how to create a healthy home

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Creating a healthy home environment is something that every parent strives for, which is why so many people dedicate so much time to keeping their homes clean. Taking care of the house is a time-consuming task and can feel like it never ends, especially when you have kids. But, looking after your home and keeping it healthy involves more than just chores; there are also other ways to make your home a healthier place to live. Here are some suggestions that can help you to make your home as healthy as possible:

Improve Your Air Quality

Air may be invisible, but its quality plays a significant role in the health of your home. While there is a lot of focus on air pollution, in terms of fumes from factories and vehicles, the air pollution that is within your home is worth thinking about too. The home environment can produce all kinds of fumes, from the wood that you burn to heat your home through to cooking fumes; there are many ways the air in your home can become polluted. Air pollution can lead to respiratory diseases, and if any of your family suffers from allergies, these can be exacerbated by low indoor air quality. 

Making some simple changes around your home can make a big difference to the air quality. One of the first factors to think about is your HVAC system; if your air conditioning is not working right, it can lead to dust and allergens not being effectively filtered out of the air. To prevent this, it is a good idea to get an HVAC Repair engineer to resolve the problem as soon as you notice. 

Another useful way to improve indoor air quality at your home is to keep it well ventilated. Keeping your home ventilated will help to ensure that the air can flow freely.

Ditch the Chemicals

Reducing the amount of chemicals that you use in your home can help make your house naturally healthy. The chemicals that are used in many proprietary cleaners could be potentially harmful to people with respiratory illnesses.

If you would like to reduce the chemicals that are used in your home, you may want to consider switching to greener alternatives or even try making your own natural cleaning products.

If you do need to use chemicals in your home, don’t forget to take care around children and pets, and try to keep the room ventilated when using the products.

Deal With Mould

Mould not only looks pretty nasty, but it can also be bad for your health. Mould spores travel through the air and can cause issues for people that are sensitive to mould. Preventing mould from forming is the best course of action to keep your home healthy. To prevent mould, it is a good idea to clean up any spillages and deal with leaks as soon as you notice them. Keeping condensation at bay by opening windows when cooking is also an essential part of preventing mould.

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preventing plumbing problems at home

Plumbing problems can cause havoc in your home. From minor issues like dripping taps to full flooding, when something goes wrong with your plumbing, it’s a pain to have to sort it out. Even small problems can get worse if you leave them, causing water damage or driving up your water bills. Although you can address problems when they arise, there are also steps that you can take to prevent some of the most common problems. Prevention can be the better way to approach plumbing issues, saving you plenty of time and money. Take a look at these ideas to prevent plumbing problems in your home.

Insulate Exposed Pipes

Pipes that are exposed to the elements could experience problems due to fluctuations in temperature. When it’s cold, old pipes could freeze over and might be at risk of bursting or breaking. Pipes in your attic or basement, as well as some exposed pipes outside, should be insulated to prevent them from getting too cold. You can easily do this yourself if you want to, as pipe insulation is available from any hardware store. It will help to protect your pipes and keep heat in so you save money on hot water too.

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Regularly Check Connections

Connections between pipes and various plumbed-in items around your home can be key areas where problems form. Loose connections and leaks can cause issues, so it’s smart to keep an eye on these areas. It’s a good idea to regularly inspect your home anyway, and even smarter to take a close look at any connections that could start to leak. Sometimes these problems can be very easily solved by tightening something up or using some sort of sealant to fill any gaps. It can help to prevent worse problems later, which might be more difficult to fix.

Keep Your Drains Clear

Blocked drains can cause many issues. Keeping them clear ensures everything is working as it should be. Drains can get blocked due to what you put down them, as well as problems outside your home. Make sure you keep food out as much as possible and avoid pouring oil down your drains. A professional RootX treatment will take care of roots from trees and plants trying to get into your pipes. This can prevent damage and avoid the need for putting new pipes in too, so you can save a lot of money.

Know Where Your Shutoff Valve Is

One of the most important things that you can know is where to find the main shutoff valve for the water supply in your home. This can help to prevent flooding and disaster if anything does go wrong. It’s also important if you want to attempt any basic plumbing tasks around your home, as you will often need to turn off the water first. You might be able to check your property inspection report to locate the valve.

Aim to prevent plumbing problems in your home and you can avoid all kinds of issues that could be expensive to fix.

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top tips for creating a comfortable, fun summer at home

Even if you manage to get away during the summer, you don’t usually spend the whole season away from home. That means that when you’re not visiting elsewhere, you need to make the most of the time you have in your own home. This year, like last year, many more of us may still be at home for the summer, with no chance to travel. But even if you can’t get away at all, you can still enjoy the warmer weather and everything that summer brings. Here’s how to make sure your summer at home is comfortable, fun, and memorable.

Keep It Cool

When it starts to get really hot, the last thing that you want is to be stuck at home with no way to keep cool. Before it gets too warm, servicing your air conditioning unit will ensure it’s good to go. But it’s also handy to have an emergency AC repair service on hand, just in case. A reliable service will be able to come out quickly and fix any issues so you don’t have to wait too long before your home is cool again. If you don’t have efficient AC or it needs a boost, you can use various techniques to keep cool, from the right sheets at night to fans to keep the air flowing.

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Make the Most of Your Space

Just because you’re at home, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun. There are plenty of things that you can do, especially when you make full use of all of the space that you have available. It’s worth thinking about how you might change things around for summer. When the temperature goes up, you don’t need blankets and throw pillows to snuggle into. You might remove rugs or other things that make your home look and feel warmer. Make full use of each room too, as well as your outdoor space.

Plan Some Local Trips

If you want to make sure you’re not stuck at home all the time, think about planning some local trips to go on. There could be a few different ways to explore the region around you, depending on where you are. A trip could mean going to the local park or checking out an outdoor space that allows you to get active. Or you might be thinking about some indoor activities, whether it’s shopping or visiting a museum.

Have a Vacation at Home

You might not be going away anywhere, but you can still have a vacation – or a staycation. Without leaving your home, you can recreate a vacation and have plenty of fun. It won’t be exactly the same, but you can still enjoy yourself, especially if you’re doing it as a family activity. You could go camping in the backyard, fire up the grill, travel the world by trying out new cuisines, or even have a full-on theme night where you pretend you’re on vacation.

Even if you’re at home for the whole summer, you can have an enjoyable time. By creating your own fun and making your home comfortable, you can have a memorable summer.

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let’s talk doors

Before.

The biggest question that I am aiming to answer here is whether or not you can install a 2”x4″ exterior door in a 2”x6″ wall? Also, what is the price difference?

When we purchased our acreage it was bank-owned. As far as we knew, it had sat vacant for many months before we ended up moving into it. To deter people from entering, the property manager had duct taped signs to both exterior doors. Have you ever tried removing duct tape from painted doors? It can’t be nicely done. Either the paint chips away, or the duct tape stays.

Fast-forward nearly two years, and we finally hired a contractor to replace our doors. What a process it was. Because I had never done this before, I thought that I would explain our process, and how we ended up saving a lot of money. If you are interested in replacing your doors but are worried about the price of doing so, it can be done for cheaper than you think (with a bit of research and determination)!

Originally, I had really wanted wood doors. My mother and step-father installed one at their acreage and it was just gorgeous. So about a year ago, I called around to many manufactures in Saskatoon and asked for quotes. What I was getting back was around $10,000 for two exterior wood doors plus install. These were their cheapest prices.

Because we renovating our entire home on essentially one income, I set a budget for $3000. This would have to include the price of doors and installation. So I scoured online for wood doors. After weeks, I came to the conclusion that if we wanted a wood look we were going to have to settle for woodgrain fibreglass doors.

Next, I went to Home Hardware and Home Depot and obtained quotes in person. Home Depot has a beautiful line by Masonite. I ended up with a quote of $2,219 for Craftsmen-style doors that were on sale. That seemed reasonable to me! I went to Home Hardware just to compare. Two of their doors was going to cost just over $3000. So at the time, I settled on Home Depot.

Then we had a small black window installed next to our side door. At the time, we now had mostly white windows, one white door, one red door, and one black window. All of those colours and different styles were putting my OCD into overdrive. I told Geoff that we had to choose one colour and stick with it. 

Because our style is more Scandinavian-farmhouse-modern, I knew that I wanted to keep with a black and white theme. So totally scrapping the wood door idea, we were now aiming for really modern black doors. Ones that would let in light, but also offer privacy. 

To make a long story short, we found exactly what we had in mind at Lowe’s. Made by JELD-WEN, each door was just over $400, totalling about $850. The only problem was they were 2”x4″ jambs rather than the 2”x6″ jambs that we needed. What’s the difference? Thousands of dollars. Because the 2”x4″ black doors were so common and in stock, they were such a good deal. To order the same or a similar door in a 2”x6″ construction, it would have been considered special order. Hence, the price went up to over $1000 per door. Inevitably, 2”x4″ doors are generally much cheaper than 2”x6″ doors.

Having our hearts set on the 2”x4″ doors by JELD-WEN, I sent our contractor a text and asked him if there was any way that we could purchase those doors. To my surprise, he said that we could! We just needed a door extension kit, which ran for about $75 each. Um, SOLD!! 

We ended up buying the doors, brick mould, and extension kits for less than $1000. So far, so good.

It took our contractor a few months to finally have a few days off in his schedule. Then, it took him a day and a half to install them. His final price for install was $1300. 

After.

I ended up selling our old doors for $300. In total, we spent around $2000 on our front and side door renovation. After all of the unknowing and change of minds, it ended up being way under budget. I am so happy about that, and so happy with the results! If you are wanting to save money, I highly suggest exploring all options, such as a smaller framed door. Also, don’t quit until you are happy with the price. It may take forever and a day, but you don’t need to spend a lot of money on exterior doors if you don’t want to.

We still need a new exterior light, doorbell, to paint the white brick mould black, and are planning a wraparound deck this summer. But for now, our acreage is slowly but surely coming together.

Emory

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5 uncomplicated ways to make your home safer

The new year: the ideal time to take a look at your home security. It feels good to start in 2021, knowing that our homes and families are safe and secure.

The safety of your home might not be something that comes to mind straight away when making resolutions. Many of us are still in the clutches of winter, with dark and cold nights looming. While it’s a perfect time to make the most of hot drinks and books in front of roaring fires, no-one wants that tarnished with the stress of old locks and security systems. 

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Here are some simple ways to update your home security to feel comfortable in your home through winter, and the new year ahead. 

1. Secure Doors And Windows

Your front door is the most popular way for unwanted visitors to enter. So even though making sure your front door is secure seems almost too simple, it’s the most essential thing on this list. 

Thankfully, it won’t take much effort for you to ensure the frame is strong and the locks are working. You can consider adding in a deadbolt for extra security, or a video doorbell, so you know who’s wanting to enter. If you’re relocating into a new home, it’s a great time to change the locks. That way you know the locks you put in are top of the line. 

Don’t forget your windows! The latches on windows aren’t always the most secure – if the windows are old, they’ll be even more flimsy. You can ramp up window security pretty easy with some new latches. 

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2. Light It Up

Suppose someone’s sneaking onto your property when they shouldn’t be. In that case, they aren’t going to appreciate being in the spotlight when your outdoor floodlights activate. This makes ample outdoor lighting another straightforward way to make your house safer by making it less appealing to burglars. 

Make sure to have lighting cover front and back yards and entry points like the front door and garage. Solar lights are brilliant as they provide just as much coverage while saving you some pennies. If you’re going for something more high tech or mains connected, make sure to hire an experienced electrician. It pays to get them installed properly – plus, expert electricians can give great advice when it comes to choosing the nest product for your needs. 

3. Top Notch Security

Whether your home is new or old, it’ll most likely already have some sort of security system in place. It’s worth taking the opportunity to see if it really gives your home enough protection. There are plenty on options out there when it comes to home security systems. The sheer variety of them means you can choose something that will meet your needs, and tech level, exactly. 

Consider whether you want to install yourself. If you’d prefer a professional installation, it can change what system’s right for you. Most importantly, choose something you’re truly comfortable with. You’ll be the one using it after all!

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4. Get A Safe

Again, this seems pretty simple! But that’s exactly what this list is about – straight forward, easy options for you to feel safer at home. If the worst happens and someone unwanted manages to get inside your home, having a safe will mean those things most valuable to you are protected.

Like all of these suggestions – choose something that fits your life. Think about what’s important to you and the space you’ll need to protect it. Whatever option you go for, there are 3 things you’ll want to look for. Whether the safe is fireproof, waterproof and heavy enough that it can’t just be picked up and walked away with! 

5. Be Concious 

Some of these suggestions might be a little on the expensive side. So if you’re strapped for cash, the best thing you can do is be conscious of your home and surroundings. Knowing every little nook of your home and property leaves you in a better place to protect it. 

Check the perimeter in the evenings, check windows and doors are locked before leaving and know every inch of your property. Most importantly, though, get to know your neighbours! Even if your neighbours aren’t close, they are an invaluable tool for looking out for your home when you’re not around. Plus, it helps build a real sense of community and belonging, which is wonderful to encourage!

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Hopefully, you’ve been empowered to make positive home safety decisions. There’s a little something for everyone, and you can take out as much or as little from it as needed. Here’s to a bright, healthy and safe new year. 

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