Home & Kitchen – SaveDelete https://savedelete.com Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:51:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.1 Do you need an air purifier in your home? Do Air Purifiers Really Work? https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/do-you-need-an-air-purifier-in-your-home-do-air-purifiers-really-work/253808/ https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/do-you-need-an-air-purifier-in-your-home-do-air-purifiers-really-work/253808/#respond Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:51:40 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=253808 air purifier

Thanks to air pollution, many particles ranging from dust to harmful gases get to the air we breathe and eventually end up in our lungs. The effects of constantly breathing impurities often catch up sooner or later. Sooner, when you get that flu from bacteria or later, by developing respiratory complications associated with breathing in […]

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Thanks to air pollution, many particles ranging from dust to harmful gases get to the air we breathe and eventually end up in our lungs. The effects of constantly breathing impurities often catch up sooner or later. Sooner, when you get that flu from bacteria or later, by developing respiratory complications associated with breathing in various pollutants. This is where air purifiers come in.

 Simply put, these are devices that remove impurities from the air allowing you to breathe cleaner, healthier air. How do they do this? Different purifiers use different technologies to clean up the air around us. In order to answer this question, we have to look at the different types of air purifier.

Types of Air Purifiers  

Do Air Purifiers really work? The short answer is Yes!

Below you will find most popular types of technology air purifiers we use to clean the air.

Each type has its own pros and cons, which is why an air purifier may use more than one technology.

Filter Air Purifiers, Including Purifiers with HEPA Filters

A filter air purifier works by moving air through a filter and capturing particles smaller than a certain size.

Air purifiers with HEPA filters are the most popular best rated air purifiers on the market.

The letters HEPA stand for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. According to the United States Department of Energy, a HEPA filter needs to remove from the air at least 99.97% of particles that are 0.3 microns in diameter.

HEPA filters catch elements including mold, bacteria, and chemicals. And they do not generate any harmful byproducts, including ozone gas. 

Attention: HEPA-like is not the same as HEPA

A manufacturer can’t claim a device has a HEPA filter if the filter does not correspond to the government standards. For this reason, there are a lot of products on the market with labels “HEPA-type,” “HEPA-style” and so on.

HEPA Air filters do not remove odors or gases. For this reason, many manufacturers create air purifiers that use a combination of a HEPA filter and activated carbon.

Air Purifiers with UV Technology

Air purifiers with UV technology have a UV lamp installed inside. As the air passes through the purifier, the UV lamp kills bacteria and viruses.

One of the issues with UV technology is that it doesn’t do anything to airborne pollutants such as tobacco smoke. That is why air purifiers that use UV technology typically have a filter.

UV rays can turn oxygen and water into ozone gas, which can be a harmful pollutant. A good UV air purifier minimizes the creation of ozone and other harmful substances.

Air Purifiers with Activated Carbon Filters

Activated carbon or charcoal filters have an extremely large absorption area, which makes them great for capturing chemicals and gases such as tobacco smoke, emissions, and odors.

A gram of activated carbon filter has a surface area that exceeds 30,000 square feet. Such filters have a lot of small pores that do an excellent job of trapping gas molecules.

Air Purifiers with Negative Ion Technology

Air purifiers with negative ion technology use electricity to charge the molecules of air. Negative ions are particles with one or several added electrons. Such particles attract airborne particles including pollen and dust by using an effect that works like static electricity. At a certain point, the newly formed particles become too heavy to stay in the air and fall onto windows, walls or floors.

While this technology does sound advanced, it has proven to clean the air less effectively compared to other types of air purification methods. It simply moves them from one place to another in a room.

Ozone Air Purifiers

Ozone air purifiers intentionally produce ozone gas, which can be harmful to your health. Exposure to ozone can cause an asthma attack or scar the lungs.

As a result, many government agencies do not recommend using ozone-generating machines.

We also have a very long article about how air purifiers work.

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Welcome to 2020: Interior Colours that inspire https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/welcome-to-2020-interior-colours-that-inspire/251952/ https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/welcome-to-2020-interior-colours-that-inspire/251952/#respond Mon, 09 Dec 2019 16:50:01 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=251952 Interior designer

2020 will bring the freedom to use colours in any creative way possible. Interior experts across the world agree that the following year will be a year of experiments, daring colour choices and mixtures in many peoples’ homes. Have you noticed white room walls in many of your friends’ households? Then prepare to see changes: […]

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2020 will bring the freedom to use colours in any creative way possible. Interior experts across the world agree that the following year will be a year of experiments, daring colour choices and mixtures in many peoples’ homes. Have you noticed white room walls in many of your friends’ households?

Then prepare to see changes: they are soon to be dyed by bright, colourful shades reflecting personality and temper. In 2019, the colour of the year was Coral and before it, in 2018, Pantone Colour Institute announced the shade of Ultraviolet. Now, all the attention goes to 2020 – what shades will colour the IKEA chair coversand other our most beloved furniture? Let’s take a look!

Bringing nature inside

The modern lifestyle of working eight or even more hours per day in cramped, packed with people indoor offices,  coloured in white or other neutral shades make people long for outdoors. Also, the rising trend of the mindfulness and naturalism contributes to the desire to live an eco-friendly way of living and strengthen the connection to nature. The colour green is the symbol of it all – in the form of plants, paint, furniture, and various textile, varying from IKEA chair covers to cosy cushions and rugs.

Important here is to emphasize the dark shade of the colour. In 2020, the green is that of the colour of pine, of an early Autumn‘s grass, of a forest full of birches – it‘s an imperial, velvet soft dark green. For those preferring to play with different tones of green, the choices can be sage green and neo-mint. If you‘re a fan of Neo-Retro style, you‘ll love it!

Pink comes back in a flash

With the name of “millennial rose“, colour‘s traces from the 2016 and 2017 remain in 2019 as well as in 2020. Noticed by many, IKEA autumn/winter 2020 catalogue, including IKEA chair covers and other home accessories, is filled with pink tones and shades. Most probably, one of the reasons pink still holds the throne is its capabilities to soften and give elegance to every detail.

Keep your pinky things from the last two years at home! Even better, combine them with other following year‘s trends like green, dark yellow or dense blue. We assure, your home will resemble a well-matched masterpiece!

Discreet and warm yellow

Even though yellow does not conquer the catalogues of winter 2019/2020, it remains present, discreetly warming up the interior. Especially those of walleye, ochre and mustard tones. Choosing mustard yellow IKEA chair covers or sofa covers will match well with the 2020 trend. The colour can be very well combined with pink, grey or blue – put a yellow carpet near a grey sofa and the effect will be marvellous!

Imagine, boho look mustard yellow carpet, blue pillow on the bed, a golden yellow wall or table lamp and cashmere  IKEA cover – it‘s a combination of the winner bedroom 2020!

Forecast charts present blue

Even though blue was thought to be losing its momentum, there are signals (like blue IKEA chair covers in 2020 winter catalogue) that it‘s not leaving the trend‘s list in 2020. In fact, Canadian paint brand Behr has chosen blue as the colour of the year in 2019 while well known American brand PPG Paints announced blue Chinese porcelain as the colour of 2020. The porcelain stands out because of its orchid blue and purple hue paintings and they are said to give depth to every room.

More importantly, pale blue is associated with global warming, because it is the colour of the dead coral. Knowing the relevance of the topic across the world, it is highly possible for blue to become the symbol of awareness and a hurtful loss. Moreover, the Scandinavian interior holding the highest position in today‘s interior, blue is the dominant colour for sure.

Thinking about night blue shades on your IKEA chair covers? That might be a great idea! The colours that are little by little rising to the surface of 2020 remind about not being afraid to use different, personality expressing tones and shades in any room‘s design.

Forget the clean, white, often even sterile environment – use more creative ideas and create a cosy, warm and welcoming home. Minimalism driven by mindfulness and naturalism is not about dyeing everything in one or two colours, it‘s about a tasteful combination of many of them.

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Water Filtration Vacuum Cleaners: All You Need To Know https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/water-filtration-vacuum-cleaners-all-you-need-to-know/248890/ https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/water-filtration-vacuum-cleaners-all-you-need-to-know/248890/#respond Wed, 04 Dec 2019 01:21:49 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=248890 Reverse osmosis, water cleaning filter

When it comes to popularity, water filter vacuum cleaners, also known as water filtration vacuum cleaners, are becoming a major trend among homeowners. They are becoming serious competition to regular vacuum cleaners owing to their inherent features and advantages. In case you haven’t heard about it and don’t know its benefits, then this article will […]

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When it comes to popularity, water filter vacuum cleaners, also known as water filtration vacuum cleaners, are becoming a major trend among homeowners. They are becoming serious competition to regular vacuum cleaners owing to their inherent features and advantages. In case you haven’t heard about it and don’t know its benefits, then this article will provide you with all the necessary details regarding water filtration vacuum cleaners. So, let’s begin.

What are Water Filtration Vacuum Cleaners and Difference with Traditional Vacuum Cleaners

In order to be fair, while there are few differences between traditional or conventional vacuum cleaners and water filtration vacuum cleaners, both perform the same job roughly. In essence, these items utilize air suction in order to suck up dirt right from the floor. However, the main difference is in their filtration system. In case of traditional vacuum cleaner, it sucks up the dirt and utilizes a filter(s) in order to take particles out of the air. Also, they can use dirt bins or bags to collect the debris until the user is ready to empty or throw it away, specifically in case of a disposable bag. However, the clean air, after filtration, is then propelled out of the vacuum’s back. 

In case of water filtration vacuum cleaner, it utilizes water in spite of a manmade filter, in order to filter out dirt as well as debris. Simply putting, the dirt along with the dust is sucked up with the traditional air suction but in place of physical filter or a bag, everything gets filtered using water. Such vacuums have specialized water compartments which absorb the dirt being actually sucked up. As more amount of dirt gets sucked up, the actual water becomes quite dirty, which means the vacuum is working. A lot of people like water filtration vacuum cleaner as they tend to filter out all the debris better and the air which comes out of them is very clean, free of pathogens and free of debris too. 

Features of Water Filtration Vacuum Cleaners

Water vacuums provide specific advantages over conventional models. They can handle wet messes, remove lots of bacteria as well as airborne pathogens and pump out clear and extra clean air. It does an excellent job when it comes to filtering out virtually anything out of the air that leads to better air quality in comparison to a regular vacuum. However, a traditional vacuum with better filtration or HEPA filtration vacuum cleaner, which is effective at removing allergens, is available in the market.

PROS

1. Water filtration vacuums can easily get rid of wet messes which make them quite versatile as well as convenient for a wide range of applications.

2. They do a great job at filtering the air, quite better than the conventional vacuums. 

3. In these vacuums, almost everything gets easily trapped within the water compartment that acts as a filter. It removes almost all of the debris, dust, dirt, bacteria and other pathogens from the air. It does a pretty great job when it comes to air filtration, especially due to the use of water pressure to eliminate bacteria, viruses and allergens.

4. They are quite energy efficient in comparison to conventional vacuums. It means a lower power bill.

CONS

1. Since water is heavy, hence these filtration vacuums are quite big as well as heavy. They require a large compartment for the water to store that automatically means that they are certainly quite bigger as well as heavier than the conventional ones. Even though the water does a fine job in terms of filtration, the entire size and weight differences are quite substantial. It certainly makes the water vacuums quite tiring to use and very hard to manoeuvre. 

2. The water in these vacuums gets quite dirty pretty quickly, and you need to replace the water whenever it gets dirty continually. This is different from a conventional vacuum cleaner where the filter only has to be cleaned every so often, or just a bag vacuum where you can simply put in a new bag after the old bag is full. 

3. Even though water vacuums are quite effective at their job, they are quite expensive in comparison to regular vacuums. 

CONCLUSION

There isn’t an iota of doubt that water filtration vacuum cleaners perform a way better job when it comes down to cleaning the floors that traditional or conventional vacuums. Also, they do a great job at filtering out the air which they actually process quite well. Being said that, it is important to know that they aren’t easily manoeuvrable and they certainly cost a lot more than the conventional vacuums. However, in case you have an additional amount of money to invest and wish to get clean air without pathogens, bacteria and viruses, you should certainly go with the water filtration vacuum cleaners. 

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HVAC Preventative Maintenance Keeping Your HVAC System Running https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/hvac-preventative-maintenance-keeping-your-hvac-system-running/248832/ https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/hvac-preventative-maintenance-keeping-your-hvac-system-running/248832/#respond Tue, 03 Dec 2019 17:25:32 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=248832 Air vent on the ceiling

When is the last time you had your HVAC system serviced? If you answered never or the last time it broke, you might want to consider a preventative maintenance plan. The reasons are simple. Preventative maintenance stops most HVAC problems before they cost you exorbitant amounts of money in the form of higher energy bills, […]

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When is the last time you had your HVAC system serviced? If you answered never or the last time it broke, you might want to consider a preventative maintenance plan. The reasons are simple. Preventative maintenance stops most HVAC problems before they cost you exorbitant amounts of money in the form of higher energy bills, frequent breakdowns and the need to replace your heating and cooling equipment sooner than expected.

Understanding Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is maintenance that is performed on a regular schedule, regardless of how well the system is functioning. Preventative maintenance typically includes annual inspections and cleanings of the unit. These inspections are designed to catch worn parts, leaks, corrosion and other types of damage before it results in your heating and cooling equipment breaking down.

Maintenance that is performed when your HVAC system malfunctions are called reactive maintenance, which is not recommended by HVAC contractors because it can decrease the expected useful life of your HVAC equipment and leave you without warm or cool air, depending on the season. Not to mention, repair bills for reactive maintenance are often much higher than those for preventative maintenance.

Reasons to Choose Preventative HVAC Maintenance

If you want to maximize the useful life of your heating and cooling equipment, prevent high repair bills, maintain your energy-efficiency and keep your home’s interior comfortable for you and your family, we recommend choosing a comprehensive preventative maintenance plan that you can count on to find minor problems before they become major problems.

Maintain Energy Efficiency

When your HVAC system was designed, it was given an energy-efficiency rating. For air conditioners, this rating is indicated by the SEER number, and the higher the SEER, the more energy-efficient the unit. Furnaces are given a rating designated by AFUE, and it is typically designated by a percentage, like 80 or 90 percent. If your furnace is 90 percent efficient, it means that only 10 percent of the fuel is wasted and not converted into heat.

In order to maintain your unit’s energy-efficiency rating and avoid higher than normal winter heating bills and summer cooling bills, it is recommended that you have certain components checked and replaced at regular intervals. The most frequently replaced component on your HVAC system is the air filter, but occasionally, you may also need to replace your thermostat, certain belts, fans and motors, and for your air conditioner, you’ll need to have the coolant levels checked and filled and the copper coils checked for leaks and corrosion.

Fewer Breakdowns and Repair Bills

HVAC systems work as cohesive units. This means that when one part starts to show excessive wear, it can affect other parts of the system. For example, if you fail to replace your air filter at regular intervals, it can become clogged, reducing the amount of air flowing through your system. To compensate, the system will work harder and longer in order to reach your thermostat setting. If this is occurring, you’ll notice that your system stays on longer and that there is reduced airflow through the registers. Your unit may even fail to reach your desired thermostat setting. HVAC companies like Allred HVAC Auburn recommend replacing your HVAC filters every 3 to 6 months.

Improved Indoor Air Quality

If you have indoor allergies, failing to maintain your HVAC system could result in increased sinus pressure and congestion, especially if you smoke or have pets. For individuals with lung illnesses, like asthma and COPD, they could experience worsened and more frequent symptoms. This is because tobacco smoke and pet dander are sucked into your unit, and without regular cleaning of the unit and changing of the air filter, the dust, dirt, pollen and other bits of particulate matter can get sucked through the filter and pumped back into your home’s indoor air. Not to mention, your air ducts will become filthy. Preventative maintenance helps keep your indoor air clean by ensuring that the unit is cleaned and your air filter is replaced at regular intervals.

Less Frequent HVAC Replacements

Most HVAC systems are designed to last between 20 and 25 years. If you fail to perform preventative maintenance, you could start experiencing frequent repairs in as little as one to two years. This includes having to replace air conditioner coils, fans, blower motors, heat exchangers and even the entire outdoor unit of your air conditioner. Not to mention, your HVAC system may only last 10 to 15 years instead of its full expected useful lifespan of 25 years.

You May Void Your HVAC System’s Warranty

New heating and cooling systems typically come with warranties that require a certain amount of preventative maintenance in order to maintain the validity of the warranty. Failing to get yearly maintenance can render your warranty void, meaning that if a defect is found, you’ll have to pay for it out of your own finances.

To learn more about our HVAC preventative maintenance plans and to choose the right one for your heating and cooling equipment, give us a call today.

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Find Out How To Win Your “Energy Battle” https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/find-out-how-to-win-your-energy-battle/248040/ https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/find-out-how-to-win-your-energy-battle/248040/#respond Mon, 02 Dec 2019 11:49:34 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=248040 vampire

In many countries, energy is one of the biggest annual costs. If you don’t want to overpay for electricity, learn a few tricks. It will not only help you to save some money, but it will also benefit the environment. Here is a list of things that can help you to cut down your average […]

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In many countries, energy is one of the biggest annual costs. If you don’t want to overpay for electricity, learn a few tricks. It will not only help you to save some money, but it will also benefit the environment.

Here is a list of things that can help you to cut down your average electricity bill:

Install a thermostat

You don’t have to leave your heater on all the time. Before winter comes, consider installing a smart thermostat. You will have a chance to control the heat in the rooms while being out. For instance, it will allow you to turn on the heating system one hour before you come back home. All you have to do is to connect your phone to the house system!

Also, you will be able to keep warm only the rooms you use.

Use your washing machine in a smart way

Use your washing machine only once it’s full. Also, consider washing your clothes at 30 degrees rather than 60 or 40 degrees. This little change can help you to lower your electric bill significantly. You will see it yourself once you get the annual bill.

Use solar energy

The solar system is quite costly. On the other hand, it can help you save tons of money in the long run. You will finally be able to stop buying energy from your retailers. Moreover, you will also help to reduce America’s dependence on foreign energy!

Also, the solar panels system can increase the value of your house and help to save the environment by lowering your carbon footprint.

Other than that, read power reviews and learn more about Vampire Power in the infographic below (winning a battle is easier than you thought!):

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DIY: How to Fix Your Fence https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/diy-how-to-fix-your-fence/245846/ https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/diy-how-to-fix-your-fence/245846/#respond Thu, 28 Nov 2019 11:05:30 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=245846 Fence

A fence helps to ensure that strangers don’t access your home without your knowledge or permission. It also gives you a sense of privacy when you are hosting guests in your garden. Besides that, a wooden fence comes in handy when you want to tame your pets and keep those of your neighbors at bay. […]

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A fence helps to ensure that strangers don’t access your home without your knowledge or permission. It also gives you a sense of privacy when you are hosting guests in your garden. Besides that, a wooden fence comes in handy when you want to tame your pets and keep those of your neighbors at bay.

Since installing a brand new fence is an expensive affair, it’s recommended that you repair your current one if at all possible as it will not cost you much to do so. In fact, you will only spend money on buying new poles, rails and boards. However, it is common that a fence will wear out when they are exposed to extreme weather conditions such as snow, rain or strong winds. A fence can also become weak if it has been infested by pests. When pests invade either the rails or the posts, the entire fence will eventually lean on one side which may cause it to collapse.

Having a damaged fence is as bad as not having one at all because it provides a false sense of security. Here is a list of tips that can guide you when repairing the fence of your home.

1. Inspect the Fence

As mentioned earlier, a fence takes all the punishment that’s directed towards your home by mother nature. Fortunately, the damages take place gradually if the weather is not too bad in your area. But the damange can still be hard to notice if you don’t inspect your fence on a regular basis. By rule of thumb, you should inspect your fence at least once per week so that if you find a minor flaw, you can easily repair it before it becomes a problem. This helps in ensuring that you are able to spot damages at an early stage and prevent them from spreading or becoming larger over time. In fact, damages usually start in one area and spread to other parts when you don’t act immediately. This can be a costly mistake.

Once you notice that your fence is no longer as strong as it used to be, you should find out whether it’s poles, rails or boards that need to be fixed. The advantage of these regular inspections is that they help you in budgeting for repairs. At the end of it all, you want to buy the exact amount of fencing materials. You should therefore count the number of poles, rails and boards that need to be replaced.

2. Get the Right Tools

Having the right set of tools makes the job of repairing a fence to be less cumbersome. As a matter of fact, you can fix fixing a fence in a couple of hours when you have all the necessary tools. For a start, you will need a claw hammer for pulling out nails from damaged poles andrails.

The same hammer comes in handy when you want to drive nails through wooden surfaces. It’s also important you get a fence post driver. Having such equipment makes it easier to install poles on the ground. Since you will need to measure the replacement planks and poles, it’s recommended you keep a tape measure and a spirit level by your side.

3. Treat the Wood and Install

Before you replace parts of a damaged fence, it’s advisable you treat the wood with a preservative solution. The solution discourages pests such as rodents and termites from feasting on the wood. In fact, the preservative should be applied even on the old rails and posts to prevent the damage from spreading. The treated poles, boards and rails should be installed after 20 minutes to allow preservative to be absorbed by wood.

If a pole is wobbling, you should pull it out by digging the soil around it using a shovel. You should then dig a new hole, put the tip of the pole inside and fill it with soil. For best results, you should compress the soil by stepping on it with your feet. If either of the 2×4 rails is broken, you should remove it and install a new one. You should do the same thing when fixing split wooden boards.

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What are Your Options During a Home Emergency https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/what-are-your-options-during-a-home-emergency/245833/ https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/what-are-your-options-during-a-home-emergency/245833/#respond Thu, 28 Nov 2019 10:32:52 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=245833 Emergency checklist

Within your lifetime, your home will likely be the most important asset you will ever own. It provides you with security and offers you a good investment resource that’s highly likely to accumulate additional value over an extended period of time. Given your home’s importance to the welfare of your family and yourself, you have […]

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Within your lifetime, your home will likely be the most important asset you will ever own. It provides you with security and offers you a good investment resource that’s highly likely to accumulate additional value over an extended period of time. Given your home’s importance to the welfare of your family and yourself, you have an obligation to protect your investment.

Unfortunately, life happens beyond your control. Things can happen to your home that could have a material effect on the value of your biggest investment. The question becomes, “what can you do to protect your home and investment from disaster?”

Types of Housing Issues That Could Affect Your Life and Home Value


As a homeowner, you have exposure to a multitude of issues that can plague homeowners. You home could fall victim to the criminal element in the form of vandalism or theft. You will always be at the mercy of nature. That includes property damage brought on by fire, snowstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes or flash-flooding. Something as minor as a leaking pipe could also cause significant damage.

The question you have to ask yourself is as follows: “Are you prepared to take the necessary steps to protect your home and investment in case of disaster?”

The following is some information that should serve as a guideline for your disaster reaction plan.

Contact Your Insurance Company

This section is being provided under the assumption you have a homeowners or renters insurance policy. If you have a mortgage, it’s a good bet you are required by your mortgage company to maintain coverage. Otherwise, it’s incumbent on you to protect your assets. Honestly, to not do so is simply foolish. Your home and personal assets are not something you should be gambling with at any time.

When any of the aforementioned disasters hit, you need to do anything necessary to minimize damage. The next step is to contact your insurance company. Remember, time is of the essence. The sooner your insurance company can assess damage or loss, the sooner you’ll have the resources to make repairs or replace lost assets.

Don’t forget, you can and should purchase a rider that protects your assets from theft. If you have such a rider, you need to report the criminal activity to law enforcement immediately. You are going to need a police report. You should also maintain a list and pictures of all relevant personal assets. That will make it infinitely easier for your insurance company to determine the extent of your damages and give you a realistic replacement value.

A Plan for Repairs

Do not procrastinate on getting repairs. Whether you are due insurance proceeds or not, festering damage issues will usually lead to more damage. You need to contact subcontractors and find one to make all needed repairs as soon as possible. At a minimum, you should get three estimates and a clear understanding of what the subcontractor’s scope of work includes. Find the best option and get it done.

If the repairs are substantial, you might need temporary living quarters until your selected subcontractor(s) have completed work. With this in mind, have you set aside enough savings for such emergencies? Perhaps, your insurance policy allows for temporary housing. If not, you need to start thinking about how to financially protect yourself in the meantime.

Temporary Loan Options

If your need for cash is temporary, you can consider yourself lucky if you have the savings to cover the expenses. That should be your first choice. In times where you encounter an unexpected emergency, and don’t have the savings on hand, you might want to consider a payday loan as a short-term solution. If you decide to go this route, here’s a few things you should know about easy payday loans. First, you may be able to get funds in hand as little as one business day if and when your application is approved. Second, timely repayment of the loan is critical in order to avoid pileup of additional fees. Know your options and do your research before opting for a short-term loan.

Disasters happen and there’s not much you or anyone else can do about that. The one thing you can do is protect your assets and be prepared to deal with whatever it is that’s thrown your way. If you need emergency, you now know easy payday loans are available.

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Making great barbecue requires the right combination of fuel, meat, equipment, and skill. The right wood or charcoal will give you the appropriate temperature for smoking while providing the distinctive flavor you want for your meat. Quality meat is essential; all the cooking skill in the world can only do so much to an inferior […]

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Offset Smokers

Making great barbecue requires the right combination of fuel, meat, equipment, and skill. The right wood or charcoal will give you the appropriate temperature for smoking while providing the distinctive flavor you want for your meat. Quality meat is essential; all the cooking skill in the world can only do so much to an inferior piece of meat. And as for you, the expert behind the tongs, it’s essential that you know what you are doing. You need to make the most of your experience and learn from every session at the smoker.

If one of these elements is not up to snuff, the final product will never overcome it. A good smoker is definitely a big part of the equation, and many chefs are now using offset smokers with reverse flow. It’s always a good idea to seek advice from a barbecue expert before you start buying anything. These smokers offer several advantages over other types.

Easier Temperature Management
Probably the hardest thing to do when smoking meat is maintaining the right temperature throughout the smoking chamber. There is a delicate balancing act between the quantity of wood, the opening in the damper, and the flow of smoke through the chamber. Just as it goes with traditional grilling, you can end up with hot spots and cool spots if you don’t manage everything properly. The result is a piece of meat that is overcooked in some areas, undercooked in other areas, and probably not cooked correctly anywhere.

Most of the time, this problem occurs when the meat must be placed directly over the heat. Reverse flow smokers use a barrier under the meat to divert the heat and smoke away from the bottom of the meat and instead allow it to cook from the top down. This movement helps to even out the temperatures, and the diverter (known as a baffle) absorbs heat and distributes it more evenly. This results in a more consistent temperature level throughout the chamber and a better final product.

The Option to Grill
If you buy a dedicated smoker, that’s all you have. You will be able to do a great job with barbecue, but you won’t have any options beyond that. You will still have to invest more money and space for a grill if you choose to do the traditional burgers, steaks, and chicken breasts from time to time–and who doesn’t? That extra purchase puts a real crimp in your budget.

Many offset smokers utilize a standard grill setup with a smoke chamber added on. This gives you the option to smoke when you want to and to grill when you want to, without spending hundreds of dollars on another piece of equipment. In addition to the flexibility of a smoker-grill combination, you will also have less expense for maintenance. It is much easier to clean and maintain one piece of equipment than two.

Easier Operation
Who doesn’t want to make it easier to produce delicious meat? Doing a good job smoking meat is mostly about managing the temperature in the smoker. If you get it too high, the meat cooks before the flavor materializes. If you run the smoker at a cool temperature, cooking time becomes too long. For serious pitmasters, managing the fuel level is second nature. They know when extra wood is needed, and they can get the right amount into the fire at the right time. If you don’t have years of experience, you probably don’t have quite the “feel” for temperature that a pro does.

For the home barbecue operation, simplicity is key. The learning curve is fairly steep, so you need equipment that is a little more forgiving in your learning process. An offset smoker has a separate smoker box where the wood is burned. This means that it is less disruptive to open it and check the fire than when the combustion is taking place directly under the meat.

Flexible Use
Juggling two cooking operations at the same time can be tough, but it’s a situation you’ve probably encountered. Most barbecue events feature more than one type of meat. You may want to do a pork shoulder at the same time as a turkey, a brisket, or some sausage. Because all these meats will smoke differently, it can be tough to get them all prepared at the same time.

This problem is easy to solve with certain models of offset smokers. They have multiple smoking chambers, each of which can be managed to create optimum conditions for whichever meat it holds. The result for you as the chef is that you can get everything prepared the right way at the same time.

An offset smoker with reverse flow is a great way to cook delicious barbecue at home. It offers several advantages over having separate grilling and smoking setups, giving you better meat with less hassle and expense

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5 expert lighting tips for a dark apartment https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/5-expert-lighting-tips-for-a-dark-apartment/243349/ https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/5-expert-lighting-tips-for-a-dark-apartment/243349/#respond Sat, 23 Nov 2019 15:40:56 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=243349 dark apartment

Are you struggling with lighting in your apartment? You’re not alone. It can be tricky to figure out how best to brighten your home, particularly if you have limited floor space. But have no fear, there are clever ways to transform your apartment from dark and dreary to light and airy! Choose warm coloured bulbs […]

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Are you struggling with lighting in your apartment? You’re not alone. It can be tricky to figure out how best to brighten your home, particularly if you have limited floor space. But have no fear, there are clever ways to transform your apartment from dark and dreary to light and airy!

  1. Choose warm coloured bulbs

Does your home feel cold and uninviting? It might be due to the colour of the bulb you’re using. Your lighting’s colour temperature has a huge impact on the overall feel of the space, so it’s important to get it right. Instead of choosing ‘cool whites’ that have a blue undertone, go for ‘warm whites’ that emit a warm, golden glow. Simply updating your bulbs could make all the difference in your space.

2. Trick the eye with mirrors

If your apartment is particularly small or you have little open space around the building, you may be lacking in natural light. This will make your home feel dark, so it’s important to make the most of any natural light that creeps in. One of the best ways to maximise this is to hang a mirror directly opposite the window. It will reflect the natural light, creating the illusion of a brightness, as well as making the space feel bigger.

3. Use space-saving floor lamps

Do you have minimal floor space? Can’t squeeze in a sideboard to sit a lamp on top of? Then a floor lamp may be the best option for you. Their slimline design makes use of height rather than surface space, so you need very little room to house them. They are a great way of injecting light from a small corner, brightening up once dark nooks and crannies.  

4. Upgrade your ceiling fixtures

Another great way to create a light and bright space is to replace single ceiling lights with spotlights. While this may be a costly task, the benefits can be huge. This is because spotlights will distribute light evenly throughout the room, rather than concentrating on one area. If this isn’t an option, choose a large ceiling fixture with several bulbs rather than just one. Think chandeliers or cluster lights.

5. Introduce task lighting

Once you’ve improved the overall brightness of your space, you should consider specific areas that may benefit from a boost of brightness. This is where task lighting comes in, which is used to boost light in areas that need it most. Typically, this is used above kitchen countertops, study areas and mirrors. There are several options available including strip lighting.

Now you know the lighting tricks of the trade, you can start creating a space that is bright and beautiful!

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The top 4 ways to use LED strips in the house https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/the-top-4-ways-to-use-led-strips-in-the-house/242183/ https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/the-top-4-ways-to-use-led-strips-in-the-house/242183/#respond Thu, 21 Nov 2019 16:08:47 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=242183 LED strips

Lighting can completely transform any space giving it a new and unique look. It’s one of the easiest and most effective renovation projects because it can make the whole house feel brand new without having to deal with extensive construction works. And if you add a bit of creativity to your new design, you’ll be […]

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LED strips

Lighting can completely transform any space giving it a new and unique look. It’s one of the easiest and most effective renovation projects because it can make the whole house feel brand new without having to deal with extensive construction works. And if you add a bit of creativity to your new design, you’ll be able to achieve it at a relatively low cost as well.

Especially if you decide to use LED lights. They may not be the cheapest option out there, but with their efficiency and longevity, they are definitely worth their price. If this doesn’t convince you, take into consideration that they are also quite environmentally-friendly. But choosing to implement this technology is one thing, it’s a completely different matter to find the best ways of adding LED profiles and strips to your house.

Install task lighting

Task lighting is really popular lately, and there are two reasons for this. The first one is simply the fact that it helps to create incredibly unique and visually pleasing designs. The second, and the more practical one, is the possibility of cutting down on the use of electricity. You will no longer need to turn on the main lamps in the room in order to complete a simple task. You can simply use smaller lights centered around the area you’re currently using. It’s a popular solution in kitchens where such lighting can be fitted underneath the kitchen cabinets.

Make your stairs visible

There are many ways to make your staircase look more fashionable, you can decide to use paint or change the railings. But if you want to create a really one-of-a-kind effect, LED tapes are the right solution for you. There’s no need to turn the whole staircase upside down, all you need to do is add the tapes along the edges of the steps. You have more to gain than just a great looking decoration. It’ll be easier to go up and down the stairs at night as well since the lights will provide enough visibility to move around safely.

Highlight decorative features

You definitely have items in your house that you are especially proud of. Maybe it’s your art gallery, photos from your travels, or your collection of books. Whatever it is, you can use lighting to highlight such elements and turn them into decorative features that will feel special and personal. The only thing that’s limiting you here is your imagination, so don’t hesitate and use your design to showcase your hobbies. And if you’re feeling creative, you can turn the lighting itself into an art piece by using LED lights to create various patterns on your walls or ceiling.

Bright light to your garden

A garden is as much a part of your home as any of the rooms inside. Unfortunately, many people forget about it and ignore its potential. But leaving all this space unused or doing nothing more than planting a few flowers is a waste. You can effectively increase the living area you already have by moving it outside. A comfortable sitting area can be used to entertain guests whenever the weather is good, but you’ll need to provide sufficient lighting. After all, you don’t want to eat dinner without being able to see the food, do you? Adding LEDs around your patio will solve this issue and turn it into an enjoyable and functional place.

The LED lighting is so versatile that it’s difficult to limit the possibilities to just a few. Every single person will be able to come up with different options, so don’t just look for ready-made solutions. Take inspiration from the things you see around and create something that will make your house look incredible.

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3 Ways 4K Security Cameras Can Enhance Your Cottage Life https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/3-ways-4k-security-cameras-can-enhance-your-cottage-life/240249/ https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/3-ways-4k-security-cameras-can-enhance-your-cottage-life/240249/#respond Mon, 18 Nov 2019 18:04:10 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=240249 Cottage Life

A vacation home is a dream for many. It’s often a place where you can forget about the everyday grind and just revel in life’s simple joys in the most tranquil setting. There’s only one catch: Owning a cottage getaway is not entirely hassle free. The upkeep alone is enough to create some stress, but what […]

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Cottage Life

A vacation home is a dream for many. It’s often a place where you can forget about the everyday grind and just revel in life’s simple joys in the most tranquil setting. There’s only one catch: Owning a cottage getaway is not entirely hassle free.

The upkeep alone is enough to create some stress, but what about keeping the property safe and secure when you’re not there? One increasingly popular solution to help protect vacation homes is installing a security camera system. Not only do they help deter criminal activity, but they offer peace of mind that your new abode can be monitored from wherever you are.

The following represent but a few of the features that consumers look for when they go to install a security camera system at their cottage.

1. State-of-the-Art Protection

Security camera systems have been around for quite some time, but today’s leading-edge equipment is a step above old models and offer a level of home protection that was not previously available. One critical feature, for example, is 4K recording capability. By shooting at such high resolution, the results will be an amazing picture displayed on screen.

The result is better footage that gives you — and law enforcement — a better chance of capturing the exact moment something goes wrong. A less-advanced cameras with worse resolution may not be able to grab the moment a burglar looks up at the lens. By paying attention to the specs, you’ll actually be sure to get the evidence you need.

2. Recording Capability

You also need to make sure you have enough storage space to save the recorded footage. In some instances, the cameras themselves have built-in storage, but many experts recommend setting up a network video recorder (NVR) as a central hub for the various devices you may have set up onsite.

3. Color Night Vision

In addition to monitoring the surroundings for potential thieves while the cottage sits empty, you will also want security while you there; because if wildlife or other nature sounds that go bump in the night don’t keep you up, worry over whether you can sleep safe and sound just might.

Bear in mind that CNV needs external lighting around the cameras to continue to record in color. Because cottages are usually dark at night, with no streetlights or even external house lights, the cameras will typically revert to infrared LEDs to provide long-range black and white infrared night vision in locations like this. But 4K IP cameras with infrared night vision will provide some of the sharpest and clearest black and white infrared night vision on the market.

Staying on High Alert

There are so many different benefits and features of security camera systems, but there are three things to consider right off the bat: getting the best resolution and features you can, ensuring you have the recording capacity to manage the high-res footage and getting night-vision capability so that you can capture crisp footage around the clock.

If your security camera system comes with all these features, you will have a much more secure home away from home. And that will help make sure your dream vacation cottage doesn’t end up giving you nightmares.

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9 Smart Ways to Extend the Lifespan of Your Fridge https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/9-smart-ways-to-extend-the-lifespan-of-your-fridge/238832/ https://savedelete.com/home-kitchen/9-smart-ways-to-extend-the-lifespan-of-your-fridge/238832/#respond Thu, 14 Nov 2019 16:42:53 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=238832 Lifespan of Your Fridge

It can be really miserable to know that the refrigerator you’ve bought has encountered a major break down. Undoubtedly, finding rotten food and dripping water is a troublesome situation for any homeowner. Whenever such a situation occurs, you immediately call in a professional repair technician to get things fixed. But, after spending lots of money […]

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Lifespan of Your Fridge

It can be really miserable to know that the refrigerator you’ve bought has encountered a major break down. Undoubtedly, finding rotten food and dripping water is a troublesome situation for any homeowner. Whenever such a situation occurs, you immediately call in a professional repair technician to get things fixed. But, after spending lots of money on appliance repair, you get back to your lazy routine until this frustrating event hits you back after some time.

Luckily, there are ways to avoid this from happening. In this post, we’ll have a quick look at 9 smart ways through which you can easily extend the lifespan of your expensive product:

1. Installation

Generally, we have a carved out nook in our kitchen dedicated for the placement of our refrigerator. Sadly, this may not always be the suitable place for its installation. Because of insufficient ventilation, a massive amount of heat is generated that basically affects the working of the motor and the compressor. Make sure you always place your fridge away from the oven and heat vents. It’s also important that you never expose your appliance to the direct sunlight.

2. Keep the Coils Clean

One of the biggest reasons why your refrigerator fails to work properly is because the cooling coils are covered with dirt and grime. Since dirty coils do not release heat, they negatively impact the overall working of your refrigerator. To keep the coils running smoothly, make sure to clean them with a hand wand vacuum from time to time.

3. Clean the Gaskets

Let’s admit it. Most of us don’t pay heed to the rubber gaskets attached to the refrigerator door. Sadly, this may lead to an exhausted motor in the end. As dirt, debris and grime gets stuck in the gasket and promotes air leakage, your refrigerator may not be able to provide expected cooling if this issue hasn’t been resolved in time.

4. Don’t Overfill

If you’re really looking to extend the lifespan of your beloved refrigerator, you have to maintain a perfect balance. If you try to overfill your fridge with several things, its capacity to maintain airflow will be hindered. Make sure you always leave at least 1 to 2 inches distance between things you’ve placed in your fridge. Also, avoid stacking up utensils so that there will be proper airflow in all the compartments of the refrigerator. 

5. Keep it Clean

There is nothing worse than a dirty and smelly fridge. That is why it’s extremely important that you keep your appliance clean and fresh. Dirty fridge not only promotes bacteria buildup and unpleasant odor but it will also impact the quality of food placed inside. Maintaining cleanliness is one of the biggest ways you can increase the lifespan of your refrigerator. Clean the interiors with soapy water or you can also make your DIY fridge cleaner by mixing water, vinegar and some baking soda. Not only this mixture will give your fridge a brand-new look from inside, but it’ll also absorb the bad smell.

6. Defrost  

Although most of the present-day refrigerators come with auto defrost feature, it is still recommended to consider the traditional defrosting method to get rid of untimely frost buildup. The frosting is one of the major reasons behind motor damage. One of the ways you can avoid unexpected frosting is to let your food completely cool down to room temperature before you put them inside the freezer compartment. Also, always make sure to cover your food before freezing.

7. Cover Everything

The moisture present inside your food make the compressor work harder than usual. That is why it’s crucial that you never place anything uncovered in you fridge or freezer.

8. Get it Checked

Your refrigerator is one of the most expensive and useful home appliances without which your routine life will be hugely affected. To avoid irreparable trouble, it is therefore suggested that you get it checked by a certified appliance repair technician on yearly basis. Especially, if you feel any unusual sounds like grinding or squealing or if you feel any change in the temperature, make sure to immediately contact professionals to get these issues fixed on priority basis.

9. Avoid Opening Unnecessarily

According to Refrigerator Repair in Toronto, your fridge is a sensitive, intricate appliance with complex circuitry. Frequent opening and closing of the door puts a lot of strain on the machinery. Make sure you never eat in front of your appliance with its door open to avoid air escape. Also, be certain to keep your fridge locked if you have a toddler at home.

The Final Words!

When it comes to home appliances especially refrigerator, being proactive can go a long way. Following the above-mentioned suggestions will definitely extend the lifespan of your product and save you from trouble of an untimely replacement.

If you know any other smart ways to keep your fridge running smoothly for a longer period of time, feel free to share your tips below!

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