Winter Tips

With winter in full swing, we at FACT want to share some helpful tips to keep you and yours healthy and happy!

Get More Vitamin D! When the cold weather hits, we are less likely to be outside and get the sun we need. Data suggests that people with chronically low Vitamin D levels may be more likely to suffer from sleep apnea, complain of daytime sleepiness, and suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Try to get 15 minutes of direct sun exposure at least three times per week. If that is not possible, consult with your doctor about taking a Vitamin D supplement.

Don’t Put Off Home Maintenance! Annual heating and air conditioning inspection can cost you between $200 and $300, but could save you thousands in the long run by providing maintenance before you need to replace major components. Chimney inspections cost about $65-$150 and could prevent a fire – or indicate the need for major repairs to stop water leaks that can cause mold. Termite inspection can cost $75 to $200 or more. However, termite scan cause far more than this in damage. Power washing and sealing your wood deck may cost you $100 to $300 for a 200 square foot deck and get rid of algae and mold buildup. It is also a good ide to have your dryer vents cleaned every year to avoid lint buildup and prevent a potential fire. Lastly, consider having your carpets cleaned to reduce the bacteria, dirt and pollen that has accumulated over the summer months.

Watch Out for Deer! Deer-vehicle collisions cause more than 150 human deaths annually. Migration and mating season for deer is October through December, so be especially vigilant during this time period. Deer are also most active in the twilight hours, or between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. Deer also travel in herds, so if you see one, there are usually others nearby. Use high-beam headlights when possible. If a collision is unavoidable, do not swerve out of the way. Instead, honk your horn to frighten the deer, brake firmly, and try to stay in your lane.

Winter Workout Tips! Try to avoid those extra pounds over the winter by following these tips!

  1. Create an exercise plan ahead of the holidays or before a period of intense temperatures.
  2. Find a friend or social group to hold you accountable.
  3. Visit your doctor to assess what workouts or exercises are right for your age and body.
  4. Use a smart watch other form of pedometer to set a goal for steps each day.