Reasons You Should Invest in Surge Protectors

A power surge is a brief spike in the electric current in your home. While a surge lasts less than a thousandth of a second, it can completely destroy your home’s appliances and electronics. If you don’t have surge protectors in your home, here are a few reasons you should consider getting some.

You Never Know When a Power Surge Will Happen

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We can watch the weather forecast to know when a thunderstorm will move through, but no meteorologist can predict when a power surge will happen. Even though lightning doesn’t cause most power surges, it’s certainly the most startling and destructive. A lightning power surge happens when lightning hits a utility pole and sends an instantaneous surge of voltage through your home. This can damage anything that’s plugged in, including your microwave, television, and computer.

You Work From Home

If you work from home, you have plenty of valuable electronics that you can’t afford to go a day without. If you work for a company, you might be required to have surge protection to keep these electronics safe. Not having the right protection could mean you end up having to pay to replace these items yourself. On the other hand, if you work for yourself, losing these electronics might also mean days of lost business as you wait for replacements to arrive.

Your Homeowner’s Insurance Doesn’t Cover Loss From a Surge

If you have homeowner’s insurance and you think you can simply use it to replace any devices damaged during a power surge, you might be surprised when you go to submit a claim. The typical homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover damage caused by a power surge. In fact, even some upgraded plans only cover damage to electrical parts from a surge not caused by lightning, and electronics such as computers still aren’t covered at all.

You Want to Keep Your Electronics Safe

From televisions to computers and refrigerators to game systems, there are numerous electronics and appliances in your home that you want to keep safe. However, if you’re simply plugging them straight into the outlet, you could be putting them at risk. If you’re looking for a surge protector you can plug your electronics into, keep in mind that the higher the joule rating, the better the protection. Additionally, surge protectors don’t last forever. While some recommendations say to replace them every two years, actual longevity depends on how many surges occur, the surge protector’s joule rating, and how many joules the surge protector has absorbed.

You Want to Protect Your Home

Perhaps the most important reason for investing in a surge protector is because you want to keep your home safe. If a power surge moves through a damaged wire, the wire can heat up enough to catch fire. That’s why you should consider whole-house surge protection. A whole-house surge protector is a single device connected to your main electrical panel. It protects your entire house from power surges and can even protect your electronics from lightning strikes.

With these reasons in mind, you now have a better understanding of why it’s important to invest in surge protectors for your home.

5 Things You Might Need to Replace on Your Older House

Living in an older home means enjoying plenty of charm and stylish details that you just don’t see in new construction anymore. However, it also means living with items that can create potential problems if they start to break down or simply aren’t as efficient as what we have today. If you have an older home, consider replacing the following items.
Windows and Doors

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Even though they don’t build houses like they used to, when it comes to the windows and doors on your house, what you can get today is vastly more efficient. The glass in old windows and doors is single-pane, which doesn’t retain the heat like today’s dual-pane windows do. In fact, modern dual-pane windows are about twice as effective at holding in air conditioning and heat as single-pane windows from just a few decades ago. Additionally, there are often leaks around the old panes and sills.

Electrical Wiring
Old electrical wiring in a home has two main issues: safety and convenience. Electrical wiring lasts as long as the wire’s insulation. Once that goes, the wire becomes exposed and the risk of short circuits, shocks, and electrical fire increases. Wiring installed before 1960 will last around 70 years, while new wiring installed today can go at least 100 years. Additionally, homes with older electrical wiring often don’t have enough outlets to handle all the electronics we use today.

Plumbing
Your biggest risk with old or substandard plumbing is having the pipes burst and dealing with water damage in your home. A serious flood could mean thousands of dollars worth of damage, leaving your home uninhabitable for weeks. There’s also the risk of mold problems that form because of leaks. While copper and brass pipes can last around 50 years, steel pipes sometimes don’t make it 20 years. If you know the pipes in your home are old, you might want to upgrade to plastic pipes that can give you another 40 or 50 years.

HVAC Unit
Depending on the age of your home, you might not even have a HVAC system or central air conditioning. If you do, keep in mind that the average life span of a furnace is 15 to 30 years, and the average life span of a central air conditioning unit is around 20 years. If you still have some years left on this equipment, don’t forget about the ducts. Most experts recommend a duct cleaning every three to five years to improve air quality inside a home.

Roof
It’s a given that older homes have older roofs. The problem with an older roof is that you could have issues with water damage, pest damage, and inefficient insulation. Once leaks begin to occur, it could cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair the damage. If the problems are in one area, you could repair that section. However, if the roof is widely damaged, it could make more sense to replace the entire thing.
As you continue to enjoy the charm and character of your older home, make sure you’re prepared for the things you might need to replace down the road.

Small But Perfectly Formed: Making Limited Spaces Beautiful

The old saying goes “it’s not the size that counts, it’s what you do with it”, and we all know what that phrase is about… Interior decoration! While many of us fantasize about owning a vast mansion that’s elegantly furnished and bedecked with gorgeous thing, it’s important to love every inch of the space you’re in, from a five bedroom house in the hills to a petite studio apartment. Rising property prices are keeping more and more of us from having a significant space to call our own.

If your home is limited in size, then it’s important to make the most of the space you have. From making the most of a small kitchen to making a tiny garden in a windowbox, there are a great many gorgeous, space saving solutions to making your house or apartment feel spacious and luxurious.

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A place that’s just for you

Summer’s here and while it can be a beautiful time of the year it also means hot, sweaty bus and train rides, and hours spent in cramped offices with bad air conditioning. Your home should be a bright, breezy place to relax and unwind after this, so if your living space is dark, cramped and cluttered then it’s time to refresh your living room for summer.

You should be able to throw on some music while reading a book and sipping an iced caramel macchiato in blissful surroundings free of the oppression that can be caused by cluttered or overly busy living spaces.

Even if you have a very limited space, it may come as a surprise how easily you can create a feeling of spaciousness without needing more actual space.

Here are some easy ways in which you can do this:

  • Keep your walls bright and neutrally colored.
  • Keep your wall art bold but restrained. You should be able to see lots of blank wall.
  • Maximize your window-space by replacing heavy drapes with blinds of bifolds.
  • Lay out your furniture according to the room’s layout, matching the corners and agles for optimum free space.
  • Now’s the time to purge your home of clutter and remove anything you no longer need or want. You may need to be uncomfortably ruthless if you or your partner are natural hoarders. If you still have a chipped coffee mug from 1994 taking up valuable space in your cabinet, it needs to go!

Compartmentalize

You might think that open plan is the way to go, but dividing your space into separate ‘zones’ can really help you to maximise whatever space you have available to you. Each zone should be associated with a specific activity (e.g.. sleeping, eating, working, relaxing), which will give a feeling of separate “rooms”.

Marvelous mirrors

If you’re working with limited space then the strategic placement of mirrors is a must. Not only do they create an impression of depth, they also reflect light which will be extremely helpful in creating an airy, spacious feeling.

Nothing says ‘home’ like a houseplant

What better way to brighten up your home and make it feel more open than by opening it up to a little piece of nature? Houseplants breathe out oxygen; literally making the space airier. They also bring a wonderfully calm, serene presence into your home.

Great Deals for @SamsungUS Appliances at @BestBuy Sale Till 4/4/17 #bbyremodeling

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Receive from 5% to 30% savings off major appliances from @SamsungUS at Best Buy until 4/4. You can also receive an additional $100 gift card if two of your major appliances total at least $1,500 on a single receipt. Review the disclaimer before checking out. Upgrading and remodeling can be financially draining, but if you take the opportunity of buying through the Remodeling Sales Event of Best Buy, you can save a hefty sum.Dept4_Samsung_Transitional_Kitchen_NoExpIf you have been saving up for Samsung appliances and you know you are a little short, this may be the time to make your dream come true. For example, the French Door Refrigerator, sku 4278201, is an option that can save you more than $500! It has a FlexZone drawer with four different temp settings, a food showcase door that leaves guessing what’s in there without letting the cool air out and you can have your filtered drinking water without opening the door. It has an alarm if you accidentally leave the door open. It also has a child lock to prevent unwanted entry.4278201_I21dDo you love to cook? The Samsung Convection Range with sku 9542043 is self-cleaning. You can prepare multiple dishes all at the same time using up to five burners. The convection feature allows for baking and broiling with better results because the fan system distributes heat equally allowing for faster cooking times. With the storage drawer, you can keep the pots and pans using the drawer below. You can save $100 off this impressive range. If you take advantage of the Samsung Bundle & Save, you will receive an additional 10% discount for a select Samsung four-piece kitchen package which also ends 4/4.NX58J5600SGMake sure to check the disclaimer for this offer. There are other items you can check out as well. Start saving with your #bbyremodeling because this is only two of the many items that are on sale at Best Buy.

The Best Way to Disinfect Your Home is w/ SteamMachine Model 53

How can you do deep cleaning in your home without using chemicals? Use the SteamMachine Model 53 which you can get from homeright.com! It is lightweight and comes with different nozzles and other attachments for specific cleaning purposes. It uses steam to clean and it cleans so well that bacteria and germs die, like salmonella, e-coli and staph.

The dirtiest place in your home you may be thinking about is your toilet and kitchen. You can get that soap gunk out of your bathtub and bathroom glass door. Get that grime out of every nook and cranny on your tile floor and toilet seat. The dirt that hardens around your faucets and shower heads and around the walls and mirror are great target areas. Your kitchen sink, counter top and even your dirtiest oven that you hate to clean is easy with this serious dirt dissolver.Screen Shot 2017-02-17 at 3.26.30 PMNo need to hire a regular window cleaner as this will be easy for you to do with this machine. Your outdoor areas can benefit too, like your patio. If you barbecue, no more problem cleaning the grill as it will just be a steam clean away. You can even remove wallpaper with it!  No chemicals, no germs, no bacteria.  To learn more about this awesome cleaning steam machine, check out HomeRight.com so you can have the truly clean house you deserve.

Be Alarmed By Your Home Security: How To Keep Your Family Safe

No matter where we go, we are bombarded with safety products, adverts and flyers: and for good reason. Safety covers pretty much every aspect of our lives and when we don’t pay attention to the world around us, we are no longer safe. When you find out that you are pregnant, you get that overwhelming feeling of needing to protect the tiny little life growing inside you. Every fibre of your being switches onto motherhood. It’s a primal urge to fight for your young and this is a feeling that every mother reading this will know doesn’t ever go away.

 

That protection stretches even further when the baby arrives. You secure them into prams, slings, cots, car seats, highchairs: all number of products aimed at keeping your children safe. You switch on the baby monitor and breathing mat (if you have it) aiming to prevent SIDS. Safety locks on the refrigerator, socket covers on the plugs, helmets when they ride their bikes. There are all these safety features that are part of childhood and part of parenthood that you simply wouldn’t be without.

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Safety for your children is second nature from the moment the stick goes positive, so it makes good sense to have the ultimate safety of yourself and your house. People don’t think about home security until it’s too late. The importance of home security is often overlooked due to an attitude that assumes that because a neighbourhood is quiet, safety is the prize. It’s not. Your own safety, the safety of your belongings and that of your family is in your own hands and if you choose naivety you could regret it later.

Insurance for life and for the home and contents is quite standard these days as is purchasing and setting up the correct house alarm. Finding which type of home security is right for you can be a little confusing, especially if you haven’t thought about it before. Reading up product testimonials on websites like alarm-reviews.net/vivint-reviews/ can help you to make a decision that can mean the difference between your house being covered in the event of a break in, and devastation if it happened.

One of the biggest things you can do to keep your family safe is to keep any holidays and any expensive household items off social media. It’s a big part of our lives and it’s also one of the most popular ways for thieves to see what we have on offer. The internet has a lot to answer for and even though you can find fantastic articles about home safety and the safety of our children, it’s like window shopping for burglars. Why give them the satisfaction?

Take time to make your home and yourself as safe as you would make the children you have. It’s time not wasted and this way, you can go on holiday in the secure knowledge that your home is still as protected as if you were in it.

Five Ways To Create A Perfect Bedroom For Your Son

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Go For Soothing Colours

Although your child’s bedroom is often a place where he’ll play and have a lot of fun, you also need to make sure that it’s an area where he can relax and get to sleep easily at night. It’s important that you paint it a soothing colour that will help him to chill out in the evenings. He might love red but it’s the colour of passion and anger – instead, go for pale blue or green, or any other soothing natural colour.

Add Natural Light

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Make sure that you open his blinds or curtains every morning to let natural sunlight pour into the room. Not only will this stop your son from getting a vitamin D deficiency – who wants to leave the house this time of year really? – but it’ll also help to warm up and light the room, thereby helping to lower your energy bills! Just make sure that the cord for the blinds can’t be reached by your son, because that’s a potentially very risky situation. You should also replace any regular light bulbs with LED ones. This is great for the environment, and they’ll be great for your bank account too as they use less energy and need to be replaced less often.

Ask Him What He Wants

Make sure that you keep communicating with your son and asking him exactly what he wants from his new room. Obviously you won’t be able to accommodate all his requests but some of them might be very manageable. One way to help kids grow up is to allow them to make their own decisions and to see that their opinions and words matter and that they can have an effect. Take him out with you to choose the paint colours

Make It Fun And Quirky

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You probably want to make it into the perfect space for your son, so why not splash out on some interesting, quirky items to go in there? Look for interestingly shaped rugs to go on the floor – just make sure they’re firmly secured so they don’t get tripped over! You could also check out Cuckooland’s collection of kids’ beds, which includes bunk beds shaped like buses and race car toddler beds. Just make sure you don’t end up buying one for yourself too – it might seem like a great idea to begin with, and they are incredibly cool, but bunk beds shaped like a space ship might not turn out to be very romantic for you and your spouse.

Add Different Sections

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Consider what exactly your son wants to use his bedroom for and decorate accordingly. Add a well-lit section where he can focus on his homework as well as a chill-out zone with a beanbag near his books. If he’s a fan of Lego or railways, make sure there’s plenty of floor space where he can indulge his favourite activities, and you could even add a seating area if he’s sociable and likes to invite his friends over. Remember that the best bedroom of all is one that you’ve personalised as much as you can.

The Nature-Made Rug – The Humble Cowhide

Cowhide is a versatile material when it comes to home decoration. You’ll enjoy its natural beauty and hypoallergenic qualities in your home. Luckily, cowhide is durable and lasts a long time. It’s incredibly easy to clean and you won’t have to worry about regularly replacing it. With natural beauty and plenty of furniture options, incorporating cowhide into your home decoration will bring your design together as a cohesive whole. Cowhide is the best material for your home decoration!

Pillows, Carpets, and More

Cowhide is used in all kinds of home decoration features, from pillows and carpets to seat covers and even footstools. There’s no end to the ways you can incorporate cowhide in your home. Its versatility means you can use it in any room of the house. Ottomans are another common item that feature the cowhide material in a subtle and sophisticated fashion. With plenty of options, you’ll have no trouble bringing cowhide into your home decor.

Natural Beauty

Every cowhide rug is different with the help of mother nature. Whether you want a rug that’s mostly a solid earthy color, or one with spots and patterns, you’ll find a rug that’s right for you. When it comes to pillows and accent pieces, your cowhides will provide a sophisticated natural color palette that adds visual interest. Every room in the house will feel more interesting and lively, yet rooted in natural beauty. You’ll impress your guests and feel right at home with cowhide.

It’s Hypoallergenic!

Forget carpets and other dust-collectors. Cowhide’s natural tendencies to repel water and dust make it hypoallergenic and ideal for those sensitive to small particles. It’s easier to manage dust with a cowhide rug than a normal rug. When it comes to liquid spills, just take a wet cloth and rub out the stain. It’s surprisingly simple to get rid of dirt, spills, and other messes with cowhide.

Create Cohesive Design

When it comes to your overall decor, you want something that will bring the room together. A cowhide rug or other prominent piece of decor will do the job when it comes to providing color harmony and establishing a consistent design. An unsaturated, earthy color brings the room together and lets your other, more vibrant pieces pop. Cowhide will make your designs excel.

It’s Environmentally Friendly

Although some people may first be against using cowhide in their home, it’s actually a very environmentally friendly material. Cowhides are a waste product from processing beef. They’re created whether or not there are customers to buy them, making it useful to find a new purpose for cowhides and use them in home decoration. It’s decorative and environmentally friendly to boot!

Cowhides are a perfect addition to your home. When it comes to all the colors and designs available, there’s no doubt you’ll find the ideal cowhide accent piece to fit right in to your home. Whether you’re buying a cowhide rug, an ottoman, or a covered chair, there are plenty of options for your sophisticated yet comfortable home. With natural beauty, cowhides provide a rich color palette and rugged beauty. Cowhide is a hypoallergenic material, making it ideal for those sensitive to dust and other small particles. It’s easy to clean and perfect for homes worldwide.

Top Tips For Relaxing At Home

Have you noticed that you’re feeling a bit tired and stressed out lately? And the thought of coming home to another rushed meal and clean-up almost keeps you glued to the office chair? Chances are you need to find the time and the opportunity to relax when you’re at home. If your home life is just as chaotic as your work life, it’s time to make a few changes. Try these top tips for relaxing at home:

Bath

Make time to unwind in a warm bath each week. Most of us grab that three and half minute shower in the morning before breakfast out of necessity. But enjoying your time in the water can help you destress and cleanse away all that is bothering you. Give yourself a full thirty minutes in the bathroom. You can just lay there soaking in some luxurious bath foamer with your favorite chill-out tunes and scented candle.

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Hanging Out With The Kids

As Moms, most of our time with the kids is spent tidying up around them, wiping their faces, and getting them into their beds. Take some time each day when you can all curl up in the family room and do something together. You might read a book, help with homework or just watch TV. Choose relaxing seating like beanbag sofas. You can find them online in different sizes at websites like www.fombag.com/Fombag_Oval_Shaped_Foam_Bean_Bags.html. Then all pile on, lay back, and enjoy each other’s company.

Sleep

Getting enough sleep is essential for controlling your stress levels. Without enough sleep, you may be more prone to irritability, and you may not be able to focus on tasks very well. To ensure your sleep is good quality sleep, invest in a good bed. Make time for your bedtime routine every night to help you fall asleep promptly. And make sure you have enough time in bed to get enough sleep!

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Yoga

Yoga is one of the best ways to relax at home. It is one of those activities that can be done anywhere at any time of the day. You don’t even need any special equipment. Of course, a mat and some comfy clothes could be a worthwhile investment. You can wait for the kids to go to bed, or you could encourage them to join in. Yoga for children has been recommended as a way to help kids focus at school and manage their behavior.

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Help

If you feel like you have too much to do at home, it could be time to ask for some help. Perhaps your children can take on some of the chores as a way of earning their pocket money? Or why not hire a housekeeper to come in to keep things ticking over? They could prepare your evening meal, clean and tidy the house, and even do your laundry. This would buy you the time you need to relax and spend some quality time with the kids.
If your life is busy, why not try one of these tips to help you unwind a little. It’s good to find time to relax. Finish your day on a positive note.

Three Health Optimization Techniques That Can Improve Your Quality Of Life

When your health improves, so does your quality of life. However, many people don’t know which strategies to implement so that they can optimize their level of wellness. If this is your dilemma, the solutions are now available to you. You can use some or all of the following health optimization techniques to enhance your life right now:
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1. Make Your Home Healthier.

One great way to improve your level of wellness is by making your home healthier. You can accomplish this objective in many ways, such as by replacing artificial lighting with light from the sun. Another strategy is to have a room renovated such that the color schema promotes feelings of calm and relaxation. There are numerous local renovation contractors who can provide you with the dynamic, detail-oriented services necessary to get your home in great shape. Obtain a local listing now by visiting www.renovationexperts.com.

2. Hire A Personal Trainer.

In addition to making your home healthier, consider the value of hiring a personal trainer. This practice will enable you to attain personalized, cutting edge fitness services from an individual with extensive industry experience. There are several ways that you can find a personal trainer. One is by checking with your local gym to see if they employ any fitness professionals who design exercise programs for clients. You can also go online and obtain personal training services via Internet. When you begin your search for the ideal personal trainer, make sure that she or he has a certification from a reputable institution such as ACE or ISSA.

3. Track Your Food Intake.

One final strategy you should implement to optimize your level of health is tracking your food intake. Doing so will enable you to identify any nutritional gaps that may be precluding your body and mind from functioning optimally. There are several online mediums you can utilize to track your food intake, and one of them is www.cronometer.com. This online food diary empowers people to log in what they ate and subsequently determine how many calories they consumed as well as the macronutrients and micronutrients they received from the food.

Conclusion

If you’re interested in leading the best life possible, it’s important to know that optimizing your level of health will help you realize the goal. Use the wellness techniques found above to get you on the path to more productive, positive living right now!