Those who live in the coastal area of Florida expect many benefits from living near the water. Let’s face it, we are blessed to live in the Sunshine State. The salt air is good for your skin and health in general. But is there a need to protect your home from the salt air?
Gulf Coast Appliance Repair sees it all the time. Homes, appliances, cars, and electronics can sustain significant damage from the salt lingering in the breeze. But first, let’s go into the positive attributes of living on the coast of the beautiful Florida beaches.
A trip to the beach does most people well. The health benefits of the extra vitamin D, the beauty of the ocean, the sound of the waves, and the undeniable sunsets are all good for the mind, soul, and body. But did you know some studies show even more significant health benefits to living in the salt air?
According to Select Salt,
“The detoxifying effects of breathing in salt-rich air can reduce symptoms of various respiratory illnesses and skin conditions, reduce inflammation, strengthen the immune system, and reduce the signs of aging.”
One study found on LungInstitute.com claims the following.
“…there are therapeutic qualities to ocean air that have helped lung disease patients as well. The study tested patients with various lung diseases to see if there was a common improvement in symptoms. While patient results were on an individual basis, these were some of the more common results from patients that breathed in the ocean air:
While more time and research is needed to understand the definitive health benefits of ocean air, a trip to the beach could do more good than originally thought.”
That said, it would seem the folks living on the Gulf Coast have several reasons to be grateful for the salt air. However, our homes may not agree with us.
In addition to your outdoor grill, patio furniture, car, and bikes, the salt air can wreak havoc on your appliances too. As you know, most appliances are metal and subject to rust. In the salt air, rust happens much faster. And stainless steel even rusts unless you have a marine-grade stainless.
Those who have lived in the salt air for years can lend some pretty good advice on keeping your appliances from rusting out due to the salt air. Here are some of the tips they find helpful.
Finally, the most important aspect of appliance care in salty air is routine maintenance.
It is true. If you leave your window to the home office open so the fresh breeze can come in while you work, you will eventually have an issue. But if your computers and speakers are kept indoors with the AC and a dehumidifier, they should remain safe from salt air corrosion.
If you want the sounds of the ocean and some island tunes on the back porch, invest in marine quality outdoor speakers. They are made to tackle the salt air. However, it is still recommended to clean and polish the casing now and then.
To assist you in keeping your coastal home from the salt air damage while you are enjoying the salty benefits, Gulf Coast Appliance Repair has a few tips to share.
Yes, our home appliances get a lot of use every day. And no, most of us do not take care of them the way we should. But when you schedule maintenance for your appliances, they will last longer and work better for you. Here is what appliance maintenance will do for you.
Here are a few tips for maintaining your appliance at home and between service calls.
If you perform these simple tasks to care for your appliances, the salt air should not become an issue.
Gulf Coast Appliance Repair is your local appliance repair and maintenance company. If your appliances are suffering from salt air corrosion or neglect, contact our team to help out. And then be sure to place a service call on your schedule in another 6 months or so. You will be happy you did.