Cystic Fibrosis Xtreme Hike April 18, 2015

xtreme hike logo updatedIt’s that time of year again when our CEO and Owner of, Ray Scardigno, will once again participate in the Charlotte, NC Chapter’s Xtreme Hike, on April 18, 2015. Having a personal connection to the cause and having made a commitment to help fight for a cure, Ray, representing Team, and a group of dedicated hikers, will join together hiking over 30 miles, to raise awareness and funds to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Approximately 30,000 people in the United States are currently living with Cystic Fibrosis with up to ten million more being carriers of the defective CF gene.  Cystic Fibrosis causes devastating damage to the lungs, sometimes leading to fatal infections, and digestive tract, preventing food from being absorbed and used properly.

One way the CF Foundation raises money is by holding a series of events across the U.S. known as the Cystic Fibrosis Xtreme Hike. Hikers embark on a journey across some of the most scenic terrain in the country, all with one goal and purpose in mind: to bring awareness to Cystic Fibrosis and raise money to search for a cure.

In the past five years, since the XTREME HIKE program began, the Charlotte chapter has raised more than $2.2 Million for vital CF research, care and education.

Please join us, as we support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, by making a donation to Ray’s Xtreme Hike on April 18, 2015. will match each donation dollar for dollar up to $7,500!  For more information on Cystic Fibrosis and to learn more about this year’s Xtreme Hike, please visit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

To donate to Team‘s Xtreme Hike to battle CF, please follow this link:

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Basic Air Quality Facts & Indoor Air Quality Solutions


Air Quality

Air Quality Indexes (AQI) are numbers used by government agencies to help characterize the quality of air in different locations. I’m sure you have heard on your local news numerous times what the air quality will be for the day. When the AQI increases, you usually see or hear of people experiencing an increase of severe adverse health effects.

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It’s hard to believe that outdoor air quality is better than what we are breathing in our homes (indoor air quality), but unfortunately it’s true. During the winter months, we stay closed up in our air tight homes and the indoor allergens and pollutants are at their peak. Don’t panic!  Here are some indoor air quality solutions for improving your home air quality.

Clean Regularly

I know and totally understand that it’s easy to put off the chore of cleaning. However, it is important to clean regularly to reduce the allergens and irritants. Dust with a damp cloth, as it grabs the dust much better than a feather duster. Don’t forget the ceiling fan blades and the tops of your appliances. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and avoid using cleaning products with harmful vapors. 

Pet Care

Bathing and grooming regularly will help keep fur and dander under control. Don’t forget to wash the bedding frequently in hot water.

Circulate The Air

During the winter months, we aren’t able to open the windows to let fresh air circulate throughout the house. Turn on your ceiling fans to help move the air around. Turn on the exhaust fan to keep vapors, grease, and smoke from lingering.

Air Filters

Replacing your heating/cooling system’s air filter on a regular basis helps to minimize contaminants in the air, and helps to reduce stress on your system.

Minimize Moisture

Keepings the humidity level below 50% will help with mold and mildew buildup. If you don’t own a dehumidifier, you might consider purchasing one. ( offers a good variety of dehumidifiers at great prices!


Burning fireplaces or the wonderful  scent of a candle gives a home a warm and cozy feeling. The down side is that they can release pollutants that worsen the air quality and even trigger health problems. The best candle to use is non-toxic unscented soy.  Consider natural alternatives such as diffusers and vaporizers that use pure essential oils instead of chemicals. Use cured or dry wood in your fireplace and remember to have it cleaned regularly.

Air Purifier

If you are thinking that you need an air purifier in your home, be sure to select one that is appropriate for your room sizes and the level of purification required. Models range from small to house-wide systems.

By following these suggestions, you can feel confident that you and your family are breathing healthier air in your home. Don’t forget to visit for all of your air filtration needs!

Winter Savings: Saving Money in the Winter

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Trying to cut energy cost in your home during the winter months can be a bit of a challenge on your wallet. No one likes to pay high energy bills. Today’s blog will give some simple suggestions to help you make some changes in your energy use so that you can keep more of your hard earned money in your own pocket!


Open your drapes or blinds after the sun has come up to let it naturally warm your room.  Close them as the sun goes down to help insulate the room after dark.

Turn down the thermostat

Did you know that for every degree you lower your heat in the 60 to 70 degree range you save 5% of your heating cost? Turn that thermostat to 68 degrees and start saving!

Clean/Replace those air filters

When your air filter is dirty, air flow is restricted, causing an increase in energy use, which equals higher electric bills. Not to mention the strain that it is placing on your unit when it’s dirty!


When you are not using the fireplace, close the damper. When the damper is open, the heated air from your heating system is being pulled out of your home up through your chimney, causing you to lose up to 8% of  your heating system’s air. Just don’t forget to open it before you light up your fireplace!

Wasted Energy

Turn off all lights in any unoccupied rooms and unplug any appliances that you are not using. That extra refrigerator you have for storing cold drinks can add 10 to 25 percent to your electric bill.

Hot Water

Shorter showers can save hundreds of gallons of hot water for a family of four over a month’s time. Did you know that 2/3 of your water heating costs is from taking showers? By cutting your showers in half you can reduce your water heating costs by 33%. When doing laundry, try to wash mostly in cold water, as this will reduce your washer’s energy use by 75%. Consider wrapping your hot water tank with jacket insulation, and you can see a savings up to 10% on water heating costs.


Turn your computer off if you aren’t using it.  Even in sleep mode it is still drawing a small amount of electricity.

I hope that you find some of these suggestions helpful in saving you money. As always, be sure to visit for all of your air and water filtration needs.