How To Have A Stress Free Renovation

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Every few years or so, it’s a good idea to redecorate your home. It will keep it feeling fresh and modern, and it will make you enjoy being home more too. You could decide to simply paint the walls, or change the drapes, or you might want to go further and have an additional room built, or a new kitchen or bathroom installed. Whether you are going for a small change in décor or a big home renovation, it can get fairly stressful. Here are some tips on how to reduce that stress and enjoy your newly renovated home.

Planning Is Essential

If you are planning to do any of the renovation work yourself, you will need a plan to make sure that you get everything done right. There will be a certain order to do things in, and not knowing how to start, or what step to take next can really delay your project, and cause you to be stressed about it. Online tutorials can really help here, as you will be able to see exactly what you need, and how long the project should take. If you have hired professionals to carry out the renovation for you, then you will still need to have a plan, but this time it will have to match with theirs. You’ll need to know what time they intend to start work, and whether or not you are required to be at home, for example.

Stay Or Go?

If the project is large, then you might consider moving out of your home while it’s happening. Although this can be disruptive, it won’t be as disruptive as if you stayed, and will, therefore, leave you feeling less stressed. If you can stay with family, book into a hotel, or even rent a house in the local area for a short amount of time, you can continue with your day to day life, and let the builders and decorators work their magic on your home. When you move back in, it will be like new, and there will be no stress involved.

Store Your Stuff

Whether you are planning to move out or not, storing your belongings in storage units can be the ideal solution. It will mean that your furniture is safe and the renovators can move around your home with ease, doing their work without damaging or bumping into your belongings. It will mean that the job will be completed much more quickly, reducing your stress levels, and potentially also reducing the cost of the renovation too.

Get Advice

If you’re going to do the work yourself, then it’s best to get advice from those who have done it themselves. They will know what to avoid, and the problems that can arise. More than that, they’ll know how to combat those problems too. Going into a job like this with some idea of what could happen and a contingency plan in case it does will make things easier for you, and you’ll feel more confident (and less stressed) about the whole thing.

Work To A Budget

Spiraling costs can pile the pressure on and cause stress levels to rocket just as much as the dollars are. Make sure that you have a budget to work to before you begin. It needs to be a well thought out budget, not just something hastily written down after a quick trip to the hardware store. Look into all eventualities, and understand that you will need to have a contingency fund just in case something goes wrong. Sticking to your budget can be difficult, but going over it will be worse. If you are hiring professionals, ensure that they also know what the budget is, and have them sign a contract to confirm that you won’t pay more than that. It may not be a comfortable thing to do, but it’s far better than having to pay out hundreds or even thousands of dollars more because of unexpected costs.

Keep Safe

Accidents and even the threat of one are bound to raise stress levels, and, if they are bad enough, they could halt the entire renovation project. Ensuring that you have the right safety equipment and clothing before you begin is important. It could include a hard hat, steel toe capped boots, high visibility jackets, face masks, goggles, and gloves, although what work you are carrying out will determine exactly what you need. It may cost rather a lot, so you need to put it all into your budget and account for it. When you are working, the area around you needs to be clutter-free, and your valuables should be packed away (or placed into a storage unit) so that they are protected.

Get The Prep Work Right

It can be ever so tempting to skimp or even skip the prep work for your renovation. The excitement of getting the job done can be overwhelming. However, getting the prep work right means that the rest of the project will run smoothly. If you try to refresh your kitchen cabinets with a new coat of paint, but you don’t sand and prime them first, that new coat of paint won’t look new for long, if it even sticks in the first place. Proper preparation is the key to any successful renovation, and even if it feels boring or like a waste of time, without it, your project will either fail or at least not look as good as it could do. Prep work isn’t just about sanding and cleaning, though. It also means doing your research and making sure that you have the right tools for the job. Don’t try to manufacture something out of the bits you had at home when those ‘bits’ weren’t made for the job at hand. You could end up injuring yourself, those around you, or the job could look awful.

Practice

If you’re new to DIY renovation, then it’s ideal if you can practice first. Use scrap materials to make sure you know exactly what you’re doing before you go for the real thing. It can be costly, not to mention waste a lot of time, if you make a mistake.

 

 

 

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My Toilet Won’t Flush – What Now

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A toilet that won’t flush is a disturbing problem in any home. Finding a solution is a matter of urgency. For people who are often relied upon to figure out what the problem is before a decision to call a plumber can be reached, having the plumbing info necessary to deal with this nightmare is extremely crucial. In this article, we will cover the most common causes of flushing problems with your toilet as well as how you can fix them.

A Clogged Toilet

Often times when people use too much tissue paper, the result is a clogged toilet. The toilet paper clogs the pipe, making it impossible to flush the toilet. To solve this problem, you will need a toilet auger or a toilet plunger. Using the toiler auger, push the waste forward and into the outer drainage system or create suction using the plunger and dislodge the paper waste blocking any flushing action from succeeding. For people who might be experiencing regular clogs, consider switching to a thinner tissue paper, especially if your family members tend to use lots of it every time they use the toilet.

A Faulty Lift Chain

There are times when the lift chain has excessive slack. As a result, it is unable to lift the flapper. If the flapper is not raised, the toilet will not flush. This issue is quite easy to solve. You just adjust the chain’s length, shortening it enough to provide sufficient pull to lift the flapper off, making it possible for the water in the toilet tank to flow when you pull the handle.

Low Water Level in Tank

The level of water in the toilet tank should remain approximately an inch below the mark of the toilet tank’s overspill tube. When you find the tank low on water, the first place to check is the valve. Someone may have turned off the water valve accidentally. In this case, turning it back on will solve the problem. After turning it on, wait for the cistern to fill with water and flush again. Observe whether the problem persists.

The Rubber Flapper Is Warped or Bent

Remove the lid of the toilet tank and carefully examine the toilet’s rubber flapper. By design, the flapper should release water every time someone flushes the toilet. The rubber flapper is also supposed to close the intake hole after the tank fills with water. This mechanism is designed to prevent water leaking or overflowing from the cistern. In the event that the rubber flapper is too warped or bent, just buy another one. Flappers are quite cheap. You can buy them in practically any hardware store you walk into.

Whatever you do, don’t allow yourself to watch your toilet issues helplessly waiting for the plumber to arrive. You should only call plumbing professionals when it becomes apparent that expert help is the only way out of the situation. And for the most part, you will have the necessary skills and tools to deal with these common challenges with your toilet yourself.

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Is There A Way To Keep Your House Clean 24/7?

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If you’ve got a family, you’ll know what it’s like to clean the house, spend ages tirelessly scrubbing away and tidying up, only for it to look like a bomb hit it again a few hours later. That seems to be the way things work. However, there are ways you can keep your house clean 24/7. These are just suggestions, but some of them could help you to avoid pulling your hair out!
Keep The Kid’s Toys In One Room
Don’t let your kids play with their toys in any room their like. Having a designated play room will help you to keep the mess confined to one space, so even if that room is a little messy, the rest of the house will look great.
Set Up A Chore Rota And Get Everybody Involved
Don’t just do everything yourself because you know it’ll get done properly. You want to set your kids up by getting them into good habits. Set up a chore rota and make sure everybody gets involved. Even young kids can get involved with small tasks. You may have to re-do what they do later on, but getting them into the habit is important.
Do A Little Bit Each Day
Don’t wait until the whole house needs cleaning. Do a little bit each day. When you enter a room, if you can deal with a little mess in less than a few minutes, aim to do it. When you get mail, sort it straight away. Dealing with things as you go along will really help.
Make Your Life Easier
Make your life easier by using some tried and tested cleaning hacks. Did you know that microwaving your sponge will disinfect it? Look at the infographic below for more!

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How Family-Friendly Is Your House?

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If you’re not a person who has children just yet, then you likely have a show home house. A show home house is one that is immaculate, with ornaments at a height where a child could grab them. It’s a house where coasters are needed to avoid water rings on the coffee table and it’s a house with cream carpets and cream sofas in fabric rather than leather. It’s a home fit for luxury, but not a house fit for a child. Sticky fingers, chocolate smiles and paint splashes have no place in a home with cream and beige tones.

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When you go on to have children, you can quickly look around your home and see how it isn’t child friendly in the slightest. You can see the future of scrubbing the carpet – or replacing them, depending on the paint splash! You can see the future of wiping grubby finger marks off the sofas and you can see how replacing every floor in the home with laminate flooring is going to keep your home clean. Making your house family friendly doesn’t have to be a huge chore, though. Think of it as an adventure in redesign. You’ve moved from the chapter of luxury and uniformity, to one of love, cuddles and a ton of glitter. There are many ways that you can get your house child friendly, and here they are:

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  1. Double Duty Furniture. Chairs with book space inside them. Toy boxes that double as mini settees for children. Dressers as changing tables. Each of these ideas are perfect for the home that needs more storage to accommodate the new baby, but has no space to do so. Combatting the clutter gets you the uniform look with the baby at the same time: win-win!
  2. Heavy Items Ahoy! Children have a habit of climbing, and if you have light, beautifully crafted furniture, you’re looking at a hazard waiting to happen. Switch these for heavier furniture items, ones that can withstand the rebellious toddler who wants to believe your bookcase is a pirate ship to climb. Toddlers make it a mission to defy the ‘no’ that you yell as they climb, so make life harder for them to do it!
  3. Stain Repellent. If you don’t want to see those beautiful fabric sofas become your child’s new face cloth, opt for stain repellent fabrics. Children are messy and sticky fingers get everywhere. Those beautiful linen curtains are the perfect height for drying paint-covered hands, too. Check out this list of fabrics you could use in the home instead and start making some changes.

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You need to be forgiving about stains at home, and if you have the funds, hiring in a company to do a huge clean for you once a month will give you the chance to keep on top of those fingers marks and runny nose stains. Your house may not be a show home anymore, but you have a lot to show for your family!

 

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Make A Dramatically Cozy Entrance

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Do you know what is the first room that most guests see in your house? It’s the living room, and, faithful to its name, it’s the room where you spend more of your waking hours. Consequently, this makes it the ideal spot to welcome your guests and make a great first impression. Additionally, it comes as no surprise at all that that most homes open in the living room or a combination of a hall leading to the living room. It’s, after all, the place where you can all relax and chat together. So, any decent host would want to spruce up the living room once in a while. If you’re in a rush, you can rapidly simplify your design by decluttering the space. Removing everything you don’t need can make the room appear more functional and spacious. Additionally, it gives you the possibility to highlight a focal point such as a mirror hanging on the wall or a free-standing fireplace. But what if you want to take the time to create a glamorous entrance for your guests?

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Why do you need to change the living room?

Your interior decor reflects your personality and helps your guests and yourself to feel at ease in your home. Unfortunately, as living rooms act as the main living quarters in the house, they tend to develop a disharmonious design rapidly. Your favorite holiday souvenirs, family portraits, and decorative gifts pile up on the walls, shelves and tables of your living room, creating a deconstructed mess that is both overwhelming and distracting. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a tidy housewife or not: The lack of balance in the decor makes for an unhealthy environment, without the addition of dust and eventual pet hair.

Glam it up

If you want people to feel safe and centered in your living room, you need to accord the elements of your interior to create a harmonious place. A dramatic and inspiring trend of the moment is the combination of gray, white and gold color palettes and strong structural features, as shown on Sue Goldstone Interiors. A glamorous decor instantly makes everyone feel valued and respected. In other words, it’s time to change your old sofa for a gray leather couch and a pair of coordinated chairs. Make sure to pick two to three elements of your palette to create a colorful highlight on the wall, using painting or brand new wallpaper.

The little details that make it work

Finally, it’s your sensory experience of a room that will define how you feel in it. Don’t fall into the trap of a crisp and impersonal glamorous decor. You need to appeal to other senses. Place a throw on the leather couch to remove the sensation of cold when you sit on it. You could also add another dimension to your room with an individual fragrance. A scented cedarwood candle should do the trick. A vase of delicately fresh cut white flowers will also enhance the soothing tranquillity of the living room.

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Using a combination of harmony, glamorous design and sensory experiences to maximize warmth and peacefulness are great to make your living room the most welcoming room. Invite your guests to an afternoon or an evening they won’t forget in your cozy and glamorous home.

 

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Effective Ways to Declutter Your House

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Sometimes the idea of something seems far better than the reality. That is often the case with having a clutter-free home, you may desperately want to have less to clean, less to stress about and more space in your home, but getting there is the problem. Don’t be put off by the thought of spending days clearing out the attic or the garage, plan your attempt and you will find it won’t take too much effort at all.

Make a Plan

Before you start to declutter your home, you need to identify where the problem areas are and how bad things really are. It might be that you just have one room that’s the problem, or you might think the whole house needs attention. That is why having a plan can make things easier, you can also check things off as you do them and it will feel like an accomplishment.

Spend Five Minutes a Day

One way to declutter without it being painful is to make time for five minutes of clearing a day. To make it easier choose rooms that need attention and designate a day to tackle them. Then, start with one drawer or cupboard and spend a full five minutes clearing it out. You might think that this will be ineffective, but you will soon have effortlessly decluttered your home.

Fill One Trash Bag a Day

Another simple way to declutter is like the five-minute plan, though instead of five minutes, you need to fill one trash bag per day. You don’t have to choose a specific room, just spend some time filling the bag with all the things you don’t want. You may find that you simply collect a whole bag of trash, but, if what you have is a load of unwanted clothes, then they could go to a good cause. Anything that you don’t want can be donated or thrown out, and the rest can be boxed up. You may even find items that you can sell; just make sure that you don’t use the proceeds to replace the clutter with newer versions of what you have sold!

Tackling Clothes

Probably one of the most difficult areas to clear is the wardrobe. Not because of the time it takes, but the fact you probably don’t want to throw anything out. One way you can tackle this is to try the six-month rule. Have all your clothes facing the same way and each time you wear something, turn it the other way. After six months, you will see the clothes you haven’t worn. If you didn’t need them for the past six months, you wouldn’t need them now. Even if you think that you will fit into something soon, you can always buy new things when that time arrives. You can then donate all the things that no longer fit.

Give Away One Thing a Day

By simply giving away one thing from your home a day, you can clear 30 or more things per month from your home. Over a few months, you will start to see a huge difference in how your home looks and it will also make you feel good. If you don’t want just to give things away, then try selling one thing per day. Go to the auction sites and put many things you no longer need on there. It will help you to declutter and raise some cash as well.

Put Things in Storage

You may think that putting things into storage is just moving the problem. However, there may be things you don’t want in the house that are too valuable or important just to give away. It might be some family paintings or some collectibles; these things can be safely stored elsewhere instead of in your home. If you have a lot of things, you can hire a company like smallmovinginc.com to move it all for you. That is an especially good idea if you are transporting valuable things so that they are moved correctly without breaking them.

Change Your Thinking

Trying to declutter your home is as much about your thinking as it is the actual effort involved. It can be easy to convince yourself that something is useful or even essential when it isn’t. Try to think differently about the things you are working through, ask yourself ‘When did I last use this?’ and ‘When will I need it again?’ If you cannot answer these questions, then the item is good to be removed. There are other ways you can achieve this, start taking photos of your home and see if the image makes you feel that there is too much stuff in there. If there is a specific room that causes you worry, that’s where to start.

Ask a Friend for Help

If you are struggling to declutter effectively, then why not ask a good friend to help you. Choose a friend that will be honest with you and ask them to help you sort through a room. Then, when you become stuck, they can rationalize things for you by telling you it isn’t needed or that you never use it. Sometimes another person’s opinion can make all the difference. It can also be a good time to catch up as well as spend some quality time with them.

Don’t Give Yourself Time to Think

When you are trying to declutter, time can be your worst enemy. If you have the time to look at something and talk yourself into keeping it, then that won’t help you. Think about arranging a charity to pick up some things, but make it within a day or two. That way, you won’t have the time to think about anything too much, and it will make the process easier.

Having a plan of action and sticking to it is the way to declutter your home. When you have finally finished, and you have a nice spacious house, remember to keep it that way. Spend a few minutes each day going through the house and clearing out things before they stay too long.

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Pull Your Period Home into the 21st Century (Without Ruining It’s Character)

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Period homes are undoubtedly beautiful, but if you live in one, chances are you don’t want to be stuck in whatever decade your home was built. Sure, it’s nice to keep those rustic beams and those original floors that are one-of-a-kind, but that doesn’t mean you should forgo all mod-cons in your property. No, now is the perfect time to pull your period home into the 21st Century and here are some very simple ways you can do just that without completely ruining the aesthetic of your older property:

Invest in a Wireless Thermostat

If you want to add some 21st Century tech to your home, take a look at The Smart Future, which has an excellent guide to doing so, but be sure to start with a wireless thermostat. Why? Because the average period home isn’t exactly as warm and efficient as the average newly built property, although there are exceptions, Not only that but a smart thermostat like those in the Nest range, is discrete (it can be placed anywhere you like – even in a cupboard), which is good for keeping your property’s character, and will allow you to automate the process of keeping your home optimally warm.

Make Your Lights Wireless

If you hate having to go around your property turning lights on and off, then join the 21st Century and instal;l smart bulbs which can be controlled remotely using your smartphone. Once they’re installed., not only will you be able to turn them in and off without moving from your chair, but you’ll be able to control their brightness too.

Use Retro-Style Appliances

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From the classic Smeg Fridge, which harks back to 1950s kitchens to the classic KitchenAid, which wouldn’t look out of place in a big 1920s property, there are numerous appliances, which although they are completely new and have all the functionality you’d expect in the 21st Century, look like they’re from another time., Choose these over less stylized appliances for a home that works well for you now without losing its character.

Customized Cabinets

Customized cabinets are a godsend for the period property owner who wants to bring their home into the 21st century without ruining its atmosphere. Why? Because they allow you to have modern TVs, Sound systems, games consoles and anything else that you might be interested in having, while hiding them inside/behind furniture which fits with the period feel of the rest of the home. All you need is a good carpenter to help you achieve this. It probably won’t be cheap, but if you like your mod-cons and you love your home’s older atmosphere, they are the best way to get a compromise.

Add Some Color

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A lot of people who have period homes decorate them in pretty neutral colors, not realizing that many properties in the past were much more colorful than the average property today, So, by adding a tasteful splash or two of color to the walls or furniture, you will actually give it a more modern feel and honor its past too! Just check old magazines and books to see what kinds of colors would have been used when your home was built.

 

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Five Dining Room Design Tips for Small Homes

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The dining room is the heart of the family home. You will spend the evenings there, eating your favorite meals, and telling each other about your day. If you have a small home, you might have limited space for creating or improving your dining room. You don’t want your dining area being cluttered and unorganized. Below you will find five tips to make your dining room work for you.

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Sideboard for Storage and Saving Space

If you have just enough space for the table and chairs in the dining room, you might need to get a narrow sideboard to keep all your tableware and decoration there, instead of displaying it in a large cabinet. Make sure that the design of your sideboard matches your table and chairs, and it has sliding doors for easy access. You don’t want to move all your dining furniture just to get to your storage space.

See Through Furniture

If your dining room looks full already, you can replace your furniture with some modern, light, or see through designs. Look for elegant and lightweight dining chairs for sale that make the room look larger. Consider a glass table instead of using solid oak designs. Get the right size, so there is enough room for you and your guests to walk around the table and serve food.

Windows and Doors

If you want your dining room look more harmonious, you might consider dressing your doors and windows. Use light drapery and see through curtains that let light in and allow you to enjoy a lunch in the weekends. There is nothing more depressing than a dark and small dining room. Create a cozy style. If you have a door leading to your living room, consider opening up the area with modern space separators.

Make Use of Your Conservatory

If you don’t have a dining room, you can easily create one. Make use of your conservatory, and get some dining furniture in there. You will obviously need to invest in heating and insulation, but the extra space in the living room will be worth it. You can enjoy dinner and lunch in a great light area. Get a door installed directly from your kitchen, so you don’t have to walk around the house with the dishes you are serving.

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If you are really short of space, you can get some pull out tables and chairs in your dining area. These are great for making your room look more spacious while you are not having a meal, and giving you maximum comfort when you have your family and friends around. Choose a dining table that perfectly fits your space when open, and looks small when folded.

Making your dining room appealing, friendly, and inviting is important. You will discuss your career plans, talk to your children’s future partners, and catch up with friends in your dining room. Design it  carefully and avoid filling it with clutter. Keep it tidy and keep it light, so you can enjoy every meal.

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Four Easy Steps To Finding Your Perfect Home

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It’s one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. And where you choose to live can have a huge impact – on your health, your life prospects and your happiness. But too often buying a home is something that gets rushed into. You’re keen to begin your new life, you find a property you like the look of and before you know it, a sale is going through. But before you get to that point, take a minute to consider the following points and really make sure that this is a home that will serve you well for years to come:

Find out what ‘perfect’ means to you

Everyone’s idea of the ideal home is different, so make sure your not too influenced by homes magazines and eager realtors. Go into the process knowing exactly what perfect means to you. Make sure you browse plenty of real estate websites to find your ideal fit, from oceanside apartments in Miami ( see https://sofiacoralgables.com for some beautiful views) or cabins in the Black Mountains of North Carolina (the properties at http://eaglesnestatbannerelk.com/available-properties/ are unreal).

Decide on a budget

Now before you view any homes, it’s vital to have a clear idea of your budget. Make sure you’ve compared mortgage lenders and approach a few to see what amounts and rates you’ll be able to get. With this new knowledge, fine tune your preferences. You may not be able to stretch to a mansion, but you can certainly find a home in your dream situation.

Could you remodel?

If a home isn’t immediately appealing to you, consider whether you could make it your dream home with a remodel. They don’t always have to be drastic- sometimes a coat of paint, and new windows and exterior doors can facelift a tired house in the right location. Or if the layout is wrong, could you reconfigure it? Take down walls, add an extension? Try to see possibilities. The one thing you can’t change is where it is, so if that’s right, what else could you adapt? Most things can be changed- you just need to make sure that the agreed sale price leaves enough over in your budget to get the works done- you may have to learn to negotiate!

Do your research

Even a dream home can turn into a nightmare if you make unexpected discoveries during or after purchase. So make sure you get a real feel for the neighbourhood. Visit at different times of the day to see if the noise or traffic throws up anything unexpected. Check out any local planning applications to learn about new developments that could change the feel of the areas. Use the internet to research demographic information about house sale prices, school performance and crime rates. If you can, chat to some locals and get a feel for the area. Only then can you know that you’ve truly found your ideal new home.

Take your time, consider all the different factors and you really can find your forever home to invest in.

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7 Tips to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home This Winter

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It’s that time of the year when we spend most our time indoors, whether it be school, office, public transport or any other closed spaces with old heating systems and questionable cleaning schedules.

That is a perfect breeding ground for various bacteria and viruses, but it is also a convenient “grocery store” for allergies, as well.

In the text below we will try to show you how to battle this pesky nuisance which carries symptoms like a runny nose or itchy eyes and can cause serious illness like asthma or bronchitis.

Here are some pretty common but always useful tips and tricks on how to protect yourself:

Schedule routine heating system maintenance

This is probably the most important preventive measure and is essentially obligatory. Heating systems can be a host to numerous bacteria and viruses and if they are not cleaned regularly, at least once a year.

The risk of inhaling all those dangerous particles when the new heating season starts and we just fire up the systems after a couple of months is pretty big. You can learn more about heating system maintenance here: https://hughesairco.com/heating-service-scottsdale-az/

Clean your air ducts

Same rules apply to air ducts. Cleaning them regularly will prevent all the unwanted bacteria, dirt, dust, and microbes from entering your home.

Regular maintenance and cleaning will eliminate those risks. There are other tools that can help maintain a healthy environment in your home. Humidifiers, for example, keep the humidity levels just right for you.

Lack of humidity will leave your body open for infections and too much of humidity will help speed up development of mold, dust mites and mildew.

Do not smoke indoors and avoid smoke-filled areas

Both active and passive smoking has a strong effect on your health directly and especially during the winter while we keep the windows closed to keep the heat in.

This causes the air to be stagnant and more favorable for the development of respiratory diseases. It also makes your immune system more vulnerable to allergies.

Keep your floors clean and vacuumed

This part is also very important as you bring in as much dirt and contaminants on your shoes when you step in from the outside as a faulty heating system might. The filth will just keep piling on if you do not vacuum your floors and carpets on a regular basis. This is especially true if you have a pet that also goes outside and comes back home all dirty and muddy.

Bedding needs to be clean

People usually disregard this because they think that their beds cannot get dirty as much as some other parts of the home, but that actually is not true. You need to wash your sheets and pillows regularly in warm water in order to kill bacteria and parasites and to prevent allergens from hurting you.

Keep the windows open

This one is a bit tricky because you need to sacrifice heat for fresh air. However, doing this is critical because heating systems use the same air and just cycle it. Opening windows in short bursts will make a great difference and will help protect your health. Of course, it is not recommended to keep them open at night because you might catch a cold.

Exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom

These are pretty common in most households. They keep unnecessary smells, moisture, cleaning chemical odors and allergens from spreading all-over your home, especially during the winter when you keep your windows shut most of the time. That’s why you should make sure the exhaust fans are clean so they can perform their task effectively.

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