Winter Cold Natural Remedies

Healthy Humidity | Wellness |

Natural Remedies for Winter Colds

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Winter is often associated with negativity. It’s cold, harsh and for the most part, depending where you live, kind of inconvenient. Often times, winter and sickness also go hand-in-hand.  That said, if you or anyone in your family are prone to getting sick throughout the winter season, the good news is that there are some preventative natural remedies you can try to maintain winter wellness.

Apple Cider Vinegar

People have been using apple cider vinegar for relief for years.

According to WellnessMama.com, apple cider vinegar has been used as a natural remedy to help allergy sufferers for years.  Apple cider vinegar can also reduce acid reflux, fight candida (yeast), and lower blood pressure. It’s also high in phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and calcium, making it a sort of super food.

The best way to use apple cider vinegar is to dilute and ingest it. Our favorite recipe is this fire cider from Mommypotamus.com. Enjoy!

Elderberry Syrup

Another great natural remedy is homemade elderberry syrup, which  RealFoodRN.com says is packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants.

One study in Norway tested the effectiveness of elderberries on 60 patients who had developed flu-like symptoms. You can read the results of the study here.

We suggest you read more about the effects of elderberry syrup and how to prepare it from a reputable, well-researched source such as the Franklin Institute of Wellness.

Green Tea with Honey

Some people swear by green tea as a natural health food capable of being a reliable cold and flu remedy, as green tea contains infection-fighting antioxidants.

For an extra boost, consider adding antioxidant-rich local, raw, organic honey to your tea. One study showed that honey works as a better night-time cough suppressant than some medications.

In addition to being great for winter cold symptoms, both green tea and honey host a number of additional benefits, including aiding in digestion.

Humidifiers

Truthfully, it’s not necessarily the cold itself that’s the problem throughout the winter. In fact, it’s the dry winter air.

Our airways, sinuses, blood vessels, and skin depend on moisture to keep our bodies running in top physical condition. It only makes sense that when we remove the moisture from the air, our bodies begin to react negatively to the environment.

Not to mention, studies show that the flu virus and other airborne pollutants actually thrive in environments with low humidity, leading to an increased risk for illnesses.

Prevention is the most effective natural remedy for winter-related illnesses. A whole-home humidifier set somewhere between 30-50% humidity in the wintertime can work wonders for you and your family’s health.

Contact your local Aprilaire professional today to discuss your home’s  needs.

Supporting Articles/Quotes

  1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319573.php
  2. https://www.aprilaire.com/blog/2017/11/does-the-cold-make-you-sick-here-are-5-conditions-escalated-by-winter-air/
  3. https://wellnessmama.com/8370/allergy-relief-remedies/
  4. https://www.fastcompany.com/3052970/the-norwegian-secret-to-enjoying-a-long-winter

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The Cost of NOT Having a Humidifier in Your Home

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Photo of a boy with his hair sticking up from static shock

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.

Healthy Humidity |

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.

Environment |

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:

Healthy Home |

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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Foods That Can Trigger Ragweed Allergies Causing OAS

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Oral Allergy Syndrome

Are you one of the 23 million Americans who suffer from a ragweed allergy? Ragweed is everywhere in the U.S., especially in eastern and midwestern states. Its season starts late in July and early August and ends in mid-October. This common allergen can feel impossible to escape. While a ragweed-producing plant typically lives for only one season, each plant can release up to 1 billion pollen grains that have the potential to travel great distances on the wind. And being outside on a day with elevated ragweed counts isn’t the only way you might be affected. It can also travel into your home on the foods you eat causing Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS).

Foods and Oral Allergy Syndrome

“Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS) is a form of a contact allergic reaction that occurs upon contact of the mouth and throat with raw fruits or vegetables. The most frequent symptoms of OAS include itchiness or swelling of the mouth, face, lip, tongue, and throat. Symptoms usually appear immediately after eating raw fruits or vegetables, although in rare cases, the reaction can occur more than an hour later…OAS can occur at any time of the year.”

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology

Foods that may cause OAS in a person with a ragweed allergy include:

  • Banana
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew melon
  • Watermelon
  • Chamomile tea
  • Cucumber and zucchini
  • Honey that contains pollen
  • Sunflower seeds
  • White potato

Eating these foods, especially during allergy season, can result in any of the following symptoms:

  • Itchy throat/tingling sensation
  • Watery eyes
  • Stuffy nose
  • Swollen lips

How to Avoid OAS

In order to manage your OAS symptoms, it’s important to avoid eating any of these foods raw. Baking, cooking, or microwaving food reduces cross-reactions because the high temperatures break down the proteins that cause OAS.

Peeling foods before eating helps remove the high concentration of proteins found on the skin. And canning your fruits and vegetables or eating canned produce can also limit your reaction.

Talk to your doctor if you experience any adverse reactions when consuming raw fruits and vegetables. They can help you identify your allergies and learn how to avoid them.