Latest News – Smart Homes https://smarthomessystem.com Latest in Smart Homes Technologies Wed, 12 Feb 2020 04:54:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.7 How To Install A Water Underfloor Heating System https://smarthomessystem.com/how-to-install-a-water-underfloor-heating-system/ https://smarthomessystem.com/how-to-install-a-water-underfloor-heating-system/#respond Wed, 12 Feb 2020 04:54:29 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1194 When you’re planning an installation of a water heating system for a single room, it’s better to install electric underfloor heating. However, if it is on a bigger project, go for a water underfloor heating system.  If you’re using an electrical heating system, you will connect the power supply to the mains electricity in your …

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When you’re planning an installation of a water heating system for a single room, it’s better to install electric underfloor heating. However, if it is on a bigger project, go for a water underfloor heating system.  If you’re using an electrical heating system, you will connect the power supply to the mains electricity in your house. This will take a deeper chunk in your bills. But with the water underfloor heating system, the connection is to a boiler or another heat source. Although the installation of a water underfloor heating (UFH) system is more costly compared to the electric system, you will lower the cost if you can do it yourself. Subsequently, after the installation, you’re bound to enjoy lower bills.  

Tips on How to Install Water Underfloor Heating System

Below are some tips we have to help you with a successful water underfloor heating installation:

1.     Prepare and measure

It is essential for you to make adequate preparations before embarking on the heating installation. Through your preparation, you will be able to plan and harmonize everything to ensure your work is neat. Measurement is essential as you are to consider all the fittings and fixtures during the installation. For instance, when you carry out a bathroom installation, you will fix pipe works for towel rails, toilet seats, and radiators on the floor. You must take these fixtures into account during installation to avoid damaging the heating wires. You will need to select where the manifold of the system will be housed. This will enable you to know how to run the pipework. With the use of instruction manuals and CAD drawings, your job will be less stressful.

2.     Subfloor cleaning before installation

Before the installation, endeavor to clean the subfloor. This will remove any jagged edges on the subfloor, which may cause damage to the pipes. Also, cut off any sharp juts on the subfloor. You may even sand the subfloor down if there is any need for that. For unfailing security, lay a damp-proof material on the subfloor before laying the insulation membrane from the installation kit.

3.     Note the maximum temperatures and final flooring

Consider the final flooring you intend to lay after the installation. This is because some floor types may have top temperature restrictions. Also, know the heat output of the heating system you intend to install. This will help you ascertain if your house will get the desired temperature after installation.

4.     The manifold installation

Make the installation of the manifold first securely on a wall when you’re using the water underfloor heating system. The installation is much easier when you work with your CAD drawing. Ensure that the fixing is at least 600mm above the floor to avoid bending the pipes during their fittings. Also, ensure that you install the manifold in a place where it will be easily accessible. This is to avoid any inconveniences during servicing. Turn the insulating value and connect the manifold to the mixing valve and water supply. Ensure you have a zone value where you want to run your water underfloor heating concurrently with radiators. This will provide for you separate control for the two heating systems. 

5.     Use insulation to enhance efficiency

Installing insulation boards is a sure way to get the best out of your underfloor heating system. Where there is no insulation in use, the heat may migrate upward and downward. This movement will heat the ground below the heating system and lead to energy wastage.  Insulation board such as Warmup insulation boards, will not only improve the heat out-put, they will save energy and reduce heat-up time.   

6.     Laying and Fixing of Pipe Work

After installing the manifold and the insulation, the next step is to proceed to the laying of the pipework. You’ll need to secure the pipework firmly in position when screeding. One of the popular ways to do that is with the use of grip rail. Make the grip rails to be at an angle of 90o to the piping as you lay them and use staples to put them in positions. By using a snake-like pattern, lay the piping at 200mm intervals carefully. Follow the CAD drawing to produce an efficient layout for your heating system.

7.     Connect the manifold and pipework

Use a pipe-cutter to get excellent and clean cuts on all the pipe ends. A craft knife or saw will leave a jagged-end, which may give a bad seal. You can proceed to make connections to the manifold once the piping is of desired lengths. Make a connection of the pipe to the bottom valve of the manifold using a hose pillar between them and tighten the nut. Do the same for all circuits and ensure proper connections.

8.     Laying of your flooring

After concluding the connections, proceed to lay out any flooring of your choice. This does require any technicality. You are almost done with the whole process of your work satisfactorily.

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Having completed the work of installation of your water underfloor heating system, you will be eager to test the functioning and warm up your house. You should first check the flow rates. When turning on the heating system, you should do so slowly. Remember that flow rates vary for each heating system and manifold. If you are uncertain, you may refer to your instruction manual contact your electrician.

CONCLUSION

It is so fulfilling to feel the warmth right at the comfort of your home. Having completed the installation of your water underfloor heating system, you may set the correct temperature. You can now relax and enjoy the comfort of the heating system.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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5 Things to Do Before Putting a Property On Sale https://smarthomessystem.com/5-things-to-do-before-putting-a-property-on-sale/ https://smarthomessystem.com/5-things-to-do-before-putting-a-property-on-sale/#respond Fri, 13 Dec 2019 05:15:27 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1139 Maybe you’re planning to buy a new home or you’re just getting into the business of buying and selling real estate property. It feels great to walk potential buyers into your property and finally signing a deal with a willing buyer. But what most people don’t know is that there’s more to selling a home …

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Maybe you’re planning to buy a new home or you’re just getting into the business of buying and selling real estate property. It feels great to walk potential buyers into your property and finally signing a deal with a willing buyer. But what most people don’t know is that there’s more to selling a home than just putting a screaming “For Sale” sign at the front yard. There are many things at play that could affect the time your property stays on the market and how much it fetches you.

To give you a seamless experience when selling, here are 5 things to do before putting your property on sale.

1. CDE: Clean, Declutter, and Exterminate

Nothing can be more off-putting to potential buyers than dust, pet dander, foul smells, and clutter. These are some of the things that can make your property stay for months or even years on the market. In addition to dirt and clutter, pests are another huge threat to the sale of a property. As a matter of fact, some buyers will request a report from a reputed pest inspection firm before they can put pen on paper and seal the deal. Marcus Anthony from The Pinnacle List asserts that if you suspect a bug infestation, getting a home pre-inspection report from the best bed bug control firm will give you peace of mind while making your selling process easier and faster. A clean, clutter-free, and pest-free home will also make it easier for you to set the price and fetch you stronger offers from confident buyers. So, before you list your property, it’s best to start by giving it a deep cleaning service, exterminate, and get rid of things that you no longer or rarely use.

2. RUR: Repair, Upgrade, and Renovate

A property that is well-maintained and in tip-top shape will obviously be more attractive to potential buyers. On this note, you’ll want to ensure that everything is running and functioning properly. From your plumbing to your appliances, heaters, air conditioning, windows, doors, and every little thing. You may also want to do some upgrade such as upgrading your lighting fixtures, faucets, cabinetry, and so forth if need be. Check for minor damages and get them fixed asap.

3. Give It a Fresh Coat of Paint

Nothing sells a home faster than a great curb appeal… and if you guessed right, repainting can work magic even for a dilapidated home that looks as if it has been abandoned since the eighties. A fresh coat of paint could be all you need to get your home looking macho and more attractive to buyers. However, real estate experts suggest going for neutral paint colors as not all colors may be appealing to everyone. These include colors such as whites, taupe, gray, and beige, especially on the walls. You may also want to extend the paint job to your cabinetry, moldings, and trim, where need be.

4. Depersonalize the Space

Another secret to increasing your home’s selling potential is to put away those personal items personalized stuff such as family portraits from walls and the rest of the space. This allows any potential buyer you bring over for sight-seeing to envision themselves as the happy owners. The key is to remove distractions.

5. Research The Market

last but not least, market research is a must. It makes it easy for you to set a price for your property. Be sure to find out how much similar properties in your area are going for, so you don’t set the tag too high or too low. Better yet, working with a good real estate agent will take away much of the load from your shoulder.

Selling a home is fun, but it’s not always a walk in the park. Specifically, it can be devastating to go months without a significant offer from potential buyers. With the above tips, however, selling your property could be easier than you ever thought.

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Smart, Space-Saving Furniture that Everyone Wants https://smarthomessystem.com/smart-space-saving-furniture-that-everyone-wants/ https://smarthomessystem.com/smart-space-saving-furniture-that-everyone-wants/#respond Mon, 25 Nov 2019 04:19:38 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1121 Everyone enjoys indulging in the interior design of their own home, since having a luxurious and spacious home is desired by many. It is the place we spend most of our time, and we want to feel happy and comfortable in it. You may be checking out interior design websites, Pinterest pages and Instagram for …

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Everyone enjoys indulging in the interior design of their own home, since having a luxurious and spacious home is desired by many. It is the place we spend most of our time, and we want to feel happy and comfortable in it. You may be checking out interior design websites, Pinterest pages and Instagram for inspiration, and find yourself wanting a glamorous home. 

Unfortunately, this is not always within our reach, as spacious homes aren’t exactly budget friendly, and many houses and apartments don’t always provide the necessary storage space we need, making them become cluttered. So if you’re looking for that picturesque home that will have your friends and family swooning over, then you’re in luck as we’ve found smart, space-saving furniture that everyone wants!

You would be amazed by the innovative design ideas that are around today, ensuring you get quality furniture that fits your home like a glove. So if you’re ready to transform your home, click here for furniture that ensures your place remains spacious in smart and efficient ways. Even your budget won’t prevent you from acquiring your dream home! 

So take a look at the following furniture ideas and add them to your checklist. 

Smart tables

Smart tables are a great way to start saving space in your home. You can now purchase side tables that create enough storage room with detachable elements. These tables have removable shelves, hidden compartments, LED lights with a touch switch and even phone charging sockets, as well as a Bluetooth stereo audio system. Smart tables are suitable for your bedroom as well as your home office. 

Coffee tables

Coffee tables are becoming more efficient with constant innovative renovations, which makes them more practical than ever before. A smart space-saver coffee table has plenty of storage space underneath, equipped with shelves and drawers, as well as a removable lid. You can now find coffee tables with table tops that can be raised, pulled out and transformed into a desk, while providing storage space underneath the lid. 

Sofas and sectionals

Many people have heard of sofa beds, but the latest trend  is having sofas with incredible storage space underneath. You can opt for sofas with drawers built in underneath as well as compartments to store cushions, or other items you don’t want to display. You can also purchase sectionals of the same design that are removable when they aren’t required. Another great addition to your living room are modern ottomans which can be used as sectionals. Ottomans can be stored underneath your space-saving couch, or inside your coffee table shelves, until they are needed. Ottomans have multi-use purposes, making them are a vital asset in any luxurious home. 

Beds

Your bed is probably the most important piece of furniture in your home. To ensure a good night’s sleep, you want a glorious, comfortable bed to sink into every night. However, if you’re wondering whether a quality bed will be costly, or take up too much space,  you need to discover the space-saving options! You can now buy beds that contain plenty of storage space underneath in the form of pull out drawers to fit display cushions and pillows, and some drawers are even big enough to store that large suitcase of yours. Many beds now come with attached shelves at the head with LED touch switch lights and even charging sockets. 

Units

Modern units are more evolved than ever before, with TV and wall units containing hidden compartments for extra storage space. Some units even have adjustable shelves that can be moved horizontally or vertically, depending on what you wish it to hold; for instance, these shelves can be placed vertically to hold CDs and DVDs. 

Desks and dressers

We spend so much time by our desks and dressers, that it’s time to upgrade them to meet all our needs. Modern dressers have lift-up shelves with a mirror attached, which ensures your mirror remains clean and less susceptible to cracks. Desks also contain pull out drawers, drawer dividers and removable shelf layers that make it the must-have furniture for your home office. These desks also provide pull out shelves, in order to expand your table if you wish to place your laptop or iPad on top.

These space-saving ideas may sound like a dream come true, but they aren’t out of your reach! Whether you purchase modern side tables, desks, dressers, sofas, sectionals, ottomans, beds or units, you will now have more spacious rooms, and plenty of storage space to de-clutter your home. This way, your new home will be the envy of all your guests!

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Fix Your Roof with These Simple Steps https://smarthomessystem.com/fixing-your-roof-with-these-simple-steps/ https://smarthomessystem.com/fixing-your-roof-with-these-simple-steps/#respond Wed, 20 Nov 2019 04:09:26 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1116 Having your own house is one of the most satisfying things ever. Sure, owning a car is nice, and having all the electronics you could want is also cool, but having a home that you could go back to is just something else, and it will definitely be your most valued property. It’s not without …

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Having your own house is one of the most satisfying things ever. Sure, owning a car is nice, and having all the electronics you could want is also cool, but having a home that you could go back to is just something else, and it will definitely be your most valued property. It’s not without its complications, though. Being a homeowner entails a lot of responsibilities. It’s not like living in a rental where it’s up to the landlord to fix every broken pipe and malfunctioning heater. It’s your home; it’s up to you to do the repairs. One of the trickiest problems to handle in your own place will be the roof, but with a few simple steps, it can be easily done. 

Identifying the problem 

You can’t really start fixing the roof until you identify the problem. There are some obvious indications that you should look for to try and pinpoint what the problem exactly is. Generally speaking, the most common problem faced by homeowners is having a leaky roof. So, how do you know if that is the case? Well, water stains across your ceilings and running down the walls, or water actually dripping onto your head, might be a clue that it’s a leaking roof. After making sure that is the issue, you need to track the source, and that is the difficult part. Your roof isn’t exactly small, and trying to pinpoint exactly where the leak is coming from will take some time, but you have to do it. 

Finding the leak

So, you need to start retracing the stains upwards to find where exactly the leak is coming from. Once you’ve managed to find the approximate location, you next need to determine what penetrated the roof to cause the leak –– it most likely is an item that penetrated the roof and caused the problem because usually, something has to have disrupted the shingles. It might be a broken pipe or a chimney, or anything pointy or heavy enough to cause a problem. The easiest way to locate the exact problem would be going up on the roof and looking for yourself.

Shopping for contractors 

If the problem –– a leak or not –– is beyond your skills, you’ll need to hire a contractor to help you. And finding a decent roofer might be a bit tricky. Not all workers care about getting the job done right because it’s a once in a decade kind of thing, so the odds of them meeting you again are slim. As the article on this site explains, you need to find a contractor that will give you a lifetime guarantee on the quality of their work. That way you can ensure they will get the job done properly and fix any future problems if they even happen. You need to shop around until you find a worthy contractor that knows what it takes to install a lifetime product that won’t cause you problems in a year or two. It’s always wise to check for reviews on this one because the market is filled with shady roofers who will not do the task as it needs to be done. So, leverage the internet and start reading up what other people have to say about the contractors they’ve dealt with, and don’t settle for the first one you come across. 

Can you fix the problem yourself?

In rare cases, it might be possible for you to handle the problem yourself, but you need to be really careful because you don’t want to exacerbate the problem. But if you’re dealing with a small leak, for example, you can try and fix it yourself. You should start by determining whether or not your ceiling has a plastic vapor barrier between the attic insulation and the drywall. Then, go through the insulation and try to find any stains on the plastic to determine the exact location of the problem. If you couldn’t find water stains or flow marks, you need to look for shiners on the roof –– nails popping out because they missed the framing. This happens due to poor work by the carpenter or because of weather conditions in some cases. You can identify those nails in colder nights because they’ll look white as they frosted from the moisture escaping through the attic. You can then fix the problem by replacing the nail, which will probably ensure the leaking stops. 

Invest in your roof

Nobody wants to spend a fortune fixing their roof, but it’s one of the most important areas of your house –– if not the most important. So, you really don’t want to skimp out with this one because that might jeopardize your entire house, from furniture pieces to the walls and paint. In other words, invest in your own roof, so you don’t have to worry about it ever again. Getting the highest quality products means shingles that have the longest available warranty period –– 50 years is common, and it would only cost you an extra 300 to 500 dollars. Since you’re replacing them anyway, you might as well add a few extra bucks for architectural excellence, getting different colors and thicknesses to add to the elegance of your house. It is also advisable to go with copper flashing, which is used to seal joints between walls and ceiling. The thing about copper is, it is a lot more durable than any other metals used out there, like aluminum, so it will give you a better performance in the long run and ensure that you won’t face any other problems with leaks. 

Having problems with your roof isn’t exactly fun, but with a little planning and some effort, you could fix the problem quite easily. The important thing is trying to identify where the problem is, and just how big it is. If it’s a minor leak that you can fix, then do it yourself. But if you’re going to be making some major changes and replace the shingles, shop around for the best contractors to do the job for you. 

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Is It Legal To Install A Train Horn In Your Car? https://smarthomessystem.com/is-it-legal-to-install-a-train-horn-in-your-car/ https://smarthomessystem.com/is-it-legal-to-install-a-train-horn-in-your-car/#respond Sun, 27 Oct 2019 04:29:27 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1103 Air horns are known for their extremely loud sound, which is pretty menacing if you count their depiction in movies and TV series. The reason they’re so loud is quite intuitive as a train can’t stop easily and can crush almost any vehicle or human in its way. The legal limit for car horns on …

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Air horns are known for their extremely loud sound, which is pretty menacing if you count their depiction in movies and TV series. The reason they’re so loud is quite intuitive as a train can’t stop easily and can crush almost any vehicle or human in its way. The legal limit for car horns on regular vehicles is between 100 and 110 decibels. A train horn is between 130 and 150 decibels, which makes it very loud, but it’s allowed because it’s only used in dire and critical situations where such a loud noise can prevent a catastrophe. The legality of installing an air horn on your car depends on the state or location, and some other factors that we’ll discuss.

California

It’s illegal to use a train horn in your car, yet it’s okay to mount it in California. Semi-trucks and trucks are allowed to use an air horn if it complies with FMVSS standards in addition to the right specifications. Violating such terms can result in a fine of $108 if you have no prior citations. It’s also worth knowing that using the horn excessively comes with its penalties as well.

Texas

Using a train horn on any vehicle as a regular warning method is considered illegal and would cause the vehicle to fail its annual inspection once it’s found hooked to the car. The only legal leeway that allows the use of a train horns is if it’s hooked to the alarm system of a truck. Very loud sounds are considered noise pollution and can easily get you penalized.

Georgia and Virginia

Georgia is laxer when it comes to the installation of air horns on a car, provided that they are installed as a part of an alarm system. Virginia shares the same view as long as the warning device, the train horn, in this case, is approved by the superintendent to be used as part of an anti-theft or alarm system.

States Where It’s Completely Illegal

Most states other than the ones mentioned above have strict laws that restrict installing any type of air horn in general, excluding emergency vehicles. It’s quite important to check the laws of your state to know whether you’re allowed to use a train horn for specific purposes or not.

How Do They Work?

The reason train horns are so legally restricted is because of the resulting loud noise. The steam whistle was the earliest version of warning horns, and as trains relied on different technology to operate, steam whistles became obsolete. An air horn proved to be a better alternative, as it simply sounds through the process of compressed air through a power chamber, which later channels it to a diaphragm.

Installing an air horn on a car requires research, as you might get into a lot of legal trouble if you use it for the wrong purposes according to the laws of the state. Nevertheless, a train horn can provide you with numerous benefits—and an obvious ‘cool’ factor—if you know what you’re doing.

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5 Things Every Home Office Should Have https://smarthomessystem.com/5-things-every-home-office-should-have/ https://smarthomessystem.com/5-things-every-home-office-should-have/#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 05:03:50 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1090 If there’s a perfect manifestation of life’s boring routine, it has got to be a steady job from 9 to 5. Despite that being the most common thing out there, there are those fortunate enough to escape the day job monotony as they work from home. Whether you’re a freelancer or a person whose job …

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If there’s a perfect manifestation of life’s boring routine, it has got to be a steady job from 9 to 5. Despite that being the most common thing out there, there are those fortunate enough to escape the day job monotony as they work from home. Whether you’re a freelancer or a person whose job doesn’t really need them to go to a company building, there’s nothing quite like being able to work from the comfort of your own place. That doesn’t mean you should work on your bed, though. You’re going to need to set up a decent home office that not only puts you in the right mindset to work but also has everything you might need. Here are some of the essentials. 

  1. Desks and chairs

Yes, it is very tempting to work on your couch, but this is a very bad idea if you come to think about it. If you work there, you’ll find yourself either dozing off or watching TV instead of getting any work done. This is why you need to have a dedicated workstation with a decent desk and a comfy chair. That way, you can sit when you need to work, and you’ll get it done. After that, go lay on the couch all you want. 

2. Proper lighting 

That means getting rid of that faint yellow lamp. You want to get things done, and that requires proper lighting. If your home office has access to some natural daylight in the mornings, then so be it. But it’s the nights that you have to worry about. So, get yourself a decent lighting system that won’t cause you to fall asleep instead of work. 

3. Office equipment 

It goes without saying that you will need a computer or a laptop to work, but that’s not all the equipment you’ll need. You want to make this the closest thing there is in an actual office setting, which means you should get state-of-the-art laser printers, scanners, telephone, and everything else you might need for your job. Don’t forget the importance of a high-speed internet connection, because if you stick to your normally average speed, you’ll long for your office days. 

4. File cabinets

Whether you’re at an actual office or a home-based one, storing your important files on the desk is never a good idea. Those stacks mean you will lose important documents, and more importantly, it is quite discouraging for everyone who walks in, including you. So, get yourself a file cabinet that you can use to store any documents you’ll be using. 

5. Coffee machine 

While this isn’t a must, it is definitely something you should consider having. Getting yourself a coffee machine in your home office will save you all those trips to the kitchen, which will probably entail a lot of wasted time. When you get one, you don’t need to leave your office every time you want some coffee.

You also have your pens, papers, cups, staplers, and all of those things that you might need for your work. But these five we’ve mentioned above will go a long way into making your home office much cooler. Add to that some self-discipline and motivation, and you’ll be able to get things done. 

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Things to Consider Before Replacing Your Old Appliance https://smarthomessystem.com/things-to-consider-before-replacing-your-old-appliance/ https://smarthomessystem.com/things-to-consider-before-replacing-your-old-appliance/#respond Fri, 27 Sep 2019 04:25:14 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1080 From dishwashers to refrigerators, range hoods, garbage disposals, washers, and dryers, we all have a wide range of appliances in our homes to make work easier and life more convenient. However, these appliances aren’t created to last forever. Depending on factors such as quality, maintenance, and lifespan, appliances develop faults with time or even break …

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From dishwashers to refrigerators, range hoods, garbage disposals, washers, and dryers, we all have a wide range of appliances in our homes to make work easier and life more convenient. However, these appliances aren’t created to last forever. Depending on factors such as quality, maintenance, and lifespan, appliances develop faults with time or even break down completely. When this happens, it’s when you realize that that piece of equipment actually adds value to your life and you feel like rushing to the nearest store to purchase a new one. Well, not so fast!  

Before replacing that old appliance in your laundry room or kitchen, there are several things you need to put into consideration. Whether it’s your fridge, your garbage disposal, your cooker, or even your coffee maker, you want to ensure that you’re making the right decision… one that is not based on desperate emotions or frustration but fact. 

Before you go ahead and replace your old appliances, here are some things you should consider. 

Do Your Homework

As a wise shopper, it’s always important to conduct some research about the specific item that you need before approaching the shelves. Once you’ve figured that you need to replace an old appliance, maybe due to poor aesthetics or performance issues the first and most important thing to do is to go online and see what various retailers are stocking. Apart from simply performing a Google search on kitchen item or looking it up on several online retail shops, Meghann from Simple Green Moms, says you’ll also want to check out what previous consumers and professional kitchen appliance product reviews have to say about the specific item you’re looking for. This can help give you a general idea on what to expect, how much you need, the brands to stay away from and where you can buy the specific appliances, among other things. It will also help you narrow down your options to the best product out there, advisably after considering the factors that follow below.

Is Repair an Option?

Maybe you’ve had the appliance for a couple of years now, and for various reasons, you think it’s time to let it go. If the main reason is performance-related, however, it’s worth considering whether or not; repair can make it any better. Well, while repairing the appliance can bring it back to life, it may not be a viable option if you’ve done a couple of repairs already and the problem is persistent. You may also be forced to replace the appliance if it has a damaged part that is no longer on the market or is so hard to find. Additionally, a replacement will be the best way to go if repairing your old unit costs almost the same as getting a new one, which brings us to the next important consideration.

Age of the Appliance

Different appliances have different lifetimes. For instance, most refrigerators are built to last for at least 13 years, whereas dishwashers and microwaves have an average lifespan of 9 years according to HouseLogic. However, this number may be respectively lower or higher for each and every appliance depending on how well it is maintained. All the same, the 50% rule o replacement applies in all of them. If your old appliance has exceeded more than half its expected lifetime and the cost to repair exceeds 50% of the cost of getting a new one, you’ll be better off replacing the old appliance. A unit that has exceeded its warranty may also be worth replacing in case it breaks down.

Energy Consumption

Electricity is a major pain in the back for most homeowners. Well, there are various reasons for increasing energy bills in general, but when thinking of replacing your old appliance, it’s important to consider how much energy it has been consuming and weigh it against what your new appliance will consume. Have you been experiencing high electricity bills lately? If so, you may want to have a professional appliance handyman or electronics technician come over and assess your appliances to find out which one has been causing these mountain bills.

The good thing is that with technological advancements in the modern-day, newer appliance models with high energy-efficiency ratings have been developed. Before you pick up that new appliance and ditch your old one, it pays to consider just how much it can save you each month as far as energy bills are concerned. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, energy-efficient fridges and washer models have lower energy consumption by as much as 20% or more and can save you money in the long run. Precisely, be sure to check out for an Energy Star Label before picking any new appliance. All the same, it’s not uncommon to find out that you could save even more energy with your old unit by simply switching it off when not in use.

Maintenance

As earlier hinted out, proper maintenance can actually lengthen the lifespan of an appliance while reducing operational costs and improving its energy efficiency. But then again, each and every appliance has its own set of maintenance requirements. While a microwave won’t require much from you other than cleaning, a clothes dryer may require you to check the exhaust vent for proper airflow at least once annually. Your refrigerator, on the other hand, may require you to vacuum the condenser coils regularly to get rid of any dust or debris that could be trapped therein. Well, most importantly, the level of maintenance required for a particular appliance may vary from one brand or model to another. This brings us back to the importance of doing research before replacing your old appliance with a new one.

Personal Style

Will the replacement unit meet your preferences in terms of style? Will it look good in your kitchen? Will it blend with the rest of your interior décor or other appliances in terms of color, texture, and design? These are just of the many questions you may want to ask yourself before replacing your appliance.

Size

Last but not least, you don’t want a replacement appliance that doesn’t fit well in the designated space or one that is too big for your room. You also don’t want an appliance that will force you to break your door, just to get it inside. More so applies for larger appliances such as fridges, washers, ovens, and cookers. Size is a big deal, especially in this age and day when real estate prices are on the rise.

Finally ditching that old appliance and replacing it with a new one can be fun and exciting. It can give your home a fresh new look, not forgetting the value it adds. However, you just don’t wake up one day, decide that this thing has to go, and head to the market for a new one. For a smart decision, it takes planning and considering a number of factors to avoid future regrets, high costs, inconveniences, and disappointments. Luckily, the above pointers provide you with just enough information that you can use to make a well-informed decision.

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5 Must Have Tools for Your Dental Care https://smarthomessystem.com/5-must-have-tools-for-your-dental-care/ https://smarthomessystem.com/5-must-have-tools-for-your-dental-care/#respond Thu, 26 Sep 2019 04:29:37 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1077 Oral hygiene isn’t a new concept to anybody. It’s the primary means to keep a healthy set of teeth and gums. In the dental world, and in all other aspects of medicine, prevention really is the best approach to one’s health. Yes, everybody knows that brushing one’s teeth is important. But brushing your teeth for …

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Oral hygiene isn’t a new concept to anybody. It’s the primary means to keep a healthy set of teeth and gums. In the dental world, and in all other aspects of medicine, prevention really is the best approach to one’s health. Yes, everybody knows that brushing one’s teeth is important. But brushing your teeth for a few seconds just isn’t enough. If you want to really give the attention your teeth and gums deserve, here are 5 essential tools to use to make sure that your smile stays as pristine as it was at its best.

1. Electric Toothbrush

Most people brush way too hard. There’s a forced mechanical pressure that people tend to apply when they strike back and forth. Plaque and tartar buildup is not like rust. It’s much softer.  Using an electric toothbrush allows for one to effectively remove stains and plaque from your teeth without pushing and scraping away the enamel in the process.

 2. Classic Floss

Everybody says you need to floss more. Why? Because you do. Most cavities that patients have are between the teeth and not on the top of the crown like we’re led to believe. Having physical floss is perfect for between meals or when you’re out in public. A few seconds in the bathroom, removing pieces of food and rinsing out, can save you hundreds on cavity fillings in the future.

3. Water Flosser

After you’ve changed into your pajamas and you’re ready to call it a night, this is where the real care takes place. A water flosser is the perfect way to safely remove all debris from in between your teeth. This keeps your gums from bleeding if they’re sensitive. They also are much more thorough at doing the job than a string is. In terms of brands, the biggest ones are Ultra and Aquarius. If you’re trying to decide which is the best, the internet is your friend. There are 15 or so comparisons between the Ultra and Aquarius with every detail having been taken into account. What you’re looking for, in essence, is something that is both affordable and reliable. In this case, the midrange usually comes out on top.

4. Tongue Scraper 

People always forget the tongue. Your tongue is made up of intrinsic and extrinsic muscles that are covered by layers of buds and crypts. In these tiny spaces, bacteria can build up that causes bad breath and discoloration. Having a good tongue scraper can remove and break up any sort of buildup in these spaces and keep your breath smelling as fresh as possible.

5. Personal Teeth Whitening System

To polish off the look, a good teeth whitening system is an absolute must. Everyone loves a good smile, and the radiance of some grand pearly whites are just what one needs to get ahead in any social situation. It gives the impression of health and attentiveness that people respect.

Oral hygiene isn’t all about what you need in case something goes wrong. It’s about having the right tools and habits to prevent it in the first place. In having a solid routine and a healthy diet that promotes all around good health isn’t just a way to look good, it’s an investment in your future.

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Ways to Make Your Home Modern and Smart https://smarthomessystem.com/ways-make-home-modern-smart/ https://smarthomessystem.com/ways-make-home-modern-smart/#respond Thu, 05 Sep 2019 04:39:44 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1042 There are instances wherein a house makeover has been already necessary. Often, these are prompted by certain life milestones such as having a new baby or simply triggered by a change of season. Sometimes, a house renovation may be the answer for a new and smart interior, but this does not always have to be …

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There are instances wherein a house makeover has been already necessary. Often, these are prompted by certain life milestones such as having a new baby or simply triggered by a change of season. Sometimes, a house renovation may be the answer for a new and smart interior, but this does not always have to be the case. There are also simple measures that you can do to obtain that modern and chic look.

Choose Neutral Colors

Apart from an effortless mix and matching in terms of furniture, neutral shades of white, gray, or beige can brighten up a room. Paint your walls in the same tone and this will permit an effortless makeover should you wish to go for another look. In doing so, make sure to cover the scratches on your walls with a monochromatic palette. Needless to say, a modern look rarely employs the use of bold colors. Finish the look of the room with natural wood accents.

Take Advantage of Modern Technology

It cannot be denied that we are already in the digital world. There are already smart kitchens and smart lighting solutions. You can use motion-detection sensors to turn your lights on or off with just a clap of your hands. Installation of a ring video doorbell is another way to transform your house into a smart home. A programmable thermostat is also a trend nowadays, such that you will be able to control the room temperature based on your schedule. You can also install CCTV cameras, which are connected to the internet to guarantee the safety and security of your home while you are away on vacation. Furthermore, you can also install built-in charging stations or stereo speakers that will leave your guests in awe.

Upgrade Hardware, Faucets, and Lighting Fixtures

The first thing noticed in traditional homes are the cabinet hardware and faucets in the kitchen sink and bathroom, as well as the lighting fixtures in the dining and living rooms. If you want a classic, but modern and smart look, it’s time to upgrade these fixtures with sleek designs and modern finishes.

Let Go of Your Carpet… and Go for New Doors

Most modern homes do not have carpets. The trend for a modern looking home is a pre-finished flooring or a plank tile. Additionally, you need to let go of traditional paneled doors to make room for doors with sleek and modern designs. For this, you may need the services of a third-party contractor.

Declutter

A modern look goes hand in hand with a minimalist vibe. Hence, the easiest, but oftentimes most overlooked method of transforming your home to achieve a modern look is simply removing the clutter and making space.

In conclusion, you should feel at home in your own house. An interior design makeover may pave the way for an inviting home where you can relax your stress away. Furthermore, changing the design of your interiors to achieve a modern and smart look may just be the key to maximize the space that you have.

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Are Essential Oils Safe to Use? https://smarthomessystem.com/are-essential-oils-safe-to-use/ https://smarthomessystem.com/are-essential-oils-safe-to-use/#respond Mon, 29 Jul 2019 07:07:58 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1007 Is it safe to use essential oils? This is one of the most sought-out questions by most people. Everyone wants to know whether there are risks involved in using essential oils.  The good news is that most essential oils are free from severe side effects which make them safe to use. However, since you are …

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Is it safe to use essential oils? This is one of the most sought-out questions by most people. Everyone wants to know whether there are risks involved in using essential oils.  The good news is that most essential oils are free from severe side effects which make them safe to use. However, since you are introducing something new into your body, it is wise for you to intelligently avoid any risks.

Although studies have shown essential oils to have very few side effects when you use them according to how they are recommended, due to the many brands of essential oils available in the market, it is highly advised to use the right methods. We are going to talk about the best ways to use essential oils to make them safe for you.

1. Follow the Right Dosage

One thing you have to always keep in mind is that when it comes to using essential oils, you have to follow the right dosage. This is the most important factor to consider for your safety to be guaranteed. There are some essential oils which when the doses are used wrongly, the high concentration might contribute to the development of tumor and other harmful body changes. There are also various essential oils that can damage your liver, skin, and other body organs if you don’t use them properly. There is no other way to emphasize this other than the fact that you have to utilize any type of essential oil that you’re using in the right manner. Similar to most drugs, you have to follow the right dosage in order for them to be as effective as they are required to be.

2. Check on the Application Method

There are many ways to use essential oils. If an essential oil is safe when applying in one way, it doesn’t mean that it will be safe if you use it in another way. You have to ensure that the application method you use is the right one for the essential oil that you’re using. Some essential oils are safe to inhale, but cause irritation when applied to your skin. Some good examples of such essential oils are oregano, cinnamon bark, thyme, and clove. There are several essential oils that can cause skin cancer or severe burns, also known as phototoxicity, if they are exposed to sun-bed radiation or sunlight, if you apply them onto your skin but don’t cause any side effects if you inhale them. When buying any essential oils, you have to clarify the right application method, the intended use, as well as the concentration to be on the safe side. A word of caution is that you should never ingest any essential oils without getting the right guidance from a professional. Also, dilute essential oils before applying to the skin. Note that you cannot apply any essential oils directly onto your skin without diluting because this can be a huge risk to take.

3. Consider Using Diffusers

You might be wondering whether diffusers are safe, judging by the way they have become popular. Diffusers are normally used to vaporize essential oils which then help to release small amounts into the air. If you are using oils in diffusers, you have to apply the same safety concerns that are there when we talk of inhaling essential oils. The good thing is that inhalation is known to be safer as it has very low risks. Oil diffusion should not be done around young children, newborns, nursing or pregnant women, pets, and even babies. Also, if you happen to have asthma you should not inhale or diffuse essential oils because the fragrance normally triggers respiratory reactions. A diffuser should be used for about 30 to 45 minutes at a time for it to be most effective. Don’t plug in a diffuser overnight and you should always fill it up with the right amount of water then make sure you read all the instructions well before using. All essential oils should be kept away from any flames because they are highly flammable. Before using a diffuser, you should make sure your home is well ventilated. There so many oil diffusers you can consider.

4. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a good option to consider for using essential oils safely. Aromatherapy uses essential oils in a medicinal manner to your body’s health, spirit, and mind. Aromatherapy is a method that has been used for thousands of years in different cultures from countries like Egypt, China, and even India. In fact, aromatherapy and diffusers are highly recommended as safe alternatives for using essential oils. For more on that, you can read more here for the right knowledge about the best oil diffuser to consider for using during aromatherapy. Aromatherapy works through skin absorption and sense of smell using products like inhalers, diffusers, hot and cold compresses, bathing salts, aromatic splitzers, and facial steamers. Aromatherapy helps to manage pain, boost immunity, improve digestion, soothe sore joints, and improve sleep quality. There are also other plenty of benefits that result from using aromatherapy. The conditions that aromatherapy helps to treat include;

  • Depression
  • Asthma
  • Alopecia
  • Menstrual issues
  • Inflammation
  • Menopause
  • Peripheral neuropathy

Popular aromatherapy essential oils include;

  • Lemon
  • Geranium
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Mandarin
  • Ginger
  • Fennel

5. Essential Oils and Drug Interactions

When it comes to drug interactions, there isn’t much published about the topic. There hasn’t been much research conducted regarding the interactions of chemical drugs and essential oils. Essential oils carry complex chemistry, which is why it may be likely or possible for them to interact with chemical drugs. However, it is highly recommended for you to check with a healthcare provider just like with herbs and supplements, in order to analyze any potential benefits and risks that may be involved.

There is no denying the fact that essential oils have plenty of benefits that exceed even the side effects. Essential oils have been used for years and they have proven to be effective. The side effects just show that nothing can ever be perfect, however good it is. Therefore, always ensure you are doing the right thing when using any type of essential oils.

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