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3 Tips for Successful Cyber Monday Savings

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3 Tips for Successful Cyber Monday Savings

Ahh, the Holidays – people grappling frantically for the best deals at stores across the country, waking up a 4 a.m. and fighting traffic to sit outside in the snow.

Wait! That’s not what the holidays are about. And that’s why many consumers prefer to do their holiday saving online on Cyber Monday. But how do you save big and keep your sanity?

You can remain in your comfortable, healthy home and still catch a great deal – instead of a cold!

Keep an eye on your email!

Cyber Monday and Black Friday often start early and continue late as stores try to get the most out of the early-holiday season sales push. If you usually delete emails from your favorite retailers – DON’T! You may be throwing out the invite to an early bird special or a heads up on a limited quantity item.

Remember everyone is doing it.

The major e-tailers will of course have hot deals, but don’t forget that most brands and companies sell online and they will likely all be running promotions. Instead of one-stop shopping, surf around for good deals.

Make your lists – check them twice.

There will be bargains galore as online and retail sales kick off. To get the most out of Black Friday or Cyber Monday, have your full shopping list ready. Yes, it’s a great time to get gifts for loved ones, but it’s also worth picking up everyday items for the home!

Winter Wellness Deals!

Aprilaire likes the idea of savings and healthy homes. So, this year we’re offering special savings and free shipping on all water panels and air cleaners from the Aprilaire store. Just click and order the product that’s right for your air cleaner or humidifier and you’re done. We’ll have it delivered to your door and you’ll be breathing easier this holiday season. Use the Promo Code: WINTER20 starting on Tuesday, November 28th for the best deal.

This time of year is stressful enough – don’t worry about your indoor air. With Aprilaire, you can have a cozy, healthy home all season long. You don’t even have to leave the couch!

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Does the Cold Make You Sick? Here Are 5 Conditions Escalated by Winter Air

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While the cold weather itself may have something to do with your family’s health, there’s actually a larger, sneakier culprit that accompanies Old Man Winter each year: dry air.

As winter temperatures drop, humidity dwindles as well. While it’s true that too much moisture can lead to health complications in the summertime, too little moisture in the wintertime can be equally troubling for you and your family.

“The mucus that normally should be gooey and thick and can trap infection gets drier. So you’re more likely to get a cold because your mucus is not as able to catch things that you breathe in,” says Daniel Allen, M.D.

To maintain Healthy Humidity, the humidity in your home should ideally be set between 30-50%. Achieving this degree of humidity in the winter will go along way toward preventing influenza, bronchitis, sinusitis, aggravated asthma symptoms, itchy eyes and skin, and even nosebleeds.

Influenza

We’re all familiar with the flu. In fact, chances are pretty high that you’ve had the flu in recent years, as it typically makes the rounds each winter, wreaking havoc on your lungs, nose, and throat.

The good news is that the influenza virus is preventable. According to a study provided by the Public Library of Science, “higher humidity levels indoors can significantly reduce the infectivity of influenza virus particles released by coughing.”

This study found that in an environment with 23% humidity or less, 70-77% of viral particles remained infectious. However, only 14% of virus particles were able to infect cells in an environment set to roughly 43% humidity.

Don’t simply rely on flu shots. Get a humidifier.

Bronchitis

Bronchitis is another familiar foe during frigid winter dry spells, causing inflammation to bronchial tube linings deep in the lungs.

Fortunately, bronchitis can also be prevented and managed with proper humidity. As Dr. Michael J. Simoff, MD points out for EverydayHealth.com, “Humidity is good for lung health.”

Those who suffer from acute or chronic bronchitis should consider a whole-home humidifier to quell the effects dry winter air has on their lungs.

Sinusitis

Living with sinusitis can seem like all pain and no gain, which begs the question…what do we even need sinuses for?

Your sinuses help you produce mucus that moisturizes the inside of your nose and captures harmful particles before they make their way deep into your body. Sinusitis is the result of inflamed sinuses that can lead to nasal congestion.

“Humidifiers can help nasal congestion in that they provide more moisture and humidity within the nose,” says Mark A Zacharek, MD for EverydayHealth.com.

“Humidified air is good for sinusitis, especially in the winter,” agrees Amber Luong, MD, PhD, assistant professor of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Don’t cry. Humidify.

Asthma

Everyone knows somebody who’s affected by asthma. It’s an incredibly common condition. In fact, it’s quite possible that there’s even an asthmatic individual in your home right this moment.

Dry winter air can certainly trigger asthma attacks, tightening airways, and making it harder to breathe.

What’s the best way to combat these triggers? You guessed it: humidity.

According to Healthline.com, “Your airways are lined with a thin layer of fluid. When you breathe in dry air, that fluid evaporates faster than it can be replaced. Dry airways become irritated and swollen, which worsens asthma symptoms. Cold air also causes your airways to produce a substance called histamine, which is the same chemical your body makes during an allergy attack. Histamine triggers wheezing and other asthma symptoms.

Breathe easy knowing you’re making the right choice for your family.

Itchy Eyes, Dry Skin, and Nosebleeds

Winter ailments aside, perhaps the most irritating affects of dry winter air that everyone can relate to are dry, itchy eyes and skin as well as nosebleeds.

Because the air is so dry during the wintertime, the water in your body evaporates much quicker, leaving your eyes, skin, and nasal passages dry and susceptible to itchiness.

Perhaps the best way to prevent these conditions from happening, obviously, is to drink plenty of fluids, which will also help prevent dehydration.

However, another way to help alleviate these irritating manifestations and achieve a higher level of winter wellness is through maintaining proper humidity.

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Again, you should aim for 30-50% humidity in your home year-round. In the wintertime, a trusted humidifier can help you prevent these winter conditions and help you hydrate your home.

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Here’s Why It’s Actually Really Easy to Save on Energy in Winter

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The woes of winter heating costs are upon us. But fighting your energy bill doesn’t have to be an annual thing. Winter energy savings are possible and have a simple solution: humidifier.

How does a humidifier help contribute to winter energy savings?

It sounds a little far-fetched, sure. How can you possibly save energy if you’re running not only your heating system, but also a humidifier?

It’s actually pretty simple.

According U.S. News, “The air inside your home can become very dry. Moist air feels warmer and holds heat better, so a humidifier can help you feel comfortable when your thermostat is set at a lower temperature.”

Dry air feels colder than properly humidified air. This makes your heating unit work overtime either by forcing your heater to be on longer than needed or by forcing you to increase the temperature. That’s why an Aprilaire humidifier can serve as a beacon of hope in your quest for winter energy savings. Pairing your heat with a trusted humidifier should give your budget a little more breathing room.

Not only does it help alleviate the strain of your heating budget, there are also a number of health benefits with proper humidity. In the wintertime, maintaining proper humidity can help you by helping prevent the flu, bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma, dry skin, and more.

Humidity could be the difference-maker this winter as you try to pad your budget and maintain your family’s wellness.

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Quitting Time – The Great American Smokeout

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No one smokes anymore, right?

Despite mounting laws, taxes, and societal pressures, tobacco use persists all across the United States.

Smoking is on the rise

It’s true that cigarette usage remains low compared to what it was decades ago, but the American Cancer Society reports that cigars, pipes, hookahs, and other ways to consume tobacco are on the rise in recent years.

In fact, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States, with an estimated $300 billion a year in costs attributed to smoking-related illness.

Perhaps most striking is this number: 480,000. That’s the estimated number of Americans who die from smoking each year.

And that’s why we support The Great American Smokeout.

The Great American Smokeout

This nationwide event serves as an intervention and support system for those who are ready to quit smoking and for those who want someone they know to consider a change.

The cause is simple: Quit smoking for one day.

That one day (November 16, 2017) without smoking can start a positive, lasting change in someone’s life. But even if it lasts for only that one day, that’s a step in the right direction.

For all the reasons people decide to smoke–stress, habit, image–there are just as many reasons to quit: improving health, saving money, protecting family and friends. And it’s all worth it.

In order to stop smoking, many people need strong, consistent support. So for tips that can help you or a loved one quit smoking, visit the provided links to The Great American Smokeout website.

And please join us Thursday, November 16th, in putting down the tobacco and saving all that smoking for the Thanksgiving turkey.

You’ll be glad you did.

 

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Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

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When you think of Thanksgiving crafts for kids, your mind likely immediately jumps to the cute hand turkeys your little one traced, cut, and colored themselves at school. Well, this Thanksgiving craft is a bit different. It’s bigger, more interactive, and it’s certainly going to make a statement. We know your little one is going to love this!

Thanksgiving Craft Materials Needed

Thanksgiving Craft Instructions

Step One: Choose which end of the Aprilaire replacement filter you’d like to be the top of your turkey tail. Locate the thin band of cloth nearest the edge of filter on either side and use scissors to cut it off. This will allow you to fan the turkey tail further.

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Step Two: Once your turkey tail is fanned, lay it flat and spray paint it orange, yellow and then brown. Tip: Use a piece of poster board to get nice, even paint lines.

One thing to note, spray paint contains VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) which can impact your well-being once inhaled. We suggest spray painting your turkey tail in a well-ventilated area, ideally outdoors. This will help prevent these VOCs from entering your home where you or anyone in your family can breathe them in.

If you don’t have the ability to spray paint outdoors, consider utilizing space in your garage. Keep the garage door open to increase air flow, but leave the door to your home closed to prevent VOCs from entering. If you choose to, consider wearing a dust mask or a bandana over your nose and mouth for extra protection.

thanksgiving-craft-step-twoStep Three: Once your turkey tail is dry, fasten a 2” spring clamp to the back of it near the bottom. This helps keep your turkey tail fanned while also helping to keep it upright.

thanksgiving-craft-step-threeStep Four: Place your pumpkin in front of your fanned, upright turkey tail. The pumpkin will represent the body of the turkey. From there, hot glue an elongated gourd to the pumpkin to represent the turkey’s neck. To add a bit of pizazz to your DIY Thanksgiving craft for kids, surround your creation with pine cones and leaves, adding that festive autumn touch.

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Get Your Home Ready for the Baby

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As you get ready to welcome your new baby, you already know that for everything you can prepare for, two more will take you by surprise. All the more reason to get ready what you can now! One thing all parents should be aware of is what changes they need to make to their home before a little one is scampering around.

Get Your Home Baby Safety Ready

As Parents Magazine reminds us, “babies become mobile practically overnight.” Before your due date, walk around your house and think like a baby.

Hit the floor: Remember, your baby’s world takes place 5 or 6 feet lower than yours. Crouch down and observe your home from this level. Baby safety takes place at all levels.

  • Look for outlets that are exposed and install a safe plate or safety cover.
  • Look for cleaning products or dangerous chemicals that are within baby’s reach and move them to a different location.
  • Secure cabinets with magnetic locks. These mechanisms fit most compartments and are invisible from the living space side of the cabinet.
  • While you’re down there… sweep and clean. Look under book shelves or entertainment centers for dirt, debris, a dropped screw, or a missing earring that baby will just love to put in her mouth.

Review the medicine cabinet: When it comes to baby safety, what’s in and what’s not in your locked medicine cabinet is very important.

  • As already stated, make sure the location can be locked, especially if it’s low to the ground. You may also want to clear your cabinet of medicines you plan to avoid while nursing.
  • Talk to your doctor about what medicines they recommends for newborns and stock up early. When your baby gets a fever, colic or upset stomach, you’ll want to make them feel better, not run out to the store.
  • Stock up on first aid. A paper towel and duct tape might cut if for your husband’s boo boos, but for your baby, you’ll want Band-Aids and an approved antiseptic.

Don’t forget your Indoor Air Quality: Protect your newborn from indoor air pollution and an uncomfortable environment. Again, baby safety takes place at all levels and air quality is as equally important for your baby’s health as any other precaution.

  • Air Purifiers: A whole-home air purifier can remove allergens, asthma triggers and dust. All of which your little one may be more sensitive too.
  • Humidifiers:Humidification, especially during dry colder months is essential. Properly humidified air prevents the spread of flu viruses and can help ease the symptoms of colds and respiratory infections.
  • HVAC system check: Consider having your HVAC contractor do a check of your system before you bring baby home. You won’t want your air conditioner or furnace to suddenly go out with a new baby in the house. Your contractor can also help you decide on other IAQ upgrades for your baby!
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Allergy-Friendly Alternatives for Popular School Lunches

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Popular School Lunch Alternatives for Children with Food Allergies

Dealing with food allergies? We know it can be stressful to deal with allergies of any kind. And when it comes to snack time, it’s tough enough to pack a school lunch that your kid actually wants to eat, which makes it even more difficult when your child has food allergies.

Even if you don’t have allergies in your family, your kids’ school may limit certain types of food to help protect other kids. If diet do’s and don’ts have you scratching your head for snack ideas, don’t give up hope! There are so many options available that make it easy to work around food restrictions.

Our favorite is the bento box-style lunch. This makes it easy to deconstruct popular lunches into individual components, so you can be sure they’re safe for your child! Try out these options for different food restrictions to find meals any child will enjoy.

Dairy-Free

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

From Just Take A Bite: Using healthy cheese substitutes is a great way to give kids that gooey texture they love without the dairy. This recipe uses pureed squash, and it’s a perfect match for classic tomato soup.

Nut-Free

PB&J

From Minimalist Baker: This recipe for sunflower butter lets you make a classic PB&J without the nuts! Top off the bento with carrots, chips, and other crunchy options to pair with the creamy, delicious sandwich!

Gluten-Free

Spaghetti

From Momables: This spaghetti and tomato sauce alternative uses spiralized zucchini for gluten-free perfection. Try pairing the main course with fruit slices and Parmesan cheese.

Paleo

Cold Cuts

From Our Paleo Life: The classic lunch sandwich gets a paleo upgrade. Ditch the bread and focus on proteins and seasonal vegetables. And don’t forget a sweet treat to top off this tasty meal.

Grain-Free

Pizza

From Following In My Shoes: This deconstructed pizza option is what every kid wants! Almond and coconut flours make it grain-free without sacrificing on texture or taste, and a simple side of fruit makes this a full, satisfying lunch.