Check out these simple, natural cures…
This time of year makes for beautiful weather, but also for a huge rise in allergy suffering. Some over-the-counter medicines may work fine, but can have bad side effects. Some cause nasal bleeding, others have “rebound effects” (where the patient must keep using the product to stay clear).
Natural Ways To Reduce Fall Allergies
Natural remedies have been coming on strong in recent years for several reasons. They’re deemed as more effective than prescriptions; they cost less, and many Americans are needlessly becoming resistant to chemicals.
• Quercitin: This natural antihistamine is a component in fruits and vegetables. You can find it at health stores. Most people take 300 mg twice a day from early Fall until the first frost.
• Stinging Nettle: This oddly named plant extract is also a natural antihistamine used with great results. The dosage would be slightly higher than Quercitin.
• Vitamin C: Can be taken in higher doses (1000 mg) during allergy season, but reduced significantly or eliminated during the off-season.
• Saline nasal spray: Using 1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved per 1/2 cup of water just before bedtime as a nasal wash can significantly reduce your “morning stuffiness.”
• HEPA filtration: This is the most efficient form of heating and air conditioning filtration that still allows good airflow. (Call us to get one in your size.) You can also get them for your vacuum cleaner.
• Avoid overuse of moth cakes, scented candles: These can release a high degree of chemicals known to trigger allergies.
• Radon is still highly dangerous: Many people thought the “scam” of Radon negated the need for detection. Radon fears have plummeted; however, Radon is carcinogenic (causes cancer) and quite prevalent. You may have it checked by a home professional very easily. Web help: www.epa.org.
• Weird Science: Emptying the dishwasher can trigger allergies. It can release volatile chemicals. If you find yourself sensitive to this, run your stove fan while emptying (or make your spouse do it!).
• Duct Sealing or Cleaning is about the most natural thing you can do! Simply having clean air in your home can rid you of the source of your aggravation. Call us to help you or to get more information on this service. (You may not need any medication!)
7 Money Savers For All
1. Set back your thermostat. Don’t set the thermostat more than 5 degrees cooler than the ‘normal’ rating when you’re away because of the amount of energy you’ll need to heat it back up. Call us to get a programmable thermostat that’ll adjust the temperature while you’re away or sleeping.
2. Clean warm air registers, baseboard heaters and/or radiators. Make sure that carpeting, furniture or draperies are not blocking them.
3. Get a heating tune-up! This can save money, spot a danger and make you more comfortable. What else could you want? Call us today.
4. Have your ductwork checked for leaks. If you’ve got split or leaky ductwork, this can save you a bundle! You should keep all the warm air you’re paying for! Call us to help.
5. Change your return air filters. This is so simple, we’re going to be mad at you if you don’t do it monthly! Or call us with your filter size and we’ll provide one with a tune-up.
6. Consider storm windows or more efficient windows. Although sometimes expensive, these can pay for themselves.
7. Lower your dishwasher and washing machine temperatures. They use hot water from your house supply and drain it in a hurry! That’s much more costly in cold weather.
How To Reduce Your Energy Bill
The cost of home heating continues to hit the homeowner harder each year. But sometimes, you can end up spending even more than necessary by overlooking energy wasters in your home that, in many cases, are easy to remedy. A home energy audit can help by pinpointing these areas and identifying ways to cut energy costs. In fact, you can conduct a simple audit on your own by following a few recommendations from the Department of Energy. To take stock of your home energy use:
• Check insulation levels in your attic, exterior and basement walls, ceilings, floors and crawl spaces.
• Check for holes or cracks around your walls, ceilings, windows, doors, light and plumbing fixtures, switches and electrical outlets.
• Check for open fireplace dampers.
• Check caulking and weather stripping, and repair if necessary.
• Schedule an annual tune-up for your heat pump, furnace or boiler.
• Seal and insulate leaky ducts to ensure that the airflow distribution system serving your heating equipment is operating at peak efficiency.
• Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators as needed; make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes.
• Seal holes around plumbing and heating pipes.
• As lower temperatures set in, make an effort to set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. Or consider having us install a programmable thermostat that will automatically lower temperatures at night or during the day when the home is unoccupied.
When you call us for a tune-up, ask for an estimate of how much you can save with a new energy efficient system.