Why Eco Friendly Radiators Are Ideal For Modern Family Homes

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Green Goods, Home Essentials | 0 comments

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We all want to create a healthy environment for our families in today’s technology driven world, and ensuring a home uses green heating technology is vital for achieving this.

Electric radiators may not sound as if they should be associated with green living, but modern electric heating technology can now create a home heating experience that no other can match in efficiency.

Just by replacing the wasteful and unsightly night storage heaters that many homes still use with a trendy modern radiator, a home will lose a large amount of its carbon footprint while ensuring a clearer environment for everyone.

What are night storage heaters?

When night storage heaters became popular in the 1970s, little was known about their long term usage. Manufacturers and customers alike were more concerned with selling an easy to use system that kept costs low.

Night storage heaters are now regarded as outdated model of heater unfavourable to the environment. This is because they release small amounts of carbon, which gradually has a significant impact on the atmosphere over time; adding to the crisis of global warming.

Harmful to human health

Night storage heaters can also have a detrimental effect on human health as well due to the carbon dust release affecting our respiratory systems, with cases of soreness and inflammation in the lungs being linked to storage heater use.

Children are particularly at risk of being affected by carbon elements, as their immune systems are not developed enough to completely fend off hazardous materials.

Although this certainly doesn’t mean that adults aren’t affected too. Asthma sufferers of all ages are at risk from carbon release, causing them to experience increased asthmatic symptoms.

What can electric radiators do different?

Today’s radiators are more efficient than past designs because they utilize cutting-edge technology that requires less energy to run without threatening the environment.

Such technology includes the popular Magmatic Heat Retention design which relies on the use of unique tablets that stores the generated heat in order to gradually release it after the radiator automatically switches itself off. This works as a modernised equivalent to storage heaters, only without danger to human health or the environment.

As they need less energy to function, electric radiators have the dual benefit of decreasing costs while reducing the electricity required.

Safer for the home

Electric radiator designs are far removed from the clunky appearance of old storage heaters as they are compact, stylish and safe. These Radiators can be wall mounted or stored in safe areas that keeps them out of reach of young children, such as being situated behind furniture or shelving.

The position of a radiator won’t cause a loss of heat because 21st century technology allows for heat to be distributed evenly around a room, even when the radiator is surrounded by objects in the home.

Make your family home stylish

The other great benefit of modern electric radiators is that they are very stylish; a far cry from the old storage heaters of yesteryear. These new designs can match the contemporary home décor of any room in a home thanks to sleek designs that come in a variety of different colours, with a different shade for each room if required.

Safer materials

Modern radiators also have the benefit of being crafted with strong materials like chrome and nickel, which not only cut down on the inevitability of radiator corrosion, but also make the sound of a radiator’s internal mechanics quieter, preventing disruption around the home.

When you switch to an eco-friendly radiator you will make your home a safer place for your family while reducing your home’s carbon footprint.

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What Are the Benefits of Renting a Student House?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Real Estate | 0 comments

There are all kinds of reasons why you might consider renting a student property. However while you could get digs at university or look for a flat share, a house has many other benefits to consider.

If you are attending university or college soon and you’ll be away from home, you’ve got lots to think about before you get started with your studies. One of the most important things to consider is where you will live while studying. You might opt to stay in halls of residence but these can make it feel like you’re always at university. It can be good to stay somewhere completely different for a while if you can.

Flat shares are popular but they do have disadvantages – namely the lack of space offered by the average flat. Fortunately there is a third option, and that involves renting a student house.

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Bigger bedroom in student houses

There are usually plenty of properties located close to colleges and universities that are specifically designed to be rented out by students. If you are studying in the Loughborough area for example, you can look for student houses Loughborough and come up with some excellent options.

The main benefit of staying in properties like these is that each one is likely to offer several large bedrooms. You’ll certainly get a bigger bedroom – often a double – in a student house than you would if you went for any other option. There is also the possibility of having some garden space to enjoy if you like the fresh air.

Another benefit is the fact that many student houses in Loughborough are located very close to all the major attractions in the area – not to mention your college or university of course. You can also opt to get an all-inclusive deal for just a few pounds more than you would traditionally pay for rent only. As you can see this might be a good option since it means you don’t have to worry about any bills.

You can also expect larger communal areas in the average house in this and many other areas. You might get a separate dining room or a large kitchen/diner, and a living area as well. Since you’ll get to know your house mates you will undoubtedly enjoy being able to use this area.

When compared to other options you may want to consider, renting a student house (or at least a double bedroom in one) does make a smart choice. You will pay a reasonable fee for the space and the additional features a nice house has to offer. You’ll have a good room to go to each day when you’re ready for bed or you simply want some quiet time to revise. As such it does make sense to reap the benefits of getting a house share with some other students. You simply have to book your chosen room and whoever maintains and runs the property will find other students to share with you too.

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Consider Switching Your Home Over To Natural Gas

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Environment News, green living | 0 comments

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Natural gas as an energy source has seen huge gains in popularity over the last couple of years. Homeowners who use natural gas save money, cut their carbon footprint and keep their local economy stimulated. It’s estimated that about 85 percent of all natural gas consumed is produced in the United States, so when you use gas as a power source, you do your part to keep the economy up and running.

Some people are hesitant about switching to natural gas. People are creatures of habit, and this becomes clear when it comes to their choices about powering their homes. What they don’t know is that switching to natural gas comes with a myriad of benefits:

Money Savings

The first thing that homeowners notice when switching to natural gas is lower bills. When you make the switch, you can expect to pay 60 percent less for your water and space heating bills. Compared to propane or electricity, natural gas is a steal. Some people take it even further, and they convert their cooking and clothes drying appliances as well. If you do this, you can expect to cut costs even more.

It’s Easy To Convert

People who are hesitant about making the conversion often state that it’d be too hard for them to switch everything over. This isn’t true; switching to natural gas is inexpensive and easy.

It takes about a day for your home to be converted, and the installation costs are easily covered by your lower monthly bills. If you can’t swing it financially, you can pay in installments. It’s common for people to use the money that they save every month to pay for the installments, and once they are paid off, all the money that you save goes directly into your pockets.

It Makes Your Home Comfortable

Naturally heated homes feel better. There’s something warm and inviting about heating with a natural and clean product; you never have to worry about funny smells or chemical leaks from your system. When you switch to natural gas, your hot water warms quickly, your clothes dry faster and your stove’s adjustable flame gives you more control over your cooking. If you want to learn more, it’s a good idea to get updates from energy companies like Sentry Energy’s Twitter account.

It’s Reliable

If you heat your home using electricity, you’ve probably noticed that it isn’t always the most reliable source of energy. This is especially true for people who live in areas where the power tends to go out. You don’t want to lose your heat during a snowstorm, but this always seems to happens when you power your home with electricity. With gas, your system works when the power is out; it’s super reliable, and it’s very safe.

Switching your home to natural gas is a clean and inexpensive way to power your home. People are often hesitant about it, but when they make the switch, they find themselves wondering why it took them so long to do it. If you enjoy clean, reliable and inexpensive energy, then make the switch to natural gas today.

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Have a Wheelchair-friendly Home #infographic

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Home Design Ideas | 0 comments

Wheelchair accessibility may not be among the most common features home buyers look for but it should be of utmost importance especially for those who have relatives in wheelchairs or who would be caring for their elderly loved ones in the near future. To raise awareness on the importance of making homes wheelchair accessible, KD Smart Chair, a manufacturer of lightweight power wheelchairs, has released a very useful infographic. The infographic outlines the modifications required to make your home accessible to those in wheelchairs. This would certainly be something you should consider if you are moving in to a new house, taking care of elderly people, or frequently entertaining guests who are wheelchair-bound. These guidelines would make everyday activities much easier and more convenient to do for people in wheelchairs.

Making Your Home Wheelchair Accessible #infographicView the full infographic at http://kdsmartchair.com/blogs/news/26622275-making-your-home-wheelchair-accessible-infographic

The infographic by KD Smart Chair gives people with mobility issues an easy to follow blueprint. There is a visual representation of how each part of the house could be made more wheelchair-friendly. At the entrance of the house, a portable ramp leading to the front door and an all-weather stair lift would make it easier to enter the home. The garage should have ample space and be equipped with an entry door ramp that provides safe and quick access to the car. In the bedroom, a phone or an alert system near the bed is necessary. An overhang lift to facilitate getting in and out of bed is also recommended. For the bathroom, grab bars must be installed next to the toilet as well as in the shower. A bathtub lift would also be quite useful. The kitchen must be spacious enough to allow wheelchairs to maneuver. Countertops and cabinet heights must be adjusted to provide easy access to those in wheelchairs. If there is a basement or a second storey, a stair lift would be essential.

Aside from these, the infographic emphasizes the need for clear pathways, proper lighting, and standard widths to improve accessibility. It also underscores the importance of installing a security system to protect the home.

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Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for a Beautiful Bathroom

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Care Tips, How To's, Repairs and Maintenance | 0 comments

Keeping the house clean is important in protecting the health of family members. Two main areas in the house that require special attention are the kitchen and bathroom. Kitchens are kept clean on a daily basis to prevent germs and bacteria from contaminating our food. Unfortunately, the bathroom doesn’t get as much attention as the kitchen when it comes to cleanliness. With personal hygiene being an important component of one’s health and well being, people should start paying attention to their bathroom. Here are a few ideas on how you can keep a clean and beautiful bathroom in your home.

1. Rinse and Clean as You Go. Molds, mildew, scum, and stains have no place in a beautiful bathroom. To prevent dirt and germs build-up in your bathroom, encourage family members to do a bit of cleaning after use. Simply rinse off soap scum in the tub or shower stall by spraying water in the walls and floor after taking a bath. Check floor, sink, and counter for spittle or spills and wipe it off immediately before leaving the bathroom.

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2. Keep it Dry and Bright. Molds and mildew thrive in dank and dark places so make sure that drains are working properly to prevent water build up. Open windows to facilitate proper air circulation and let some natural light in as well. This will help you air-dry the bathroom after every shower. You may also want to turn on fans or dehumidifiers for a few minutes to speed up the process. Don’t forget to dry shower curtains, doors or stalls, and towels. This can be done by keeping wet shower curtains closed until it dries, spreading towels in rods or rack, and removing water from glass surfaces with the help of a squeegee.

3. Give it a thorough clean once a week. Wiping and rinsing will not keep your bathroom germ and bacteria free. Clean surfaces and hidden nooks with warm soapy water, sponge, and disinfectant to get the job done properly. Don’t forget to wash accessories like shower curtains, bathroom mats, hand towels etc. You may also keep drains clean and clog-free by pouring home solutions like baking soda, white vinegar, and boiling water down the drain at least once a month.

4. Schedule maintenance check-up at least once a year. Water build-up and leaks can damage you property and cost you a lot in repairs. Keep an eye out for cracks and holes in caulks and grouts as well as leaks in fixture sealants and toilet base so you can address problems immediately. Have a professional check on plumbing and electrical features of your bathroom to keep them running efficiently.

5. De-clutter and Decorate. Just like any room in the house, the bathroom can also accumulate some clutter over time. Organize your bathroom with stylish racks, caddies, or storage and remove everything that doesn’t have a place in your bathroom. Change décor motifs as the season change and create a trendy and beautiful bathroom for family and house guests.

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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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