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How and When to Use a Dehumi …

Dehumidifiers can be the most helpful appliance in your home if used correctly. Their purpose is to remove the humidity from the air. Interestingly, humidity is a natural occurrence that can have healthful benefits. However, it can also cause many health problems. Proper use of a dehumidifier may help to increase your health.

The How

Your first step in improving the health of the air in your home is choosing the right tool for the job. The size of your dehumidifier is directly related to the size of the room where you will use it. Therefore, you want to make sure to carefully read the specifications of the machine you are considering for purchase. Additionally, it may also be helpful to measure the space you are hoping to affect the most. In this way, you may find that it’s more beneficial to get two units for the area as opposed to just one giant one. It all depends on the space and location. Once you install the dehumidifier, make sure to follow the cleaning guidelines. Because you are dealing with moisture and air, neglectful care of the machine can cause productivity issues.

The When

Dehumidifiers have great health benefits. They remove moisture from the air. Moisture in the air can trigger severe allergy issues. Moist air is more likely to carry dust mites, mold, and mildew. Many of those irritants can lead to asthma attacks after prolonged exposure. Sometimes you can even smell the moisture in the air. If your home has a musty odor, there is a chance that moisture could lead to further problems. Reducing moisture can also reduce the presence of dust in the home. Dust can aggravate allergies, but it also keeps you from having to clean so frequently.

 

Dehumidifiers can be your best friend in the spring when allergies are fighting against you at every turn.  They may not be able to take all of the allergens out of the air for you, but they can remove the moisture that may carry them. Appropriate use and maintenance of a dehumidifier in your home could be what saves you, during allergy season and beyond.

 

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Extension Cord Safety Tips t …

Fire safety is all about prevention. There are steps you can take as a homeowner to ensure that you are safe from fire damage. A large percentage of home fires are the result of accidental sparks. Electrical devices passing energy from one place to the next are the culprits of some of those sparks. Using extension cords in and around your home is convenient when used appropriately. Unfortunately, if you don’t follow proper safety steps, it could lead to dangerous outcomes.

Installation

When the lamp cord just won’t reach that perfect cozy reading nook location, it is easy to grab an extension cord. Before you plug it in, take a moment to make sure it meets certain safety requirements. Inspect it closely to make sure there are no imperfections in the cord. An extension cord is simply electrical wiring inside of a plastic coating. A damaged plastic coating loses its ability to hold the electrical current inside, creating a fire hazard. Another tip is to make sure you only use one drop cord at a time. Do not string multiple cords together at installation as this could disrupt the current or weaken it. If either of these occurs during your installation, it is safer to purchase a new cord at the appropriate length to avoid fire damage.

Long-Term Use

Most people don’t realize that should only use extension cords briefly. They are not designed as permanent solutions. In a more permanent setting, consider using power strips with surge protectors. Extension cords create multiple breaks in the line of energy. If an extension cord has loose joining points or unusual connections, it could spark and ignite the surface around it causing fire damage. You can help prevent fire damage by making sure the surface around those joints is not close to highly flammable objects such as curtains. Simply checking to make sure the curtains are not laying on top of the place where the device cord meets the extension cord can save your home.

 

Electrical devices can be intimidating. A little understanding of how they operate safely can save you some trouble later. Extension cords were created to make life more accessible. Using them appropriately makes life safe. The list of things to remember when using an extension cord is minimal. Check the cord before installation to make sure there are no imperfections. Likewise, check the cord during use to make sure it is operating safely and appropriately.

 

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