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If you are on the market for purchasing a new home, you may want to read our important tips!


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When you are on the market for a new household there are so many, countless things to consider. First, you start thinking about the location. Should it be close to your job or maybe close to the child’s school or just downtown to go shopping within a walking distance of two minutes or so? Secondly, the kind and the price of the lodging must be taken into account. Would an apartment be the finest fit or should you venture for a house in the suburbs? Also, will you need a loan to make ends meet or may you just go straight ahead and buy one less expensive without having to finance it? All of these thoughts would be spinning around your head and they will for sure cause you headache and insomnia may become a “good” friend of yours for a while.

Fully, Partially Furnished or Unfurnished

Another factor that can’t be overlooked is whether the apartment, house, villa etc. will be fully equipped with appliances and most importantly furniture. That is to say, are you going to choose on purpose an empty building so as to decorate it according to your personal taste or by hiring an interior designer or will you go for a fully furnished and cozy home so as not to fuss around too much wasting valuable time looking for this and that? Well, whatever you opt for, I’ll give you some advice that hopefully will make your life easier.

Pay Attention to the Details

Well, OK, we all know that a beautiful, large and practical kitchen table is a must and has to be chosen after exhaustive thinking. Besides, that’s where we eat, discuss our problems with family or even read or study at times. Apart from that, nice and effective appliances have to be selected all around the place so as not to spend a fortune on electricity and of course these devices should make our life easier and unpretentious. Beds, most of the times, are chosen after weeks of window shopping, Internet search and even trying actual mattresses and dimensions! But what about the curtains, the color of the walls or even bedside tables? “What about them?” you may ask. In effect, you shouldn’t just ignore or underestimate their aesthetics and practicality because at the end of the day that will be your house for the years to follow and an ideal atmosphere and feeling is more than vital. High quality fabric drapes will make a difference as well as different shades in each room. And how about bedside tables made of mirrored glass or in a vintage style made of oak wood? Yeah, I know that you had been unaware of their existence up until now, but you can actually take a close look at them just by a simple online search.

Ending Contemplations

I know that moving out of your house or buying a new home is not the easiest or most hassle-free procedure in the world. I’ve been in such a condition more than once and I realize your feelings of helplessness since it’s your turn now. However, there is no need to worry and get lose your nerve. Accurate and beforehand planning is the key to success during the selection process. Thus, don’t forget to reflect meticulously about everything, even bedside tables!! At the end of the day, you would be feeling grateful that you came across that advice given by that –I don’t remember his name- Internet guy! For smart furniture shopping visit https://my-furniture.com.au

P.S. Do not let estate agents carry you away by making you decide right on the spot. It’s your wallet and your option to say no if you don’t fancy anything.

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Guests are coming to visit for a night or longer, and you find yourself in a panic. You have taken a look at your guest space, and you are not thrilled with what you see. It is lackluster and unappealing. A den of snakes seems more welcoming at the moment. It is time to make some changes, but how do you begin to make your guests feel welcome in your home?


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Look at Your Whole House

When guests come to stay, they probably will not confine themselves to one bedroom. They are coming to visit you, after all. Unless you plan to stay in the guest area, you can expect them to be in other areas as well. Try to make your living spaces as comfortable and cozy as possible. A welcoming atmosphere in the living areas and kitchen will give your guests the indication that you are happy to have them with you.

Decorate Your Guest Space

Often the guest space is overlooked when decorating the home. Focus is shifted to personal areas and main rooms, and the guest room is forgotten until a guest is due to arrive. The prospect of decorating can be quite daunting especially if you have budgetary concerns. Decorating can be done in a simple and affordable manner with some thought and creativity.


Photo: SKD Studios

Dress the Bed

The first step to a warm, welcoming guest space is to make the bed an appealing focal point. Make it look comfortable. Fresh, clean linens are a must. Linens smell and feel better when they have been freshly laundered. A pretty comforter, bedspread or duvet will add visual appeal as well as a feeling of warmth.

Pillows give an impression of comfort, so consider adding some decorative pillows to the space. As a final touch, a throw or light blanket draped at the foot of the bed indicates to your guests that their warmth and comfort is important to you. It is also an easy way to add a splash of color to the space.

Provide Clothing Storage

When guests are staying long term, it is a nice gesture to give them somewhere to unpack. Perhaps there is space in the closet, or an attractive dresser they could use for their clothing or personal items. Even providing one or two drawers for them will make them feel more welcome in your home. Check out Furniture Standards for reviews on some of the best dressers available on Amazon right now.


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Little Gestures Make Big Impressions

Before your guests arrive, make a concerted effort to personalize the space they will call home while visiting with you. Consider placing a book or two on the dresser or night table for your friend who is an avid reader. A basket with shampoos and soaps are a nice touch and can prevent embarrassment if your guests forgot to bring their own. A small basket containing snacks and bottled water is a nice touch and keeps guests from rummaging through the pantry or refrigerator in the middle of the night. For the avid television enthusiast, you could consider providing a television in the room, so they feel free to choose their own programs at night. Learn a little about your guests’ habits and favorite activities and customize the little touches in the room to suit their tastes and needs.

A warm, inviting home epitomizes a guest-friendly atmosphere. Creating a welcoming guest space inside the home can be easy and budget friendly. Simply making the room comfortable is a good start. Adding thoughtful accessories will have your guests longing to return.

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SketchUp is a powerful modelling application that offers far more than the mix of features that are found in the conventional software that has been widely used for over two decades.

The application is designed to be highly flexible so that you can design anything from a small battery to a full city block without having to swap between different programs. When you can design everything in one place, you can afford to invest more into automating and optimizing your workflow to get more work done.

Given the broad range of tools that SketchUp includes, putting together a comprehensive list of all the application’s features would be impossible. Nevertheless, in this SketchUp guide, we managed to pick the top 10 techniques for using the functions and add-ons that make SketchUp one of the best modeling tools available. We have touched on a broad range of issues that are suitable for both basic users and advanced professionals. Let us know on social media how we did on this SketchUp tutorial so that we can continue to give you the best content possible!

1. Use Groups and Components to Organize Your Work

Many beginners struggle to use SketchUp because they fail to make effective use of groups and components when they first start. Groups and components are tools that let you edit subsections of your model without having to worry about messing up its overall structure. You can, then, use the SketchUp app to make modifications like you would if you were duplicating objects to avoid impacting the original model with potentially erroneous changes. The best part about SketchUp is that once you are satisfied with your work, you can also use groups and components to modify all copies of an element at the same time.

2. Make Use of SketchUp’s Object Library

Modeling software typically offers powerful tools, but it generally fails to include a library of base content to help you get started. Thankfully, SketchUp has added a robust warehouse of content that you can download from the internet. The library continues to grow as both SketchUp’s developers and members of the developer community add more objects. Some of the objects that exist include characters, shrubs, couches, and other everyday items. The objects are, of course, available for unrestricted use, and you can modify them completely.

3. Include Imagery from Google

One of the little-known facts about SketchUp is that Google purchased it over a decade ago in 2006. At the time, Google was investing heavily in satellite imagery since it knew that mapping software would have a massive impact on the future. When you use SketchUp, you can take advantage of all the functionality that Google built to import satellite maps and three-dimensional objects from Google Earth. Since content from Google Earth can be used with no copyright restrictions, this library can function as a logical starting point for advanced projects.

4. Make Use of the Follow-Me Tool

Creating advanced spheres is ordinarily difficult, but SketchUp makes creating these objects as easy as possible. All you must do is create two circles that intersect before turning one of the rings on its central axis to create a perfectly spherical object. To confirm your work, you can even use the SketchUp protractor tool to ensure that everything lines up with exact precision. Learning how to use the follow-me tool effectively can cut hours of modeling work down to just a few minutes.

5. Use Soap Skin and Bubble

One of the best add-ons for SketchUp is Soap Skin and Bubble. The plugin lets you turn flat surfaces into a mesh, but it also comes with a particular function that enables you to expand one side as if you are inflating a balloon. You can, then, inflate or deflate the object to create complex structures that can make your model look outstanding.

6. Take Advantage of Textures and Material Properties

SketchUp comes with a robust texture editor that lets you easily modify and create new textures without switching to different applications. Additionally, you can also edit material properties using SketchUp to make sure the planning of your textures look right from different angles and in high-contrast settings. The application even includes access to a free material library that offers metals, plastics, stone, and other common materials.

7. Explore Presentation Features

Professionals often use SketchUp for its unique animation features that are easy to use. However, the animation features are so usable that many architects and other designers use SketchUp to create interactive presentations that let clients quickly flip through sections of a model to make sense of it. You can, for instance, create an animation that pans the camera from one floor to the next inside a building that you are designing.

8. Take Advantage of Rendering Software

Although SketchUp lets you use expensive rendering tools from leading vendors, there are also several high-quality rendering tools that you do not have to pay for. You can, for instance, use Indigo Renderer as an alternative to 3DS Max or V-Ray. If the cost of rendering software is holding you back from starting to use SketchUp, make sure that you give SketchUp’s free rendering tools a try to see if they will work in your situation.

9. Organize Your Toolbar Effectively

You will get the most out of SketchUp’s available functionality when you stay highly organized. To use the hundreds of add-ons that it takes to speed up your workflow, take the time to learn how to use SketchUp’s “hide” and “selection” tools. Thereby, you can download every plugin you want without having to worry about turning your toolbar into a cluttered mess.

10. Learn More on the SketchUcation Forums

In this SketchUp guide, we were only able to cover 10 of the many essential tips. If you want to learn more, you can visit the SketchUcation forms to read high-quality posts and SketchUp tutorials from both experts and beginners. By learning from the community, you can quickly get up to speed on all SketchUp’s functionality so that you can start building the models of your dreams.

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Create your own unique decorating look by mixing old architecture and furniture with new, modern pieces. Here’s how to do this the right way!


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You may have heard from some period feature purist that mixing modern and old is sacrilege when it comes to making the most of historical features. However, mixing the new with the old can create a stamp to your home that is uniquely you. Renovating period features and laying down modern flooring and painting styles can really highlight design aspects of a historic home that keeping it in its former condition simply wouldn’t.

Get an Extension

If you’re currently residing in a Victorian terrace, for example, one of its historic features might be its unfortunate lack of space. Sometimes beautiful old terrace houses don’t quite have the square footage we’d hoped for, as they were initially designed for mining and factory communities who could only afford a two-up two-down property. If this is the case for your property, it could be well worth your while getting an extension to open it up and transform the look of the interior. This is particularly great if you’re looking to install patio doors or extra room for a dining room.

However, if the idea of going wide doesn’t appeal to you – then think upwards. You can also add an extension in the form of a loft conversion. Adding an extra level to your house frees up plenty of space, but without having to add an extra block of building that wasn’t previously there. Not only is it discreet, but you can play around with how the staircase is situated, and any wooden beams that could be brought into the design.

Contrast curtains with window frames

If you have beautiful double glazed sash windows, it’s a good idea to make the most of them – after all modern builds don’t come with these charming features. If you’re incorporating modern features into your house, but don’t want to lose focus of your windows, then putting modern curtains up can draw attention to where the light is coming in. Using single block colours, contemporary patters or slate greys will immediately give your home a modern twist in a way that compliments its older features.

Don’t be afraid to go industrial

Industrial styling is perhaps one of the most modern aesthetics you can go for. Steel and metal beams and structures will instantly add a contemporary touch. You will be surprised by just how elegant industrial structures can look: what makes them look part of the house is how they fit into the whole picture. Putting potted plants and ornaments on a metal shelf or putting steel structures amongst wooden ones will create a pleasant and eye-catching contrast, not an obtrusive one.

Mixing modern and old is almost as old as time itself. What constitutes as modern now, might change a few years down the line. This is why you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment – mixing up the two is more about the contrast than making a statement about today’s trends. Keep the features that stand out as being beautiful, and be brave with parts of your property that can be changed.

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Got too many collections and special items but do not like to let go of them or where to place them? We have a solution for you!

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There are various kinds of bookcases and shelves that are available on the market that is why many customers get a little confused. Having to choose between glass shelves or wood floating shelves which are both not created equal, we will not just identify which one is better than the other. Also, we will identify which one is better for you.

Such floating shelves help you in achieving a smooth and refined look that you will be proud to showcase, especially when home visitors arrive. Read on to help you decide.

Unbreaking glass shelves

Knowing which type of glass the shelves are made from is important. When considering buying shelves made from glass, you should check the glass if it is designed with a low chance of getting shattered or chipped easily. We know that most glasses will break once dropped. Another option is the tempered glass which is scratch-resistant and is less likely to get cracked. Take note that if the glass is strengthened by heat, it is twice as strong as that of a regular glass.

Plus, identify the shelf strength through the thickness. The thicker the glass, the stronger it gets. For example, a thick standard glass shelf is stronger than a thinner tempered glass shelf. The allowable weight to be put on the shelves has a rating provided for it.

Knocking on wood shelves

Did you know that not all wood shelves are actually made of real wood? A solid core of pressed cheaper wood or plywood called ‘engineered’ wood then covered with a finish, veneer or paint is what the wood shelves are made of. Cheaper than real wood and is made from recycled materials, these shelves are often light in weight and stronger in quality than the real wood. Still, having the most beautiful and rich colors from real wood shelves are more expensive.

Which one is better than the other?

When deciding between glass shelves and wood shelves, ask yourself first the following questions:

  1. What am I going to put on these shelves?

For heavy and/or large items to fill up the shelf, wood would be the better choice. Do not risk the strength of glass shelves with this case to make you worry less. For displaying your precious collection, glass shelves are recommended as it helps to highlight what is on display, adding aesthetic to your home.

  1. What specific area at home am I going to place these shelves?

If you are going to have the shelves in your kitchen, choose the glass one to easily clean the grease off. Kitchen cleaning products would not hurt the glass but will chew up wood. While if the shelves are going to be put in the bathroom, glass is also a good option for humidity and residue.

In your living room, wood would be a better choice to feel the warmth and inviting feeling than the cold and modern look of glass.

  1. Will these shelves be out of reach of children?

If the shelves can be accessible by children, beware of accidents to possibly happen. Kids might damage and/or shatter the glass shelf or worse, get cut by it.

  1. What lighting is available for the shelf?

In highlighting the contents of the shelves, lighting is an essential factor. It would be much better to see the spines of the book when placed on the shelves as well as for smaller items, glass shelves will give more visibility even those which are displayed towards the back of the lower shelves. Bookshelves help you to be able to decorate without taking up too much space. Not only this helps you get things in place but it also adds accent to your home. Whether it be glass or wood, take your time in choosing which one suits your preferences. Just a reminder, keep your things organized and make it in style.

Have you already decided if it going to be made of glass or wood material? Head on to the nearest store and shop for bookshelves now!

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A loan requirement is not restricted to the middle-income group. The high-income bracket also requires frequent loans. People that don’t earn a lot have a higher loan requirement, but find it difficult to obtain a loan due to their credit scores.

Though difficult, it is not impossible for them to get a loan. They can choose other means for a low salary personal loan. Such loans are different from personal loans in terms of their eligibility criteria, the tenure of payment and the rate of interest charged. If you are property planning and looking to invest, loans are a smart move to look into. The features of these loans are discussed below:

No Income Related Criteria

When your income levels are low, you are forced to look at other sources of obtaining a loan. Within a bank, you can get a loan against your fixed deposits and gold. The gold loan can also be availed from NBFCs, which would be willing to accept other valuables as collateral against a loan. These loans do not consider your income as a deciding factor for loan disbursal. In desperate times, when a loan is absolutely necessary turning to low-value loans is the safest option.

Requirement of Collateral

As mentioned in the previous point, collateral is required in order to process these loans. Either in the form of an FD, gold, property papers, or documents for some other assets that you might possess, the presence of collateral becomes vital. The amount you can receive as a loan is in proportion to the value of the collateral. This is required to provide security to the lending agencies from defaulters. If a situation arises that the borrower is unable to pay the money, the agency is secure against a loss and will take over the collateral.

Higher Rates of Interest

The rate of interest varies depending on the collateral selected. If an FD is chosen as the collateral, the rate charged is only a little higher than what a bank would provide you with. In the case of gold, the interest generally ranges between 10-14% depending on the amount of money being borrowed. When a loan is being availed from NBFCs, you should be prepared to pay a hefty interest amount (about 14-20%), but this is completely dependent on the organization.

Choice of Tenure

You can choose to pay the loan quickly or you can decide to opt for a longer tenure depending on your capability. Though there is an upper limit to the length of the tenure, you can close the loan as soon as you wish without being subjected to any penalties. Consider a scenario when an expected payment is delayed and you have a pressing requirement for the day. You can take a loan and close it as soon as that expected payment comes in. This way you have effectively used a loan without over-paying.

It is possible to get a collateral free low salary personal loan from fintech organizations such as MoneyTap, which offer you low-value loans with interest charged only on the amount that you actually withdraw from the fund. The process of application is easy to understand and seamless, making it a pleasurable experience for you.

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Active life communities are becoming more popular as early retirees look for new homes in places where they can remain active!

Rather than going part-time, or down the consultant route and staying home while the neighbours are all at work, these communities tend to be populated by people who still want to be active and engage with life on a daily basis.

Is Moving to an Active Life Community Right for You?

What will shock you if you hit up some tourist spots during the week when there’s no national holiday is that national parks and other venues are virtually empty. While many people have plans to travel after they retire, most find they prefer the comfort of their own home. However, it’s a bad compromise because they still feel a sense of adventure and wish to be physically active and involved but lack an appropriate outlet.

When having more time on your hands, but not being an octogenarian yet (try in thirty years), it presents a real dilemma. Most everyone you know is still working! So, if you want to have people around with free time – not sparingly just on the weekends – an active life community could be appropriate. If a nearby 18-hole golf course, a nearby swimming pool or tennis courts to play a game of doubles appeals, then you’re on the right track.

What Sort of Properties Make Sense?

New single-family homes or condos are very suitable within these types of adult lifestyle communities. They present the fewest problems with repairs and maintenance which would otherwise sap away free time to enjoy yourself. After all, the last thing you want is to be stuck indoors fixing heating issues or repairing leaking pipes.

Another way to go is with a new build in an existing community. Look to see if they can use heat recovery units which redistribute generated heat throughout the home by capturing it before it rises to the roof and is lost forever. These types of ventilation systems like the ones with Nuaire MVHR systems (https://www.bpcventilation.com/heat-recovery/heat-recovery-units/nuaire-mvhr) are very effective in keeping heating bills down in the colder months. This leaves more of your budget available to have fun.

Free Up Your Time

When getting older, you don’t want to use up your energy with endless chores. Having access to many of the daily requirements virtually on your doorstep makes life easier. This allows you to get more involved in community activities, spend time on shared hobbies or aid local charities by donating your free time.

Organizing trips to see different art galleries, museums of interest or plays at a local theatre is simpler to do when the people living nearby aren’t burdened with working virtually 24-7. Also, people who live in the area because they want to be more involved are more than likely to say yes.

Once you learn about active life communities, it either makes sense to you or it doesn’t. When it does, a new, better life awaits that’s filled with entertaining things to do with new friends.

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Is your boiler not working as it should? From unusual noises to low pressure, there are several problems that frequently affect residential boilers!

While many of these problems can be fixed by making a few minor adjustments to your boiler’s settings, others can require more complex boiler repairs. Below, we’ve listed five common boiler problems that affect UK homeowners, as well as the most effective ways to fix them.

Unusual noises from your boiler

The hot water inside your boiler can interact with the materials used in the boiler’s construction over the course of months or years, leading to the buildup of limescale. This can result in your boiler making loud, noticeable banging, bubbling and “kettling” noises.

In order to six this problem, you’ll need to have your boiler’s contents flushed out. This helps to remove the built-up limescale, giving your boiler a cleaner interior that’s less likely to produce any unwanted noise.

Cold areas in your radiators

Over time, it’s far from uncommon for cold areas to develop in your radiators. This is usually the result of air and sludge building up inside the radiator, which can prevent hot water from flowing into certain parts of the radiator.

Most of the time, this can be fixed by bleeding your radiator, removing any trapped sludge and air that could be affecting circulation.

Switched off pilot light

Every boiler contains a pilot light — a small, blue flame that stays lit underneath your boiler at all times, even when the boiler isn’t in use. If your home’s gas supply switches off, or a wind blows through the area in which your boiler is installed, it’s possible for this pilot light to switch off.

Luckily, this is a quick and easy repair. If you’re comfortable doing so, you can use your boiler’s instruction manual to relight the pilot light by yourself. If you prefer not to do it yourself, you can also call in a Gas Safe engineer to relight the pilot light and get your boiler working again.

Drips, leaks and water damage

Over time, it’s possible for your boiler to develop one or several leaks, creating the possibility of water damage to your home. Leaks rarely occur in the tank itself — instead, they typically develop in the pipes that run to and from your boiler. Even a small leak can cause significant damage over time as water penetrates into your home’s walls, flooring and other building materials.

The best way to eliminate leaks is to regularly check the area around your boiler for moisture. If you spot any dampness that could indicate a leak, call in the experts as soon as possible to get it checked and, if necessary, repaired.

Low temperatures and lukewarm water

If your home never seems to reach the same temperature as your boiler’s thermostat, or your hot water is lukewarm at best even after running your boiler for hours, it could be an indicator that the thermostat isn’t totally accurate.

Just like the problems listed above, this is usually an easy fix. If your thermostat is adjustable, you can try adjusting it to better record your home’s temperature. If not, try replacing it with a newer, more accurate thermostat for better heating and hot water.

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Do you have continuous problems with your HVAC system? Here are some common mistakes that occur during installation and some easy ways to fix them!

Ideally, you never think about your heating and cooling systems; they should be there when you need them. However, too many homeowners continue to battle with their HVAC systems — they run too much or too little, they make too much noise, they continuously break down and more. If you have always suffered under HVAC struggles, your problem might be the result of improper installation. Read on to find out the most common installation mistakes that cost you money — and how to fix them fast.

Leaky Ducts

By area, ductwork is by far the largest component of your HVAC system. That means there is a lot of space for something to go wrong. The most common problem in ductwork is leaks — and this also happens to be the most common cause of wasted energy. That’s because your HVAC system has to work harder to push air of the right temperature into the corners of your home. Worse, leaks are difficult to detect, and the symptoms are different depending on where in the system the leak occurs.

Leaks on the supply side, or the side that pushes conditioned air into your home, are perhaps the easiest to understand. This leakage results in heated or cooled air blowing into spaces that don’t need it, like your attic, your basement or your yard. Not only are you paying extra to condition air going into spaces you don’t use, but your system must work even harder to bring your home to the correct temperature.

Meanwhile, leaks on the return side, or the side that sucks air into the HVAC, mean that your HVAC is pulling more air from the attic than it is from your home. This doesn’t just impact the temperature of the air; it also builds up positive pressure, which pushes your conditioned air outside through gaps in windows and doors.

Fortunately, leaks are relatively easy to fix once they are discovered. If you rely on your HVAC year round, like residents of Washington D.C., you might want HVAC contractors to inspect your ductwork regularly to be certain you don’t have costly leaks.

Wrong Size

Obviously, if an HVAC system is too small for a home, it will need to work extra long and hard to maintain the right temperature, Whenever you add square footage to your home, you should ask an expert whether or not you need to upgrade your HVAC to accommodate the addition.

However, what many homeowners fail to realize is that HVACs can be too large, too. Most often, this happens when builders are rushing to finish a construction process and guess or improperly measure the home, but some contractors choose to install larger-than-necessary HVAC units or ducts to squeeze extra money out of homeowners or to attract homebuyers who don’t understand the difference. The larger an HVAC system, the more energy it will pull, meaning you will be paying more for heating and cooling than you need to. It is possible to downsize to a smaller system, especially if your HVAC is brand-new.

Poor Flow

Energy Star, the program that measures the efficiency of buildings, systems and appliances, states that without the perfect amount of airflow, no HVAC system will function effectively. Unfortunately, as with the size of an HVAC system, the ideal amount of airflow depends on the size and layout of your house. The main symptom of poor airflow are rooms of noticeably differing temperatures, especially when doors and dampers are wide-open and window coverings are shut. However, you can also purchase an air flow meter to better understand how air is moving around your home.

The best solution is, once again, to hire a professional, who will balance your air flow by calculating how much air each room needs and modifying your HVAC system appropriately. However, you can make small adjustments to air flow by adjusting dampers in rooms with too much air flow and using branch dampers inside your ductwork. However, going into your ducts does introduce the possibility of creating leaks, so professional service is strongly advised.

Improper Charge

No, you don’t need to charge your HVAC the way you charge your phone — but you do need to charge the refrigerant inside your air conditioner. Charge is used to describe the type and mass of refrigerant; over time, your HVAC will likely lose some amount of its charge, and in doing so, it loses efficiency in operation. However, it’s possible that when your A/C unit was installed, it was never properly charged Again, the right charge for your system depends on many factors, so it’s best to speak to an expert about what type of refrigerant your HVAC uses, what the charge should be and how to check it.

Since it is such a significant part of your home, you should spare few expenses to keep your HVAC up and running properly. To reduce inefficiency and enjoy the right interior temperature at all times, call an HVAC professional today.

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Buying a sofa is an investment, making it important that you spend your money on something that’s built to last. The average sofa lasts for seven to 15 years. However, by buying smart, it’s possible to extend the average lifespan of your sofa to several decades or longer.

While it’s easy to find inexpensive sofas, finding something of quality is far more difficult. From low-cost furniture brands like Ikea to discount retailers, the furniture industry is often dominated by brands that prioritise cost over durability, build quality and materials.

Luckily, it’s still possible to weed out low quality furniture and focus on sofas that are built to last using a few simple tactics. Below, we’ve listed three signs of quality that you can use to identify a high quality sofa, all while ignoring options that aren’t suitable for your home.

A durable, well-made frame

The frame is to your sofa what the chassis is to your car — an essential platform on which the design and surface of the furniture is built. To last for decades, a sofa needs to have a strong, durable frame that can tolerate the wear and tear of day to day use.

Low-cost sofas typically have thin wooden frames, limiting their strength and making it far more likely for the sofa to get damaged over time. Quality sofas, on the other hand, tend to use metal or preferrably hardwood timber as a frame material.

When you’re comparing sofas, make sure to look at the frame material. While metal frames are okay, you’ll generally get the longest life out of sofas made from hardwood timber, which is more capable of withstanding the stress of regular use.

High quality upholstery materials

Sofas are available in a huge range of fabrics, from simple cotton to a massive range of different leathers. Just like low quality fabric can affect the comfort of clothing, the wrong fabric can affect the level of comfort and enjoyment you get from your sofa.

While there’s no “best” fabric for every sofa, there are some fabrics that appear more frequently in recommended lists than others. For simplicity and easy cleaning, a high-thread-count cotton can be a great choice; for luxury, it’s tough to beat a soft, full grain leather sofa.

Ultimately, upholstery fabrics are a matter of taste as much as quality. Real Homes has a great guide to sofa fabrics that goes into more detail on the strengths and weaknesses of a range of different options, covering everything from patterns to pet-friendly materials.

Attention to detail 

Focusing on attention to detail can help you separate high quality, durable sofas from low-cost, lower quality options that aren’t worth considering. Here’s why. If a sofa has bad stitching, torn fabric or other visually obvious issues that you can spot on your own, there’s a good chance that it also has other issues — potentially serious ones — that aren’t as easy to spot.

When you’re comparing sofas, take a look at the minor details. From the tufts of a Chesterfield sofa to the piped edges of a Tuxedo sofa, take a look at the quality of the minor details — they’ll often tell you far more about a sofa’s overall level of quality than you’d initially think.

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