How to Keep Your House Cool for Less

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With another heat wave right around the corner I thought I would share some tips to keep your house cool while keeping costs low.

  1. Be sure to place your furniture in a spot that won’t restrict airflow. For example you don’t want the cool air blowing into the back of your couch.
  2. Use a fan to keep the air moving. A room that is a couple of degrees warmer but has circulating air will be more comfortable than a room that doesn’t have circulating air.
  3. Use a programmable thermostat so when you aren’t home the air conditioner will run at a warmer temperature and it won’t have to work as hard during the hottest time of the day. Set it at a cooler temperature when your home so you can enjoy the cool air.
  4. Find simple solutions to heat proof your house such as drawing the shades when the sun starts coming in or apply heat-reflecting film to cut down the heat that passes through windows.
  5. Make sure your air conditioner is working properly, is the right size for your home, and, if necessary, replace it with a newer model that uses less energy.

Stay cool this summer!

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Happy Independence Day!

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Independence Day is celebrated by many with picnics, barbecues, and fireworks. However; it is important to remember why we celebrate this day. On July 4th 1776 the final draft of the Declaration of Independence was adopted, proclaiming our independence from Great Britain. To celebrate our country’s birthday here are a few fun facts:

  • Three U.S. Presidents, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, died on July 4th; Adams and Jefferson died within hours of each other in 1826 while Monroe died in 1831.
  • The country’s 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on Independence Day in 1872.
  • To avoid cracking it, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. To mark the quintessential day, every Fourth of July it is symbolically tapped 13 times.
  • The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration of Independence.
  • In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million.

Happy Independence Day from Aqua Sun Ozone!

How to Prevent Heat Illness

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Summer officially started on Monday and we kicked it off with a high of 122 degrees! On the first day of summer multiple hikers had to be rescued from heat related illnesses. It is super important to listen to your body for signs of dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke so that you can try to prevent it from happening. A few ways to prevent heat related illnesses are:

  • Drink more fluids regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall, public library, or local cooling center.
  • Taking a cool shower or moving to an air-conditioned place is a good way to cool off and prevent illness.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • If you must be out in the heat:
    • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
    • Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
    • Try to rest often in shady areas.

 

We hope you stay safe and cool out there.

All About Veggies

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This week is all about veggies! We have Fresh Veggies Day on June 16th and Eat Your Vegetables Day on June 17th. The majority of Americans are not eating enough vegetables, so days like these are a good reminder to make sure we are eating the daily recommended amount of vegetables (at least 3 servings). Below are a few ways you can add more vegetables into your daily routine:

  1. Blend vegetables, such as spinach, into your smoothies and you won’t even be able to taste them.
  2. Blend vegetables in with fruit to make delicious popsicles. Bonus: Kids will want to eat them too!
  3. Turn your vegetables into noodles for a healthy pasta swap.
  4. Grate up veggies and add them to sauce, muffins, etc. You won’t even know they’re there.
  5. Bake up some kale or thinly sliced zucchini or sweet potatoes for a healthy chip alternative.

P.S. Don’t forget to use your Nature-Kleen or Vege-Kleen on your vegetables to remove any bacteria or viruses. You can find them here.

Tips to Protect Your Skin this Summer

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Even though summer hasn’t officially started many people are already heading to the beach and pool. The water is one of the best ways to stay cool during the summer but it also means your skin will be exposed to harmful UVA and UVB rays. Here are a few ways you can protect yourself from these harmful rays:

  1. Limit your time in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when rays are at their most intense.
  2. Wear UV protection sunglasses, broad-brimmed hats and protective clothing including Ultraviolet Protection Factor (particularly UPF 30+) clothing.
  3. Apply about a shotglass full of sunscreen every two hours, and every time you sweat apply it again.
  4. Look for a “broad spectrum” sunscreen, which will protect you from both UVB and UVA rays. UVB rays cause sunburn and skin inflammation, while UVA rays play a major role in skin aging and wrinkling. Both UVB and UVA rays can cause gene mutations and skin cancer.
  5. Traditional sunscreen cream will ensure maximum protection, while sprays and towelettes do not.
  6. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not exposing babies less than 6 months to sun. If unavoidable, apply an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen.
  7. SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% and SPF 50 blocks 98%. SPF 15 or higher is recommended.

 

We wish you all a wonderful sunburn-free summer!

Discontinued Products

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A few weeks ago I wrote about how we would be discontinuing the ASO-250 and the Model 100. In addition to those products we will also be discontinuing the ID-125, UTC-1000, Advanced UTC-1000, EZ-500T, and UTC-6000. These items will be available on our website until they are sold out.

The Nature-Kleen, Vege-Kleen, Travel-Kleen, Model 206A, 2500, 2500R, 5000, and BreatheKleen will still be available.

The Laundry-Kleen will be going away for now but it won’t be gone forever.

Don’t forget about or closeout sale on the ASO-250 and Model 100 going on now. Click here to view the closeout sale.

Memorial Day

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It is almost Memorial Day weekend, which for most means the unofficial start of summer. Many of us will be traveling or barbecuing but it is important to remember the reason we celebrate Memorial Day is to remember military service members who have died in the line of duty. Below are a few Memorial Day facts:

  • Over 42 million veterans have served the country in war time.
  • 3 million members of the armed services have lost their lives in conflict.
  • 3pm is the National Moment of Remembrance, as designated by Congress in 2000.
  • 260,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery are adorned with American flags each Memorial Day.
  • New York was the first state to officially recognize Memorial Day in 1873.
  • 25 American cities have laid claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day.
  • 62% of Americans plan to barbecue over Memorial Day weekend.
  • 39% of Americans plan to travel over Memorial Day weekend.

Have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend!