Summer is here! With the kids home from school, keeping your home cool during the summer could put a dent in your wallet. However, there are a few things that you can do in order to keep your home cool this summer in a smart way.
Windows: Windows allow a lot of natural light in which is great, but they also allow a lot of heat to come in. Possible air leaks could be fixed by sealing and caulking around windows and doors. To combat heat transfer through the glass, you can apply UV protection film for windows that receive direct sunlight.
Cooking: Your kitchen is one of the biggest heat sources within your house. Sometimes it’s better to cook during the cooler parts of the day. While cooking, turn on you exhaust fan to allow the hot air to leave your kitchen.
Incandescent Lights: Incandescent lights work by heating filament within the bulb. Compared to fluorescent and LED lighting, Incandescent lights put out a large amount of heat. On top of that, they also require more electricity as well.
Smart Air Conditioner Use: There are a list of things to keep in mind to make sure that your A/C unit is being utilized at it’s fullest. Inspect air ducts for leaks and improper insulation. Make sure that the return air grille is not blocked.Also, replacing your filters in a timely matter will allow your A/C to run correctly and more efficiently.
Allow Correct Airflow: It is important to make sure that the rooms in your house you wish to keep cool have correct airflow. Closed doors, blocked/closed A/C vents are a recipe for a hot room. If there are rooms you wish to keep cool, adding a fan will also improve the airflow in your home.
Electronic Equipment: Electronic equipment produces heat even when not in use. Unplug any electronic devices that are not used on a daily basis. Turn off televisions and computer monitors while they are not in use. Also making sure that electronics have enough space for proper ventilation will decrease the amount of heat that is put out by your electronics.
Toy, Toys, Toys! There is so much to say about toys and keeping them clean. There are pet toys, baby toys, children toys and everything in between. And they all share with each other. There are outside toys, inside toys, stored toys, etc. Toys are easily forgotten during the routine housecleaning, so let’s talk [...]
Body Powder and some powder based makeups are nasty culprits when it comes to dust. No matter how careful you may be, powder residue is unavoidable. It loves to filter through the air and land on shelves, floors, walls, clothing and anything in the surrounding and extended areas. Review the following ideas to help eliminate [...]
What would we do without our vacuum cleaners? Since we were children the vacuum cleaner was the central focus of our parent’s routine housecleaning. Actually, in many ways that is still true today. Whether our floors are carpeted, wood, vinyl or tile the vacuum cleaner may play an important part in our cleaning routine. [...]
Who would have thought your beautiful lamp shades would be dust devils? I didn’t, until one day I removed one of my lampshades to change a light bulb and dust exploded in every direction. As it turns out, all my lampshades needed cleaning. Review the following for ideas to keep your lamp shades as free of dust as possible [...]
Asthma is a condition that affects people of all ages, from young children to adults. There’s no clear reason why some individuals suffer from asthma while others do not. With asthma, the airway leading to the lungs becomes narrow, making it difficult to breathe. It’s believed to be induced by a combination of environmental factors and genetics, so there’s [...]
Spring cleaning is the perfect time to freshen up your living space and do a deep clean. You can let go of old junk and organize your home for the months ahead. Here are some helpful tips for spring cleaning success:Take It One Room at a Time Don’t try to clean every room in the same day or in one weekend, [...]
Your bedroom is your sanctuary, so you want it to be soothing and safe. In order to create a clean and healthy space, there are some simple steps that you can take:Eliminate Clutter Clutter is a big no-no for the bedroom. Not only does it collect dust, but it can also lead to stress by cluttering our mind. Always [...]
Most of us think of our home as a safe place to be. We try to keep our homes clean and comfortable, but unfortunately, there could still be some hidden dangers lurking around. Here are some of the hidden sources of household pollutants:Furniture Many people are unaware that their furniture has been treated with toxic chemicals. Designed to slow burning, [...]
Allergies are an uncomfortable nuisance for many, but for some folks, they can be overwhelming to deal with. Whether they’re triggered by seasonal factors or common irritants, there are some things that can provide help fast.Keep Windows Closed When seasonal allergies strike, it can be difficult for sufferers to spend any time outdoors. At home, keep the windows closed to prevent [...]