Why Using Quality Air Filters in Your Home is Essential

Why Quality Air Filters are Essential

If you live in a home built in the past thirty or so years, you may have a problem with indoor air quality. A major emphasis was placed on making homes more airtight and free of drafts after the energy crisis of the 70s. As a result, the EPA tells us many homes have indoor air that is three to six times more polluted than outdoor air, even in major industrial cities.

The health hazards from indoor pollutants are quite serious, and these new conditions are blamed in large part for the dramatic increase in asthma in children. The pollutants in the average home include:

• Dust and particulates
• Pollen
• Mold spores
• Pet dander
• Smoke
• Mites
• Bacteria
• Fibers

These contaminants remain in the home and tend to gather in the lungs of occupants over time. The average adult will breathe in more than 11,000 liters, or 388 cubic feet, of air each day, allowing a large quantity of pollutants to enter the body. These factors combine to make attention to your home air purifying systems a major priority.

Home and office HVAC systems are built with basic filters to primarily protect the equipment. However, you can have additional air filters added to your system at affordable prices. There are also a number of quality portable units that will effectively clean the air in spaces where they are utilized.

Whatever your choice for filtering systems, they all rely on the actual filters to do the job of removing pollutants. Filters come in all prices and levels of quality, and are made to be replaced or cleaned regularly. Fortunately, there is a way to evaluate the basic effectiveness of any filter you choose. For example, if you buy a 3M air filter because your value the brand, you still need to understand its MERV rating.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers developed the MERV scale to rate a given filter’s ability to remove particles from the air. They built the range based on sizes of .3 to 10 microns, and this is the range that presents the greatest health hazard. The MERV scale ranges from 1-16, with the better filters having the higher number. Most homes can be kept reasonably safe with filters in the 7 to 12 range, while hospitals focus on those with at least 13 and all the way to 16 ratings.

There is a balance in selecting an efficient filter with maintaining good air flow. Ironically, the more effective a filter, the quicker it gets dirty, and the greater the problem it presents if not regularly cleaned and/or replaced.

5 Creative DIY Garden Stake Ideas

Add A Unique Touch To Your Garden With These Markers!


Your garden can have a personalized and unique touch added to it with these fun do it yourself project ideas for garden stakes {or markers as they are often referred to}. These projects incorporate repurposed materials, as well as everyday household items. These are great weekend craft projects that won't break your budget and will leave your neighbors envious of your beautiful garden!
Photo Credit: Indulgy.com

Paint Stick Stakes



Paint stick stakes are a simple and cost effective way to add a unique twist to your garden. Just grab some paint sticks and some craft paint and you're good to go! Click on the picture to be taken to the tutorial.
Photo Credit:BlissfullyDomestic.com

Repurposed Lids


Put your lids to good use instead of tossing them in the trash with these repurposed lids diy garden stakes. Click on the photo for the full tutorial and for more information.
Photo Credit:InMyOwnStyle.com

Repurposed Aluminum Labels


Wooden Spoon Stakes


Here's a great inexpensive project with wooden spoons that you can buy from your local dollar store. Add some paint detailing and you've got yourself some fantastic homemade garden markers!
Photo Credit:Waponi

Cork Markers


These diy cork markers for the garden are combined with bamboo stakes to create a shabby chic look! Click on the photo for the full tutorial and for more information.
Photo Credit:EatDrinkBetter.com






Some Ways You Can Make Entertaining Easier

Make Entertaining Easier

You love to have people over to your house. That sense of camaraderie as everyone gathers, eats, and talks truly makes you happy. Whether it is the holidays, a special occasion, or you just feel like having a party, you pride yourself on making memorable moments. There's only one problem. You always get too stressed and can't really enjoy it yourself until the night is over. Take some tips to help you breathe easier the next time you want to invite guests to your home.

Take a Team Approach

As you get ready for the big day, delegate jobs. Give everyone in your household different duties to perform. Just because you are the hostess doesn't mean everything should rest on your shoulders. Your stress level will really begin to drop when you see each item on your list getting checked off sooner because someone else is helping you along the way.

Prepare Foods Ahead of Time

If there is anything that can be prepared early and refrigerated, do a little bit at a time in the days leading up to your occasion. Taking on a few extra dishes a night is much easier than trying to do everything at once. You don't want to become overwhelmed.

Think Disposable

Give yourself as little cleanup as possible. Plastic yogurt spoons, other Gelato products, and paper plates will mean fewer dishes for you to wash at the end of the night. You can still choose colorful options that are attractive and match the theme of your party.

Pace Yourself

Don't try to get everything done in a short amount of time. Give yourself a break in between tasks. Make sure you get plenty of rest the night before your gathering. On the day of your party, give yourself something you deserve, such as a hot soak or a brisk, morning walk, followed by a hot cup of tea. You'll be refreshed and ready for your festivities later in the day. When everyone arrives, make sure that you actually mingle and enjoy your hard work. Take a moment to sit down and eat some of the delicious food that you prepared. Don't spend all of your time running back and forth to the kitchen. If you set everything up buffet style, your guests can always help themselves. Your gathering will be a success.


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