why Baby’s Need a Humidifier this Winter

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Why You Need a Furnace Clean & Check

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Tips For Fall Home Maintenance

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Fall is a great time of year to perform important home maintenance. We have some great home improvement tips. Autumn creates plenty of predictable yard work, such as raking leaves and cleaning gutters. However, there are a number of chores that are less obvious, but just as important, in order to get a house in tip-top shape before winter and to protect your family’s health.

3 Outdoor Home Maintenance Tips

When the gardening season draws to a close this fall, it’s time to begin working on projects outside of the house.

  1. Walk and Caulk: Reducing energy bills, preventing drafts, and keeping critters out of the house in the winter starts with a fresh bead of caulk around windows, siding, and joints. Before it gets too cold, stroll around the entire exterior of the home and seal any potential air leaks.
  2. Maintain Paths and Walkways: Even if your walkway looks safe now, it will turn treacherous when you add slush and ice this winter. Take a weekend to even out brick pavers or repair concrete.
  3. Wash Your Home: Many homeowners don’t realize how dirty their house can get. Even the best siding won’t shed all the dust, dirt, and rain that a house is constantly exposed to. While some synthetic sidings don’t hold paint, they can be given a face lift with a power washer.

3 Indoor Home Maintenance Tips

Of course, no fall home maintenance checklist is complete without ensuring the inside is safe. Here are a few home maintenance tips that you can make to save money and improve health and comfort.

  1. Cover Windows: If your home has older windows, they could be a significant source of heat loss. While installing new windows is the best solution, using plastic to insulate drafty, single-pane windows can save considerable money.
  2. Improve Humidity Control: Heating your home this winter is bound to dry out the air. This leads to sore throats, bloody noses, and even a greater chance of upper respiratory illnesses. Help protect your family’s health and comfort this winter with a whole-home humidifier.
  3. Improve Air Purity and Freshness: When fall begins, it’s usually time to replace air filters. A whole-home air purifier can also trap fall allergens, bacteria, and viruses, helping to keep families healthy all year round. Proper ventilation can also improve air quality by removing harmful air pollutants such formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and many volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Home maintenance in fall is essential to keeping family members safe and comfortable during the winter, and we have products specifically designed to improve comfort and protect investments from seasonal changes in humidity.