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Air Filters: A Quick Guide

February 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

air filterWritten by: Your Filter Connection

Everyday, dust mites feed off the 30,000-40,000 dead skin cells the body sheds every minute, but before they can, mites need dust to mature.  And one of the biggest methods for preventing dust from entering a home is a clean A/C or heater filters.  Even worse, old and worn-out devices can cause heavy loads of dust, lead to allergies and even asthma flare-ups. If you’re in the market for a new filter, here’s a quick guide for understanding the differences and usages for each one.

 

Fiberglass and Polyester

 

Considered the cheapest of the four, fiberglass and polyester capture large particles like lint and dust. However, because of their inability to capture smaller objects—like pollen or dander—people with sensitive noses can still experience discomfort. Still, because of their inexpensiveness and simplicity to dispose of, most people will choose these types of filters.

 

Washable and Reusable

Upping the purchasing cost, washable filters provide a convenient solution to protecting homes against large particles. Ideal for either furnaces or air filters, these products can be used for years, so long as they are cleaned regularly. For example, a replacement honeywell air filter can last a few months or a few years if the filter is washable. Disposable options also exist if the goal is immediate cost-savings.

 

Pleated

Compared to the previous two, pleated filters are easily disposed of while capturing larger particles through its mesh lining. Typically, pleated filters work well with protecting a household against dust mites and lint, but against smaller objects, like virus carriers, smog and smoke, these filters prove futile.

 

Electrostatic

Electrostatic filters offer protection against small and large particles, but compared to the others, requires constant changing to maintain its effectiveness. Still, an electrostatic furnace filter or an A/C unit will ward off pollen, smoke, smog, virus carriers and even mold. For individuals with intense allergies or asthma attacks should consider investing in electrostatic filters. The added quality ensures the best possible air quality with the fewest possible pollutants.

 

While each of the four provides its own advantages and disadvantages, they all help ward off some type of pollutant that can further aggravate asthma or allergies. Depending on your sensitivity to pollen or dust, you may not need an expensive filter. And to further prevent any flare-ups, ensure to clean your sheets, remove any carpeting and ensure carpets are vacuumed regularly.

Ideas to Improve Energy Efficiency in the Home

February 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Everyone has a temperature they feel most comfortable at, and most of us are willing to spend at least some of our hard earned dollars to try and achieve that. Air conditioning and heating are one of the greatest modern achievements, but energy has become increasingly expensive over time. It’s no longer cost-effective to run the HVAC all day long. A better alternative is to explore some options you have around the house to regulate the temperature and prevent hot or cold air loss. Here are just a few of the recent improvements consumers have access to, and how they affect your home.

Replace Doors and Windows

If you walk the house during the cold season, you’ll notice that some parts of the house are draftier than others. This is because of small gaps that appear over time, like gaps in the paint or worn down weather stripping, that leak hot or cold air from our space. Sealant can help, but replacing windows can be especially effective if the windows are older than ten years. New improvements have made windows even better at regulating temperature through heat loss.

Replace HVAC Filters

The filters of an HVAC unit are important to replace on a regular basis. They can help improve the air quality in your home, but they also protect the internals of your heating and air conditioning unit. These filters are easy to replace, inexpensive and they will improve the long-term sustainability of your AC unit.

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Changing Your Living Room Design

December 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Wicker Paradise

 

If you want to give your dining room a brand new inviting and relaxing look, then a tropical design might be what you could be looking for. One does not necessarily need to live in the tropics to be able to channel a tropical vibe. Some simple changes might be enough for that.

 

Flowers and Plants

When one thinks about tropical design flowers instantly come to mind. Indeed, flowers and plants could be one of the most distinctive feature of a tropical decor. There are several choices available when it comes to plants. It might be kentia palms or parlor for indoors dining rooms. These plants tend to tolerate the cold better. For flowers you might opt for anthuriums for their deep reddish tones or peace lilies for their white color.

 

Paint

This would depend on the design that your dining room actually has, but generally a fresh coat of paint might be enough to make the room look more lively. You might opt for vibrant summer colors such as turquoise or apple green. If these colors are clashing with your dining furniture, you might choose an elegant off white instead.

 

Furniture

A wicker dining set might be a popular choice when it comes to redesigning a dining room. These type of furniture exude a casual atmosphere to the room. Some furniture companies have dining sets in different colors and styles. Companies specializing in wicker furniture sale could be found online as well.

 

Wicker Paradise specializes in wicker furniture sets and rattan products. They offer a large selection in terms of designs and colors for indoor and outdoor spaces design projects.

Eco Friendly Projects to Do Around the Home

October 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by: Toolsmith Direct

Looking for methods to green up your lifestyle without breaking your budget? You can actually save money with some of these tips for going green. All of these projects are simple to do yourself, and promote a greener lifestyle. You’ll need some Kawasaki tools, like a drill, a socket set, and boxes of screws and nails. None of these projects is particularly difficult, except for replacing a countertop, and most can be done within a weekend.

Read on for a few ideas on eco friendly projects you can do around your home.

Install a Clothes Line

The revolutionary solar clothes dryer, or clothes line in common-speak, is fairly simple to erect. It requires two anchor points and a rope, so there is plenty of room for experimentation. You can use a Powerbuilt drill to create a starter hole in the boards near your roof, the same place where you might hang Christmas lights. You can also run your rope around a tree, or anchor a pole into the ground. Stretch the chord taut and pick up a bag of wood clothes pins online.

Remodel and Green Up Your Kitchen

There are a few approaches to an eco-friendly kitchen, and all of them are viable. Solar screens, for instance, can give you protection from the heat of the sun with the option to let a breeze into your home. You can also purchase newer and more energy efficient appliances. You can use a Trades Pro hammer or pry bar to loosen your counter top, and replace it with a renewable surface like granite.

Change the Paint You Use

If you switch to a non-toxic paint, it generally increases the quality of living in your home. The paint is also designed to make it difficult for mold spores to grow. The freedom from chemicals like formaldehyde are especially good in homes with kids, who may be susceptible to chemicals in the air more so than adults. If you cannot use no-VOC paints, utilize low-VOC paints and clear the home after painting has finished. During painting, be sure that you are wearing a mask and are not directly breathing fumes.

Conclusions

With a few tweaks, and a weekend or two of spare time, you can green your house and lower your footprint on the environment. You can extend your green lifestyle into all the things you use around the house, like cleaners made of natural liquids.

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Help the Environment By Switching to Artificial Grass

October 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

This article was written by Artificial Turf Supply Commercial & Residential Division.

Making a commitment to “go green” with your home makes sense in a variety of ways. A home that is environmentally conscious is not only good for the environment but also can save homeowners a significant amount of money with factors including reduced power and water bills. Doing things like installing solar panels or using energy efficient appliances area are great for the environment, but did you know that switching your lawn to synthetic grass can also be a big help?

There are many reasons why a synthetic turf lawn is a significant improvement over a natural grass lawn for the environment, starting with water conservation. According to the EPA, the average household uses 320 gallons of water a day, with 30 percent of that used outdoors. Much of this comes from the need to constantly water lawns to keep them fresh and green. Switching to an artificial grass lawn eliminates almost all need for watering, meaning that you can potentially save thousands of gallons of water in a year.

Along with saving water, switching to an artificial turf lawn has other benefits for the environment. Artificial grass doesn’t require chemicals and pesticides, which can run off from the lawn and into the street and sewer. You also don’t need to use equipment such as lawnmowers and edgers which run on gas and emit carbon dioxide into the air. These are just some of the reasons why switching to an artificial grass lawn makes environmental sense along with helping you to save money.

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Wicker Furniture Comes in All Types

October 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Wicker Paradise

When you want a new look for your home, you may quickly become overwhelmed not just by the many options available to you, but how much time and money it will take to pull them off too. Fortunately, there are still some ways to get the look you want for your home without investing a small fortune in the process.

Wicker furniture is probably the best example. You can always go online and find wicker furniture for sale, which helps make an already affordable option even more cost-effective. So right off the bat, you’re saving plenty of money.lane-venture-coffee-table

But, of course, you’re not sacrificing quality. Everyone loves the way wicker looks, but it’s also worth considering all the looks you can go with. While there are plenty of laid back looking examples, take a look at what a company like Lane Venture can do. Their whicker furniture models are exquisite to say the least.

That’s just one minor example. There are too many others to elaborate on now, but the point remains that if you want wicker, it’s easy to find just about any aesthetic you have in mind to give your home the right style you want.

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When you’re looking for ways to improve the look of your home, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars and countless hours with physical renovations. Instead go to Wicker Paradise and shop through the many wicker furniture sets (including Lane Venture wicker furniture) they have to offer at affordable prices.

Green Jobs Around the House

August 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written By Toolsmith Direct

When it comes to fixing your house up, one of the greenest things you can do is handle the project on your own. After all, you live there, so that’s already saving gas. Plus, not a lot of professionals are dedicated to green services. Those that are may simply say as much for your business. But you know you’re committed and that you’ll do a good job too, so it makes sense to simply attach the problem on your own.

First, plan out the job all the way through. Waste is a big contributor to pollution and debris that ends up in landfill. Also, the more you have to do something over, the more energy you use.

Once you have your plan, you should know what kinds of tools you need. Trades pro and Kawasaki tools both make some green options, so you may want to start there. Otherwise, think about buying used tools.

Once you have everything you need, it’s time to get started. Be calculated with your approach so your plan is executed to a “t” and waste kept to a minimum.

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Are you the type who likes to handle household projects all on your own? If so, it makes sense that you need the right tools to do the best job; otherwise, why not just hire and pay someone else to do it. Whether it’s a snap-on generator, a socket set or any other tool you need, Toolsmith Direct has you covered with name brands like Powerbuilt and more.

Tips to Secure the Doors in Your Home

July 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Intruders usually enter through doors and windows of the home. Since burglars tend to identify unsecured homes for break-ins, it’s important to reinforce and secure these entry ways. Doors should also be secured against extreme weather, such as hurricanes or tornadoes. A bit of planning and these tips can help you prevent unauthorized break-ins and protect your home from catastrophic weather events.

Cost-effective lighting at entrances

Lights at the entry door, garage(s), or side/back doors are important. Make sure you’ve installed bright lights at these entrances. Install motion sensor lights if you’re concerned about remembering to turn the lights on at dusk. These lights are stimulated when an individual walks past them. Solar powered lighting is another cost-effective strategy for securing these entrances.

Peepholes and deadbolts

Small changes, such as peepholes at front or frequently used side and back doors, can add security to your entrance points. Deadbolts are also a low-cost and effective strategy for protecting the home from the inside out.

Secure sliding glass doors and adjacent windows

Sliding doors with glass are beautiful, but easily broken by intruders seeking access to the home. Install horizontally fitted bar locks on these doors, and make sure to add window locks adjacent to the door. Don’t install bars with keys because, in an emergency, these might not be handy.

Extreme weather

Keep doors closed and locked at all times, and close windows, shades, blinds, and curtains when you’re away from home. Make sure that all inner and outer doors are locked. If you live in an area where storms frequently occur, storm shutters should be available for use prior to the arrival of a hurricane or other extreme storm. Alternatively, use wooden boards and nails to keep windows protected and sealed shut before the storm hits.

 

 

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Tips on Buying Outdoor Artificial Grass

July 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Artificial Turf Supply Commercial & Residential Division

Do you need outdoor artificial grass? Outdoor artificial grass is a beautiful, water-wise alternative to natural grass lawns and landscaping. It can be used to enhance your home or business. It can be used to landscape pools, gardens, and even roof tops. So how do you know you’re buying the right stuff? Artificial Turf Supply Commercial & Residential Division offers the following tips on how to purchase outdoor artificial grass.

UV-Resilient

Harsh UV rays can damage the fibers of synthetic turf, especially if the product is not made for the outdoors. However, one of most important features of outdoor-ready fake grass is its protective coating against UV rays. Look for synthetic turf that is UV-resilient so that you can install fake grass anywhere in your home or business without worrying about it getting damaged by the sun.

High-Traffic Turf

Today’s advanced synthetic turf comes in various traffic levels ranging from low to high. Depending on where you plan to install the turf, you might need to purchase high-traffic synthetic turf. High-traffic turf is better suited for outdoor projects such as lawns and dog runs and will last longer than the lower levels.

Natural Colors

Outdoor synthetic turf should look like natural grass, which means it should be more than just one color. Some of the best synthetic turf on the market comes in a variety of hues such as a few different greens and some brown. Look for tri-color turf, ideal for landscaping projects such as lawns.

Artificial Turf Supply Commercial & Residential Division provides synthetic lawns for homeowners and businesses. Visit the website to learn more about synthetic turf solutions that are right for you.

Create A Warm Home

June 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written By: EZ Floor Heat

Tired of always complaining how cold your floors are? A lot of people know how uncomfortable it is that you would have to rush to your bed and put on socks so that you would feel warm and comfortable again. There is a wide array of products that will be perfect for your home especially during the cold seasons. There are many products that will let you enjoy heated floors without having to pay so much. If you want Heated Tile, no problem because customers will have a variety of it that they can easily choose from. Infloor Heat can be expensive if you purchase it from other companies. But if you choose the right company with the right services, there will be no dent in your wallet since all its products will have a reasonable and affordable price wherein you will surely be able to get the true value of your money! Some companies also offer free installation or if you are feeling handy, they can even teach you how to install it yourself with some very informative videos that offers a demonstration of the step by step process that you can easily do at home to make sure that your products will be working and functioning in no time! The possibilities are endless once you no longer have to worry about cold floors anymore. Feel fulfilled and satisfied knowing that you have provided a warm home for you and your family.

Take the time to browse through the internet and you will find many products available for you. Some companies also offer Ceramic Tile Floor Heating, which is a favourite among customers.

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