Tips for Choosing Flooring when Remodeling a Bathroom

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In this era when home renovation is chic, the most common types of remodeling projects are bathrooms and kitchens. This is almost certainly due to the fact that each type of project has an estimated return on investment of well over 80%. To give an idea of how popular each type of project is, almost 70% of all job requests included a kitchen remodel, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders.

What’s the Catch?

The reality of renovating kitchens and bathrooms is that it’s more than just replacing cabinets and a sink. In most cases, either a kitchen or a bathroom will include ceramic tile installation. Think about it: Ceramic tile installation might be a kitchen backsplash, a countertop desi Continue reading

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Facts About Radon Every Homeowner Should Know

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There are many different dangers lurking in our home, and unfortunately, as homeowners, it is hard to stay on top of everything. One of the most common dangers that is an example of this is radon in the home.

Radon is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas that occurs naturally when the uranium in the rocks and soil around a home breaks down. It can infiltrate your home without you even knowing, and when ingested in large quantities, it can cause plenty of respiratory problems, and even cancer. Here are some facts about radon and why everyone should invest in residential radon testing services to stay protected.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency has reported that nearly one-third of all homes checked in seven states have unregulated amounts of radon in them. Native American lan Continue reading
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Is My AC Unit Making Me Sick?

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When you go into an allergist’s office, one of the first questions they’ll ask you is what kind of AC unit you have in your household. While it may seem unrelated — after all, of the homes in the United States, two-thirds of them have air conditioners — an AC unit can actually have a surprising effect on your health and not just as an allergy irritant.

For those homeowners with small children, Pinkeye is one of the most contagious illnesses and possibly one of the most frustrating to treat. After all, no child likes eye drops. However, it may not just be your child’s kindergarten class that has sent your child home with a pink and irritated eye. Your AC unit can actually pollute the air of your household with dust mites and dander from animals, which can irritate the eyes of your child and turn them pink.

The dander brought into the air of the household by the AC unit may also irritate your child’s eyes if they suffer from any animal allergens such as dogs or cats which may live nearby.

AC units can also aggravate the tear ducts of those homeowners suffering from chronic or occasional dry eye. Because AC units blow cool air into the room the outside, the air can actually increase tear evaporation from a sufferer’s eyes and induce symptoms.

While AC units can often irritate the eyes, they also have the possibility of irritating the lungs. A lung irritation caused by an AC unit may be the case if a patient experiencing asthmatic symptoms has tested negative for asthma during a breathing test. Air conditioners can have dehumidifying effects on the rooms they’re in because they work by lowering the ambient temperature in the room via withdrawing humidity. This can cause the mucus lining of your nose, which keeps pathogens and viruses from entering your body, to dry out therefore lowering your immune defense and increasing the probability of respiratory illness.

However, it’s not always the air conditioning unit’s fault for causing illness. Much of what causes an AC unit to irritate the eyes, nose, and lungs can be avoided by the use of proper air conditioning maintenance.

In order to keep your air conditioner from releasing allergens such as dander and dust into the air, routinely clean your air conditioner’s fans and filters. While you may not be able to rid your home of all allergens, it can certainly make a difference the same way a vacuuming can make a difference for those allergic to dogs.

Keep an eye out for leaks as well. Air conditioners and HVAC systems utilize refrigerants to keep rooms cool and if the refrigerant is low there’s a good chance it may be caused by a leak which may be dangerous if your unit uses chlorofluorocarbon as they cause damage to the environment and the earth’s ozone layer. If you believe your air conditioning unit may be leaking these dangerous chemicals, contact an air conditioning service for AC unit repair as soon as possible.

Having an older air conditioning unit may require an increased need in AC unit repair in order to avoid dangerous leaks in refrigerant and overheating. Therefore, if your air conditioner is older than ten to fifteen years, consider AC unit repair as a necessary option or contacting an air conditioning company for a new and improved unit.

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How to Choose Lighting Fixtures for Your Next Home Renovation Project

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Are you thinking about redoing the lighting in your home? If so, you might not know where to start. Unless you are a lighting professional or work for a lighting company, you are probably in the dark about how to start this new home renovation project. Having a new project to research and complete can be a fun task, though. All you need to do is start researching lighting for projects like kitchen remodels and home remodels to find out what the top lighting brands are and what type of lighting fixtures you may like in your home.

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Important Advantages of Using Environmentally Responsible Lawn Care Products for Your Front Lawn

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When it comes to the home life experience, one of the things that most homeowners consider the most important factor is the fact that they have complete control over every element of their home life. If you own a home, you can make any changes you want and any additions and alterations you require to ensure that your home life remains the kind that you expect. Decoration and furniture and appliances form quite a large part of the experience, but there are times when homeowners might forget that the exterior parts of their homes are equally important as the interior parts. If properly taken care of, home exteriors can serve as an integral part of your home that you can use to spend time in, whether engaging in leisure or specific outdoor activities. You can also use your home exterior to socialize a Continue reading

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