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Month: November 2016

Improving the Air Quality in Your Home

When you put all distractions aside, the basic human needs can be summed up to only a few things. It is very unfortunate that the one thing we need the most amongst them – clean, fresh and quality air – is the one that its becoming the sparsest, even if you live outside polluted urban environments. But, before we start addressing this issue on a global level, let’s see what we can do to get more immediate results. Here are few ways to upgrade the air quality in your home.

Eliminate Possible Sources of Pollution

Indoor air pollution often occurs due to combustion or some sort of gas leaking. The worst-case scenario is when these situations are not drastic enough to be noticed immediately, so they reduce the air quality over a prolonged period. To avoid such problems, you should regularly inspect your heating and ventilation systems, and act upon the first sign of danger.

Avoid Dangerous Building Materials

Long-term air pollution is also a result of using the inadequate building materials. Unfortunately, although they are widely spread, lead, asbestos, and pressed wood all fall into this category. Removing them out of your house will take some time, but it’s worthwhile. Start the renovation by replacing your asbestos containing insulation with an eco-friendly alternative.

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Keep Air Conditioning Under Control

Since they have a tremendous influence on the air we are breathing in our homes, air conditioners had to find their way to this list. Yet somehow, cleaning and changing the air filters is something that very easily slips from our minds. End this bad habit and schedule filter, vent and ducts cleaning for the next time you make any bigger cleanup action.

Install Air Purifiers

Air purifiers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can be produced with some specific purpose in mind (e.g. allergy purifiers or smoke purifiers). However, they all share one common cause – they are using the purifying technology to improve the indoor air quality of your home. All you need do is to read a few air purifier reviews to find out which type suits you the best.

Take Care of Humidity

Humidity causes mildew and mold which can cause allergies and respiratory problems. The best thing you can do to keep it under control is to test your DWV system for possible leaks. Also, you should make sure that the rooms that are heavily exposed to humidity are well ventilated. If your bathroom and your kitchen don’t have proper windows, be sure to install a ventilation unit there.

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Grow Plants

Plants have a huge impact on our health. Keeping them inside the house can bring you nothing but good. Of course, if your house is not fit to accommodate plants, you need make the necessary upgrades to make some room for them. If you are ready to go the length, you can turn one of your rooms into an indoor garden by expending the glass surfaces, or even upgrade your house with an entirely new room built with this purpose in mind.

Schedule Regular Cleaning

Finally, it is very important that you regularly clean sources of pollution, and prevent substances that cause respiratory problems. For start, try to mop floors and clean the dust every day and fit the rest of the schedule to your weekly and monthly routine. Just be sure that you use the cleaners that are not the sources of pollution, or you are just going to make things worse.

We hope that these few tips will help you improve the air quality in your home. Changing the world might take some time – make sure your family is safe and healthy until the fresh air is no longer a commodity.

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Redesign Your Living Room – Top 5 Trendy Options

Do you feel like your living room could use some touching up? Yes, every now and then comes a time when you simply get bored with the same old style and you want to do something different. Certainly, the best way to alter the appearance of your living space is to focus on changing the upholstery. Of course, when it comes to the style and design of the upholstery, it’s safe to say that the possibilities are endless. But, if you don’t have a specific style in mind or you’re simply in need of some additional inspiration, perhaps these 5 options will help you get a better idea of what you actually wish to accomplish with your living room redesign:

Oriental Vibe

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In the last couple of years, we had the opportunity to witness a complete cultural diversification in terms of interior design. Many professional designers have adopted the practice of using fabrics, materials, patterns and colours characteristic for different cultural backgrounds. With that, achieving a somewhat oriental vibe in our homes has become possible through the use of woven fabrics such as burlap, which not only feels great, but also gives out a natural look as well. These fabrics are usually made of jute fibres, which are common in countries like Bangladesh. This is a great option not just for upholstery, but also for wall coverings, curtains and cushions, as the fabric is quite durable and comes in a variety of colours and patterns.

Keep It Green

If there’s one movement that has overtaken the whole world, then it’s definitely sustainable development. Eco-friendly practices are becoming a part of our everyday lives and it’s quite common to see some of these ideas being implemented in interior design. The use of natural and organic home décor fabrics has become quite prominent and many individuals are opting for fabrics made of bamboo, hemp, linen and cotton. Not only do they reduce the overall impact on the environment, but they’re also quite durable and easy to maintain.

Vintage Is In

The practice of ticking is an old form of interweaving cotton or linen textile in order to keep the feathers from poking out the fabric and to maintain good durability. This was mainly used in mattresses and pillows, but nowadays this method of weaving is used in upholstery as well, as a method of achieving a more vintage and industrial aesthetic. Those who wish to evoke a countryside and rural ambience in their living spaces, can surely benefit from various forms, colours and patterns characteristic for this fabric.

Cover It Up

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Another great idea to help you achieve a more distinctive look in your living room is to go beyond upholstery and consider other options of styling. For instance, draperies are commonly used for decorative purposes, especially around the windows and on other pieces of furniture as well. Of course, today, draperies have more than a decorative purpose and certain fabrics are designed to protect the furniture from heavy sunlight and create good insulation from both cold and heat.

Versatility Is Crucial

Lastly, what matters most when choosing the right style, is to be open to new designs. This is why versatility in fabrics is very important. If you’re still not quite sure what type of style you prefer, perhaps printed cotton fabrics are the best choice for you. The Fabric Store offers many available designs of this fabric, which ranges from floral designs and rustic tones up to contemporary styles and high-class finishes.

Redesigning your living room can be a fun endeavour, all you need is a bit of inspiration to spark your imagination. Whether you prefer a rustic, countryside ambience or perhaps a more modern feel to your home, it’s important to choose the right fabrics, colours and patterns to achieve the desired look.

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What to Remember With Window Tinting

There are a number of benefits associated with vehicle window tinting which include keeping out ultraviolet rays and keeping the interior cool. Many people love the enhanced privacy that comes as a result of window tinting. However, there have been countless horror stories of people who got their windows tinted only to later find out that the material used was either not good or the it was overly tinted to the point where they were fined. Below we look at a few tips which should help you get the window tinting you need without getting into trouble.

Always seek out a professional window tinting service. There are many shops that offer window tinting services but few are reputable in the sense that they will be honest about what is the darkest shade tint allowed by law in your state. Even if they know they may not tell you because they may have darker shades lying around which they figure out could be used without you knowing. This is why you should get a sample of the tint from the window tinting shop and show it to a police officer to make sure it is the right shade. Double check if the shop offers warranties in event that the tint suddenly peels off, loses its color etc.

You should know exactly what window tinting laws your state has and they should be strictly followed. Every state has slightly different laws. Also the laws for front and back tint as well as side window tints may vary. This is something you should know in advance prior to even considering a prospective tinting service.

Window tinting shouldn’t be carried out at home; it may be tempting to purchase a kit for DIY online and do the tinting yourself. That said you need the right tools and precise measurements to install a tint. DIY tints are often ones that peel off, start cracking or you see the tint bubbling. This is a waste of time and money because you’ll need to do it again after a month or so.

Never skimp on the quality of window tinting films; if there is something you should get the best of the best for it is your window. If you cannot afford the best then do go below mid-grade. You should ask the window tinting service about the qualities available and their prices. If you live in a particularly hot region you may want to spend some extra money to ensure that the tint lasts through the hot summers. Window tinting and hard water removal services can help you save lots of money on A/C usage in your car and prevent the color from fading, at the same time making your car look stylish. However, you should always be well informed prior to opting for any type of tinting.

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Plumbing Emergencies You Should Be Prepared For

Even though most plumbing problems are too complicated for a layman to handle on their own, calling a professional is not always an option. You see, every once in a while, an emergency arises and when that happens you need to react quickly. This means that you’ll have only tools that are in your household at your disposal, along with those skills that you personally possess. With this in mind, here are few plumbing emergencies you should always be prepared for.

Clogged Toilet

Clogged Toilet

To start off with a light-weight emergency, a clogged toilet is something that can happen to anyone. Now, sometimes, the issue will be a bit more complicated but in 9 out of 10 situations a simple plunger will do the trick. This tool costs next to nothing and operates on a simple pressure-and-suction principle. Needless to say, plungers are by far most effective in water because unlike air it doesn’t compress. Finally, toilet is not the only place that plunger can be used at, since you can also use it to unclog a sink or tub. For hygiene’s sake though, it would be smart to have at least two of them in your household.

Knowing the Whereabouts of Shut Off Valves

Another thing you need to know is the location of your shut off valves. In some situations, the damage has already been done and now it’s only about localizing the damage. This means turning off valves and placing rags and towels as barriers between the flooded area and the rest of your home. Turning the valve counter-clockwise will shut the water off in that entire section of your home, which may potentially even prevent pipes from bursting. According to people behind Your Choice Plumbers, even if you don’t have any plumbing experience, shutting off valves can at least buy you some time to call a professional.

Water Heater Hazards

Water Heater Hazards

While most plumbing emergencies are mainly clogging or leak hazards, when it comes to the water heater things are much more serious. Why? Well because this device uses both water and electricity in order to operate. For this reason, you need to know a safety procedure for turning off a hot water heater. The first step is shutting down its power and tagging the breaker (just to be sure). Next, you need to cool down the water and shut off the cold water supply and finally let all the hot water out. Naturally, different types of heaters require different approach, but seeing how they usually come with a manual, this shouldn’t be an issue.

You Don’t Always Need a Plumber

What this means is that just because your issue looks like a plumbing problem, doesn’t necessarily make it one. For example, some water heaters operate on gas and plumbers don’t usually deal with gas leaks. In order to recognize a plumbing problem, you need to know the symptoms and some of the most common are low water pressure, slow drains, noises or over-the-top water usage. For any of these, feel free to contact the plumber of your choice, since these particular problems may be too complicated for an average DIY repairman.

Conclusion

While it would be ideal to have every plumbing issue fixed by a plumber, sometimes you will need an immediate (temporary) solution. When this moment comes, it’s vital that you are well prepared. Look up some tutorial videos, get some basic plumbing gear and even ask a commercial plumber for an advice. If the problems in your household become a recurring issue, you may want to consider reworking your entire plumbing system. Sure, to some, this may seem extreme, but in the long run, it saves both your money and your nerves.

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