4 Tips for Great Indoor Wood Fires

If you feel like you’re not yet master of your own wood fireplace, here’s a crash course on how to advance your skill set by creating and sustaining longer-lasting fires with greater heat generation. Wood Stove vs. Fireplace It’s easier to get a fire started in a conventional fireplace, but easier to keep one going…

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How to Prevent Dry Skin this Winter

As the weather gradually turns cooler and the “Cool” setting gets shifted to “Heat” on your thermostat, those won’t be the only changes you start to notice. Little by little, your indoor air will begin to dry out and, with that, comes an inevitable set of consequences…dry, itchy skin in particular, not to mention bloody…

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Back to School Health Tips for Students

It was bound to happen: a fond farewell to summer and perhaps a tepid greeting to a brand-new school year. How’s the state of readiness in your household? Well, for purposes of this blog, we’re going to assume you have clothes shopping, new school supplies, a return to normal bed times, and other such matters…

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“Must” Home Maintenance Chores

You know the old expression:  “If these walls could talk!” Quaint and wistful, don’t you think? But its core message is that walls really CAN’T talk Not to mention lights, furnaces, AC condensing units, windows, doors and other inanimate objects. Here at Optimum Air, we respectfully disagree. Oh, sure, they can’t actually speak any more…

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How to Protect Your Pets from Ticks and Lyme Disease

Texans are no strangers to Lyme disease as the Texas Lyme Disease Association receives up to 900 requests for treatment. But your pets are at risk, too, and not just from local wildlife, but from pets imported into the area. Here are several ways to help keep your pet safe. Keep your pet clean &…

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8 Handy Uses for Chalk

When you think of chalk, you probably think of math problems on elementary school black boards and sidewalk drawings on a warm summer day. Well, in addition to being a teacher’s helper and childhood favorite, chalk has a host of surprising uses all over the home. From helping out with home improvement tasks to stopping…

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How to Organize Your Home in 30 Days

  A new year is upon us and it’s time to start acting on your resolutions. And now for the good news:  if organizing your home is on the list, we can help make this seemingly daunting and time-consuming task a bit more manageable. Just tackle two of these simple to-dos a week and see…

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How to Plan for a Winter Power Outage

When strong winds, slippery roads, and high snow accumulations combine, the results can be treacherous. But by staying safe and warm, most people can ride out a winter storm with a minimum of distress. But what happens when a winter storm results in a temporary power outage? Whether it’s expected to last 2 hours or…

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6 Creative Uses for Your Crock Pot

It’s a staple in pretty much every kitchen, and great for whipping up some hot and spicy chili or a warm pot of stew. But what you may not realize is that the slow, even heating of your crock pot makes it ideal for several out-of-the-ordinary uses. So, pull out that slow cooker and have…

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Pet Care Tips for Winter

Winter can be a hazardous time for your cat or dog.  In fact, when you combine frigid outdoor temperatures and chemicals from ice-melting agents, a simple walk around the block can be challenging in the extreme. That’s why we encourage you to follow these seasonal safety precautions: Help prevent dry, itchy skin by keeping your…

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