How to keep your furnace running and your pipes from freezing during the dangerous cold

a thermometer on a white background: The Upper Midwest is headed for some dangerously cold temperatures later this week, with a polar vortex set to settle in Tuesday evening and on into Thursday. But the coldest temperatures of the week are forecast for Wednesday morning. Here's a look at 13 of the coldest places in the United States for Wednesday morning, as forecast by the National Weather Service.

10 Houseplants that clean indoor air

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  1. Plants: There are several great plants that can help your air to be cleaned of toxins.  One caveat to adding plants is that you have to be sure to control the water and not create a mold or mildew problem!  Also if you have children or pets, be sure to know what plants are poisonous before bringing them into your home.   Great air filtering plants include:

  • Orchids: may seem like a hard to plant to care for, but they actually thrive on neglect.  Don’t kill them with kindness (too much water and sunlight).  They filter: xylene , a pollutant found in many glues and paints.  Orchids respire and give off oxygen at night – so they’re great for the bedroom!  And they just look so good in decor which is win/win!

  • Palms:  hardy, exotic-looking, and easy to grow, palms filter formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide

  • Philodendrons need very little attention. They filter xylene, a toxin found in glues and leathers. But, Philodendron, one of the most common house plants, is also one of the poisonous house plants. Eating philodendron usually may cause slight side effects such as a dermatitis reaction as well as the swelling of the digestive tract and mouth.  Philodendron has also more effects on  pets such as dogs and cats. They include pain, seizures, swelling and spasms.  Careful.

  • Aloe Vera – Aloe is mostly know for medical uses like relieving burns, but it’s also easy to keep alive, and sculptural-looking. Also, aloe filters formaldehyde!  However, the outer skin of this plant is slightly toxic. Likewise, it is extremely irritable to your skin along with your intestinal system. Even though this plant will not kill  animals,  it will make them become queasy a little bit.

If you don’t have kids or pets, no problem.  If you do, then take necessary precautions.

See: Top 16 Poisonous House Plants For Humans And Pets

U.S. News’ 41 Best Diets Overall

If your new years resolution included dieting, weight-loss or healthier eating, U.S. News evaluated and ranked 41 diets with input from a panel of health experts. To be top-rated, a diet had to be safe, relatively easy to follow, nutritious and effective for weight loss. It also had to be stellar at preventing diabetes and heart disease. Click on to see which diets came out ahead, and good luck with your resolution !


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