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5 Reasons You Need More Water in the Winter

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We all know the causes and signs of dehydration in the summer; we work up a sweat in the hot sun and suddenly our whole body is screaming for a glass of water. But what about winter? Winter dehydration is much harder to spot than its summer counterpart.

How to Avoid Winter Dehydration

Winter dries out your skin, even if you’re drinking enough water

Dry air, especially in a heated home during winter sucks the moisture out of your skin. The obvious solution is to moisturize, but even that takes a few pointers. No hot showers, as long, piping hot showers actually contribute to dry skin by washing away needed oils that keep skin healthy. Take warm, shorter showers. Moisturize right away when you’re done bathing. Moisturizing is not very effective if you’ve already dried off. Some dermatologists recommend putting on the moisturizer while you still in the shower to lock in that hydration!

Hydration helps with weight loss

With Thanksgiving, Christmas, parties, and cold weather outside, it’s easier to put on the pounds during winter. Winter dehydration can cause us to snack when a calorie-free glass of water would’ve done the trick! When you feel hungry, try some liquids first. Unsweetened hot tea or room temperature water are the best choices if you’re trying to watch your weight. Cold drinks could make you shiver!

Hydration keeps you warmer

Winter dehydration makes its more difficult for your body to regulate temperature. The double whammy comes when your air is also dry – because dry air feels colder than properly humidified air. If you’re thirsty in a home that’s too dry, it’s not going to be a comfortable! A whole-home humidifier can help maintain proper humidity levels and operates in conjunction with the heating system. You’ll find yourself feeling warmer at cooler temperatures in the home which saves money – BONUS!

Hydration can boost immunity

A hydrated body is a healthier body, so making sure you’re drinking plenty of liquids provides an immune boost. Dry air also causes dryness of the nasal passages and mucus membranes, which makes a person more likely to contract cold and flu viruses. An itchy or even bloody nose is a sign that nasal passages are too dry! Consider humidification in your bedroom or better yet your whole home.

Water helps your style in the winter

Because moisture is an essential component to glowing skin and frizz-free hair, keeping your body and home’s air properly hydrated in the winter will maintain your style regardless of the conditions outdoors. Even if you don’t normally use a conditioner, everyone should in the winter. And of course, get out your moisturizers and humidifier.

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The Cost of NOT Having a Humidifier in Your Home

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Is the comfort and health of your home’s air under control? Dry air can be a problem in almost any home, but it is most problematic during the colder months. When cool, outdoor air is brought inside and heated, moisture levels fall, making your house suddenly filled with dry, irritating air. What are you putting at risk by not having a humidifier in your home?

Health

Low Relative Humidity (RH) makes you and your family more susceptible to catching a cold or the flu. A speedier progression and transmission of flu viruses has been linked to dry air. Respiratory infections caused by cold and flu viruses are also a leading trigger of asthma in children. 

Comfort

When Relative Humidity in your home is low, it impacts your family’s comfort. This leads to aggravating dry eyes and skin, and may even lead to a morning sore throat. Dry air is also the cause of increased static electricity in the home.

Energy Costs

Dry air actually makes you feel colder at normal temperatures which, in turn, causes you to overheat your home. According to the EPA, for every degree you heat your house, you add 4% to your energy bill.

Home Preservation

Your home protects you and your family from the outside elements, but are you doing what’s needed to protect your home? Dry air can cause structural damage to your house and possessions. It can cause walls, woodwork, and hardwood floors to crack and can even lead to irreparable damage to your electronics.

Our whole-home humidifiers help improve the air in your home. Installed as part of your home’s heating and cooling system, our humidifiers automatically deliver the perfect amount of humidified air throughout every room. Maintaining the right humidity level throughout your home may reduce incidence of cold and flu infections, protects your home and its possessions, and helps you stay warmer at cooler temperatures, which improves energy efficiency. Engineered and manufactured in the USA, our humidifiers require minimal maintenance and attention and will continue to provide your family protection from dry air conditions.

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Find the Right Humidifier For Your Home

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Best Humidifier for your home

This time of year, it’s often obvious that your home’s air is thirsty — but what’s the best way to give it a drink? We have designed and manufactured many different humidifiers to help you battle dry air in your home. We have solutions for numerous  applications based on the size of your home, how you heat your home and what type of control you want. The best part is, our network of skilled HVAC partners do most the work in selecting the best product for your needs.

What makes humidifiers different?

The HVAC contractor analyzes many factors when choosing the best solution for your home. Some humidifiers need a power source while others simply rely on the HVAC blower fan. The contractor understands when to use one versus the other. As a result, the solution ultimately installed is the one that works best with the home’s HVAC system.

Whole-home humidification is available to you no matter how your house is heated. In addition, with our steam humidification solutions, even homes with boilers, mini-splits or baseboard heat can enjoy humidified air in every room of the house.

How do I personalize my humidity control?

There are important recommendations for the amount of humidity your home needs. Whole-home humidifiers allow you to monitor your humidity and adjust it based on need. To ensure the best operation, our humidifiers are available with an automatic control options. Now you’ll never need to worry if your humidity is at the right level.

All of our humidifiers are compatible with our line of Wi-Fi Thermostats with IAQ Control. You can manage the humidity level in your home from anywhere with Wi-Fi control. It’s the easiest way to protect your home and your family’s health from dry air.

If your house is hanging you out to dry this winter, contact an Aprilaire dealer today.

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Summer’s Most Common Bugs

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When it comes to a love of humidity, humans and pests are on opposite ends of the spectrum. While we tend to despise air that is thick with heat and water vapor, most bugs actually thrive in it and need it to live.

Unfortunately, this means that the impending summer humidity in certain parts of the country is about to bring these summer pests out in a big way.

Summer’s Most Common Pests

Cockroaches

The German cockroach is the most common roach species infesting our homes in North America. They are attracted to warm and humid places, making your kitchen and the water heater in the basement their most frequented hideaways.

Silverfish

These small, wingless insects are nocturnal and need to keep their bodies moist at all times in order to survive. You are likely to find them beneath boxes or furniture in your basement, the shower, or hiding in your kitchen.

Centipedes

Carnivorous and nocturnal, with their 100 feet, these pests can move quickly and spend most of the day hiding in humid, secluded places. They are highly attracted to the moist, humid parts of the home because they need to rehydrate constantly in order to live.

Earwigs

Known to burrow into topsoil outside, these nocturnal bugs can also infiltrate dark and humid areas of your home. You are most likely to find them around floor drains, bathrooms, or under rugs or furniture.

Roly-Poly Bugs

Also known as pill bugs, sow bugs, potato bugs, or armadillo bugs, these bugs often infest damp basements.

Tips to Prevent/Eliminate Summer Pests:

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Professionals Needed: Here Are The Home Projects You Should Never DIY

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So you bought your first house and can’t wait to rip up that crummy carpet. Go for it! But if you hit dirt, you might need to call in backup. As more millennials take the plunge into home ownership, it’s becoming more and more common to see DIY projects big and small. Things like carpet removal are doable. But no matter how many tips and tricks you’ve picked up from HGTV, Pinterest, or YouTube, there are some projects that simply aren’t worth the money, time, or risk to do yourself.

Setting Limits on DIY Home Projects

Skill Level for DIY Home Projects:

For some people, DIY is a way of life. For the rest of us, we need to be honest about our skills and level of experience. Sometimes a “simple” job can actually be a lot more complex than it appears. Hire a professional for these projects before you try it yourself and make a mistake that costs way more to fix.

  • Paving your driveway
  • Custom kitchen and bathroom jobs – backsplashes, flooring, countertops
  • Pest removal
  • Window Installation

Time Commitment for DIY Home Projects:

Some home improvement jobs can take weeks to complete when you try to do them yourself. For big projects, hiring a professional will mean a quicker and more efficient job done well so you can get back to enjoying your home without interruptions.

  • Large landscaping projects
  • Flooring
  • Demolition

Permission for DIY Home Projects:

Some home improvement projects require permits due to building codes. Save yourself the headache, and possible code violation, by hiring a professional who’s familiar with the process when it comes to these types of jobs.

  • Additions and remodels
  • Deck or patio addition
  • Major electrical/plumbing work
  • Pool installation and repairs

Safety Risk for DIY Home Projects:

If there’s any question of your ability to do something without injury or structural damage to your home, it’s most definitely a job for a professional.

  • Mold, asbestos, lead removal
  • Tree removal
  • Roof and foundation repairs
  • HVAC system installation and repair

When you’ve decided you need a pro, try to keep the process simple to save you time and headaches. Start by reaching out to a few trusted contractors in your area to get estimates on the work, (recommendations from friends are a great place to start) and then consider price and professionalism before making your decision.

When it comes to HVAC work, we make it easy to find a pro. Along with plumbing and electrical work, HVAC is an area where it’s crucial to get the job done right the first time.

Sources:

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/millennials-take-on-diy-projects-with-more-confidence-and-budgeting-discipline-than-previous-generations-300813538.html

https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/10-home-projects-you-should-always-hire-a-pro-for/

https://www.ahs.com/home-matters/quick-tips/8-household-projects-to-leave-to-professionals/

https://www.rd.com/home/improvement/diy-home-improvement-projects/

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/projects-you-should-not-diy_n_3923456

https://www.hallerent.com/blog/when-to-call-professional-for-home-improvement-repairs/

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Stand Up for Clean Air

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50 Years Later: The Clean Air Act of 1970

50 years ago, Congress signed a landmark bill – The Clean Air Act of 1970. This bill helped reduce air pollution, spurred energy-efficient machines, cars, and helped Americans breathe easier, but there’s still more work to be done. Now, the American Lung Association is asking everyone to join the Stand Up For Clean Air initiative to help make healthy air accessible to everyone.

Stand Up for Clean Air Initiative

The initiative focuses on creating clean air at home, at work, at school, and outdoors. It also focuses on reducing climate change and addressing air quality concerns after a natural disaster. Lastly, people can read about the state of the air in their community in the American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report.

Its most recent State of the Air report states that nearly half of Americans live with unhealthy air. Most of that unhealthy air is a result of the byproducts of climate change.

“Climate change results in increased levels of wildfire smoke, worsened ozone pollution, more extreme storms and frequent flooding, which leave behind mold, polluted floodwater residue and other damage, exposing people to indoor air pollution as they clean up and repair homes. Many sources of climate pollution – power plants, oil and gas operations, and cars and trucks – also produce air pollution that is directly harmful to lung health.” – Harold Wimmer, American Lung Association CEO and President 

Air pollution contributes to premature deaths, heart attacks, strokes, cancer, and asthma attacks. Children, older adults, and those with underlying health conditions are most vulnerable.

Resources to Create Healthy Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality for Workplaces

With its Stand up for Clean Air initiative, the American Lung Association wants to create better indoor air quality. In doing so, the ALA provides several resources to help users advocate for these changes.

Fortunately, the ALA is not only the group advocating for healthy buildings and better indoor air quality.

The TH Chan School of Public Health at Harvard has been advocating for healthy buildings for 40 years. Through its advocacy, the school has completed and promoted studies that indicate production declines when employees are in an unhealthy workplace. Workers in these poor conditions type slower, take more sick days, and are generally less productive. Healthy insurance provider Kaiser Permanente estimates that the net result of this absenteeism and poor production costs businesses thousands of dollars per employee.

Indoor Air Quality for Schools

Students in poorly ventilated schools face similar problems. They lack focus, are more likely to get sick, and subsequently are more likely to be absent. This can result in lower performance. The American Lung Association and Environmental Protection Agency have collaborated to create a toolkit to help schools improve their indoor air quality with low-cost initiatives. Benefits include improved academic performance, higher rates of attendance, and healthier children.

Advocate for Clean Air

To join the fight against poor indoor air quality and air pollution, you can visit the American Lung Association and become an advocate.

“Everyone has a role to play in addressing climate change and ensuring clean air for all,” Wimmer said. “Our hope is that everyone – from individual citizens to industries, federal and state governments, and companies and brands – recognize that everyone is needed to ensure clean air for all and address an obstacle as unprecedented as climate change. I hope you’ll join us in realizing our vision of a world free of lung disease.” – Harold Wimmer

Please note: Aprilaire is a partner of the American Lung Association. We are a national sponsor of the American Lung Association’s fundraiser Fight for Air Climb FY20.