Lewis Maclean December 2018

Ugly Sweater Parties

Clearing the Air


A Fun Trend You Can Easily Follow!

The air we breathe inside our homes isn’t always the clearest. No matter the time of year, there are many factors that influence the quality of the air you breathe. In the winter, when all the windows are closed and the heat is running, you can be left with stale, unhealthy air. To clear the air, here are a few things to know about what influences indoor air quality and what to look out for. What is indoor air quality? The term itself describes how inside air — the air in your home or place of work — affects your health, comfort, and ability to work. Factors that influence indoor air quality include temperature, humidity, poor ventilation, mold from excess moisture, and exposure to other chemicals.

It’s speculated that the first ugly sweater party took place in

Vancouver, Canada, back in 2001. Since then, the trend has become one of the most popular holiday party themes. Come Thanksgiving, you’ll start to see racks in all types of clothing stores lined with hideous sweaters. If you’re ready to jump on the ugly- sweater-party bandwagon this Christmas season, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Common and persistent symptoms of poor indoor air quality include:

• Airway infections • Coughing, hoarseness, or wheezing • Dizziness • Dry skin • Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat • Mental fatigue and headaches • Nausea

Your Very Own Ugly Sweater

Ugly sweaters come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. You can head to H&M or a local thrift store to pick one up. However, if you have a sweater that’s been cozied up for years in the back of your closet or a drawer, now’s your chance to give it new life. Arm yourself with a hot glue gun, thread, and needle, and patch Santa, Rudolph, or Frosty on it. And let it be known that an ugly sweater isn’t complete without sparkles, beads, and sequins galore.

In many cases, these symptoms clear up when you’re in a space with cleaner air. Additionally, poor indoor air quality itself can be caused by several things. It may be a result of an inadequate fresh air supply, a poor ventilation system maintenance, pollutants (from cleaning supplies, sprays, office machines, pesticides, or from burning materials, such as candles or poorly vented fireplaces), micro-organisms, or various contaminants brought into the home from outside. As you can see, the sources for poor indoor air quality are varied, and it can be tough to pinpoint an exact source when you are experiencing symptoms. If you’re concerned about your indoor air quality or want to know what you can do to improve air quality in your home, don’t hesitate to give us a call, and we can help you breathe easier in no time!

What Exactly Is an Ugly Sweater Party?

It’s rather simple — slip on your favorite Christmas sweater, gather all your friends and family members, make sure there are plenty of refreshments and games, and you’re guaranteed to have a top-tier party. A few ugly-sweater-themed games that should be on the agenda include an ugly gift exchange, which is similar to the white elephant exchange, except with the gaudiest gifts you can find; an ugly photo booth, complete with terrible, tacky props; and, of course, an ugly sweater contest.

This is the only time of year when slipping into a lurid red sweater with a stuffed Santa sewn on the front is considered trendy. So adorn yourself in the frumpiest, tackiest sweater you can find, and have some fun this December!

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