CategoryTips & Tricks

My Guide on Choosing the Best Dehumidifier

There are many options when it comes to home dehumidifiers. As such, you need to find the best dehumidifier that fits your requirements and lifestyle.

There are several dehumidifier sizes from which to choose. For a smaller room, you may want a 30-pint capacity that holds about 9.5 pints of water in its reservoir tank to much larger units that hold 17.5 pints or more. The size of the unit needs to match the requirements of the room. For example, a larger room would need a larger dehumidifier. A smaller room requires a smaller unit.

Some reservoir tanks need to be emptied manually and then there are drainage hoses that empty the water collected automatically. Several dehumidifier brands make units that come with an external hookup for a drainage hose, but they do not all come with the hoses as a standard feature. If you dislike emptying the tank by hand, purchase a model with the external drainage hookup along with the hose, then let the dehumidifier empty manually into an existing drain.

Washable air filters are good because they do not have to be discarded and replaced. As the name suggests, you simply wash the filter when it becomes … Read More

Care And Maintenance Of Your Vinyl Patio Furniture

A full set of patio furniture is a significant investment, even if you find a set at a bargain price. The budget-conscious homeowner wants to know how to make that investment last. For a good answer, ask a hotel manager.

Hotels have been dealing with the care of vinyl furniture for decades. They must balance the need to keep costs down with the need to make their guests happy. Stains and wear detract from the patio’s ambiance and makes the resort seem cheap. Here are some simple furniture care tips and secrets that commercial property managers use.

Caring for the finish

Vinyl has a finish on it that protects the material from the elements and protection of this finish is critical to increasing the life of your outdoor furniture.

Pool chlorine causes this finish to break down, so one simple step is to thoroughly towel off before lounging in the sun. Putting a dry towel between you and the furniture prolongs its life.

However, even with careful attention, the vinyl will still come into contact with chlorine. Periodic cleaning is important, but this can actually reduce the life of the fabric. The reason is that many cleaning solvents also degrade … Read More

Decluttering: Top Tips to Help You Organize Your Life

When a friend knocks on your door unexpectedly, is your first reaction one of embarrassment as you apologize for the mess as you invite them in? Do you have to move piles of clutter from the sofa before they (and you!) can sit down – and do you feel you would like to something about it, that you would like to welcome your friends with a smile into a tidy, attractive home?

You need to declutter! You can’t be organized if your home is a mess of clutter – you’ll waste time looking for daily essentials such as your keys or that piece of paper with an essential phone number on it. Clutter wastes your time and drains your energy.

Decluttering is not difficult – you just need to be practical and a little ruthless – and you’ll feel so much better and more in control of your life when it’s done. Follow these tips for the best chance of success:

Plan what you are going to do before you start. It’s generally not a good idea to start on a really large area such as the garage (this seems to be a magnet for clutter rather than being used … Read More

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