Simple Ways To Prepare Your Bedroom For Summer

Simple Ways To Prepare Your Bedroom For Summer

With summer on its way, warmer climes are inevitable, but higher temperatures can encourage restless sleep, making it harder to drift off. If you have not done so already, now is the time to pack away those extra covers and bed socks and prepare your bedroom for the warmer weather! Here are a few simple ways to ensure you are getting a good night’s rest and relaxation during these warmer nights.

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Accessories

To create a cool oasis, remove any chunky and dark accessories from your room like thick rugs, faux-fur throw pillows, and thick thermal curtains. These accessories are perfect for creating snug interiors during the colder months, however for warmer and brighter months, you want a space that reflects an airy and summery feel. Replace wintery items with ones that make you feel like you are in a different country. This could include fresh cut flowers, vibrant succulents in mismatched pots or simply swapping curtains for a soft grey venetian blind.

Bedding

Your 13.5 tog duvet may have kept you snug and warm during those chilly nights, however it is time to swap it out for a lighter summer duvet, ideally a more breathable 4.5 or 7.5 tog. Higher tog duvets will only have you shuffling and moving around all night as the heat will be retained underneath.

To get into the summer mood, brightly coloured bedsheets made from breathable, light fabrics will help you drift off into dreamland before you know it – cobalt blue and white are reminiscent of a Santorini villa, for example.

Your mattress sheet can also be changed to one made from natural fibres and a lower thread count, (a thread count of 300-400 is perfect for summer), or try a smart mattress topper which claim to keep you at optimal body temperature throughout the night.

Sleep Tech

Sometimes, no matter how light your sheets are, or how open your windows may be, there are times where you are simply too hot to sleep. This is where technology comes to the rescue. Sleep monitoring apps like Sleep Cycle can also be helpful to uncover the times you are at your most rested, or not, so you can work out if something is or isn’t helping.

Other than nights getting warmer, you may find your room getting brighter earlier. In this case, sleeping aids may just mean a good quality sleep mask!

Furniture positioning

During the summer months, the sun rises earlier. You could consider improving your interior design by moving your furniture around to create a space where you can sleep without the sun blinding you such as moving your bed to face away from the window. If you like getting ready at a dressing table, position this piece of furniture nearer to the window as the natural light will make all the difference to your daily routine, once you are ready to embrace it.

By planning your Summer bedroom to bring the outside in and keep it light, bright and airy, you should  find that you really enjoy the refreshed space  – but more importantly benefit from a sold, well rested night’s sleep!

 

Why Clean Indoor Air is Essential in All Homes

Everybody loves receiving flowers. They brighten homes, positively impact your mood and generally add a touch of life to any room. But sadly, they always die. There’s nothing you can do about it, other than purchasing plastic plants. And let’s be honest, those just don’t cut it. But, there could be a sinister reason behind the premature death of your flowers – and the key to saving them could be in your air conditioning.

Why Clean Indoor Air is Essential in All Homes

We’ve all heard of the term “canary in a coalmine”, coming from the days of mining where they would bring a small bird into the mine to measure when the air gets too toxic. When the canary dies, the miners knew that it was time to get out of there quickly.

Plants are similar in this way. They’re more sensitive to air quality than humans are. They don’t have the biological systems we do to filter toxins and other pollutants from the good stuff we need – obviously. Thus, if plants are dying quickly, it could be due to the low air quality in your home.

Don’t be alarmed! This doesn’t mean that because your plants don’t live long that your air is toxic. It means that it’s not as fresh as it could be. Simple steps can be taken to make a huge difference to your indoor air quality. This can help you avoid irritating asthma or hay fever symptoms that may aggravate you on occasion.

Chemicals in our home that we use for a huge range of things can have a negative impact on our health. Cleaning and cooking products, aerosols and other factors can make a difference to what we’re breathing in.

We spend a lot of time indoors, and we want to make sure that we’re getting the best kind of air for the best health. Indoor plants can help create cleaner indoor air (as they produce pure oxygen). If you make a great environment for them to thrive in, they’ll help you out too!

Consider what the best options are for your unique home to optimise clean indoor air. These methods don’t have to be expense, so look into it and find the best solution to help you breathe better air.

You may want to consider implementing the method you decide on in your office as well. Anywhere where a lot of people spend time breathing the air needs to be a clean and healthy environment. Making the best choices will help everyone feel, look and work there best.

 

Why Noisy Neighbours Are Not The Only Reason You Should Soundproof Your Windows

Don’t you just love the sound of squealing brakes, screaming babies and blaring music first thing in the morning? No? Not very idyllic, is it?

Unfortunately, with more people, high roads on our doorstep and an increase in the number of cars on the road, unwanted noises are making a greater appearance in our lives and homes. The issue of noise is no longer limited to inner-city areas – the rise in the development of suburban and residential regions means the ‘quiet life’ has become all but a dream for many of us. So what can we do to get some peace and quiet?

One solution comes in the form of noise reducing windows. The process is not as technical as it sounds – it simply involves upgrading your windows to keep 90-95% of unwanted nuisance sounds at bay. Oh, and don’t forget, they add an extra layer of security to your home and can even increase the value of your property!

The day to day sounds we encounter are not actually classed as noise, in fact for a sound to be considered noise it must be “loud, irritating and unwanted”. As you can imagine, the constant bombardment of noise can not only become very, very annoying but can truly begin to affect the quality of life.

Aircraft Noise

Aircraft can create some of the most disruptive and disturbing noises which is expected from engines that produce 100,000+ horse power! The noise produced from aircraft is a real concern, not only for comfort but also for health, as frequent exposure can begin to have a physical impact on the body. A study published by the British Medical Journal revealed that people who lived by airports were at a higher risk of developing health issues such as stroke and heart disease.

Many airports have reacted accordingly and now offer soundproofing grants for homes affected by aircraft noise pollution. So, if you happen to live nearby an airport and currently do not have sound proofing, be sure to contact the airport to see how your situation can be improved.

Road Traffic & Rail Noise

During the day, noise from vehicles and trains is not particularly bothersome. After all, these sounds are part and parcel of living in modern cities and towns. Living near a busy road or train station can be advantageous for many people, simply due to ease of travel. However, these types of noises become inconvenient during the night and evening, when the desired sound levels for comfort drops.

Although unassuming, noise from cars and trains can contribute to disturbing and disrupting sleep, which can take a toll on your physical and mental health. Many people have taken to sound reducing windows, to eliminate virtually all noise created from these sources during the night, helping them sleep soundly whilst continuing to reap the benefits of living in areas with great travel links.

 

Noise from Neighbours

Noise from next door is at an all-time high for many of us! This is especially true in cities and towns as we live in increasingly close quarters. When anti-social noise is mentioned, we often picture screaming kids, over-exuberant musicians or yappy dogs, however, poor soundproofing in your home can mean even low-level sounds seep through. Sound reducing windows will contribute to reducing irksome sounds from neighbours and busy residential roads.

Which sound reducing option is best for you?

Suppliers are able to reduce the level of noise by adding layering to the materials your windows are made of, improving their ability to absorb and reflect sound. Your supplier will evaluate your home and consult you on which option is aesthetically and functionally best for you. Soundproofing can be applied to many types of windows, including PVCu and wooden framed windows and rarely requires planning permission, so there’s little reason to worry whether your home is suitable.

Triple Glazing

Not heard of triple glazing before? You wouldn’t be the first. Triple glazing is the less popular alternative to double glazing and involves adding an extra pane of glass to your windows. Although there are many benefits to adding triple glazing to your home, such as improved heat insulation, if noise is your grievance, it may not be the best option for you. Adding an extra pane of glass does have some noise limiting qualities, however, the type of glass used is typically of the same density and thickness – which does little for sound reduction. That makes triple glazing a solution best suitable for low-level, anti-social noise.

Double Glazing 

Double glazing can work wonders for soundproofing your property – with its effects being most remarkable in houses with single pane or old windows. Typically installed on the outside of your home, units are specifically designed to combat noise, with the added benefit of improving energy efficiency and home security.

Double glazing’s soundproofing power comes from the space between the two panes of glass and the thickness of each sheet. These factors combined help to effectively dissipate and disperse sounds of certain frequencies, making it great for eliminating road and rail noise.

For extra sound reducing qualities, ask about laminated panes.

Secondary Glazing

Secondary glazing is an option you should consider if you are having issues with unwanted noise. Of the three options, secondary glazing is the most effective method for sound reduction, which could explain why it has been growing in popularity amongst home owners. Typically, units are installed internally within your existing window frame, which not only makes secondary glazing suitable for properties with traditional or listed features but also causes the gap between the two panes of glass to be far wider than double glazed windows. Secondary glazed windows are designed to keep 90% of unwanted external noise out of your home, making it an effective solution for homes affected by aircraft noise pollution.

To find solutions that best suit your needs, contact Bennbrook Windows, as one of the largest UK regional suppliers of windows, doors & conservatories, you can count on us for top quality products, speedy installation and excellent after care for long lasting and effective results. Call for a quote on 01992 574 555 or visit our website at http://bennbrookwindows.co.uk/ .

 

Creative Ways to Use Ground Protection Mats

The purpose of a ground protection mat is to protect any ground surface from weight, pressure and damage from objects placed on it or traveling over it. While this is definitely a useful function, there are numerous ways you can employ these mats to save yourself time, money and the hassle of repairs in the event you need to store or transport heavy objects, vehicles or materials from one place to the next.

Portability

The key feature of the ground protection mat is its portability. Like a painter’s dropcloth, the mat can be placed anywhere you need to protect a surface. This means they can be used at any job site no matter where you happen to be working. Need a path for a truck, cart or dolly across a cement or wood floor? Mats can be placed one at a time or interlocked to form a path or an artificial surface for wide area coverage.

If you are transporting a refrigerator, for example, and using a hand-truck for support, you can arrange ground protection mats in a path from kitchen to vehicle. Not only will this make moving easier, it will literally smooth the path for your truck’s wheels.

Durability

A mat designed to protect your garage floor, office decoration or carpeting isn’t going to do a very good job for you if it isn’t durable. Ground protection mats are designed to support the weight of trucks and construction vehicles while at the same time protecting something as fragile as an anthropological dig site underneath. Indoors or at work sites, they are your portable floor that will prevent any weight or object placed on them from doing any damage to what is underneath.

Because of their durability, JWA ground protection mats can be used as a semi-permanent shield for your floor. Whether you have a concrete, wood or even carpeted surface, a mat will prevent heavy or unwieldy objects placed on those floors from causing tears, gouges, blemishes or other damage.

Technology

Pound for pound, the honeycomb is the strongest material structure on Earth. That’s one of the major reasons forward-thinking engineers chose it as the foundational technology for a premier-quality floor mat. Protecting a vulnerable surface isn’t simply a matter of preventing contact between heavy objects what is being shielded from their weight and movement. It is a matter of supporting and efficiently distributing weight and mass. Because of the honeycomb design built in to the ground protection mat, its ability to prevent concentration of weight in one location is competitive with any other similar technology.

Performing auto repairs has always been hazardous to your garage floor. Not so with a ground protection mat. Your engine, transmission and entire vehicle can be situated anywhere in your repair area and you will be safe in the knowledge they will neither stain nor damage your expensive concrete or vinyl surfaces.

The reusable nature of these mats alone should be enough for any project-minded homeowner or business owner to at least consider using them in any project where ground protection is a priority. Their customizable features make them versatile and economical as well.

How to Help Your Electrical Appliances Last Longer

Household electrical appliances are some of the most expensive items you will ever purchase. To ensure that your appliances lasts as long as it is required to, you have to take some preventative measures that will ensure you get the most out of them. The following are a few maintenance tips that will help your electrical appliances last longer.

Washing Machine

At all times ensure that the pockets of your clothes are empty to avoid objects such as coins that can damage the drum located in your washing machine. Even if the damage may not manifest itself quickly, a damaged drum can make your clothes wear out more quickly than usual. Never overload your washing machine as an attempt to avoid doing an extra load. Overloading it puts too much strain on your motor, which makes it wear out faster, thus reducing its lifespan.

Hoses that supply water to your washing machine are normally made of rubber, which with age begins to degrade. These pipes could lead to huge expenses and also cause inconveniences. This is why you need to ensure that they are replaced when they get old.

The Dryers

It is important to vacuum the inside of your dryer’s ventilation pipes regularly. You don’t want lint builds up and clogs both the hoses and filters. When they get clogged, they tend to take longer to dry your load, which in turn wears out the engine. Perfume a maintenance check up on the vent. The vent should stay closed until the dryer is turned on. Its main function is to expel moisture from the dryer. If it fails, you could lose hot or cold air depending on the season. This could render all your energy-saving efforts in vain.

The Refrigerators

Your fridge has a condenser coil that is usually located at the back. Over time, dust may build up on the coils, which impairs them and as a consequence reduces the ability of the fridge to work properly. This means that you need to have them cleaned on a regular basis. During the cleaning process, ensure that your refrigerator is disconnected from the power source. The outer side of the coils should also be vacuumed.

The Dishwasher

It might seem unnecessary to clean the dishwasher, but it is very vital. The sealing underneath your countertop, just at the top of the door gets gunky with time. If it is not cleaned, the door may fail to properly seal in water and heat, which could lead to leakage. It is also important to clean the arm of your dishwasher. This is because food particles could accumulate in the nozzles. If you find out that your dishes are not getting as clean as they used to, you need to clean out the tiny jets.

Ensuring a regular maintenance check-up of your electrical appliances will always be a point plus for you. Also, all appliances should be cleaned regularly. Taking preventative measures while operating your appliances will prolong their life and keep them in good conditions. If you’re in Australia you can consult Gordon Powers which has the best level 2 electricians Sydney has to offer to guide you on how to take care of your appliances.

Everything You Need To Know About Repointing Brickwork

When it comes to stone and brickwork, do not underestimate the power of pointing. This is mainly because the mortar can take about 15 percent of the total surface area of your walls. It also holds a huge impact on the quality of your building. The mortar also works against water ingress. The role it plays makes it a crucial aspect of home maintenance that should never be ignored. The following is information on everything you need to know about re-pointing brickwork.

Brick Pointing

Blocks, stones, and bricks are hardy materials that last for a very long time. However, during construction, the material that holds them together needs regular maintenance to keep them in the right condition. The mortar that holds the bricks together is called pointing. Repairing is called re-pointing and should be done regularly.

Testing its Resilience

The ideal method of testing the resilience of the pointing is to look at it. If it is even and flush to the bricks, it can be assumed to be okay. It is important for the pointing to be full since it is the only way water from outside could not access your home. You can also give it a finger test. What you need to do is try to dig it with your finger and see if any comes out. This should be done all round the house.

If the mortar comes out during the finger test, you should get ready for pointing repair. Damage to the mortar can be localized on places where there are leaks, but more often than not they can be suffering from age. Your mortar could also suffer from a previous pointing repair job.

The Ideal Type of Mortar

There is a huge range of colors and textures that can be formed when mixing mortar. A huge percentage of homes built during the 1800s and 1900s used lime mortar. Although it is frequently done, the use of cement during re-pointing tends to be a bad thing at times. This is mainly because they could decay earlier than lime-mixed ones, and also because there are numerous chances for damp to occur. Other than that, cement mortars are more brittle, harder, and less porous than lime. They also weather way slower than the bricks.

Cement mortars also tend to be affected by sulfate and salt, while those that contain lime, hydraulic and putty are not. Even though lime mortars are expensive than cement ones, in the long run, they tend to save you money. This is mainly because problems caused by wrong cement mixes can lead to huge losses.

Tools Needed During Pointing Repair

Just like in every job, using the appropriate tools is vital to getting the ultimate results. Tools needed for pointing installation or repair job include cement mixer, chisel, mortarboard, pointing trowel, soft and wire brush, scaffolding, lime sand, or white cement. Professional knowledge from PointBrick is also needed for the effective pointing job.

Mortar and bricks make sturdy foundations for many building. Sometimes, to prevent water damage from maiming the quality of the constructions, top-ups are required. To get the most out of pointing, it should be done when necessary and only professionally