5 Benefits of Using a Humidifier this Winter

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Should I use a humidifier?

Humidifiers have many benefits to the health and wellness of your family. There are 5 main benefits to having a humidifier.

  1. Maintain your health: Did you know that one of the perfect breeding grounds for viruses that cause cold and flu symptoms is dry air? Humidifiers make it easy to maintain an ideal humidity level in the home, making it one of the most overlooked preventative measures against getting sick during the winter.
  2. Valuable for your home: Low indoor humidity causes wood flooring to dry out, separate and crack, wood furniture to crack and split, and wallpaper to peel. Chances are you put valuable dollars towards these household items and would like to see them last as long as possible without getting damaged.
  3. Saves you money: A little known fact about dry air: it feels cooler than humidified air. The colder you feel during the winter, the more likely you are to run your furnace. Conversely, the warmer you feel, the less likely you are to run the furnace. This saves you money.
  4. Helps you sleep better: One of the most well-known benefits of humidifiers is snoring relief. Due to the humidity moisturizing the respiratory system, the loudness and intensity of snoring is greatly reduced. Even more so, moist air keeps mucus membranes from becoming dry which is a primary reason for sore throat and stuffy nose.  It also helps babies sleep better as well. Humidified air can reduce dust and the drying of the air passages. A baby will sleep better in a humidified environment.
  5. Benefits your skin: Dry air is often one of the main culprits for dry skin. Proper indoor humidity can prevent and relieve scratchy and dry skin.

 

Having a humidifier in your home is beneficial for you and everyone living in the house. When it comes to purchasing a humidifier, always look to see what benefits it will provide for you and/or your family. Over the years, humidifiers from Crane have left our customers the most satisfied.

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The Drop Shape Crane Humidifier (available in a variety of colors) provides relief for symptoms associated with the flu, colds, and coughs. The indoor moisture it will provide for your home makes it easier to breathe, provides relief of nasal congestion, sinus irritation and other issues. The Crane Drop Shape is made for room sizes up to 250 square feet and has an adjustable mist output so it can be set at the settings most comfortable for you.

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For children, we suggest the Starry Night Humidifier by Vicks. It produces cool moisture for medium-sized rooms so your child can experience easier breathing and a better nights rest. It features two output settings for a customized operation, is useful for cold and cough relief, and helps with respiratory and congestion issues. The Starry Night Projector (independently controlled) transforms an ordinary room into a starry night sky that is sure to bring delightment to your child.

We also offer humidifiers from Honeywell, Holmes, Vicks and more. Check out our list of portable home humidifiers for a list of all the humidifiers that will be right for your home.

Dangerous Chemicals Found in Un-Filtered Tap Water

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“Should I filter tap water?” is a question that I get a lot. The answer is always yes. The amount of chemicals commonly found in tap water is alarming. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) there are over 2,000 contaminants that could be in your tap water. Some of the most dangerous tap water chemicals are:

Lead: Commonly entering tap water through corroded pipes, lead can cause great harm to your health. According to some studies, lead in drinking water can be especially dangerous to children and pregnant mothers. Studies through the years have also shown that lead poisoning can cause developmental delays and learning disorders.

Cryptosporidium and Giardia: Many point to these common types of protozoa for the cause of gastro-intestinal diseases. These contaminants will almost certainly end up in the water system when there has been a sanitation breakdown.

Chlorine: Perhaps the most controversial of the water contaminants, it also could be the most prevalent chemical found in the water system. It is commonly used for sanitation purposes to kill off any harmful bacteria in the water supply. However, according to healthguidance.org, it has recently been linked to some cancers such as breast cancer, bladder cancer and rectal cancers.

What can you do to avoid these problems?

It may seem like perfect sense to turn to bottled water, in fact, millions do every year. However, there are a myriad of issues with bottled water. The plastic that many brands of bottled water are shipped in contain harmful chemicals, such as BPA. Once these chemicals come in contact with the water inside the bottle, the chemicals become absorbed by the water. Once you drink it, you are ingesting harmful chemicals to your body. Even more so, bottled water is essentially tap water in a bottle. In fact, there are harsher restrictions against the water coming from your local water supplier than there is on bottled water companies. The best solution to avoid these problems is through the use of water filtration. Water filters act as an important barrier between you and the over 2,000 known chemicals in drinking water. Without this “road block” in place, harmful contaminants will have free access to your body including the organs, intestinal tract, and more.

What type of tap water filters should you use?

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This largely depends on the type of chemicals in your drinking water. Some areas experience better water quality than others. It is best to use a water test kit to see exactly what is in your drinking water in a convenient and inexpensive manner.

As for water filter options, there are no shortage to choose from. Water pitcher filters provide clean, filtered water on hand at all times in the convenience of a water pitcher. Refrigerator water filters are critical in reducing water contaminants before they reach your body. Whole-house water filters provide filtered water through the entire house, which means clean water running through your faucet, shower and more. Faucet filters are convenient and so are reusable water bottle filters for filtered water wherever you are.

Reverse osmosis filtration is currently the highest quality filter system that you can use to remove dissolved contaminants from your water.  The price per gallon of a reverse osmosis system is just penny’s per gallon, and is a great way to drink and cook with healthy water.

Have any questions? Feel free to leave your question in the comment selection below and I will be glad to assist you.

Prevent Water Borne Illness While Traveling in Other Countries

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Planning a nice, long awaited tropical getaway?

Outfits picked out?
You: Check!

Resort booked?
You: Check!

Sightseeing all mapped out?
You: Check!

Plane tickets purchased?
You: Check!

Passport?
You: Check!

Filtered Water Bottle packed?
You: Huh? Wait, what?

Do you have your filtered water bottle packed? If not, think about this. In many popular tropical travel destinations, water is not fully treated to remove waterborne organisms and pollutants that can cause illness. Waterborne diarrhea illnesses can be caused from ingesting contaminants when drinking water. For many travelers, the risk of acquiring gastrointestinal illnesses may be high due to bacteria, viruses or parasites that can be transmitted through contaminated water or food prepared with contaminated water.

Boiling water can help to purify water or some type of filtration to make it safe to drink. However, you did not book a trip to a tropical island or a foreign country, just to spend a lot of time boiling your water to drink. In addition to good personal hygiene practices, travelers want to enjoy their vacation and not worry about diarrhea or some other type of waterborne illness as a result of drinking contaminated water. Here are some suggestions to take that worry away, regardless of whether you’re traveling abroad, hiking or camping.

travel water filter              travel water purification bottle                   UV travel Water Purifier

Katadyn MyBottle             Sawyer Squeeze  Bottles                SteriPen Purifier

When traveling out of the United States, regulations on water treatment may not be mandatory. Safe beverages such as bottled fruit juices, alcoholic beverages without ice, carbonated soft drinks, hot beverages such as coffee or tea may quickly quench your thirst, but do little for dehydration.  Replacement Filters for all of these bottles are available on Filtersfast.com. Let’s face it, you invested a lot of money on your tropical vacation, so why risk you or your family getting sick from water that is untreated.