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The holidays are such a magical time of year! Most people enjoy spending time with families, hearing the Christmas music playing in the stores and the general happiness and positive energy people are tossing around like confetti. For some parents the holidays can be a bit more of a challenge and not because of our grinch attitudes or dislike of the season. The holidays are different for some parents because the holidays are different for our kids. As a mother of three beautiful kids, a girl and two boys (both boys have disabilities) I know how unusual it can be to help your kids enjoy the season as much as others. Our oldest boy has ADHD and struggles to complete tasks or enjoy quiet, calm activities like others his age. Our youngest has Asperger’s which makes it a struggle for him to enjoy the wide range of emotions so many kids express this time of year. The holidays are not always easy for them simply because they experience things differently and don’t enjoy the same activities. Th

5 Reasons Why You Should Install AC in Your Home


Did you know that 91 percent of American households have air conditioning?

However, the percentage of households varies from city to city. It drops down to 80 percent in Los Angeles, 47 percent in Portland, and 44 percent in Seattle.

That is all to say, even if you live in a less air-conditioned city, that doesn't mean you want to go without AC on those sweltering days.

Here are five reasons you should install AC in your home.

1. It Keeps You Healthy

Did you know that having an air conditioner can actually improve your health? The ventilation from AC keeps disease-causing bacteria at bay.

That's why it's also important to keep your air conditioner in tip-top shape. Wally Falke's is an AC company that does AC installation and repair in Modesto. Visit them at to learn more.

2. AC Is Safer for Your Pet

Just because you can tolerate a little heat, it doesn't mean your pet can. This is especially true for dogs designed for harsh winter climates.

Did you know that Alaskan Malamutes, for example, shouldn't live anywhere that reaches 80 degrees or higher? Even at 70 degrees, they should not be exercised outside. The same is true for bulldogs, pugs, and other breeds.

If you install AC, though, you can solve this problem. With an air conditioner, you can keep her cool and exercise her indoors.

3. Air Conditioning Lasts A Long Time

You may be hesitant to get AC because of the AC installation cost. When you think about how long air conditioning lasts, though, it certainly makes the investment worth it.

You may need to have your AC serviced every now and then but living a pleasurable (and cool) life indoors is worth the hassle.

According to air conditioning service providers, as long as you keep up with maintenance, you won't need to spend an inordinate amount of money on buying a new AC.

4. AC Increases the Value of Your House

Because most Americans have an AC service at one time or another, prospective buyers will expect your home to have AC.

Without AC, they might pass right on over your home. With AC, you'll be able to sell your home for more.

The amount that air conditioning adds to your house will vary on how long it's been since you've updated it. If it's been no more than five years, then you're good to go.

5. AC Improves Life Day and Night

AC doesn't just improve the quality of your air--it improves your overall health. If you have to sit inside a stuffy home all day, you'll be too distracted to get anything done.

The same goes for sleeping. Let an AC company install central air so you won't break into a sweat at night and lose sleep.

Install AC Today

If you have yet to install AC, now is the time! You're improving the quality of your life (and your pets') inside and out. An AC installation is also a must-have if you ever plan on selling your house.

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