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Why Air Quality in Your Home Needs to Be a Priority

Lifestyle

Purchasing or renovating your home is always exciting. You get the opportunity to build and decorate a place solely based on your needs and preferences. Even though this can be thrilling, people tend to forget how important it is to have good air quality because they are focused on other aspects.

Most brand-new houses are properly sealed and insulated, still, there isn't enough airflow. If you do not do something about it, this situation can lead to various unpleasant air conditions inside. Why is that happening? Well, it's because the same air is constantly re-circulated throughout your house.

Since we are spending most of our time indoors, it's crucial to do something about it. Breathing in clean air indoors is of great relevance for our health, therefore, do whatever you can to make sure the air you breathe is clean enough.

Is The Air In Your House Really Clean?

The biggest mistake people make when it comes to this is that they think that air pollution is not going to enter their homes. They think that it will either hit someone else or is going to stay outside.

Unfortunately, what they forget is that the air inside their house is probably way more polluted than the air outside. It's because it is filled with numerous chemicals that classic cleaners contain, as well as, formaldehyde, asbestos, etc.

Now, besides them, your home also is full of pet dander, even if you don't have a furry friend. How come, you probably wonder?! Well, pet dander is widely known as a community allergen which means that you cannot avoid it easily. You probably either have a friend who has a pet or you have passed by someone who has a dog/cat and all these people carry the pet dander with them.

How To Make Sure Your Home Is Protected?

Start from scratch - First, it's important to take some basic steps like air-condition servicing. Unfortunately, many people forget to maintain it which may result in some serious problems. If you haven't done it before, make sure to hire someone experienced.

When it comes to this service, Singapore prides itself in the quality that it delivers to the clients. So, if you live near or in this city, you will run into numerous aircon servicing corporations that are offering great servicing deals. Therefore, if you live in Singapore, you will easily find aircon servicing Singapore that will help you keep your units well-maintained. This will also benefit your health greatly!

Keep in mind that the air conditioner is filled with dust and bacteria, so if you don't get it clean, you will increase your chances of getting allergies or worsening asthma. Further, servicing will get rid of all those harmful things.

Replace the insulation - Now, here's another thing you can do to improve the air quality in your house. Old insulation could be potentially harmful (if it's not properly installed) for you because it could start releasing chemicals with high levels of volatile organic compounds or flame retardants.

That's why replacing the old one will only enhance the indoor air quality of your house. The most commonly used type of insulation is spray foam, however, it has to be done by a professional otherwise, it may lead to numerous threats and dangers.

Fortunately, in the past couple of years, the insulation industry has improved a lot and worked on various strategies to ensure that each procedure is safe for you and your family. As previously mentioned, that's why it's crucial to hire someone experienced who is going to be able to install new insulation and make your house as safe as possible.

Type Of Air Pollutants

Now, if you do not own a house but you live in a building, then you will "come across" these common types of air pollutants.

Particles - They represent either liquid or firm substances that are suspended in the air. Various hazardous particles (from dirt or dust) can enter the building or they can be made by different activities that have happened inside the house.

Biological contaminants - They are filled with viruses, dust mite allergen, pollen, bacteria, cockroach allergen, animal dander, etc. If your building hasn't been cleaned in a while then these pollutants have probably affected it. Make sure to talk to your neighbors in order to do something about it because inadequate maintenance can lead to various allergies and other health issues.

Chemical pollutants - This refers to both naturally occurring chemical compounds and the ones made by people. It involves emissions from things that were utilized in your building, different gases, pollutants from tobacco smoke, etc.

As we mentioned in the beginning, people often overlook the quality of the air inside their house, and as you can see countless problems can be caused precisely by this. Ensuring your home has first-class air quality must be a priority for anyone who wants to stay healthy and prevent any negative things from happening.

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Business

Five Essential Lessons to Keep in Mind When You're Starting Your Own Business

"How did you ever get into a business like that?" people ask me. They're confounded to hear that my product is industrial baler wire—a very unfeminine pursuit, especially in 1975 when I founded my company in the midst of a machismo man's world. It's a long story, but I'll try to shorten it.

I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up—even if it involved a non-glamorous product. I'd been fired from my previous job working to become a ladies' clothing buyer and was told at my dismissal, "You just aren't management or corporate material." My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.

Over the years, I've learned quite a few tough lessons about how to successfully run a business. Below are five essential elements to keep in mind, as well as my story on how I learned them.

Find A Need And Fill It

I gradually became successful at selling various products, which unfortunately weren't profitable enough to get me off the ground, so I asked people what they needed that they couldn't seem to get. One man said, "Honey, I need baler wire. Even the farmers can't get it." I saw happy dollar signs as he talked on and dedicated myself to figuring out the baler wire industry.

I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up.

Now forty-five years later, I'm proud to be the founder of Vulcan Wire, Inc., an industrial baler wire company with $10 million of annual sales.

Have Working Capital And Credit

There were many pitfalls along the way to my eventual success. My daughters and I were subsisting from my unemployment checks, erratic alimony and child-support payments, and food stamps. I had no money stashed up to start up a business.

I paid for the first wire with a check for which I had no funds, an illegal act, but I thought it wouldn't matter as long as I made a deposit to cover the deficit before the bank received the check. My expectation was that I'd receive payment immediately upon delivery, for which I used a rented truck.

Little did I know that this Fortune 500 company's modus operandi was to pay all bills thirty or more days after receipts. My customer initially refused to pay on the spot. I told him I would consequently have to return the wire, so he reluctantly decided to call corporate headquarters for this unusual request.

My stomach was in knots the whole time he was gone, because he said it was iffy that corporate would come through. Fifty minutes later, however, he emerged with a check in hand, resentful of the time away from his busy schedule. Stressed, he told me to never again expect another C.O.D. and that any future sale must be on credit. Luckily, I made it to the bank with a few minutes to spare.

Know Your Product Thoroughly

I received a disheartening phone call shortly thereafter: my wire was breaking. This horrible news fueled the fire of my fears. Would I have to reimburse my customer? Would my vendor refuse to reimburse me?

My customer told me to come over and take samples of his good wire to see if I might duplicate it. I did that and educated myself on the necessary qualities.

My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.

Voila! I found another wire supplier that had the right specifications. By then, I was savvy enough to act as though they would naturally give me thirty-day terms. They did!

More good news: My customer merely threw away all the bad wire I'd sold him, and the new wire worked perfectly; he then gave me leads and a good endorsement. I rapidly gained more wire customers.

Anticipate The Dangers Of Exponential Growth

I had made a depressing discovery. My working capital was inadequate. After I purchased the wire, I had to wait ten to thirty days for a fabricator to get it reconfigured, which became a looming problem. It meant that to maintain a good credit standing, I had to pay for the wire ten to thirty days before my customers paid me.

I was successful on paper but was incredibly cash deprived. In other words, my exponentially growing business was about to implode due to too many sales. Eventually, my increasing sales grew at a slower rate, solving my cash flow problem.

Delegate From The Bottom Up

I learned how to delegate and eventually delegated myself out of the top jobs of CEO, President, CFO, and Vice President of Finance. Now, at seventy-eight years old, I've sold all but a third of Vulcan's stock and am semi-retired with my only job currently serving as Vice President of Stock and Consultant.

In the interim, I survived many obstacles and learned many other lessons, but hopefully these five will get you started and help prevent some of you from having the same struggles that I did. And in the end, I figured it all out, just like you will.