How to Encourage Good Health Around Your Home With the Best Installations and Maintenance

Keeping your home in good condition is important not only so that you have a comfortable space to live in and a proud place to show guests around, it’s also crucial for supporting the best possible health. Our homes you see are responsible for our health in a vast number of ways and how well we look after them can have a huge impact on almost every aspect of our day-to-day lives.

To demonstrate, let’s take a look at just some of the things that you can do around the home that will improve your health for every single minute you spend in it.

Water Quality

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As you have probably been told/heard/read, human beings are largely made up of water. In fact we’re something like 75% water, so it’s no surprise that this is an incredibly important part of our diet if you want to maintain optimal health.

But just getting any old water isn’t enough: not all water was made equally and just as important as getting a high quantity of H2O is ensuring that the quality is there too.

And that means making sure of a few things. For one it might mean ensuring that your water is filtered so that any toxins and high quantities of heavy metals get removed. At the same time this means ensuring that the water is stored and transported safely around your home – in particular by avoiding letting it stand in a tank that’s likely to add more toxins and metals still. This is one of the reasons that so many people will decide to get well water filtration.

Air Quality

While we’re on the topic of water, it’s worth noting that not all kinds of moisture are desirable. In particular you don’t want to be breathing in water, so you need to ensure that there isn’t too much moisture in the air – and particularly if that might lead to mold and to mold spores. Keep air circulating in your rooms, and get a dehumidifier if necessary.

Likewise air cleaning can also be important, as can simply maintaining your air conditioning and furnace to make sure that particles of dust and dirt aren’t being circulated through your air vents.

Temperature

The temperature also contributes to your heath and here the key is to make sure it’s not too hot or too cold. Too cold and you will strain your immune system making yourself more likely to get ill. Too hot though and you’ll make yourself tired and lethargic – but actually won’t sleep as well when you do hit the sack.

Light

Making sure light comes in through your windows will help your body to regulate its internal clock thus improving sleep. This can also help to improve your mood and reduce the stress hormone cortisol. On the other hand though, it’s again important to make sure that light is kept to a minimum when you’re going to be sleeping. Get heavy curtains!

The Top Ways to Save Water Around the Home

There are countless articles on saving energy at the moment and this has been something of a hot topic for the last few years. While this is important though, it’s also not the only way to ensure that you are running a tight ship, staying efficient to reduce bills and at the same time helping the planet.

Just as important for instance is to save water around the home. Not only is water a highly important (and scarce) resource in its own right, but saving water will also equate to saving energy as you won’t be using quite so much heating and nor will the state have to work so hard to clean the water and pump it back into the home.

So how do you go about saving money and thus do your bit/save cash at the same time? Read on and we’ll look at some of the best things you can do to ‘go blue’.

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Take Cold Showers

One of the very best things you can do in order to save water is to start taking cold showers. This might sound like a rather masochistic thing to do, but actually it makes sense on a lot of levels. For starters, having cold showers is actually very good for you. This forces your body to work harder to pump blood around your body and protect the vital organs which makes it a great way to speed up your metabolism and thus actually burn some calories. Studies have shown that taking cold showers in the morning can lead to weight loss even when other factors like diet are accounted for.

Cold showers also encourage mental discipline, they encourage the production of testosterone in men, and they increase noradrenaline which is why they’re so invigorating and good for focus. Best of all though? Cold showers will force you to wash more quickly, thus saving water!

Share Water

Something else you can do to save water is to share it between washes. This is easiest if you have children who are bathing: just leave the water in for your kids after you. Likewise you can also get the same benefit by sharing a shower with a partner – which can also help bring you closer together!

Run the Cold Water First

This trick will save you water and energy. Next time you’re having a bath, fill the tub with the cold water first and then add the hot. This saves energy because the water won’t cool as the rest of the bath runs, and it saves water because you’ll lose less through evaporation.

Maintain Your Systems

A lot of water and energy get wasted thanks to leaks in pipes, thanks to low pressure and thanks to clogged systems. Thus you can save a lot of water simply by making sure to get regular maintenance for your water tank or your well water systems. Don’t wait for something to go wrong: take the initiative and keep it all running as optimally as possible.

How Pressure Takes Water Around Your Home

Many of us are a little self-conscious about just how little we understand about the way our home works. This is evident when the plumber comes round and we then pose in the kitchen is a mug of tea trying to ask intelligent questions and making ‘suggestions’ as to what the problem could be. Unfortunately most of us just end up making fools of ourselves…

It is beyond the scope of this article to explain the entirety of plumbing to you. However we can delve into the science a little of one of the concepts that you might hear mentioned regularly: ‘water pressure’. What precisely is water pressure? And how can water pressure prevent your heating from working?

Understanding Pressure

In case you don’t know the mechanics behind the concept of pressure, it can be explained quite simply as the natural tendency for things to ‘spread out’ and fill any vacuum. If you pour water onto a plate it doesn’t ‘pile up’, but rather spreads out to cover the surface of the plate. This is even more true for gas (because gas particles aren’t connected) which will spread out to fill a room.

When particles are packed tightly into a space this is called ‘high pressure’, and when particles are spread out fairly evenly through a space, this is called ‘low pressure’. Now what happens when a high pressure area comes into contact with a low pressure area, is that all the particles in the high pressure area rush out to fill the low pressure area until the two are the same and everything is evenly spread. This is ‘equalisation’. This also happens to be why everything gets sucked out of a plane if there’s a breach in the hull, and it’s also how a vacuum cleaner works – by creating an actual vacuum.

What This Has to do With Plumbing

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So what does this have to do with plumbing? Well essentially all the pipes that make up your plumbing are a closed system, meaning that the pressure is maintained inside them. This is why all the water ‘spurts out’ if you get a hole in one of the pipes.

By altering the pressure in various chambers by adding or removing air or water for instance, you can then get the water to move into the desired areas. This is why radiators sometimes need ‘bleeding’ – you need to remove the air from them in order to create the vacuum that the water can then move to fill.

So when your system ‘loses pressure’ this essentially means that no part of the system is packed with enough air or water in order to be able to push the rest of the water around. This is what can prevent well water pumps from getting the water to your taps for instance. Meanwhile if there’s too much pressure building up, this can cause noises in your radiator and also prevent the water from flowing properly.

That’s a very basic overview, but hopefully it will be enough of an explanation that you can at least nod sagely next time you hear the word pressure…

Why It’s Important to Stay On Top of Home Maintenance – Maintain, Don’t Repair!

Most of us know the expression ‘prevention is better than cure’, and yet the vast proportion of us ignore this advice in the vast majority of situations. The general idea behind this saying of course is that it’s better to prevent something bad from happening than it is to try and deal with that bad event retrospectively and this applies to almost any situation – not just actual illnesses with actual ‘cures’.

In particular, this term is highly relevant when it comes to maintenance around the house – in which case you could rephrase it as ‘maintenance is better than repair’. Rather than waiting for a crisis to happen in your home, the point is that you should be staying on top of work around your property and generally ensuring that it’s all in perfect working order. Read on and we’ll take a look at just why it’s so important to maintain every part of your home regularly rather than waiting for something to break down and go wrong.

Efficiency

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The first point to bear in mind is that just because something is working, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s working well and it certainly doesn’t mean that it’s working optimally. There’s a very good chance that although your plumbing still heats up your water and gets it to your taps, it nevertheless isn’t doing quite the efficient job it could be.

Take a furnace for instance that heats the home up through a series of vents. This could be doing its job inasmuch as it’s keeping you warm, but if you haven’t had it maintained recently, then chances are that some of the filters and vents will be clogged with dust, dirt and grime. Over time this can prevent air from flowing freely which will mean you don’t get the full benefit of the heating and more energy is used to circulate it. Maintenance in this case could pay for itself by keeping your home without wasting the same amount of energy.

Health

Likewise it’s important to maintain and check your various utilities regularly in order to look after the health of you and your family. If you have a water well system for instance, then you need to maintain this regularly to make sure that the water is as clean as it can be. Again it might be storing your water perfectly well, but if you don’t maintain it you might not be getting the full benefits.

Crises

More to the point though, maintenance can spot the early warning signs of that something might go wrong in the near future. In the case of a water tank for instance this could be a hairline crack that could later evolve to become a full-blown leak.

If you catch this early through regular maintenance then first and foremost you’re going to save money – another way that this will pay for itself. More to the point again though, by catching a crack or leak before it becomes a big problem, you can avoid letting it completely ruin your evening by flooding your house/leaving you without cooker/heating/fridge.

Why subject yourself to that when regular maintenance can avoid the issue and save you money in the long term?

Top Habits to Get Into In Order to Save Energy Around the Home Every Day

Saving energy doesn’t have to be difficult and it doesn’t have to mean huge changes to your lifestyle or big investments of cash. While this might sometimes seem like the case from what we read, in fact it’s often the tiny changes we make that can make the biggest difference to our overall energy expenditure. And this is especially true when it comes to the energy we use around the home. If you want to keep your energy bill down and to do your bit for the planet too, it’s often a simple matter of routinely engaging in a few little habits. Read on and we’ll look at how you can do that…

The Habits That Save Your Home Energy

Turning Off Sockets

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This is one of the biggest and most obvious examples of a small habit you can use around the house in order to save energy and save money. Many of us make the mistake of believing that a plug doesn’t use any power when it’s turned on, but actually if it’s plugged into any chargers or devices with LEDs or rechargeable batteries, then there’s a good chance that it will. Rather than thinking about which sockets are safe to leave on and which are not, a much safer habit to get into would be simply to switch off any sockets before you go to bed or whenever you leave the house. Or just whenever you’re not using them really!

Turning Off Lights

The same goes for lights. If you’re not in a room – then turn off the light! Many of us will walk around from room to room leaving every light on as we go, and while each bulb won’t use that much energy, all in all it can add up to a lot of energy wasted.

Run the Cold Water First

Taking a bath? Then run the cold water first and then add the hot water second. The reason this is such a great energy saver is that standing hot water will evaporate and create steam – i.e. wasted energy and water. Run the cold water first and you’ll thus need to add less hot water to achieve the same temperature when you get in.

Fil the Mugs First

Next time you fill your kettle, don’t carry the kettle to the sink. Instead, fill your mug with water, then pour it into the kettle and hit boil. This will ensure you aren’t boiling more water than necessary and that will save energy (and get you your tea faster!).

Shop Around

When buying things for your home, make it a habit to look at least three different options before hand to make sure you’re getting the best item. And when you do, look at the energy efficiency rating of each item in particular. This is crucial for any kind of device whether it’s a fridge or a kettle – but it’s even more important for something big like a well water system.

So there you go, some very easy habits that will nevertheless save you a lot of energy. The devil is in the details!