Humidity in your home can not only be uncomfortable, but also damaging to your property. Keeping humidity under control, particularly if you live in an area prone to high humidity, can be a challenge. These tips will help keep the damp from taking over. Use Good Bathroom Fans The fan in your bathroom is designed to help diffuse humidity from showers, and most people run it while they are in the shower. If you are struggling with the humidity level in your bathroom, it’s a good idea to let the fan run a little longer. Instead of turning it off when you leave the bathroom, let the fan run at least until all signs of steam have dissipated. You may also want to consider upgrading your bathroom fans if they don’t appear to be keeping up with the humidity. Some of the newer models on the market can even sense humidity and automatically turn on or up. Run Your Furnace Fan If the fan on your furnace is set to Auto, consider changing it to On. Allowing the fan to run constantly circulates the air and helps remove humidity. The energy cost to run the furnace fan isn’t as much […]
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As adults, we often assume that gardening is designed exclusively for us. Believe it or not, children also love to garden making this popular past time a wonderful family-oriented activity. If you are interested in making gardening a family affair, consider the following ideas to help make your goal a successful one. Why Children Love To Garden Children love to create and there’s no better way to do so than by sharing in the fun of planting a garden. Because little ones also love color, they are naturally drawn to the landscape of a garden. In addition to that, they also can enjoy the pleasure of watching something grow that they had a hand in preparing. What To Plant If you want to enjoy gardening as a family affair, try planting something that the entire family will enjoy. Everyone loves strawberries; they are pretty and they taste great on a hot summer day. Planting strawberries is a terrific way to get your children to join in on the fun of gardening. In addition, watermelon, apples, pears, oranges and other colorful foods will entice your family into the project. Don’t forget to plant pumpkins for Halloween! Not only will your children […]
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Whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter, it’s important to take the necessary steps to keep your home standing tall every day. Gutter Clutter It’s always important to make sure that the gutters on your roof are cleared, but it’s especially necessary during the autumn months. During this time, trees begin to change and leaves begin to fall, which means your gutters can easily become clogged. If this happens, it could prevent rainwater from properly draining and may even result in damage. It’s also important to check your gutters throughout the year for a buildup of ice, dirt and other elements that may create a blockage. Shingle Care If your roof has shingles, you probably already know that spring is the best time to check for damage. After the winter is over, it’s important to check your roof for any damage that may have resulted from heavy snow and/or a buildup of ice. In addition, it’s essential that you check for damaged shingles after a storm. If you notice one or more that needs repaired or replacing, choose a day with no rain in the forecast. Otherwise, you will be dealing with a roof repair on a slippery surface. Heating […]
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Whether you have allergies or simply prefer knowing that the air in your home is as clean as you can make it for better health, achieving and maintaining good air quality is an important issue. With all of the pollutants in the air today, as well as the many air-borne illnesses and allergens, keeping clean air is important for everyone. Start With Your Heating System If you have a forced air heat system, you need to look at your furnace and heating ducts to ensure that the air being blown into your home via the heat or the air conditioning is clean. First of all, be sure that you take good care of your furnace filter. If you use disposable filters, you should replace them regularly; look at the current filter for instructions on how often to change them. Depending on how often you use your heat, this should be every three to six months. A permanent filter should be cleaned on the same timeline. You should also see about getting your heating vents and duct system cleaned every couple of years. If you have just purchased a new home and have no idea when it was last done, you […]
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Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can still have a beautiful yard if you choose the right plants. Careful choice of what to place in your yard will mean less maintenance. Plant Native When selecting the plants for your yard, do some research on which plants are native to your climate. While exotic plants may look different and interesting in your yard, if they aren’t meant for that area you’ll likely need to spend a lot of time coddling them. If you live in the desert, it’s best not to choose plants that require a lot of water. Not only will you have to pay close attention to them, but the cost of keeping them watered will be high—or impossible if you face drought restrictions on water. Climates with cold, harsh winters aren’t the best place for plants native to warm, tropical climates. Get to know the plants that grow naturally in your area—odds are good they’ll thrive without much attention. Plant Hardy Perennials The best thing about perennials is that you don’t have to plant every year. When you choose hardy, low-maintenance perennials, they will come back year after year with little effort on your part. […]
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As a homeowner, you can use a number of landscaping design tips to make your house look just as polished on the outside as it does on the inside. Create A Path One of the first things that a guest will notice as they walk up to your home is whether or not there is a defined path. Instead of simply allowing the lawn to be trampled down and act as a pathway to your front door, consider installing a stone walk. Not only will this be more visually appealing, but it will also keep both you and your guests from walking through the mud on a rainy day. Make Your Mailbox Marvelous The way that you maintain your mailbox says a lot about how you feel about little details. An appealing design might include the family’s last name, the street number or address and a colorful display of flowers surrounding the base or possibly even a decorative flag or covering. Add A Touch Of Color No landscape would be complete without the addition of a little color in the way of flowers and plants. Make sure to choose plants that will thrive in your particular region, making sure to […]
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