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Top 5 Benefits of Installing Awnings for Home


Awnings are considered as one of the most important things for the residential as well as the commercial buildings. It provides shade in the outdoor areas. There are various benefits of installing the awnings but one of the main benefits is the protection it provides to the building from the unfavorable weather conditions which helps in keeping the building look new and safe for a longer time. Talking about the variety of the same, there are different types of awnings available in the market. Be it the color, design or pattern, you can get plenty of options to choose from. Awnings provide a lot of benefits to the residential as well as commercial buildings.

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Benefits of Installing Awnings

  • Make Your House Look More Spacious: Awnings provide extra space to play and enjoy the outdoor games. You can actually use the space according to your desires and requirements. By installing awnings at your home, you can have a large number of guests without worrying about the space. No matter, if it’s a beautiful sunny or extreme rainy day, you can enjoy both by sitting on your verandah. With the help of awnings, you can design your house according to your own preferences.
  • Gives Your Home a Classy Look: Installing an awning in your house doesn’t only make it look beautiful but also makes it look expressive as well which increases its value. Awnings make a house look attractive and provide a bigger space to enjoy and have a good time with the family. If you’re someone who wants everything up to date and do not want to keep things boring and mundane, then installing awnings in your house would be the best idea for you. You can also customize according to your requirement.
  • Reduce Energy Costs: When you install awnings in your residential or commercial buildings, it helps in reducing the direct solar heat, which is why the cooling energy costs get reduced eventually. To save even more money, you can opt for the retractable awnings.
  • Protects House from Various Weather Conditions: After installing awnings in your house, you don’t worry about sun’s harmful UV rays, snow, rain or any weather-related problems because awnings protect the house from all these. The house remains new as no discoloration and deterioration happen to the house. Awnings help in protecting the indoor as well as the exterior furniture.

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These were some of the valid reasons for installing the awnings in your house without giving it a second thought. There are different types of stylish awnings available in the market. You can choose any of them as per your need and give your house a brand new look. Talking about the cost of installing the awnings, it depends on the service provider.  Some service provider may install the awnings in affordable price, whereas some can charge extra or quote price that may beyond your calculated budget or price. Therefore, industry experts suggest of conducting research before hiring any service provider. These were some of the important information related to the awnings.

 

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How to build your network when you’re feeling alone


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Wanting some spiritual direction?

Lately I have become a penchant for solitude, quietude and practicing a lot of mindfulness. There are a lot of books out there on learning how to use your quiet time to reflect on what is more important in life. For example, taking the time out to read a novel or the bible when no one is around, and its just you in the room. I have really been into podcasts lately, and also will post a favourites post in the future of what I take my time to listen to!

“How to pursue your dreams when no-one is around you”

When you feel like you are alone and have no one to share your life-long goals and dreams with and feel like nobody cares, the first thing you actually need to do is to spend time with yourself before you can create a group of friends or network support.

So, how do we go about this?

Let me share with you my tips on when I have my own quiet time and take the time to renew, and rejuvenate my lifestyle.

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Split System Installation: Install Indoor and Outdoor Separately


Scorching heat during summers can exhaust your energy level. That is why, coming after a hard day’s work at home, your Air Conditioning unit is something that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed.  Some would say that central air conditioning may not always be possible then it is wise to look for window units. But in case both the options are unmatched in your case, you can always find more cool air in your home with split air conditioning system. But before you jump into any conclusion of split system installation you better look through some general information like what and why would you choose it?

Split Air Conditioning Units
Split Air Conditioning Units

What Is a Split Air Conditioner?

In any split air conditioner system, you will find two main parts, the outdoor unit, and the indoor unit. This outdoor unit is installed near the wall outside or even in the room where you want it to be cool and the indoor unit is the sleek part of the appliance. The outdoor unit has the condenser coil, compressor and expansion coil. The indoor unit has the cooling coil, an air filter, and a long blower.

Before figuring out the process of split system installation you should know that this type of air conditioning system is different from other types of AC units. The main cause is that this system does not require any ductwork. Both the outdoor and indoor units only require some electrical wiring and tubing.

Why Choose Split Air Conditioner?

Any kind of air conditioning system using split technology uses an indoor mounted unit which is capable of blowing cool air in the room and the outdoor unit dissipating the heat from the cool place. There are quite some benefits of choosing this system:

  • It has a R410A refrigerant that is used to cool or heat the area. It is very environmental-friendly.
  • In most of the split systems, you are going to have DC inverter technology. This is responsible for precise thermal control.
  • When you will decide on split system installation you will find that it is a compact form of an appliance that not only saves your expenses through electricity usage but also compliments the modern surroundings of your home.
  • The filters will remove the impurities of the air and helps you breathe in healthy air.
Split Air Conditioner
Split Air Conditioner

How to Install Split System?

Install the indoor unit:

Step 1: You must select a location for installing the indoor unit of your split unit which is away from direct sunlight or any type of heat source. Make sure that the unit has at least 6’’ of open space above it.

Step 2: In this step, you will drill holes for affixing the mounting plate on the wall. Make sure it is perfectly horizontal.

Step 3: Drill a hole in the wall for fitting the pipes. Consider the distance first for connecting it with the outdoor unit. The hole should be 3’’ in diameter and slope downward. Insert a flange in the hole.

Step 4: After checking the proper diagram mentioned in the unit, you should now connect the pipes. Lastly, secure the indoor unit.

Install the outdoor unit:

Step 1: The outdoor unit requires 12’’ of space around it so choose a place for it which is not too much crowded, hot or even dusty.

Step 2: Lay the concrete pad which must be leveled properly on the ground.

Step 3: Connect the electrical wires of the unit.

Step 4: You now must secure the flare nuts with the corresponding pipes on this unit.

Step 5: You must check the air and humidity from the refrigerant circuit.

Step 6: Now wrap the joints of the piping and affix it to the wall with clamps. It’s better to seal the hole in the wall with polyurethane foam.

This split system air conditioning is the best choice when budget is your prime concern. If you consider split system installation you are actually protecting the environment also.

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Creating Characters


Hello everyone.

Before we dive into the next topic in the Writing 101 series, there is a housekeeping issues I’d like to address. I have decided that I will publish writing posts not once but twice a week. You heard correct. That is twice not once a week. These days are Monday and Friday. I am going to try my best to get one done and published on Friday which will begin this new routine. Now for this evening’s topic.

Characters

Every book (whether good or bad) has characters. It is not a book or a story with a cast of main characters and secondary characters.

As the title suggests, main characters are the ones that drive the story.

For example, Frodo and Sam in Lord of the Rings drive the story. The same goes for Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

What should an author’s characters look like? Most characters are shaped from the author’s experiences. They are a form of who the author knows and of herself.

Developing characters that are based on yourself is totally okay too. Many authors before us have done this. I have two examples of this.

The first comes from one of my favorite childhood authors: Madeleine L’Engle. She wrote the famous Wrinkle in Time series and the Vicky Austen series.

When asked if she was like her heroines, she responded that she was both Meg Murray from A Wrinkle in Time and Vicky Austen.

My second example is J.K. Rowling. Rowling based the character of Hermonine a bookish young red head on herself.

Now, how does one go about forming a character? Well, it is safe to say that it is good to start perhaps with a name. Then from there start describe the person. Does she or he have blue eyes? Brown? Hazel? What hair color do they have? Where do they live?

But characters are more than just how they look. You need to make them three dimensional.

What does that mean? It means you must make your characters as real as possible. Readers must feel as if they characters they are reading about are real. Like someone they have known all their lives. Otherwise they won’t care about the story.

A while back I came across a wonderful worksheet for writing characters. A worksheet that goes beyond just giving your character a name, eye color, and hair color but it goes deeper to help you flesh them out.

Character Chart

I hope you find this chart helpful. Please let me know how forming your characters goes in the comments below. I’d love to hear how it goes! I am also filling out this chart for my characters in my new story.

Comment below and I will share how it is going for me as well. Stay tuned for the next installment which will be coming out on Friday. Until then, happy writing!

This is part of the Writing Series, Writing 101 with Gabrielle Emmons. The first post was “How to start a novel”.

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All That You Want to Know About Solid Wood Flooring


Solid wood flooring is one of the most opted options for people across the globe. The wood colors compliment most of the colors compared to carpets that date with time. So many people are opting for this option because it is simple, beautiful and elegant as well. These are available in a wide range of colors and price ranges. Purchasing these flooring options is not difficult, however installing and maintaining may require professional help. You need to be proactive in identifying the areas that need proper attention and take care to maintain these for a long time. Here are some of the reasons why many people prefer solid wood flooring.

Match with Any Wall Color

Natural colors can match with almost any color and so is true with the solid wood flooring. As a homeowner, you do not need to rely on the color of your floors while choosing the wall color because almost any color will match. You can experiment with various colors and choose the ones which will be perfect for your interior designing plans.

They Add Classy Appeal


The solid finishing of these floorings adds a classy appeal to your home. As a result, visitors and friends that come to your house will never stop talking about it. The floors with solid wood flooring can be a perfect complement for contemporary as well as the traditional floors. The beautiful shine and look of the floors can match up well with any setting. All that you need to do is to take regular maintenance seriously and polish the floors in the set interval in order to keep it looking like new.

Durable Choice

Most people believe that the solid wood flooring will even outlast the homeowners and get better with time as well. If you have carpets on the floor, it will need constant vacuuming and cleaning to keep it free of dust. If there is a wine spill on the carpet you can forget about it, but that is not true with the solid wood flooring because all that you need to do is to clean it and make it shiny again. You can be happy that with regular cleaning and timely maintenance there is no chance of stains on your floor.

Cost-Effective

Solid wood flooring is a cost-effective choice for sure. The investment that you make in the initial stage may be higher than some other options because the installer also needs to be experienced in this process. However, when you consider the number of years these floors will provide beauty and elegance to your home, you can be happy and relaxed that the overall process is cost effective. You do not need to spend on the regular maintenance of the floors and in this way, you are able to save a lot over a period of time.

Low on Maintenance

Well, the installation and taking care of the flooring is easy and low on maintenance. All that you need to do is to clean the flooring on a regular basis and not worry about what stains are going to come because even a single mop is good enough to clean many of the days to day dirt and dust of the floor. However, every once in a while, you can go for a polishing to bring out the good and sparkling looks back again.

So, make sure that you compare the several options in solid wood flooring out there and get it installed by a professional with years of experience to get good looking and durable flooring.

 

 

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7 Ways to find your purpose in life


I recently bought a new magazine…… and I am IN LOVE with it…… I am basically copying from the book, but this is practical, and a huge guidance for you if you want to find purpose in everything that you do. Whether you’re a full-time working mum, single entrepreneur, starting your own small business, or creating ideas for a future business, or even if you want to find out anything about yourself when applying your own qualities to life itself.

Below you will find the link:

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“Empowering Women to become the BEST version of themselves.”

By supporting small business owners, entrepreneurial women, Shar Moore is the CEO and founder of the magazine.

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Some Essential Details about the Security and Alarm Systems


One of the most important jobs one needs to do is to make sure the house has proper alarm and security system. The crime is increasing with every passing day. Thus, it is of utmost importance to make sure the home is protected properly from intruders. With the advancement of technology, the commonly used electric alarm have become backdated and can be bypassed easily.

Types of systems

Numerous advanced alarm and security system are available in the market. The common types are explained below.

Monitored Alarm System: They are enhanced and advanced versions of the local electric alarm system. They tend to have connection to the monitoring services along with the alarms. Firstly, if any unusual behavior is identified the agents call to identify whether the alert was a real one or a false alert. Here, the monitoring authorities only send the alert to the concerned persons who would come to the spot within minutes. The other things such as fire or carbon monoxide level are also monitored keeping in mind the safety of the family.

Smoke Alarm System: The smoke alarm system commonly guards against the house from any kind of fire and smoke. They usually contain hardwired or wireless smoke detectors along with strobe lights. A complete fire alarm system can also be installed, which would contain a sprinkler system, a heat detector, as well as a smoke detector.

Burglar alarm system: The most common type of alarm systems is installed in the household. It is fitted along with the doors, windows sensors, and motion detectors. If the sensors are tripped in any manner immediately, an alarm is sent, which starts a loud sound, which in turn alerts the neighborhood. They are controlled by a keypad, which is located centrally.

Medical alarm system: Here, there is an emergency button on the keypad of the home security system. Pressing the button would alert the central security organization, which would in turn inform the concerned doctors. This is absolutely a delight, especially for elderly people who stay alone.

Critical alarm system: This type of alarm system would protect the house against leaks, which usually remain undetected as long as it does not do huge damage. This type of system would protect the house from higher damage. It can monitor the plumbing and heating system when the house is empty. It would inform the concerned personals if a pipe burst or any kind of leakage occurs.

Different processes of installation

Before installation of the alarm and security system for home, it is important to be completely aware of the entire installation process. The process of installation usually depends on what type of system you prefer to install. The common installation processes are explained below.

DIY (Do it yourself) installation process: In this process, the homemaker is in full control. It is completely his decision about the devices and sensors that would be installed. Usually, these processes are simple and do not require complex wirings. It usually takes about an hour to complete the entire process. However, it is important to do a thorough research about the process so that the homemaker is not stuck in between. It is better to get in touch with the professionals if the homemaker messes in between and is not aware of the next step.

Professional installation: Here, the homemaker can relax throughout the entire process, since the experienced professionals take responsibility of the complete process. They would firstly examine the existing wiring and entire layout of the house. They would take the entire responsibility if anything goes wrong and would not be paid until they fix it completely.

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Timber Furniture: Growing in Craze Among Homeowners


You have already worked hard on your new house and finally it is getting together. Right from the color on the walls to the timber flooring, you had the best things in the market to complete your dream house and it has turned out to be quite a success. However, it is now time to check on the furniture sector as you don’t want to be missing out on the best timber furniture available in the market. Some people have a craze for metallic and aluminum furniture, but wooden ones are the best. These are more natural looking over anything else and you can also get the best longevity from this wooden furniture. Even you can do some polishing works on this furniture after certain time and you will increase their longevity as well.

Timber Furniture
Timber Furniture

What are the Attractive features of Wooden Furniture?

The first misconception that people used to have about wooden furniture has to be with its durability. They always think that wooden furniture is not going to last long and are more prone to moisture based damages. This is not technically wrong and you can easily use the wooden furniture for a longer period than other materials. But the fact is that notable manufacturing units ensure to coat a clear paint or laminated sheet of some sort on the timber furniture before dispatching it to the market. This coat is like a protective shield, which will protect the furniture from water, dust and sunrays.

#1. Can last for long:

If you think that wooden furniture is not going to last log then think again. Certain wooden products are so durable, that those can last for decades without a single maintenance from your side. For that, you just have to get to the core of the products and learn more about it. You have to get to the best manufacturing house in your locality and ask them to make the exquisite wooden furniture to use. If you have a soft corner for timber, then you can ask them to make timber products, as well.  Wooden furniture can provide you best longevity and you can use it for many years.

#2. Renovate the look completely:

If you want to change the entire look of your place, you might want to try timber furniture for a change. Try to get rid of the iron or aluminum items. For that, you can just change it with a more naturalistic look of the timber based furniture. For that perfect home improvement, nothing can work better than these products. If you are still not sure how, then you might want to give it a try and use it.

#3. Not harming the nature at all:

Just because solid timber planks are used for manufacturing timber furniture, that does not mean that the manufacturers are harming the environment by cutting down all the trees. Manufacturers are basically cut down the old trees in a scientific manner. On behalf of those trees, new ones are planted and those are given proper supervision for its healthy growth. The best thing is that manufacturing units are always thinking about the environment and some of them are even recycled from old wooden products to give that new and revamped look.

If you have few pennies to invest then always go for timber furniture and improve the complete look of your place. This is going to be just mesmerizing and will act in your favor in the best manner possible. The products are strong and resilient, easy to keep and even beautiful at its best. So, without wasting any time further, you know just the right furniture to purchase.

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Making the Right Choice When It Comes to Professional House Cleaning


It rather takes a hell lot of time when trying to clean your room. You are always busy 5 days a week, and the 2 weekends seem to pass like a minute! Trying to clean your entire house within those two days is impossible. You need to dedicate hours for cleaning a room, and you don’t have that patience. But, there is a solution for anything, and the solution for this problem is help from professional house cleaning companies. These companies are known to serve multiple people by cleaning their houses professionally.

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What are the Features of Professional House Cleaning Services?

Using Modern Tools Now:

Cleaning your house is not just about vacuuming or dusting. Using basic items like a mop or vacuum cleaner won’t help you to reach those corners and you might end up leaving those spots unclean. Bacteria and viruses tend to grow easily and will hamper the entire health.  Their tools are associated with modern technology and will help in adding more value to your place. So, using experts for their professional house cleaning and never must worry about the hygiene of your place ever.

Check Out the Charges:

Now, this seems to be the first point crossing your mind. How much will the professional cleaners charge for their service? It depends on the type of servicing package you want for them and for how long.

  • If you are planning to call them for a day then the charges will be low when compared to monthly services.
  • Moreover, the prices are going to vary from one company to another, as well. Depending on the area of your house to the number of rooms or floors to cover, the prices are going to differ.
  • It is always important to call an expert first and have a thorough chat regarding professional house cleaning. Provide them details of your requirements and check out their prices.
  • After a hearty conversation with you, the company will be able to provide you with a proper quote on your cleaning spree. The charges also depend on the location of your house, and the extent to which you need a house cleaning. Additional transportation costs will be less if you hire local cleaning professionals.

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Ways to Hire the Experts:

If this is your first time asking experts for professional house cleaning, then remember to follow some simple points. It might take some time initially but can prevent you from spending money on the wrong company.

  1. You must be very sure of your research. Choose the local professional cleaners as they will be able to reach your house on time and start working. You should also check their credential rates and the charges they ask for before addressing their services.
  1. Always get to know the pros and cons of the company before asking for house cleaning services. Remember that you must be very sure of their working experience and secure services before moving further with the result.
  1. Decide whether you need help from a cleaning company or an individual cleaner. The former one might take extra bucks but their services are worth it. Moreover, a cleaning company will only provide help from secure cleaners with experience and a good reputation of being true to their services. It is hard to find these features in an individual cleaner.
  1. It is also very important to sign an annual maintenance and house cleaning contract with the company before you finalize the deal.

Once you have checked out these points, it will be rather easier for you to hire the best professional house cleaning company among the lot. Then you can ask them to take care of your house.

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Tricks to Get a Quality Clothes Dryer at a Low Rate


If you are a buying a dryer for the first time, you may not know the specifics in detail. When you decide to find a suitable cheap clothes dryer, you need to keep these specifics clear before choosing one. I have a personal classification of cheap clothes dryers:

  1. Cheap Clothes Dryers That Rip You Off Your Money
  2. Cheap Clothes Dryer That is a Good Deal

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See what I just did here? I am just trying to tell you that if you are not careful enough, you could end up having a poor quality of clothes dryers. When you hear cheap clothes dryer, the first thing that comes to your mind is a low quality. It is obvious for any person to associate low prices with low quality as that is the usual norm. But, here is a small trick – get the right size and the right style of the dryer that is suitable for your household and you are definitely not going to have to pay more. Also, always wait for season sale offers to roll out. During these sale periods, you get enormous amounts of discounts and thereby you can buy cheap clothes dryers. Here are the factors you need to consider:

  • The Size: Clothes dryer is one such appliance for which the line “the larger the better” does not hold. You do not want to go overboard and buy a huge dryer as that would not benefit the cause. A large dryer with lesser clothes to dry will just consume more power and occupy extra space. So, carefully measure the available space for the dryer and estimate how much laundry you do in one go usually. Generally, for 2 members in the family, it is advisable to get a dryer of the capacity of 4kg – 6.5kg. For a 4-member family, you should get 7kg – 8.5kg dryer capacity and for a large family, you can keep adding 1 kg each for every extra member and thus decide the size of the dryer. These numbers may vary according to the usage.
  • Gas or Electric? The first step in choosing an energy efficient cheap clothes dryer is that you have to decide whether the dryer has to be run by gas or electricity. If your home already has a gas connection, you know that a gas propelled dryer is preferable. But gas dryers are costlier than electric ones. Though, gas dryers have lower operating costs. So, if you are using a clothes dryer regularly, you should choose a gas dryer to get long term profits.

Electric Clothes Dryer

  • You May Need to Focus a Bit on The Inbuilt Features in The Dryers:
  1. Moisture Sensor: These sensors can sense when the clothes are completely devoid of moisture and cut short the cycle accordingly.
  2. Steam Drying: This is one of the latest innovation in the dryers. It sterilizes your clothes and makes them warm and easier to iron. This also is beneficial in killing off nasty smells.
  3. Anti-Wrinkle: This is a technology for reducing wrinkles and making ironing easy. You save a lot of time while ironing this way.
  4. Drying-Rack: It is a feature that is meant for items that are not meant to be bumped around during drying, like gym shoes and teddy bears.
  5. Speed Drying: It enables you to quickly dry clothes so that you do not have to wait around for ages for the dryer to complete the cycle.
  6. Delay Timer: When you are busy operating other equipment and are over loading the power supply systems, you can set the dryer to start off late during the off-peak power periods.

All these points can be kept in mind while choosing a cheap clothes dryer to ensure you get the complete value of your money.