Avoid a Bad Air Day by Checking Your Air Quality

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Care Tips, Earth Friendly Activities, green living, Repairs and Maintenance | 0 comments

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Many people already realize that certain parts of the country suffer from poor air quality at specific times of the year. People are so concerned about the air outside that many fail to consider the quality of the air inside their homes. In some cases, the air inside a house can be exponentially worse than what’s outside. Don’t have a bad air day; check the air quality inside your home and take action to make it better. 

What Causes Bad Air Indoors?

The air inside your home is directly affected by the quality of air outside the home. In addition to the regular pollutants found in the air outside, indoor air can be laden with cleaning solvents, viruses, fungi, formaldehyde, and all kinds of other pollutants. Pollen and dander can come in from windows and doors. Pets carry hair and saliva, in addition to airborne fecal matter. Paints, perfumes, and even chemicals on a new piece of furniture affect the quality of air inside your home. This may be even more noticeable if you have family members who suffer from allergies or respiratory problems. How can you combat the bad air?

Change Your Filters

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The ductwork in your home should have filters connected to it. These filters are supposed to help keep contaminants out. Over time, however, the filters become dirty from all of the contaminants they catch. This means that they need to be changed regularly in order to be most effective. Filters should be changed at least every six months, and your AC should be tuned up one to two times per year. Dust around the duct registers or settling on furniture around your home is a clear sign that not only your filters need changing, but you should probably also have your ducts examined and cleaned.

Go Green—Literally

Changing out your filters can dramatically improve your indoor air quality, but don’t underestimate the power of plants. There are many indoor plants such as spider plants, snake plants, English ivy, pothos, philodendrons and more that help to pull formaldehyde and a variety of other pollutants out of the air, replacing them with oxygen. If your home is lacking a little bit of green, then invest in some air-purifying plants strategically placed around your home.

Turn Bad Air Good

It’s possible to avoid a bad air day with proper air filter replacement and duct cleaning. Air-purifying plants are also beneficial if anyone in your family suffers from allergies or other respiratory issues. If you notice an inordinate amount of dust around your home or family members who are sneezing and coughing more than normal, then it’s time to take action.

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Home Decorating Ideas for Summer 2015

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Home Design Ideas | 0 comments

Say goodbye to the cold and dreary winter atmosphere and welcome the warm summer weather with fresh home decors. Take advantage of the last few days of winter to plan changes around the house, be it major renovation projects or just a touch-up job. There are several home decorating ideas for summer 2015 that are worth considering. If your home hasn’t had an upgrade in the last 5 years then now is the time to break down some walls and open your home to the latest design trends. Those who aren’t ready for a major project yet then a few changes on decors and fixtures should do the trick.

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Color is a major element that affects the look and ambiance in a room. You can bring the warm and bright hues of summer into your home by changing accents like curtains, rugs, table runners, or wall colors. Adding bright and rich color accents in your rooms is one of the trendy home decorating ideas for 2015. Another décor trend to consider is the use of cool shades of blue or aqua in your interiors. Combining white and grey tones with rich turquoise blue accents can give your room a Mediterranean appeal. You may also bring some beach colors in your room by using grey, brown, and other shades of sand in your wall or flooring, blue for your linens, and bright beach ball shades as your accent.

Aside from color, texture is another element that you can use to give your rooms an updated look. Metals, natural stone surfaces, glass, ceramics, and decors with ethnic motifs can add character and energy to your home. You can arrange metallic vases, ceramic pots, and other nature inspired decors in your center or side table for a fresh vibe. Decors like wooden crafts, prints and linen with ethnic designs are other elements that you can combine with shiny materials for a modern take on home décor.

Giving your home a new look for the summer doesn’t have to be costly. You can find a lot of existing materials in your house that can be upcycled into a modern chic piece. Use these home decorating ideas for summer 2015 to inspire you in creating a cool place where the whole family can hang out in.

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Feel Safe and Secure with Home Security Systems

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Green Goods | 0 comments

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Locks and bolts are no longer enough to protect your home and property against intruders. Modern crooks are now bolder and smarter with their thieving ways. But there is no need to panic as there are also modern and sophisticated tools that can effectively protect your home and family. Today’s home security systems can range from DIY types to professional models that you can manage yourself, or get the services of a reputable home security company to do the job for you. Here is a look at modern devices that can help you feel safe and secure in your home.

Alarm systems for home intruders are some of the classic devices for home security systems. These are basically sensors that trigger an alarm in the event of a breach in the windows, doors, or glass break. Sirens can go off to drive away suspects or to alert your neighbors that something is amiss. Some of the newer models do not make noise or issue a silent alarm by notifying owners, security companies, or the authorities through mobile devices. Aside from intruder alert, homeowners can also place panic and medical alert devices for those who have loved ones with special needs.

Installing a surveillance system adds an extra layer of protection for your home. These devices allow you to monitor indoor and outdoor activity in your home on a 24/7 basis. Closed Circuit TV camera (CCTV) can be placed in strategic areas around the house so you can keep an eye on your property or family members with special needs and household workers. The latest surveillance systems are equipped with cameras that can pan, tilt, and zoom, motion sensors, DVR with 80GB-250GB storage, touch screen sensors, home automation alarm features, snapshot camera capabilities, live footage to mobile devices, and wireless technology feature.

Home security systems can be designed according to your needs and budget. You can find DIY models to save on installation costs of have everything done by home security companies. The services of home security companies are covered by fees and contracts that can be as short as 1 to 2 years or up to 3-5 years. If you move around frequently then you may want to consider relocation options offered by the security company.

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Advantages of Using Rainwater Tanks

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Earth Friendly Activities, How To's | 0 comments

Water is undeniably abundant, in fact most of earth is made up of water. Sad thing though, because only a little portion can be used to sustain life. There are already many ways to harvest and endure the lack of water supply, one of these is rainwater harvesting. The infographic below helps you better understand what rainwater harvesting is about and how this helps your household.

rainwaterIn a few month’s time will be spring and we know that spring means more rain. Why not start building your own rainwater tanks and take advantage of your harvests to save up water and help Mother Earth?

 

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How Your Home Can Benefit from a Beautiful Garden

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Earth Friendly Activities, green living, Home Design Ideas | 0 comments

When building a new home, it’s easy to put all of your attention on the house and neglect your front and backyard. And that makes total sense; after all, the structure of your home, its interior, and its general layout are immensely important, and you’ll want to make sure everything is to your liking. But, with that said, don’t forget about your yards. Here are five ways your new home can benefit from a beautiful garden.

It Can Extend Your Entertainment Space

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A well manicured backyard garden can increase your at-home entertainment options. And this is perfect during summer and on those days when the weather is almost begging you to come outside. Instead of having to entertain guests in the living room or kitchen, homeowners with a beautiful garden can take everything outside and catch up with friends or family surrounded by colourful flowers, tons of plants, and the sound of trickling water.

More Privacy

Depending on what kind of garden you build and how high your fence is, a home garden can give both you and your family more privacy in your backyard space. Shade trees are best for creating a more private and secluded space, but they will take some time to grow. Just be patient and you’ll have a nice little private retreat just outside your back door in no time at all.

It Will Increase the Value of Your Home

According to landscape economist John Harris, a well-landscaped garden can increase the value of your home by up to 28%. In general, home buyers are looking for a home that’s fit for moving in right away and doesn’t require much work. A home with a poorly maintained garden, or none at all, can scare away potential buyers and lower the value of your home. This is why quality landscaping is valued by any home building agency that offers house and land packages, such as Coral Homes.

It Can Save You Money

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Not only will a beautiful garden get you more money when it comes time to sell your home, but, if you plant shade trees as soon as you move in, the added shade these trees provide can cut your cooling costs by as much as 40%. Large trees can block out much of the sun and leave your home naturally cooler during those scorching hot summer days. Also, if you create a little herb and vegetable garden in your backyard, then you can also save both time and money as you won’t have to make those short trips to the supermarket to grab some thyme, rosemary, or a fresh lettuce; you’ll have everything on hand, right in your own garden.

Better Air Quality in Your Home

Finally, if your garden starts or ends inside your home, then your plants can actually clear the air of environmental toxins. Plants such as English ivy, gerbera daisies, peace lilies, and bamboo palm are especially good at improving the quality of the air in your home.

Can you think of any other ways a beautiful home garden can improve your home? Leave your comments in the section below and help others see the light in building a garden in their backyard.

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Skills You Can Learn to Improve Your Home

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Green Goods | 0 comments

Have you been watching home improvement shoes and decided it’s time you did something with your house? Don’t hesitate to start; many of the skills needed are easier to learn than you would think and some things take no time at all. Before you start knocking down walls, here are some skills that are vital to have for any home improvement project.

Painting

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Usually one of the first steps taken in home improvement, painting is also one of the easiest to make mistakes with. The first mistake is thinking it’s going to be quick and easy. Unskilled painters will leave behind obvious signs: patches where paint it too thin or thick, drips on skirting boards, and blotches in and around corners. These are all easy to avoid; it comes down to patience. Now, while it might not match up to a professional painter, and it will certainly take longer, with a little patience you can still do a good job.

Basic Plumbing

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Understanding of basic plumbing is not only great for DIY home improvement but will also save you a huge amount of money. Leaking taps cost you on your water bill and getting a plumber to come and fix it isn’t exactly a cheap solution. But you might be surprised to know how easily most plumbing problems can be fixed. For example, a leaking tap is often caused by a broken washer inside the tap.

All you need to do to fix it is take the handle off and replace the broken washer. Remember to turn off your water main before you do any plumbing work.

Water Proofing

Another simple job, yet leaving it undone can cause a tremendous amount of damage. Bath tubs and showers are all water proofed to prevent water damage in the walls and floor. In less than thirty minutes, you can reseal your bath or shower without too much work. The seal used is called caulk. To start, remove the old or damaged caulk using a narrow headed screw driver or awl. Clean the surface off with rubbing alcohol to remove any grime or scum then apply a thick line of caulk along the seal joint.

Welding

Not only great for home improvement, welding is a valuable skill that can be used for many other things. For simple home improvement, a small, portable welder is the preferred option. Arc welders, like those available from WIA, are the best due to their simplicity and size. Arc welders will allow you to repair almost any metal furniture you have, but their best feature is giving you the chance to make your own furniture or metal features. Some fantastic things can be made with a skilled hand.

Hole Repair

Cupboard doors quite often come loose, especially under high use. This is caused by the hinge screws moving ever so slightly and pulling out of their holes. As the screws pull, the holes are enlarged and, of course, as the holes get bigger the doors become looser. There is a very simple way to fix these holes though. Grab some tooth picks, about four or five, depending on the size of the hole, and use wood glue to stick them together. Place them in the hole, covered in the glue and cut them off at the surface. Once it is dry and firmly in place, you can simply fasten the screw back in and find your doors once again secured.

These are just a few skills that are useful for DIY home improvements. What skills have you put to use around your house?

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Proper Care for Wood Furniture

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Care Tips, Home Furniture | 0 comments

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Many of our homes have some wooden furniture. We have to face the fact, we love wood. Despite the price and the convenience of plastic furniture, nothing beats wooden furniture if you are thinking about aesthetics.

But in order for wooden furniture to serve us well, there are certain things that we need to do in order to keep them in tip-top shape. There are such things that are called preventable damage.

For one, you know that their surface is easily scratched so when you use them, you do not use sharp objects on it. Otherwise, they will get scratched and it will take a lot of effort to restore it. It may be a small scratch, but you will have to retouch the whole thing to make it even.

You also need to be careful in handling them. They should not be tossed around or applied with lots of force because most furniture uses nails and wood glue. These can easily break with strong force.

Use chairs and tables for their purpose. Do not stand or jump on them because these can break.

If you want to maintain the color of your furniture, you may have to use dim lighting. Bright lights are strong and can react with wood. Eventually, the color will change.

Since wood is food for termites, one of its greatest enemies is this pest. Your furniture should be appropriately treated against termite infestation. If you notice a termite hill near your home, it is best to destroy the colony so that the termites will not invade your house and eat the wood furniture.

Clean wooden furniture using recommended products only. It is best not to get them wet with water so that they will not get soaked. Water seeps through the porous surface of wood and destroys it.

Wooden furniture is nice. If you take good care of them, they will last you for generations.

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