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Home Improvements for your Desert Home

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The new year is right around the corner and for many, this means it’s time to make some commitments to better your life. Beyond committing to a regular exercise routine, connecting more with family, and improving your diet, an investment in your home is one that will not only add to your daily comfort, but can cut down on your energy bill and add to the value of your home. For those of us who didn’t grow up in these desert conditions, taking care of your home can be confusing. The environment is drier, and the sun is hotter. If you are wondering what you can do to make your home into an energy efficient, comfortable, and welcoming desert oasis, we have got some tips to help you improve your desert home.

Water Purification System

Water is life and that means that clean drinking water is essential. We all know water can be hard to come by in the desert and can be very expensive! For those of us on city water, we don’t have much to worry about, though many still enjoy adding extra purification to their water for less harsh minerals in the system and improved taste. However, for those who live off a well or are living a little outside of city limits, a water purification system can be an essential. The groundwater in many wells in the Phoenix area contain unsafe concentrations of arsenic, fluoride, and radioactive elements. To combat this, we recommend investing in a powerful water filtration system for you to drink, cook with and bathe. We recommend a whole house water filter system to improve your health and quality of life.

High-Speed Internet

It can feel isolating living in the desert at times. Those wide expanses of mountains and plains of desert brush are inspiring and calming but it can feel all too quiet at times. To ensure that you don’t feel too isolated we recommend making sure you have a strong high-speed internet connection. If you live off the beaten path where internet service just hasn’t been connected yet, there is no need to fret. With fixed point wireless internet in Arizona, for instance, homeowners can easily access high-speed internet without having to use a physical wire to connect. This way you can always call a friend or work remotely, staying connected to the modern world. If you ever need to disconnect from the world wide web – just a few steps away from your home a wild and inspiring desert paradise is waiting to help you connect in a much more ancient way.

Humidifiers

The desert is dry—there is no other way around it. Your skin may feel dry, your hair may feel downright brittle and it may seem that no matter how much water you drink you always feel a bit dehydrated. For those of us new to the desert this feeling of being chronically dry can feel downright maddening. Aside from dry skin, dry heat can have some serious effects on your health including impact on your lungs. One way you can combat this is by investing in humidifiers for each room of your home. You can use these to water your indoor plants and provide your skin and lungs the moisture they need. You may find that a full home humidifier which works with your HVAC system may be more cost effective in the long run. This way, you won’t have to give home humidity a second thought most days.

Protection from the Sun

It’s important to protect yourself from the sun no matter where you are but for us desert dwellers, the sun is particularly dangerous for our skin and our home. High temperatures in the summer months routinely top 100 degrees and on rare occasions can creep beyond 120 degrees. In the height of summer, overnight temperature can often stay above 90 degrees even after dark, and the humidity doesn’t increase at all. While the heat can be very dangerous for our health, it’s important to consider another risk to our health- UV rays which can pass through the ozone layer causing sunburn, melanoma, and other forms of skin cancer. One way to combat sun damage to you and your home is to invest in CC Sunscreens and patio shades. Window sunscreens not only protect your and the contents of your home from harmful UV rays which can cause fading and premature aging, but can cut solar warming costs significantly, reducing the strain on your cooling bill. To find out more contact us today for a free consultation.