Whole House Air Purifiers: Are They any Good?

How To Get Clean Air Throughout Your Home

With the world’s natural resources being depleted at an alarming rate it follows that the energy products derived from these natural resources are becoming ever more expensive to us, the consumer. To minimize this effect the modern trend is to make our homes well insulated and sealed against drafts.

whole house air purifier

Smaller than a shoe box and will completely clean the air in your entire home.

Whilst this good for energy efficiency and keeping heating costs low-ish, the down side to a well insulated home is the likelihood of insidious air pollutants and allergens becoming trapped inside your home. What this means is pollutants, allergens, pet hair and dander, can build up in your home, leading to problems with breathing, headaches, and nausea. This may eventually culminate in regular respiratory infections.

For many people the realization that the air they breathe at home is lacking in quality comes to them very slowly. But when the penny finally drops, they wonder just what should they do about it. Many simply move home and leave the problem behind. However, if the problem is caused by your pets who you love dearly, or you love your home and don’t want to move, you’ll probably start searching for another solution. It won’t be long before air filters, cleaners and purifiers come onto your radar.

Now’s about the time you’d perhaps visit a local retailer or department store. Many of these establishments only carry limited stock, which means they only have smaller cleaners designed to purify the air in just a single room, or two at the most. For those who are smokers, or have pets, or don’t want to move home the solution will come down to “Do we install an air purifier system that cleans the whole house, or something smaller that cleans only a room or two?”.

Smaller solutions cost less and are usually easier to install. However having said that, a whole house air purifier system is readily available and can cost less that you might think, especially considering the enhanced benefits you will enjoy, such as:

Whole house air cleaners clean the polluted air in your home. The “cleaned air” gives you a significant lowering of the pollutants and allergens inside your home, thereby reducing your indoor air pollution counts to a much healthier level.

– If you already have an HVAC system, then a whole-house air purifer system can be built directly into it. There are also stand-alone systems that can be easily incorporated into your home. If you’re unsure how to proceed at this point, consider speaking with an HVAC specialist.

Visit your local home improvement store

If you have decided a whole-house air purifier is the way you want to go, you can get a lot of help and advice from your local home improvement store before starting such a project. Improving the quality of the air inside your home, especially the whole house, falls into the category of a home improvement project. This explains why many home improvement stores stock examples of air purifiers suitable for the whole house.

Of course you’re not limited to only shopping at a local home improvement store or specialist retailer, you can always find a raft of relevant information online. Not only will you find the best prices but also feedback from previous buyers of the same system you’re considering buying. Feedback will be invaluable because it will include honest appraisals, including any major pros and cons of the system. With online shopping, you can compare prices and look for bargains, in a matter of minutes.

When shopping online, you should research the websites of home improvement stores and air purifier manufacturers. If you still haven’t found the air purifier system you want, it’s also worth checking out the websites of general home stores and even traditional department stores.

Pep Up Your Latte Coffees With Flavored Syrups

There’s A Treat In Store For Lovers of Latte Coffee

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Delicious layered mint latte decorated with fresh mint leaves.

With the growth of coffee house culture across the United States, and continuous technical enhancements in coffee makers for home use, an explosion in the range of different types of “Italian” coffee has evolved. Whereas previously you were limited to regular or decaffeinated coffee from a basic coffee machine, you can now choose from an ever-growing range of styles and flavors, with their weird and wonderful names, including: macchiato, marocchino, frappaccino, mocha latte, or Shakerato from your local coffee house; this list continues to grow.

Why use flavored syrups

One of the major drivers in the increasingly large number of varieties available is the use of flavored syrups. Syrups are available in a number of varieties from the basic vanilla, caramel, hazelnut, Irish cream, toffee, gingerbread and hazelnut, to a number of fruity alternatives. Although it may seem that these flavored syrups only arrived with the advent of coffee shop franchises, such as Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and so on, they were actually offered by high-end specialty coffee shops many years prior.

With its mild, milky flavors, skinny latte coffee blends well in harmonizing (balancing) the respective strengths of the espresso / syrup ingredients. Have you had, or even heard of, a raspberry nutmeg latte? Now this might sound like a kind of dessert that would play havoc with your diet but in this case it isn’t so. This can actually be a reasonably low-fat way to enjoy these delightful flavors in a delicious drink.

What makes a good syrup?

Not all syrups can be used for a latte coffee because they’re not all created to the same quality. The most suitable flavors of syrup are made using high-quality, natural ingredients. Strawberries, blueberries, and other berries are traditional syrup favorites, but many fruits can be used for syrup-making. They are made by taking the base ingredient, spices and nuts are also suitable, and heating them vigorously with water and granulated sugar to make a concentrated syrup. Made properly, these syrups contain only the fat or cholesterol found naturally in the base ingredient, and so are not going to adversely affect your diet.

With the emphasis on low-carb and sugar free diets, suppliers have introduced sugar-free syrups to mix with your skinny latte. By using sugar free sweeteners, many of the old favorite flavors will still be available in sugar free, with no reduction in the taste. To the list of old favorites (given above) you can add amaretto, chocolate and raspberry as being also available without the extra sugar.

Not all syrups are suitable

If you already enjoy syrup-flavored lattes, check the bottle of syrup at your local coffee house to be sure that the flavor you choose contains only natural and high quality ingredients. So with the varieties available and the numerous sugar free options, with a little effort you can have fun experimenting with a different flavored latte every day of the week and beyond.

OK, we know there are purists who like their coffee straight up without any additions. But for those adventurous types who like to experiment with flavorsome ingredients that result in intriguing nuances of taste to their espresso-based beverages, we think a shot of flavored syrup could be just what their skinny latte calls needs.

When Kitchen Remodeling, Keep Safety To The Fore

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Dream big … stay safe!

One of the many reasons why kitchen remodeling can often be considered dangerous is because of the required tools and most laymen’s unfamiliarity with them. Many of the replacement tasks you might wish to carry out in your kitchen, such as updating or repairing your kitchen lights, kitchen cabinets, or kitchen flooring require specialty tools; tools that may hurt you if used incorrectly.

That is why it is important that you are aware of the dangers of the tools that you will be using. Although there is a good chance that you have used a box cutter or a saw before, did you use them correctly? Before you start your kitchen remodeling project, it’s good practice to become familiar with the tools that you will be using. When it comes time to starting your remodeling, you should know how to safely use all of your tools; thereby reducing your risk of injury.

Before starting work it is also important that you are aware of your own physical limits. Whether you are replacing your kitchen floor tiles, installing new kitchen cabinets, or installing a new kitchen worktop, you need to know what you can lift safely. trying to lift too much weight can easily result in back injury; so, make sure you get help with those awkward, heavy items.

Always take your time and use your own common sense. Plan out each stage and enjoy what you are achieving.  You’ll be finished before you know it and will have completed the task to the best of of your ability. Take sensible precautions and you’ll have a re-modeled kitchen of which you can be proud.