By cooldude | November 10, 2013
If your monthly bills are too high then you will have to take a look at your heating and cooling systems because they are the main culprits. Just installing a room heater or the cooler is not an end in itself and switching them off is not the right way to save money. In order to enjoy them as well as to keep your monthly bills at the minimum level you should have a look at the following steps.
a) You should make sure that the size of the equipment is as per the needs of your room. The best equipment to invest in is the one bearing the energy star rating.
b) Your heating or cooling device must be regularly repaired and checked by the experts. You should do this before the season when they are supposed to be used the most.
c) The thermostat must be kept low in winter and high in summer.
d) The vents must be cleaned on a regular basis and must be ensured that the vents are not blocked by any furniture.
e) The air filter must be regularly changed say once in every three months.
f) The air ducts must be sealed properly to ensure that there is no loss of the heated or the cooled air.
g) The sun rays must be blocked with drapes so that your rooms say cold in winter and the effect of the air conditioner is felt for a longer time.
h) The doors and windows must be fitted properly so that there is proper insulation.
i) The exhaust fans must be turned off within twenty minutes of the completion of your work. While you install a new exhaust make sure that it is energy efficient and makes less noise.
The right way to use your heating and cooling equipments help you a lot to reduce your excessive energy bills.
By cooldude | October 21, 2013
It is obvious that if you have a garden you will have pests in it. A little cripple or weeds are common to spoil the look of your treasured garden. But you need to opt for the best pest control methods to keep your garden beautiful to look the best from the visitor’s point of view. Pest management can be classified into two different ways. You already know that prevention is better than cure and this is the very first way to manage pests. The second way is the measures taken to control the pests which have made your garden their home where free food is available everywhere. The second way of pest management will be required only when you fail to prevent them.
The keyword to pest prevention is keeping your plants in the garden healthy. You can be assured that the plants in your garden are at their best condition in terms of their health only when you choose the right varieties of plants suitable for your garden. The plants should also be grouped by keeping in mind their elemental needs. A proper attention and care should be provided to the internal calendar of the plants. Only those plants should be chosen by you who can stay healthy in the type of soil your garden holds. The fertility of the soil should also be checked before planting more plants. Different types of soil have different water resistance capacity. If more amount of water retention is required by the soil, enough supply of water should be there from some artificial source. If these points are kept in mind, if you have a garden then your plants will stay healthier for a long period of time.
On the other hand, if you fail to do so you will have to go for the next method of pest control. Pests can be controlled botanically, biologically as well as physically. Insects like lady bugs, praying mantis and spiders can be controlled by opting biological method of pest controlling.
By cooldude | October 11, 2013
Nowadays people are going for a whole house renovation and are giving particularly more attention to roofing details. Rooftops are the first thing affected in case of damaging weather makes it a very vital part of the house, something to which importance should be given. Here are a list and description of few roofing materials that may be useful for those planning to correct or change their rooftops.
Wood shingles are 100% natural roofing material with a lot of required maintenance. Inspite of being very energy efficient and lighter in comparison to all other roofing material these are not so popular. This can be used for contemporary and historic cottages, bungalows and ranches.
Asphalt shingles or composition:
These are the most popular roofing materials amongst home owners. They are recyclable and low budget. They require minimum maintenance and can be nailed over already existing rooftops. These are also available in different styles and colour.
Metal are amongst the coolest rooftops possible. Mostly recycled metal is used for rooftop building and they last for twice as much as any other roofing material. They are a little expensive but apart from offering a high durability they also offer high solar reflectance, insulation and resistance to adverse weather. Metal roofs are available in stainless steel, copper and aluminium material. Works well with contemporary cottages, ranches and bungalows.
This is a mixture consisting of wood, clay and concrete. These shape looking mixtures are fireproof and have a high lasting. These are not suitable for very cold climates as they have a tendency to crack. They are available in a spectrum of colours and variety. This type of roofing works with architectural types of housing.
It is very heavy but very durable and distinctive roofing material. Used for colonial, French and chateau house types.
By cooldude | October 7, 2013
Bedroom is the most special room in the house. Homeowners always decorate the bedrooms keeping in mind the likes and dislikes of the person who is going to occupy that particular bedroom. The furniture piece that is very important in the bedroom is the bed. The bed should be made comfortable and colorful with the use of appropriate bed sheets so that the people can sleep on it peacefully and happily.
Bright colored bed sheets can give you a feeling of freshness and rejuvenation. The bed sheets have the capability of making your bedroom look vibrant and lively. Along with that, the bright colors of the bed sheets will brighten up your mood after a hardworking day and allow you to have a good night sleep. The colors of bed sheets will also ensure that positive energy flows in and around your bedroom. Whenever you will enter your bed, the bright colored and soft bed sheets will feel very welcoming and warm.
While selecting the bed sheets you have to make sure that the material of the bed sheet is tender and soft. Along with that the color of the bed sheet has to be compatible with the overall décor of your bedroom. Use the bed sheets that have large and catchy patterns as these will enhance the look of your bedroom. Remember if you utilize bed sheets effectively then your bedroom’s appearance can be transformed completely.
There are many solid colored bed sheets that are available in the market today. Instead of the patterned ones, you can get hold of the solid colored bed sheets as these match any kind of bedroom décor easily. It will be a smart move on your part if you can choose bed sheets that can be maintained without any difficulty and are durable and wrinkle free.
By cooldude | October 3, 2013
Have you just shifted to a small apartment and planning for furnishing options? Well, the modern urban apartment dwellers often grieve about the lack of space which limits them on furnishing choices. However, not to worry as there are some furnishing ideas that are great space-savers and would perfectly match up with your space limitation issues. The article here is a brief on the different space saving furniture choices for your little apartment.
You can take to sofa-cum-bed here and its one of the most dominant choices for small apartment dwellers. This particular furniture will serve as your bedding whenever you need to lie down and would also work as a fine seating when you wish to enjoy your favorite match over a cup of coffee. The sofa-cum beds are wide enough to accommodate two people at least on the bed. Then, you have the L-shaped couches. These are great seating arrangements for small drawing rooms as these are designed to utilize your drawing space intelligently without compromising on guest accommodation. If you often have friends coming over to your place, get a futon bed. A futon bed will serve as a fashionable seating area by day and is long enough to work up as a single bed.
Folding tables and chairs are a must have for small apartments. You will get folding dining tables and chairs today which can be folded up while you dine and folded down to pass under your bed or line up against the wall. Besides, get chairs with plenty of storage options. There are chairs available with storage option for magazines and books. Moreover, there are some really trendy coffee tables that open up to make space for laptop. In regards to kid rooms, get bunk or loft beds that enable you to have your bedding and study within the same floor space.
By cooldude | September 10, 2013
Today the homeowners pay special attention to the kind of roofing material that is used in constructing the roof of their homes. If you are thinking of replacing an old roof or constructing a new roof then this article will surely be very useful for you. As you will read on you will get acquainted with the different types of roofing materials that have come into existence.
Here is some information about the different roofing materials that are famous among homeowners.
Composition or asphalt shingles: These are low maintenance and low cost roofing materials that are very well-known among the homeowners. Composition shingles are recyclable and are available in different styles and colors. Installing these materials is very simple and these can be nailed over the already existing roof as well.
Slate: This material is beautiful and natural. It is rot-resistant, fire-resistant, strong and extremely versatile. Slate roofs are also durable, low maintenance and energy efficient. These enhance the look and value of a home indefinitely.
Metal: Metals such as zinc, lead and copper were used in many historic monuments as roofing materials. Now again their popularity has increased. Steel is also used as a roofing material these days. All these metals are low maintenance, fire-retardant and durable.
Wood shingles: This is also an all-natural roofing material which is less heavy in comparison with the other roofing materials. Wood shingles are energy efficient but taking care of them is not at all easy.
The material you pick for building the roof will obviously have a great impact on your budget. You have to select a material that will be durable and will be easily repaired if it damaged due to some reason. The cooling and heating cost of your house will also be affected by the roofing material you have chosen. Take the help of a roofing expert to pick one perfect material.
By cooldude | August 31, 2013
The culinary space in your home or in other word your kitchen is a very important part of your home. You should be very careful while decorating the kitchen. Decorating kitchen in the proper style can really impart a royal and classy look to your home. A very important part of the kitchen decoration is the decoration of the counter top of the kitchen. There are many options when it comes to the selection of the counter tops for your kitchen. But you have to consider all the options carefully.
Some people consider wooden counter top for the culinary space. It is true that the wooden counter top will indeed induce a royal look to your home but there are also certain backdrops of using the wooden counter top. Since it is the culinary space, it is evident that there will be use of water. Wooden counter will be damaged due to continuous exposure to water. Also termite damaging your wooden counter top is very normal. All these problems can be easily done away with if we use granite counter top for the culinary space.
Granite is available in a lot of color, texture and design. You can select the color and the texture of the granite for the counter top in accordance with the interior of your house and in particular your kitchen. The maintenance of granite is not a very difficult task. Granite counter tops are resistant to stains. Even if there is some stain, you can easily remove it by using a proper cleaner. Also water doesn’t have any harmful effects on the granite counter top. Moreover installing a granite counter top is very easy and can be done without much difficulty. Also the granite counter is much more durable and once installed you don’t have to think about replacement for a number of years.
By cooldude | August 23, 2013
Have you planned to deck up your room with wallpapers? Well, wallpapers are definitely some fantastic additions to your walls assuring a better lasting effect than paints. However, before you settle with the wallpaper selection make sure it complements your room size and contour. Here are some tips that will help you in finding the right wallpaper.
First of all, if you are worried about your low ceiling, try to go for wallpapers with vertical stripes- the vertical patterns help to make your ceiling look higher. If your room is too narrow and you want a spacious ambience, count on wallpapers with horizontal patterns or stripes.
The rooms with smaller dimensions look good with wallpapers patterned in geometrical motifs. Make sure never to get dark wallpapers for smaller rooms as these make the room appear constricted and narrower. Do not go for intricate patterns for smaller rooms as these will create a heavy and overwhelming ambience across the room. For smaller rooms, it’s best to decorate the walls with broad wallpapers trips rather than a wholesome piece covering the entire space. The wallpaper strips must be stuck keeping good space in between them for a clean and cool environ.
For larger spaces, you are free to experiment with big wide patterns and dark shades. There are some really classy dark shaded wallpaper designs in the market today. You can utilize the dark wallpaper to create a stark stylish contrast in the room placing it on one of the walls when you have the other walls in white, cream or beige shades. In regards to wallpaper patterns for large rooms, you will find gorgeous wallpapers with detailed motifs to complement your grand Victorian décor. If you have a very trendy décor, 3D wallpapers would be ideal to get the desired edgy feel to the walls.
By cooldude | June 26, 2013
Wicker furniture refers to the furniture made from canes. You can have in your drawing room or lawn or in the gazebo. No matter wherever you have them, wicker furniture comes with a great deal of advantages.
First of all, wicker furniture pieces are pretty lightweight and would be helpful while you are rearranging them. Then these furniture pieces are able to withstand a great range of weather conditions. You won’t need to invest on costly cleaning products for their maintenance- just a regular cleaning & a varnish coat is sufficient to keep them unaffected from humidity and sunlight.
Then, wicker furniture pieces are really comfortable. You can spend your long weekend leisure hours comfortably on wicker chair or futons. You will find the wicker chairs, tables and sofas in different styles and designs to pick from. It’s to stress here that wicker furniture is highly affordable and stylish as well.
By cooldude | June 14, 2013
Residential elevators are a great way to add value to your house in terms of beauty and price. They also provide many benefits like helping in the transportation of the elderly, disabled people who have issues in mobility. There are certain factors that you have to consider when deciding to install a residential elevator. It should be good enough to fulfill all the factors of functionality and beauty.
As this is a major technical part of construction in the home, it is strongly advised to consult a professional before making any decisions. There are various elevator technologies which can be used in the home. Traditional hydraulic elevator, pneumatic elevator, and vacuum elevator are to name a few which can be installed for your home. The distance you want to travel, the amount you can spend, the weight capacity of the lift is some of the few factors that you would have to consider.