Mon

16

Dec

2013

How To Keep Your Home Safe And Sound

Burglars are everywhere. Regardless of the size of your property, they would try their best to get in and take whatever they deem to be valuable. Getting robbed of a few of your possessions can be forgivable. But losing a loved one because of it is another story that is difficult to bear and let go. This is why getting information on keeping your property safe and practicing them religiously are very important. Here are tried and tested ideas on the topic which you might want to learn today.

 

1) Reinforce your doors by adding deadbolts and door bars. These will strengthen your doors against kicks from burglars. But before installing them, check on the condition of your door frames first. If the frames are quite old and lacks strength in fastening doors firmly, replace them first with the right fit.

 

2) Purchase an alarm system that is very sensitive to motion. CCTVs and alarm systems are helpful in monitoring the people who might get into your house forcibly. Burglars are sometimes able to sneak in with no noise but if you have a motion-sensitive alarm they will have a hard time continuing on. Also, get a smartphone software that will allow you to access what your security system at home is able to monitor.

 

3) Mowing your lawn may seem useless for this matter but the truth is it is one of the cheapest ways you can protect your property from burglars. Mowed lawns sends the impression that your house is never out of person to guard it. Trim regularly the bushes around your house too. Bushes can be tall enough at times for burglars to hide in. 

 

4) Light your property. Burglars can do their expertise in the dark. When all areas of your home is well-lighted, they will think twice about getting on with their plans. There are light timers available in the market today. They are useful in automatically lighting your property particularly if you are forgetful or too busy to mind things such as turning on the lights.

 

5) Get rid of flyers by your doorstep. When flyers pile up, burglars think that your house is empty and not guarded. 

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Wed

11

Dec

2013

Putting Up Christmas Decors The Safe Way

The coming holidays would not be complete without great decorations hanging inside and outside the house. While they can be a source of enjoyment, they can also be a source of danger. Electrical wirings, for one, can result into fire when short circuit happens. Accidents may also happen during installation of these decors just like falling of the roof or ladder. To avoid these unwanted and unnecessary problems,  take heed of the following ideas. 

 

1) Never work on the installation alone. Have an assistant with you. This assistant can keep you from possibilities of falls and electrocution. Consider having a professional technician do the job for you if your decorations involve a lot of lights. Paying some amount is better than risking your life.

 

2) When purchasing trees and other decors which would be adorned with lights, choose brands with a fire resistant label. Fresh trees may look better artificial trees may be much safer to use.

 

3) As for the indoor and outdoor lights, choose ones that have been tested in the laboratories of quality assurance organizations. They may cost higher than the rest but you can rely on their make. If you are re-using last year's set of light bulbs, check out busted bulbs. Busted bulbs can affect the reliability of the entire wiring of the light system. 

 

4) Be careful with the use of sockets. If the sockets are broken or cracked, do consult a technician first before putting them into use. These can be an immediate cause of fire. When using extensions, try your best not to overload them. Overloading is typical cause of short circuit and fire. 

 

 

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Thu

05

Dec

2013

Tips On Keeping Your Home Well-Ventilated

Ventilation is important in every household. This is because gases from combustion appliances like stoves can stay inside the house and pose risk to our family's health. More so, it can also threaten the safety of your house like being a source of fire. Lastly, it can damage the make-up of your house as gases can be harmful to insulation systems. 

 

Ventilation is the exchange of indoor and outdoor air. This can be achieved through a natural method. This involves the opening of windows and doors through which indoor air can go out and outer air can get in. Some create holes or cracks on their walls to make this possible.

 

Ventilation can also be achieved through the use of exhaust fans. These fans are usually in kitchens where spot ventilation is required particularly when the area gets hot when you are cooking. Range hoods are additional items which can keep the ventilation going in your kitchen. Bathrooms compose another part of the house which would require proper ventilation. These small confined spaces can get well-ventilated using exhaust fans.

 

When natural and spot ventilation don't work, whole-house ventilation is advised. This is accomplished with the installation of more fans and duct systems. These are helpful when the indoor air gets stagnant inside and there is no other way to get them out and be replaced with fresh air from outside. With a ventilation system, a uniform exchange of indoor and outdoor air can be attained in a controlled manner. This can be cost more though compared to the two other options.

 

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Thu

31

Oct

2013

Cleaning Up After A Storm

Have you been hit by the storm lately? Here are some tips on keeping your house spic and span again.

1) Start by opening all doors and windows of your house. This will allow enough air to ventilate the insides of the house and release extra water held in the rooms. Open doors of wall cabinets and cupboards too.

2) Search for leaks and broken windows and doors. Take note of them and get them professionally repaired.

3) Spot molds. Molds are carriers of diseases. Believe it or not, they can transfer on human skin. Molds dwelling on the skin can soon eat up the flesh. Warm water can help remove molds on walls and ceilings. Throw stuffs that are heavily infested by molds.

4) Clean with disinfectants. Ordinary soap and water cannot wash away the bacteria and the chemicals that have been mixed in the flood water that devastated your house. Choose organic disinfectants as their use help lessen the pollution that is all around.

5) Clear the outside of your house from garbage, broken tree branches and shrubs. Trim the plants that have been displaced.

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Mon

28

Oct

2013

The Good Of Electronic Lock Installation

Still on the note of home security, most home owners today make use of electronic particularly for their doors. These are usually seen in hotel room doors and offices. But now, they have been proven to be very useful in securing most types of residences today.

Obviously, the first benefit of having electronic locks is the absence of keys. When you do not have keys to carry, there are no worries of misplacing or losing them. With just an access code to remember, other family members can enter the house without even waiting for you to come and unlock the door.  Does this sound you will need a duplicate key? The possibility of being left outside the house when you come home late is also eliminated.

Electronic also works for a very busy household. Perhaps, the many chores and commotions inside your house can make you forgetful about locking the door all the time. These gadgets are able to lock the door as soon as it shuts. So, you do not have to go to and fro just to check whether you left the door inviting burglars in.

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Making Your House A Home

Most of us dream to have our own space we can call our own. This is where we rest our tired body after a long days work and spend our weekends especially when we already have a family of our own.

 

Join me as I do my best to make my house a home. Mine isn't as big as the usual dream house, nor as stylish and cozy as a two bedroom condo unit, but I try to make it look like a home.

 

Feel free to drop by as I share some cleaning, designing, renovating and organization tips that have worked for me and my friends through the years.

“The point of simple living, for me has got to be: A soft place to land, a wide margin of error, room to breathe, lots of places to find baseline happiness in each and every day” ― Leo Babauta

This year's home improvement goals:

  • purchase harvesting rainwater facility
  • add floating shelves all around the house
  • paint the bedroom with a relaxing blue color
  • use more natural light by replacing some windows in the house
  • do major decluttering sessions
  • hold garage sale to add funds to some other home improvement projects