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Furnace and Duct Cleaning: Good For Your Health

Furnace and Duct Cleaning: Good For Your Health

Our environment has either a good or bad impact on our health. It is very vital to have uncontaminated air around us to stay healthy. Furnace and duct cleaning enhances the quality of air that penetrates into our homes.

If it is not properly cleaned for a long period, the bacteria, mold and some other unwanted particles will start growing inside our air ducts. These pollutants enter our homes with dust when the furnace is turn on. This pollutes the air inside our homes. Thus, cleaning proves highly beneficial in this regard.

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The air which we breathe in should be particle free. Otherwise, there is a high chance of getting sick. It is advisable to keep your duct systems properly cleaned on a regular basis to avoid diseases. There are many diseases that are caused because of the inhalation of polluted air. These include allergies, asthma, and other respiratory diseases. These diseases, once acquired, can be hard to cure. So, it is better to prevent these diseases from the get-go by cleaning your furnace and ducts.

Furnace and duct cleaning offers a good number of benefit to the people:
• It improves the quality of air that enters our homes, thus making it fit for inhalation.
• Regular cleaning results in improving the efficiency of heating as well as air-conditioning systems.
• Keeps you fit and healthy by removing unwanted elements from air.
Any person without proper training cannot carry out this important task. So, it is critical to hire a high quality and experienced company to meet this objective.
There are a large number of cleaning organizations that provide people with quality furnace and duct cleaning services. You can choose the one that fits your needs and budget. Here are a few tips that can help you make the right decision.

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1. Ask what method(s) the company will use to clean your air ducts and furnace.

Cleaning air ducts entail just removing dust and dirt from the ducts of your heating and cooling devices, along with the furnace itself. Most companies use pressurized air and a vacuum to remove the dust; other companies use a high tech cable brush technique to wipe the dust out of your system with a good vacuums that sucks up the dust and dirt.

2. Ask WHO will carry out the job.

This is very necessary. If the company you select is large, they might send a new or newly trained, unexperienced worker out to your apartment or house to carry out the cleaning process. This might be good for some jobs, but sometimes these workers do not have the experience to correct what’s needed to get your heating and cooling systems really clean. Other companies have the owner do it or a partner of the company do the work, which usually results in much better end results.

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3. Ask what the price is and if there’s any way of adjusting it.

Make sure you inquire about the rates from the company before they do the work. Avoid companies advertising a very cheap price. Generally, these are “bait and switch” offers that may end up costing you more than you expect and can afford, as they will try to sell to you extra services that should probably already have added up to the price.

Also, make sure to ask if the price can be adjusted, as a lot of companies are open to bargaining. You never know you could lower the price if you ask.

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Aside from that, some companies not only give you a reasonable price up front, but also give you video camera evidence so you can see exactly what condition your air duct system was in.

Featured photo credit: Shannon Litt via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on November 17, 2019

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

1. Make a gift bag.

A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

2. Give a toast.

Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

3. Write a poem.

“Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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4. Create your own labels.

There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

5. Give a gift card.

Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

6. Send a letter.

Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

7. Use social media to send a special message.

If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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8. Make your own digital greeting card.

While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

9. Make a YouTube video.

Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

10. Deliver cookies or candies.

Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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12. Put together a flower basket.

Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

13. Take a picture.

Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

15. Do something special for them.

Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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16. Reciprocate their help.

Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

17. Be there for them.

Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

18. Listen to them.

Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

19. Say it in another language…or two…

A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

20. Show them some love.

A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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