Home Care Tips

Winter Prep Tips

Winter preparation need not be a blizzard of work, but should be part of a seasonal routine. Here are some tips from our company to get you started:

  • Check smoke detectors-more fires occur in the winter than any other time of year.
  • Change your furnace filters.
  • Before using your fireplace, be sure it’s clean of soot or carbon buildup.
  • If you’re taking a vacation from the winter weather:
    – Be sure your heating system is working so pipes don’t freeze while you’re gone.
    – Turn off the main water supply to the house, and open water faucet valves inside your home to let whatever water is inside run out.
    – To prevent pipes from freezing, open cabinet doors to let air circulate.

Spring Is in the Air

What can you do to avoid suffering from seasonal allergies? The only way to avoid pollen is to move to somewhere that has no grass, trees, or weeds–or lock yourself in a sealed, air-conditioned room until the pollen is gone. Fortunately, there are less drastic steps you can take to make yourself more comfortable. The AAAAI offers the following tips to help allergy sufferers find some relief during your peak allergy season:

  • Do a thorough spring cleaning—windows, bookshelves, and air conditioning vents collect dust and mold throughout the winter that can
    provoke allergy symptoms.
  • Minimize outdoor activity when pollen counts are high. Peak pollen times are usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you live in the USA,
    you can get up-to-date pollen information for your area from the National Allergy Bureau.
  • Take medications at least 30 minutes prior to outdoor activity. Consult with an allergist-immunologist to ensure medications are helping
    you, and notify your doctor when reactions to medications occur.
  • Shut windows in your house on days pollen counts are high. Avoid using windows or fans that may draw pollen inside.
  • Wash bedding weekly in hot water.
  • Dry laundry indoors. Sheets hanging on an outside line are an easy target for blowing pollen.
  • Shower and wash your hair before bed—pollen can collect on your hair and skin.
  • Keep pets off of furniture and out of the bedroom. Pollen can cling to the dog or cat after being outside.
  • Keep car windows closed during peak season. Use air conditioning and point vents away from face.
  • When mowing lawn or gardening, wear a filter mask.