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Control Moisture and Humidity in Your Home!

DHREA 22/05/2019
Living Room.

 

Excess moisture in your home can lead to damage and encourage harmful mold and mildew growth. Learn how to reduce moisture and prevent the problems it causes.

Indoor Moisture and Humidity

Moisture condenses into water droplets when warm, humid air contacts a cool surface. Activities such as cooking, bathing, clothes drying and dish washing add moisture to the air. Some heating appliances, such as unvented natural gas or kerosene models, also increase the moisture inside your home. During the winter, windows, walls and doors that lack proper insulation are common cool surfaces. Uninsulated cold-water pipes are examples of cool surfaces in the summer. Droplets can accumulate on these surfaces and run down into the walls, windows and structural components, causing rot and peeling paint, and providing a good environment for mold and mildew growth.

Controlling Indoor Moisture

Bathroom Exhaust Fan.

 

 

When you see moisture accumulating, dry it promptly and deal with the source of the problem. Two basic elements of controlling moisture buildup are minimizing cool surfaces and reducing humidity.

Storm doors and windows minimize cool surfaces in the winter by separating the interior from cold, outside air. Double- and triple-pane windows also insulate interior glass from the cold. In addition to reducing moisture, adding these improvements will make your home more energy-efficient year-round. Pay attention to window treatments as well. Opening drapes and blinds in the winter allows warmth to reach the interior glass. Some condensation may occur, but the improved circulation makes it less likely to accumulate. Insulating cold-water pipes eliminates a common cool surface in warm weather. Straight and angled sleeves let you fit insulation to your pipes — just slide on the sleeves and seal the slits and joints with duct tape.

Your heating and cooling systems can also help control moisture in the home. Gas and electric furnaces reduce humidity with dry heat. Air conditioning lowers the moisture level in the air as it cools. Keep registers open and unblocked to allow good air flow, and have the systems inspected and serviced regularly to make sure they are functioning properly.

Caulking and weatherstripping improve energy efficiency and prevent humid air from entering a home, but they also reduce the air exchange that allows moisture to move out of the house. Bathroom exhaust fans, dryer exhaust and ducted kitchen exhaust hoods that vent to the outside remove moisture that activities such as showering, bathing, clothes drying, dish washing and cooking create. Keep the devices free of dust, lint, grease or anything that could keep them from working efficiently.

Other simple ways to reduce air moisture include:

  • Covering pots while cooking, when possible
  • Leaving room doors open to allow good air circulation
  • Storing firewood outside
  • Covering aquariums

If high humidity is a problem you can’t overcome by other methods, remove moisture from the air with a dehumidifier. They’re effective in laundry rooms, basements, bathrooms and any room that isn’t air-conditioned or has poor air circulation. Look for ENERGY STAR® qualified models, which consume less energy than conventional dehumidifiers.

Good to Know

Humid air leads to condensation problems, but air that’s too dry can be uncomfortable or unhealthy and can lead to static shocks. Keep the relative humidity in your home between 30 and 50 percent. You can purchase a weather station that measures indoor humidity levels.

Other Moisture Considerations

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Moisture in the home is not always as obvious as water beading on a window. Knowing other places it can accumulate can help you prevent problems.

Poor ventilation in an attic can result in condensation, promoting mold growth in the framing elements of the house. This can affect your home’s structural integrity. Keep eave vents clear of insulation and make sure you have adequate air flow.

A sealed, unused fireplace creates an opportunity for moisture problems. If air doesn’t circulate in the fireplace, condensation can accumulate on the walls and soak into the masonry. Make sure some air can flow through the fireplace, but rain cannot enter it.

If you have a crawlspace, moisture from the soil can enter your home, increasing the level of humidity. A vapor barrier over the bare soil blocks the moisture, keeping it out of your living space.

Rain that seeps into your home’s foundation can lead to moisture problems. Make sure your gutters work properly and direct water away from your home’s foundation.

Caution!

Some moisture problems require more complex solutions, and sources of moisture may be hidden. Consult a professional if you have serious condensation or mold problems or if you suspect you may not have adequate ventilation.

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DHRE Food Corner: Try This Fantastic Rustic Pinto Bean Chili Recipe!

DHREA 04/09/2018

 

Every once in awhile, we stumble upon a recipe we can’t help but share. We like to break away from the tedium of real estate post after real estate post from time to time, and we’ve never been ones to shy away from taking a second to write about great food. We’re really not sure what that says about us, but we’re sure our doctors could tell you more.

All jokes aside, chili is a quick comfort food everyone seems to love and have their own take on.  We found this recipe from the really great site JenReviews.com, and we couldn’t help but share. We strongly encourage you to go to the original posting on JenReviews.com to view full directions, but here’s a brief outline of what you’ll need. Bon appe….go eat!

Rustic Pinto Bean Chili Recipe

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • ½ tsp of ground cumin
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic you can add more or less depending on personal preference
  • 1 red onion
  • A handful of coriander
  • 1 level tsp smoked paprika
  • Mixed herbs of your choice – I used thyme marjoram, parsley, oregano, sage and basil.
  • Coconut oil any oil will do, I just love the smell of coconut oil!
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • 100 g vegan mince you can switch this out with a mince of your choice or omit it completely
  • 2 cans of pinto beans
  • 2 cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can of sweet corn

Instructions

  1. Prepare your ingredients – mince the garlic, chop the onion, cherry tomatoes and coriander, drain the pinto beans
  2. Heat oil in a large pot on medium heat, add minced garlic and chopped onions. Fry until garlic is golden brown and onions translucent
  3. Add cherry tomatoes and fry until slightly charred
  4. Add sweet corn and vegan mince. Fry for 2-3 more minutes
  5. Add canned tomatoes and seasonings, cook on medium for 5 minutes
  6. Serve

 

 

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DHRE Health Corner: Mindfulness Always Matters

DHREA 09/07/2018

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The legendary American poet known to the world as “Snoop Doggy Dogg” once prophetically said, “I got my mind on my money, and my money on my mind.”

Wise, wise words indeed. But, while your mind is on your money, what are you doing for/with your mindfulness? There is a huge difference, and both should be equally healthy and focused.

So…what is “mindfulness”?

Mindfulness is basically the practice of being consciously aware in the present moment, without judging your experience. It’s about being ‘mindful’ of every detail in the here and now. This helps us reconnect with the simplicity of life, by living in the moment. By achieving this state of awareness, we can enjoy a sense of peace within.

But…why is this important?

Mindfulness gives us a glimpse into the moments that really matter. And, rather than trying to fight or change the way we feel, we can find more peace with non-judgemental acceptance. It’s human nature to try and change things. Quite often, we’re a slave to the emotions, distractions, and the internal dialogue within us. Thus, we’re not really free.

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DHRE Health Corner: Healthy Alternatives To Common High Glycemic Foods

DHREA 25/06/2018

 

 

The glycemic index is a very important tool for people with diabetes. It’s a system that shows which foods keep blood sugar levels stable and which ones make it spike – something diabetics need to avoid. But even without diabetes, it’s still a good idea to maintain stable blood sugar levels and not overdo it on sugar consumption. To help you do that, here are some easy ways to swap common high glycemic foods with healthier, low glycemic foods instead.

According to Harvard Medical School, it’s important to keep blood sugar stable to avoid chronic health conditions. 

How can you do that? Well, it’s all about choosing good sources of carbohydrates. And when it comes to carbs, there’s so many to choose from, right?

For example, you can fill up on sugary snacks, candies and beverages. Or, you can eat simple and complex carbohydrates in fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. 

They’re all carbs, but they’re not all made equally! 

It’s obvious that a sugary candy bar isn’t a healthy source of carbs, but there are some whole foods high on the glycemic index, too.

You might think that as long as you consume whole foods like fruits, veggies, grains and beans, you’ll be fine. But even these can send your blood sugar levels skyrocketing, too. 

So, to help you keep blood sugar stable, do these simple swaps.

How to swap high-glycemic foods with low-glycemic foods

Swap white rice with brown rice or converted rice

Swap instant oatmeal with steel-cut oats

Swap cornflakes with bran flakes

Swap a baked potato with bulgur pasta

Swap white bread with whole-grain bread

Swap corn with peas or leafy greens

 

(Editor’s Note: We are not doctors, and we’ve never played one on TV.  But we do believe in taking care of yourself, and these are some tips we found through research, trial, and error!)

 

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DHRE Mental Health Spotlight: Bipolar Disorder, Mania, and Depression

DHREA 25/05/2018

Every human will experience highs and lows of life, but some people experience more than the proverbial mood swing. For people with bipolar disorder, highs and/or lows can interfere with daily life. Work becomes harder, decisions are tougher, and relationships can suffer.

Knowing the symptoms of mood episodes of bipolar disorder, which include mania and depression, can be an important first step in getting treatment and support for yourself or a loved one. Most people associated bipolar disorder with the highs and lows in mood, but the disorder affects much more than that. Symptoms also can include changes in sleeping, eating, energy level, attention, and other behaviors. The average age of symptom onset is roughly 25 years old, although children and teenagers can also exhibit signs.

Mania

Mania is a term used to describe a high-energy or elevated mood state. A person with mania may feel on top the world or cranky for no reason. They don’t need as much sleep, and they might talk quickly as they struggle to keep up with their racing thoughts and stay focused on a single task. They also might feel they are capable of great feats, even to the point of having superpowers or being a celebrity. Because of this elevated sense of self-worth, they might be in danger of making risky decisions that can be damaging to their health or their future.

A manic episode must include at least three of the following symptoms:

  • increased talkativeness
  • increased self-esteem or grandiosity
  • decreased need for sleep
  • increase in goal-direct activity, energy level, or irritability
  • racing thoughts
  • poor attention
  • increased risk-taking (spending money, risky sexual behaviors, etc.)

Mania often results in problems in work, school, and relationships, and in some cases, it may require hospitalization. A less severe form of mania is known as hypomania, where a person exhibits high-energy symptoms but is able to continue with day-to-day responsibilities and may even see an increase in job performance. However, a hypomanic episode can easily lead to depression or a full episode of mania and should be treated.

Depression

Depression is a low-energy or decreased mood state commonly experienced by people with bipolar disorder. A person who is depressed can almost seem as if they’re moving in slow motion. They have trouble making decisions and feel discouraged when fun activities which lifted their mood no longer work. A person who has experienced 5 or more of the following symptoms may be experiencing a depressive episode:4

  • depressed mood
  • changes in sleep
  • changes in eating
  • fatigue or lack of energy
  • loss of pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • restlessness or slowing down
  • feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • indecision or difficulty concentrating
  • thoughts of suicide

Not everyone who has bipolar disorder experiences depression, but if you have experienced manic symptoms, you may also be at risk of developing depression. It’s also important to remember that a low mood can sometimes take the form of anger or irritability, so you don’t necessarily have to experience stereotypical sadness to have depression.

Using Symptoms to Diagnose

Depending on your symptoms, your doctor or a mental health professional may give you one of several diagnoses. First, they will need to rule out whether the bipolar symptoms are caused by drug or alcohol use or another medical condition. People who are not receiving treatment for bipolar frequently use drugs or alcohol to cope with symptoms, so you may need medical assistance in detoxing from substances first before an official diagnosis can be made.

If you’ve experienced the full criteria for a manic episode, you may get a diagnosis of Bipolar I disorder. If you have manic symptoms but are not seriously impaired by them and have also experienced depression, you may receive a diagnosis of Bipolar II disorder. Finally, if you’ve experience manic and depressive symptoms without meeting the requirements for a full manic or depressive episode, your doctor may diagnose you with Cyclothymic Disorder. 

If you’re not sure whether you’re experiencing a typical shift in mood or one that might merit a diagnosis, ask yourself, “Have these symptoms interfered with work, school, relationships, or other daily responsibilities?” If so, then talk to your doctor or a mental health professional about your concerns.

Above all, it’s important to remember that the symptoms of bipolar disorder are treatable. People can move on to live healthy and successful lives rather than be governed by shifting moods. What steps can you take today to get the support you need for your mental health?

 

Articles referenced in this blog:

1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bipolar-disorder/symptoms-causes/dxc-20307970
2. http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Bipolar-Disorder
3. http://dsm.psychiatryonline.org/doi/book/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596
4. https://www.icsi.org/guideline_sub pages/depression/diagnose_and_characterize_major_depressionpersistent_depressive_disorder_with_clinical_interview/
5. http://www.dualdiagnosis.org/bipolar-disorder-and-addiction/
6. http://dsm.psychiatryonline.org/doi/book/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596

 

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