Tag: air conditioning

Cooler Temperatures Trigger ‘Winter Allergies’

Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean that allergens go away. In fact, the cooler weather, mixed with allergens already inside your home, like dust mites and mold can trigger ‘winter allergies’. It may be cold and flu season, but if you’re sneezing, runny nose and congestion last longer than one week to 10 days, chances are, you’ve got winter allergies. “During the winter time, you get cold fronts that come in from the north, so you generally get stuff from the Austin area or Central Texas area; the main thing would be cedar. We get a lot of...

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NYC Targets Cooling Systems Linked To Legionnaires’ Outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawmakers are rushing to draft New York’s first regulations for a type of heavy-duty rooftop air conditioning equipment amid suspicions that bacteria-laden mist from these units could be the cause of the deadliest known outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the city’s history. Seven people have died and at least 86 have fallen ill in the South Bronx since July 10. People can get exposed to Legionella bacteria from a variety of sources, but cooling towers have been implicated in past outbreaks. Testing found five contaminated units in the part of the city where people are...

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How to Keep Summer Fruit Fresh After You Bring it Home

Tis the season when open air markets and farm stands are full to bursting with delectable fresh fruit. Blueberries, nectarines, currants, figs, and the rest of summer’s harvest all look so tempting that you may end up with more than you can use up in just a day or two. So how do you keep your bountiful haul of fresh fruit fresh? General Tips Unblemished produce is your best bet for storage. This means free of cracks, bruises, and soft spots — not the surface bumps or blotches that you might find in cosmetically less-than-perfect organic crops. Wash fruit...

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Fire Rips through Alton Home, Two Transported to Hospital

A family is left homeless tonight, after a fire rips through their Alamo home. The fire started around 3:30 pm at a home near Michigan Street. Three family members were inside at the time, two of whom were transported to hospital. Fire officials say during the summer months it’s important to take precautions to ensure incidents like this–don’t happen. ‘With the heat and humidity, there’s a lot of people using air conditioning and a lot of amperage is coming into homes, that’s why it’s important to monitor all electrical devices.’ Officials add flames spread quickly, and the house is...

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7 Summer Safety Tips for INSIDE the Home

Happy summer! Have fun swimming, hiking, biking, boating, grilling, and enjoying the great outdoors this summery season — but don’t forget the essentials of outdoor summer safety. Remember too that indoor safety is just as important for everyone, especially for kids. Here are 7 tips to help you recognize and deal with warm weather dangers inside your home. Mosquitos are not just nuisances. They also spread dangerous illnesses, such as dengue fever and West Nile virus … and human beings taste just as good to them in the house as out on the deck. Stop skeeters from breeding; drain...

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