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Sick Trees In Your Yard? What You Need To Know About Plant Injections And Implants

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sick Trees In Your Yard? What You Need To Know About Plant Injections And Implants

While trees provide aesthetic and environmental benefits to your property, if the large plants are sickly or structurally unsound, they can be a safety hazard. You have several options for treating a diseased or pest-ridden tree. However, some methods, such as injections and implants, are more effective and less toxic to the environment than others. If you have a tree that is in desperate need of treatment but you are unfamiliar with the benefits of injections and implants, the following guide can provide you with a primer on the methods. How Injections and Implants Work A tree that undergoes an injection or implant receives water soluble chemicals in the cambium layer of the plant. The cambium is the layer right beneath the outer bark. During an injection, a licensed arborist will insert a liquid solution into the tree via drilled holes or a heavy duty needle. If you have a tree that lacks nutrients, the tree specialists may suggest providing the tree with a soil injection. This treatment involves inserting liquid fertilizer directly into the tree roots. During the implant process, a gelatin capsule is inserted into the cambium. Once inside the tree, the capsule dissolves so the liquid it contains can travel through the tree. Injections and implants require precision. While you can purchase injection kits from some nurseries, if you are not a licensed tree professional, you risk damaging the tree. If you drill too far into the tree’s core or apply the wrong amount of chemicals, you may end up causing further harm to the plant. You also need to make sure that you insert the chemicals at the right time of the year.  Furthermore, some chemicals used in injections and implants are only available to licensed arborists. Effectiveness of Injections and Implants While injections and implants require more skill and precision than other pest and disease control methods, for some situations, they may be your only option for saving a tree. Injections and implants may work better on larger trees and have a faster uptake than other methods such as spraying and soil treatments. Fast uptake is crucial when you are dealing with pests, such as the emerald ash borer, that can spread rapidly and kill a tree within a few years. If your tree shows signs of a nutrient deficiency, such as iron chlorosis, an injection treatment will show results within a few weeks and provide long-term benefits. The effects of spraying on malnourished trees are temporary and do not protect new growth. In addition, soil treatments might not be practical if your lawn has compacted, sandy or wet soil. Environmental and Health Advantages Even though it may be tempting to rely on over-the-counter spray pesticides to try and control a pest infestation or disease, there are many environmental reasons why investing in injection or implant treatment is a better solution. When you use a spray pesticide, you risk harming non-target plants and killing beneficial organisms such as bees and earthworms. In addition, the spray drift can also damage plants on neighboring property, negatively affect the health of your family, infiltrate groundwater sources and seep into nearby waterways. Inclement weather can also limit when you can apply sprays. It is not practical to treat trees with spray during rainy or windy weather. However, injections...

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3 Important Lock Maintenance Tips To Increase Your Security

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Important Lock Maintenance Tips To Increase Your Security

There are many things you can do to keep your place of business secure. But no matter how many alarm systems you install or how many security guards you hire, the fact remains that security starts with one simple object – the lock on the door. A good lock on the front door can often foil a criminal all by itself. A lock on an office door can protect the private information of your clients or contacts. A lock on a supply cabinet can prevent internal theft or loss. Basically, good locks can save you a lot of money. But in order for your locks to do their job, you will need to keep those locks in good working order, and lock maintenance is often overlooked. Here are a few tips that will help your locks continue protecting your business. Adjust the Hinges Every single time the door opens and closes, the hinges are moving. In a busy shop or office, they move far more than the average hinge on a residential door. Every swing of the door as a worker or customer enters or exits moves the hinge hardware. This loosens the screws over time, which can affect the way the door hangs. If the door isn’t aligned correctly, the lock is also not aligned correctly and isn’t as secure as it could be. If the door gets too far out of alignment, the lock might not work at all, and the door may not open or close correctly. Luckily, this is an easy fix. Hinge screws can usually be tightened with just a Phillips head screwdriver. Just be sure you tighten the side of the hinge attached to the frame and the side attached to the door. That should bring the door back into proper alignment. Change the Door Closer Pressure A door closer is a good idea for a commercial door – it can prevent people from slamming it, which can be damaging to your door and your lock. However, this only works if the pressure on the door closer is set correctly, and sometimes it may need to be changed. For example, on a stormy day with lots of wind, you should set the door to close a bit more quickly, to prevent the wind from catching it and causing it to slam hard. The pressure can also slip over time, just as a result of using the door closer every day. You can adjust the door closer by locating the adjustment screws. They may be located near where the arm of closer attaches to the door, either at the end of the tube, if it’s a tubular model, or on the bottom if it’s not a tubular model. The screws should be marked “L”, “S” and “BC”. A clockwise turn on the L or S screw increases the speed of the door on different parts of the swing, and a counter clockwise turn decreases the speed. A clockwise turn of the BC screw increases the amount of pressure needed to open the door. Lubricate Your Locks Anytime you notice a lock is beginning to stick, lubrication is called for. Don’t waste time struggling with a key that sticks – pulling and yanking on the key can damage the lock, but no amount of lubrication...

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5 Modern Bathtub Options For Those Considering Remodeling

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Modern Bathtub Options For Those Considering Remodeling

If you are thinking about having your bathroom remodeled this year and are aching to get rid of that standard alcove bathtub that is awkward to get in and out of and never has enough room, you’re in luck. Major modern bathroom trends are toward a spa-like experience for homeowners, providing those considering renovations with a wide variety of bathtub options that go way beyond the standard old alcove tub. Following are five types of bathtubs to provide you with inspiration as you plan your upcoming remodeling project. Freestanding Bathtubs Freestanding tubs make an excellent centerpiece for the bathroom as well as provide a better bathing experience than alcove tubs because they are generally several inches deeper. Until recently, the majority of freestanding tubs available on the market were large and expensive, making them unsuitable for homeowners on a budget whose bathrooms didn’t offer much extra space. However, manufacturers are now offering smaller, less expensive freestanding tubs. You might be also be able to find vintage clawfoot tubs available from antiques dealers, auctions, and estate sale managers. Whirlpool Bathtubs Whirlpool tubs can either be stand-alone fixtures or situated on the side of wall. These are excellent for people who experience back or neck pain. Like freestanding tubs, they are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. However, check with your local plumbing contractor before making a financial commitment. He may be able to plumb your current tub with whirlpool jets if you are otherwise satisfied with the fixture. Soaking Bathtubs Soaking bathtubs are designed for those who love to luxuriate in long, hot soaks in the tub at the end of a tough day. Soaking tubs have built-in seats and headrests as well as ample rim space for candles and glasses of wine and easy-to-access shelves designed to hold luxury bath products such as oils and scented soaps. Because soaking tubs are deeper than other types, check with your plumbing contractor to make certain that your hot water tank is up to the job of supplying it with an adequate amount of water. If not, you might want to consider upgrading to a tankless hot water system that provides you with hot water on demand and saves you money in the process. The most luxurious soaking bathtubs have built-in heating elements that can keep the water warm for hours. Walk-In Bathtubs Walk-in tubs provide an excellent bathing option for those with mobility issues as well as those who simply don’t want to take the risk of slipping and falling while climbing in and out of the tub. Generally installed as stand-alone fixtures, walk-in tubs can function as basic, no-frills tubs or they can be equipped with amenities that are specific to the personal tastes and preferences of the homeowner. For instance, many walk-in tubs also have built-in seats, nonslip floors, and handrails for added safety. Although today’s bathroom trends are drifting away from show-tub combinations, walk-in tubs are often equipped with hand-held shower heads. Corner Bathtubs Corner bathtubs are usually triangle-shaped fixtures that, as their name implies, fit neatly into the corner of the bathroom. Because their main purpose is to save space in small areas, they often do double-duty as a shower. In most respects, they aren’t much different from their alcove bathtub cousins, but many homeowners...

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Electrical Dangers: What You Need To Know Before Buying An Abandoned House

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are interested in buying a house that has been abandoned and vacant for a long time, it’s important to understand the risks that are involved. Most abandoned homes are sold in a tax sale, which means you may not be able to walk through the house before you buy it. You may need to make electrical repairs before you move in to make the house safe and habitable. Here is a mini-guide of steps you may need to take.   Secure the home from squatters Squatters are people who move in to abandoned and vacant homes and live in them as if they own the properties. Unfortunately, many squatters do not take care of the property and, often, leave a huge mess. Abandoned houses that are being sold as-is are not cleaned up and prepared for sale as you would see when realtors show typical houses. However, even if the house has been staged for sale and the squatters have left, they could try to return. Of course, you’ll want to change the locks on all of the doors, but it may be a good idea to install a security system. Hire an electrician to install a security system, complete with audible alarms and motion detection flood lights to alert you and your family members when your home’s security is breached. The electrician can also install an electronic alarm system that alerts the local police. Make sure all windows can be locked. Reprogram the garage door opener so all remote controls will be disabled, just in case a squatter has a remote. Look for missing copper that may have been stolen Typically, abandoned houses are empty, but that doesn’t mean thieves haven’t stolen from the property. Copper piping, tubing and wiring are hot commodities. Thieves cash in these items by taking them to scrap metal recyclers. Do not turn any appliances or equipment on before you have it inspected. Copper electrical wiring may have been stripped, which could result in a fire hazard with open wires. Repairs and/or replacement of all missing copper materials may not be covered by homeowners insurance. However, they may be covered if those materials are required to bring the home up to code. Your local building code authority will be able to tell you what you will need to do to bring the house up to code. Speak with an insurance broker who can determine which policy would best suit your particular circumstance. Do not turn utilities on until the house is checked for fire hazards An open electrical wire, such as one that has been cut, can cause a spark when the electricity is turned on. This can cause a fire hazard. However, if there is also a gas leak present, turning on the electricity and allowing the open wire to spark could cause an explosion. It’s a good idea to have homeowner’s insurance coverage before anything gets turned on, just in case something goes wrong. Hire an electrician to make sure there are no problems with the electrical wiring to reduce the risks of an electrical fire. But first, you’ll need to be absolutely sure there is no gas leak inside the house. A spark from an open electrical wire could ignite a gas leak. Call the gas company or...

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5 Tips For Designing Work Safety Signs

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When running a work or construction business, it’s important to keep your employees protected and aware of any potential danger. This is why safety signs should be displayed at the business or construction site whenever possible. Creating custom signs can help make employees aware of special situations, equipment, or areas that common signs are not available for. As you order custom signs, there are multiple design tips you should follow. This will help with the use of the sign, readability, and effectiveness. Sign Materials The material you choose for your work safety signs is important for the durability. For example, if you have a foam sign placed outdoors, rain and snow can warp the sign and make it unreadable. Two different types of materials offer benefits for the workplace. Aluminum: Lightweight and durable, aluminum is ideal for warehouses and exterior business locations. This metal has multiple types of thickness and can withstand a lot of wear. Magnetic: Magnetic signs are ideal for placing on work vehicles or on large pieces of equipment at a construction site or warehouse. They have a flexible durability and can be cut into numerous sizes. Simplicity As you design the custom signs, you want to keep the sign as simple as possible. A basic message like “Danger” works, along with signs that simply display symbols on them. When you are using symbols with the signs, make them as large as possible so they can be seen easily. A small border around the edges of the sign will naturally draw the eyes to center, so any potential hazard notices can be read as quickly as possible. Sign Colors As you choose colors for your sign, you want to keep the options as simple as possible. Limit your signs to two bold colors so they do not become too hard to read. Good color combinations for your signs include red and white, yellow and black, or black and white. Keep the signs as uniform as possible so people can read and understand them. For example, choose a color theme like red and white for a majority of your signs. This can also help signs of a different color stand out even more. For example, if you have a new danger zone at your business, a yellow and black sign will stand out among all of the red and white signs. Reflective Finishes Ordering a reflective finish for your sign can help draw even more attention to it. There are variety of reflective finishes that you can add to your sign. It all depends on the type of reflection that you are looking for. Anodized Finishes: Use a metal finish to help create a naturally reflective sign that can be noticed from far distances. Not only does it help in low light situations, but an anodized finish helps add longevity to the sign. Reflective Films: Once the sign is created, a reflective film can be layered over the top of it. This film will help draw attention to the whole sign, especially as people are moving towards it. Reflectors: Small circular reflectors can be attached to your sign on areas with no text or symbols. These reflectors can draw quick attention to your sign, especially at night. Finishing Touches The final steps in creating your custom sign...

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5 Energy-Saving Repairs For Your Home You’ve Completely Ignored

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Maintaining a home takes a lot of time and work, and it’s easy to ignore some areas until they require replacement or serious repair. However, there are many areas of your home that, despite not causing major problems, are sucking unnecessary amounts energy. Check out these five areas that are often ignored and cause your energy bills to rise. Garage Door Homeowners tend to ignore garage doors until they completely stop working, but even a working garage door could be leaking energy. This is particularly a problem if your garage door sags to one side, causing it to sit uneven when closed, which leaves a small gap. You should check for this about once a month. Another tip to help keep your door moving smoothly on both sides is to examine the tracks on which the door rolls. First, make sure the wheels are still in the tracks. If you spot any dents, hammer them out. Lastly, remove any debris and keep the tracks well-lubricated. The smoother the tracks are, the less energy will be required to open the door. You can contact a specialist for an additional garage door repair needs. Attic Insulation If you have an unfinished or small attic, you may not go up there often, and what’s out of sight is usually out of mind. However, if your home is old, you probably don’t have enough insulation, causing your energy bills to blast through the roof. Get up there and inspect your insulation. If the layer of insulation is level with or below your attic floor joists, it needs more. Effective insulation has an R-Value of R-38, which equals 10 to 14 inches of insulation. Doing this allows you to use less heat during the winter and air-conditioning during the summer. Air Ducts In forced air heating and cooling, air is pushed through ducts that carry it throughout the house. In a typical house, however, about 20 to 30 percent of this air escapes through leaks. As a result, you have to use more energy to comfortably heat or cool the house. Sealing these gaps stops the air from leaking, creating a more efficient heating and cooling system. Adding insulation around the air ducts is another way to improve their effectiveness. Adding insulation keeps air cool or warm longer, especially in those that pass through rooms without temperature control, such as the basement, attic, crawl space and garage. Windows Older windows are a notorious for allowing energy to escape. Getting energy-efficient windows is an effective repair and investment, but it is also expensive. On average, the cost for putting new windows an entire typical home ranges from $8,000 to $15,000, but your return on investment is about 73 percent. Plus, like other energy-efficient options, you can get a tax credit when you install these windows. A less expensive alternative is to use energy-efficient window films. They aren’t as effective as energy-efficient windows, but they do a decent job of keeping heating and cooling costs low at a more affordable rate. Exterior Doors Like windows, doors are another way energy can easily escape your home. One way to boost your door’s effectiveness is to replace hollow metal doors with solid wood doors because air can actually penetrate hollow doors. Additionally, another major problem area for doors...

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When Winter Has Passed, Be Sure You Address These Two Important Furnace Cleaning Tasks

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When spring awakens after a long winter’s nap, the last thing on the mind of most homeowners is their gas furnace. After all, no one wants to be in a basement or cramped attic when they can be outside enjoying the warmer temperatures. However, before you put on that short-sleeved shirt and head for the yard, remember your gas furnace needs some attention when it is turned off for the last time until fall or winter. Below are two important cleaning tasks you should address when the winter is done: What needs to be cleaned Even though natural gas is clean burning, there are still opportunities for soot or other combustion products to appear inside your furnace and connected components. Two specific areas need your attention: the flame sensor and gas burner tubes. Both are particularly prone to accumulating combustion products during use, and both can cause your furnace to run poorly or even cause damage. Below is how you can check and clean the flame sensor and gas burner tubes: Flame sensor Furnaces use flame sensors to determine when the blower should cycle on and off. If the sensor becomes dirty or charred, it won’t be able to detect the presence of a flame, and your unit will fail to function properly. Fortunately, cleaning the flame sensor is an easy task with most gas furnaces: Shut-off the power – many furnaces have a separate power switch in close proximity to the unit. Your furnace may also be isolated on its own electrical circuit; if so, simply flip the appropriate breaker switch into the ‘off’ position. Remove the access cover – a thin, metal cover protects the internal components and prevents accidental contact with an open flame. The cover should slide or pull free from the furnace, but check your owner’s manual if you have difficulty. Locate the flame sensor – the flame sensor will be located near the gas burners; it will consist of a thin metal probe extending from a ceramic base and will be attached to the electrical panel by a wire. Remove the flame sensor – the sensor will be mounted with a couple of screws, so remove them and pull the sensor from its mount. You probably don’t need to unplug the sensor from its panel unless it needs replacing. Clean the flame sensor – use a piece of very fine grit sandpaper to clean the sensor. Be careful not to remove too much material; just sand enough to remove deposits from the metal. Use a cloth soaked with rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining residue. After you have cleaned the sensor, re-install it, replace the cover and turn on the power by following the above steps in reverse. Gas burners The gas burners should also be cleaned every spring. The burners are long, cylindrical tubes that are perforated; these holes, or jets, are where the gas escapes and is ignited. If the jets become clogged with soot or other deposits, then the furnace will heat inefficiently, and it will cost you more to heat your home. Here is how you can clean the burners yourself: Turn off the power and remove the access cover as detailed in steps 1 and 2 above. Remove the burner tubes – you should see the ends of...

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5 Examples Of Chain Link Fences

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have a chain link fence then you probably know how functional, secure, and affordable they are. Chain link fencing is not very popular for its style, and many people are looking for ways to camouflage their chain link fences with landscaping. However, chain link fencing provides many visual benefits and have created a visual culture of their own. Before you break out the flowers, take a look at these five examples of how plain chain link fences can be amazing visual statements.  Chain Link Fence Can Improve Your Health  One of the main benefits of chain link fencing is how secure it is, which is why it is often used, with strict safety guidelines, around prisons. However, one benefit original prison designers might not have been counting on is that chain link fencing can possibly improve inmate health and reduce stress.  Several psychological studies have found that prison inmates with a window facing green views as opposed to buildings and walls have lower levels of stress and fewer health complaints, which allows them to interact with other prisoners in a less violent manner. The benefit of an unobstructed view while remaining secure can be extended to hospitals, schools, and even private residences. If you are facing a park or other green space, consider leaving your fence bare so you can benefit from the natural views.  Some Chain Link Fencing is Historically Protected  Although a large percentage of the fencing in the United States is chain link fencing, many people are unimpressed by it. However, before you tear out your current chain link fencing, you should check to make sure it is not historically protected. Chain link fencing has its own history, stretching back over 100 years, and it has been used in many historically significant neighborhoods.  Frank Gehry Featured Chain Link Fencing in His Architectural Critique of Deconstructionism  Frank Gehry is a famous, contemporary architect who is known for his explorations in deconstructionism and post-structural architecture. His personal property, in Santa Monica, California, is one of his well-known pieces that has become a tourist attraction. It features, among other materials, a large chain link fence surrounding the second floor balcony of the building. This should give you some idea of how important chain link fencing is to modern architecture and culture. Although you might not be ready to turn your home into an architectural critique, you can use chain link fencing to make a statement about life, your neighborhood, or society in general.  A Chain Link Fence Helped Make Gia Carangi Famous  Gia Carangi, better known as simply Gia, was a fashion model famous in the late seventies and early eighties. She challenged the fashion industry by presenting a different look and a different attitude than the usual models of the time. She was well-known for being bi-sexual and willing to take artistic risks.  Gia’s breakout photo shoot featured her posing naked behind a chain link fence. The photography utilized the idea that chain link fences allow safety but do not always ensure privacy while showcasing her tough, risk-taking attitude. Similarly, your chain link fence teases at your private life while providing protection for your family and pets.  Chain Link Is Evolving Into Its Own Art Style  A Dutch design company has taken the functionality of chain link fencing one step...

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Mold On Your A/C Evaporator Coils? Here’s How To Deal With It

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’ve noticed your A/C isn’t as cool as it once was, it might be due to unforeseen mold growth. Mold is a menace that not only poses a health risk, but also degrades the overall performance of your HVAC system. The following deals with the underlying factors that promote mold growth, as well as ways you can put an end to it. How Mold Growth Takes Hold There’s nothing mold and mildew loves more than a nice, dark and damp place to flourish. Unfortunately, the environment inside your HVAC system’s indoor cabinet fits those requirements to a tee. As your A/C system operates, the evaporator coil is hard at work extracting heat from the air flow it receives via the blower fan and return air inlet. However, this process creates condensate, which drips off the evaporator coil and onto the drain pan below. All this moisture in a relatively damp and clammy environment offers plenty of opportunity for mold spores to take root and create explosive growth. The end result is an evaporator coil that’s caked with slimy mold and mildew. Blocked evaporator coils are no good for cooling, since it’s nearly impossible for air to flow through the clogged coil fins. There’s also a good chance that mold and mildew can clog up the condensate drain line, which causes flooding and adds to the excess moisture problem. Taking Care of Business The first order of business involves getting rid of the mold growth. There are several methods you can use, each with its own benefits and drawbacks: Compressed air – Many HVAC technicians use this method to clean off mold without making physical contact with the coil fins. However, this can spread dirt, debris and mold spores to other areas of the indoor cabinet. Self-rinsing foam cleaner – Not only does it save you the hassle of bringing a brush or compressed air in contact with the delicate coil fins, but it also saves you the trouble of rinsing the evaporator coil. As the foam breaks down into a liquid, it’ll also break down most, if not all of the mold and mildew on the coil. However, you may need multiple applications to break down stubborn mold. Soft brushes – This method is effective for stubborn mold removal, although care should be exercised to not inadvertently bend the evaporator coil fins. After cleaning the evaporator coil, the next step involves cleaning the condensate drain line and drain pan. In most cases, the line may be clogged with mildew growth, resulting in a drain pan that’s prone to overflowing with condensate: Use a wet/dry shop vacuum to remove any standing water in the condensate drain as well as any that’s spilled onto the floor. Break up any clogs present in the line with a small plumbing snake. You can also use your vacuum to suck out the clog. Thoroughly clean the condensate drain pan with a disinfectant cleaner. Afterwards, pour a cup of household bleach into the condensate drain line to kill any remaining mold or mildew. Preventative Measures It’s important to look at mold as not a problem in of itself, but as a symptom of an underlying problem. For example, excess humidity can easily spur explosive mold growth. Keeping your home’s relative humidity below the 60...

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How To Deal With Too-Dry And Too-Moist Winter Air In Your Home

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When temperatures outside decrease, you usually turn up the heat in your home to stay warm. Both forced air heating from sites like http://stucksheatingcooling.com, and wood burning stove heat can warm your house and dry out the air at the same time. On the other extreme, tightly sealed homes in the winter can retain moisture and lead to an overly-wet environment. Neither situation is ideal, but you can follow these recommendations to regulate the humidity level in your home and still enjoy your heated home. Dealing with Heated Dry Air  Cold air cannot hold much moisture. When outside winter air is pulled into your home’s heating ventilation and heated, the air warms up and still contains the same small amount of moisture. This causes the air inside your home to be dry.  The air inside your home is most comfortable, and best for your sinuses, at 40 to 50 percent humidity. Anything below this range will cause your skin to become dry and itchy, and your nasal passages to crack, bleed and feel stuffed up. Dry nasal passages can increase your chance of getting a nasal infection. Dry air also increases annoying static in your hair and clothes. If you have ever spent an evening in a warm home heated by a wood burning stove, your nose may have become stuffed up. This happens when the membranes inside your nose are dried out, causing nasal allergies. Lower humidity air in your home will also make the air feel more cool to your skin, causing you to turn the heat up even more. Adding moisture to the air is easy when you know what to do. You can increase the humidity of your home’s air for it to be within this range of 40 to 50 percent to get the most comfortable and warm climate indoors.  One way to put moisture in the air is to place a humidifier in the main living area of your home and run it day and night. If you don’t have a humidifier, you can heat pot of water on the stove. The stove heat will allow the water to evaporate and enter the air throughout your home. Once you begin to see condensation forming on your home’s windows, you know you have increased your indoor humidity and made the air more comfortable. A third option to increase your home’s indoor humidity is to leave bathroom fans off and bathroom windows shut after bathing and showering. The hot water creates steam that gets into your home’s air, which can help increase the humidity in your entire house. Dealing with a High Moisture Level  During the winter when you turn on the heat in your home, you want the heat to stay inside your home. Unfortunately, if your home is too tightly sealed, humidity can increase too much. You can check the humidity levels in your home with a hygrometer or just by how the environment feels to you. When the moisture levels in your home are above 60 percent, the air will start to feel stuffy and it will create an unhealthy environment in your home. Too much moisture in the air can allow mold and mildew to grow, and heavy condensation to form and freeze on your windows, causing damage. This moist environment...

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