6 New Ways to Experience Fall in Pennsylvania

by Jennifer Frith |

Life in Pennsylvania

If you've lived in Pennsylvania for a while, you probably know all the best places to see the fall foliage fade from green to vibrant scarlets, golds, bronzes, and coppers. But after seeing the same views year after year, the changing of the seasons can lose its magic, which is why gaining a new perspective is so important.

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Fight Spring Allergies - Naturally

by Jennifer Frith |

Life in Pennsylvania

While the pollen counts are still pretty low here in Eastern Pennsylvania, that doesn't mean those with allergies aren't already feeling the hurt. Itchy eyes, stuffed-up or runny noses, sneezing every six seconds as you try to make it through your day — these have become constants in the lives of people trying to deal with the influx of pollen, blooming flowers, and budding trees every spring.

While over-the-counter and prescription medicines often bring needed relief, there are some steps you can take to help fight the effect of allergies, naturally, inside the home.

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Great Gifts For the Home (Last-Minute Gift Guide)

by Jennifer Frith |

Life in Pennsylvania

2017 has come and gone so fast!

Christmas will be here this weekend, and we know how much of a hassle it can be to check your Christmas gift list off and get all of your wrapping done before Saint Nick comes for a visit. 

If you've had a hard time figuring out what to buy those homeowners on your list, we've found last minute gifts for everyone on your list (including yourself)! 

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How Does Ice and Snow Affect My HVAC Unit?

by Jennifer Frith |

Heating, Life in Pennsylvania

We've covered a lot on how to prepare your pipes for winter, how to lower those high winter power bills, and answered frequently asked questions about your heating system, but what about how the weather actually affects your home's HVAC system? 

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How To Prep Your Pipes For Winter

by Jennifer Frith |

Plumbing, Life in Pennsylvania

ice-1343342_640.jpgHave your prepared your home's pipes for winter? Taking preventative care for your home's plumbing can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

At Donnelly's, we want to ensure our customers are prepared for the unexpected issues that may arise when there is a sudden drop in temperature.

When preparing your pipes for a Surburban Philiadelphia winter follow these simple steps:

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5 Steps to Winterproofing Your Pipes

by Jennifer Frith |

Life in Pennsylvania, Plumbing

As we head into winter, it's important to start prepping your home to withstand the cold temperatures and possibility of ice and snow. Many of our clients worry about their pipes freezing, and we understand — when a pipe freezes and bursts, it can cause serious water damage before the problem is stopped. Today, we'll walk you through the steps to take to winterproof your pipes.

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5 Ways to Breathe Easier This Winter

by Jennifer Frith |

Life in Pennsylvania

While we're still enjoying the fall color and warm days, we know that winter is on its way. There's a lot to love about the winter season (and there's nothing as beautiful as that very first snow), but one thing about winter we're not so fond of?

The way the dry, cold air finds its way into your lungs and makes it just a little bit harder to breathe, especially if you suffer from asthma or other respiratory issues. Cold, dry air tightens up the airways and you may find yourself routinely out of breath. We decided to put together five easy tips that can help you fight off those effects and breathe easier this winter. 

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Ragweed Allergy Season is Coming. Here Are 4 Tips on How to Cope.

by Jennifer Frith |

Life in Pennsylvania

Many of us suffer through allergies all spring, with only a short time of relief during the summer. Then the next round of problems hit — 'hay fever', or ragweed allergies, are often even more severe in the fall than they are in the early part of the year!

With an allergy season that begins in August and can run all the way through October, we know how miserable Pennsylvania can be this time of year. However, we have four tips designed to help bring you and your family some relief!

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4 Ways to Fight Humidity in Your Home

by Jennifer Frith |

Life in Pennsylvania

Is your home feeling uncomfortably humid, even as things start to cool down this fall? It may not be a problem of outdoor humidity finding its way in, but rather humidity that is being created within your household.

For your family to be most comfortable, you'll want an in-home humidity level of around 35% - 45%. Anything above 50% can start to feel a little 'off', and once you're above 65% you'll probably start really feeling discomfort. Since high levels of in-home humidity can be a big risk factor for mold and bacteria growth, it's important to do what you can to combat this and keep your home feeling cool and dry. We've put together a few tips on how to de-humidify your home... naturally.

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Is Your Home Air As Clean As You Think?

by Jennifer Frith |

Life in Pennsylvania

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality tends to be 2 to 5 times more contaminated than outdoor air. What does that mean for your family? Quite simply, that your indoor air at home just isn't quite cutting it when it comes to dust, dirt, pet dander, and other common pollutants.

These contaminants can lead to increased symptoms for those suffering from allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues, as well as generally making your house a less-than-comfortable place to be. What can you do to improve your home's indoor air quality? We have a few suggestions that may freshen things up in time for summer.

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