How Windows Keep Your Home Cool During the Summer

In the depths of winter, of course, a weeklong heat wave with temps above 80 degrees sounds delicious. When high summer comes around, though, we’re left, sun-stunned, dreaming of those frigid January days, those November windstorms–anything but the tropical swelter we’re just barely enduring. Ah, the joys of weather in the American Heartland…

Some bite the bullet and spring for home air-conditioning to combat the torrid months, but one of your great allies this time of year is rather more fundamental: your windows. Falling into the routine of strategically opening and closing your home’s windows gives you some remarkable finesse in managing the heat inside.

Making Windows Work for You

In a house that’s decently insulated, the basic strategy is this: open your windows in the evening, and keep them open through to morning. You want to close them when the outside temperature’s hotter than the inside, which obviously varies based on weather conditions. Very roughly, you’ll probably be shutting those windows and drawing the blinds by mid- or late morning. Sealing and shading the house during the broil of midday and afternoon preserves to a great extent the cool air drawn inside at night.

How To Have A Quieter Home

hg20Noise pollution can be very annoying and distracting. You really cannot manage to concentrate on anything or even enjoy a good sleep where there is too much noise around you. Machine, lightweight constructions and open floor plans are some of the culprits behind noisy homes. Fortunately, something can be done to soundproof your home so you are able to enjoy some calm and quiet when you need it the most.

Enhance your windows

Double glazed and triple glazed windows are very effective in blocking sound. They have air layers that break passing sound and sound energy is lost. It is best to make considerations when building your house in a noisy area or to make enhancements to already existing windows.

Reduce noisemakers

When choosing your appliances, remember that there are models that have nosy operations and they can limit you from enjoying some quiet around the home. Buy models that are quieter in operation to enjoy a significant noise reduction around the home. Whether you are buying a dishwasher, fans or fridge remember to check noise levels. The appliances should also be in good working order all the

Put Down Your Phone

hg19I had gotten to the airport too early for my flight, and as I was sitting at my gate with my coffee in my hand, I realized I was too tired to open my laptop or even look at my phone. This got me thinking; I wondered how many things we miss while we are on our phones. We have all see the video of the woman texting on her phone while she was walking in a mall and she walks directly into a fountain, head first. (If you haven’t seen that video, please do yourself a favor and Google “Texting woman falls into fountain” trust me, you will be glad you did). I also know that everyone is on their phones a majority of the time and a million things have been written about it, but because I was going to be sitting in the airport all day, I decided to experiment. I put away my phone and did some good ole fashion people watching. These are just a few things I observed:

1. A guy spilling coffee all over his shirt. I got

Family Reunions the Easy Way

hg18First, think about what you need for a fun, successful family reunion! And then find all the places that you have all those things. And last but not least, find a way to do that all, the easy way.

Years ago, the family reunions, usually, were held at one home and usually it was one person who had the responsibility and the work of the whole reunion. In this article, I offer ways that the work and the planning can be shared amongst a few or many of the family members.

First, consider whether there are young children or babies, and make sure that there are activities or places where these babies and children can fit in and enjoy themselves. Then consider the age and the experiences and health of the other family members. Make note of how people will arrive at the appointed place and make note of who will go with whom, etc.

Once you have all your research done, the last thing to do is to develop the list. And quite possibly, set up a ’round robin’ to cover all bases. The round robin

Good Freedom Reasons to Downsize Why Not Small House Living

hg17Living in a larger home has been a challenge. Downsizing into small house living, on the other hand, has been a blessing for the family, not so much cleaning, less expenses, less utilities and more sharing with one another. Want to live big? Move into a tiny house, shipping container, an RV, small apartment or studio for more fun and less financial stress. Remember when all the average family wanted was a larger home and more space for entertaining? Why not entertain using the outdoors?

However, during a point in time, I recall longing for a much smaller home and work less at it. Arriving home after work and feeling I had arrived at my kingdom was priceless. The larger the home, the bigger the bills! And the weekends were for cleaning, grocery shopping and patio maintenance. It usually was a run-run-run deal, and then all of a sudden it was Monday again and all tired to start working again. It was a vicious cycle for many years, while looking forward to the next weekend in order to rest, but it never happened. Not every

5 Chores That Your Mom Still Does for You

hg16Needless to say, some of you already have an infinite list of chores in your minds that call for a big Thank You to your mother, for being the all-rounder that she is. Mothers are a blessing, especially if you are a lazy child who has been mollycoddled since day one and the heavy reliance has won you the award of the biggest procrastinator. While there is most of the giving from her side, the taking part is virtually very less. While growing up expects you to be responsible and reduce a certain amount of burden off her shoulders, pay attention as I list out a certain chores that need to get out of her doing. Or a much better option, have someone else to do it for you.


Pulling off all nighters just to watch that addictive TV series resulting to no or little sleep followed by a frantic wakeup call everyday might be your excuse of leaving your bed messy, but this definitely needs to be taken into thought. She is your mother, not your maid. And it’s high

Investing In Utilities For Your House

hg14As a homeowner, you have the task of making sure your house is outfitted with the utilities and fixtures it needs to function well. Even so, you may not have a lot of money to put toward this obligation. When you want to make sure your family has the utilities they need to do laundry, shower, cook, and other basic functions, you might investigate your options for tanks that can be installed immediately outside your home. You could find a model that suits your purposes and also fits your budget when you do your research online.

Checking Out Sizes

The size of the tanks that you consider may reflect the number of people who live in your household. If you have a lot of people living there, you might need a model that can provide gallons each day for tasks like cooking, bathing, and cleaning. Likewise, your yard may only have so much space available for this fixture’s installation.

By shopping on the Internet, you might come across models that are round, oval, and square. You could choose a size that will fit in the yard without

Staircase Enhancements And New Features

hg15Staircases are a central point for any two-story home or business. In fact, they serve as access routes to and from the upstairs rooms. With this in mind, there are some property owners that choose to enhance or even replace the structures that offer support to railings. These are known as balustrade, which are repeating posts that offer both support and design to upper railings.

According to home improvement agencies, there are some clients that prefer innovative and cutting-edge support columns. Most of these are made of the finest wood, stone, or even metal. However, these additions tend to be pricey in nature and should always be researched before installation.

Several home and business owners have also stayed with their current support columns. These are the components that were installed when the brick and mortal establishments were built. Keep in mind that when a builder in designing a home, he or she will try to effectively match each component across the board. This establishes uniformity and consistency in design, while showcasing the allure and essence of the decor at hand.

If you are one of countless customers

Would You Do Small House Living in Any of These Tiny Houses or Houseboats

hg13So far, for small house living, we have looked at pre-fab buildings that can be used as tiny houses, recreational vehicles, small apartments, park models and houseboats, however, still pending to see shipping containers. The process takes time, since many places must be visited in person or online in order to get a reality feel of the interiors and updated information for what we really need and want.

Many have very similar interiors, however, it would be a good time to take the next step depending on what kind of circumstances drive you towards making the final decision. The narrow tiny houses and the RVs are very similar in interior layout designs. On the other hand, small apartments and Park Models are wider, offering similar layouts between them. What about doing small house living in houseboats? Have you entertained the thought of looking into houseboats and the pros and cons for them?

All layouts depend on the square footage, the more space, the more conveniently comfortable. Yet, the range of pricing is also very similar. Online websites offer a lot of information regarding pricing and square

Chores You Should Ask A Man To Do For A Change

hg12Many women would worship their better halves if they offer to help them out around the house, but getting men to do household chores continues to remain a dream of many. Important observation; wives spend more time on housework even if both the partners are working where we know for a fact that women were taught how to do household chores by their mothers since forever, and men, raised by those same mothers slack off all they want and don’t even bother to contribute. Let me ask you, how many home cleaning product commercials show men doing the cleaning? You can’t recall because there are none.

Keep reading as I list out some tasks that a woman should ask her man to do for a change.

· Try to get him to do the dishes once in a while to set an example for the daughters of the house because seeing their dad being an idle jerk who lets mom do all the work makes them think that they are bound for the same daily grinding.

· Men should do half of the household work, because when

Home Automation Best Way to Control Your Ultra Modern Home

hg7We all have seen many movies featuring automated devices. They seem fascinating and almost unrealistic. However, not all of them are results of camera tricks. Today, the advancements in the world of technology have made it easy to own automated devices and gadgets. Anyone can get such devices for the home at some extra cost. Popularly known as home automation devices, some consider these devices as a part of home decor, whereas for some people, these are of great importance.

People use home automation gadgets as per their requirement and use. One can buy such devices from the local electronic store or through online electronic stores. These devices are roughly divided into two classes, i.e. security, and comfort.

Home Surveillance: Feel Safe While Alone

Earlier, regular burglar alarms were used to safeguard the home against the possible break-ins. However, today they are replaced by state-of-art home surveillance systems. Regular alarm systems use to make a sound in case of any break-in, giving burglar ample time to ransack the home and escape. Now the things have changed a lot. Once installed, a home automated system allows you to

Why You Cannot Do Without Sub Floor Ventilation

hg10Reasons Why Every Home Should Have Sub Floor Ventilation

Subfloor ventilation offers air flow in places where it is common to find mold, mildew, rotting wood and pests, usually in the subfloors of most houses and buildings. If left untreated, such conditions can lead to health complications.

How It Works

The whole point of a subfloor ventilation system is to replace the moist stale air with fresh dry air. The most basic form of this type of ventilation involves placing air ducts in strategic places around the building. After installation, natural ventilation is meant to take care of the rest. As stated, this is the most basic form, but in most cases it is not sufficient.

Simply having air ducts allowing air into and out of the subfloor is not enough, and you need the help of fans that help speed the process along. These fans will aid in expelling the moist stale air and replacing it with clean air from outside the building. Other forms of subfloor ventilation involve placing fans on one side of the building to draw in fresh air, then exhaust fans on the

Home Ventilation 4 Ways To Do So

hg9Home Ventilation In Four Ways

You’re living in a home that has no form of ventilation except opening windows and doors whenever the need arises. So you may be wondering as to why there is a need to install a ventilation system.

Reasons To Ventilate Your House

1. Reduce condensation buildup. Once the air in your house becomes too humid and dense, it can no longer hold in moisture. This is when condensation begins to form, leading to problems such as mold and mildew.

2. Allergens will be properly filtered out. Opening a window or door does not always ensure that the allergens in your home will get out. Without proper ventilation, it is easy for allergens such as pollen to increase in number and become trapped in your home. A proper home ventilation system will ensure that allergens do not get the chance to fester and grow, thus making the air clearer and cleaner for those suffering from allergies.

3. Poor ventilation can lead to musty, damp conditions which lead to respiratory conditions for those suffering from asthma. Also, proper ventilation can aid in reducing mites which cause

Home Ventilation In An Older House

hg8Home Ventilation For A Renovated House

According to NASA, human related activities such as chemical plants have contributed greatly to the number of greenhouse gases which have in turn caused an alarming warming trend leaving serious side effects in its wake. It’s little wonder then that one of the factors that most people look for when shopping for a house is a properly working ventilation system. But what about if you are moving to an old home that is not fitted with a modern ventilation system? The likely solution would be to install one. If you choose to go the DIY route, you may want to have a few tips in mind.

How Home Ventilation Works

In the same manner in which we need clean air to breathe, so does a house need it to stay fresh. It is important that the air that is expelled by the house’s inhabitants is replaced with fresh air. In some cases, simply opening some windows is enough to let in clean air. However, if you have installed a home heating or cooling system, then allowing in air through the windows

Understanding the Six Different Types of Siding

hg11When planning a home construction project, one of the decisions that you will need to make is the type of siding to use. This part of the home’s exterior has a direct impact on the effectiveness of water damage protection as well as the value of your home.

Here is a brief description of the various materials that are used to make it.


Companies that specialize in making house building materials started using vinyl in the late 1960s. Its durability, versatility, and easy maintenance led to more companies opting to use it instead of the conventional materials. One of the highlights is that it is available in different colors and patterns to suit both contemporary and modern architectural designs. Some of the most popular designs are fish scales, scallops, shingles, and vertical panels.


The best wood siding is made from pure hardwood such as red oak, beech, hickory, soft maple, and sycamore. Advancement in technology has also led to new machines that use softwoods such as redwood and cedar. The downside of using softwood is that it requires intensive maintenance and is prone to damage when exposed

Learning Fun at Playgrounds

hg6Since the warm months are here many families visit playgrounds as a fun outdoor activity. While playgrounds are an excellent place to let kids run around and be kids, they can also learn something here. It never hurts to combine physical and mental learning while at playgrounds.

Here’s what kids can learn at Playgrounds broken down by age since different ages have different capabilities.

One Year Olds:

*Moms of one year olds who are walking know that all they want to do at this age is show off their new found ability. Go with it! Actually, run with it. Let them walk or run in wide open areas.

*Baby swings – if your park has a baby swing, this is the perfect age to buckle your child in and let them experience the wind on their face.

*Wildlife – at this age it’s still about narrating what you are doing. If you see any wildlife, name it for your child. Talk to them about that animal.

Twos and Threes:

*Children in this age group are still all about running around so let them burn off as much energy as possible by

Flowers Perfect For Mother In Laws With Colorful Characters

hg5A tale as old as time is not just Belle and the Beast’s fairy tale love, it is also the tension between you and the mother-in-law. You may find nothing in common with her except for the love of your lives, your significant other, who also happens to be her son. Regardless of how much you love her son, it will never be enough for her.

She does not hate you (that much), but she wants the best for her baby boy. This you can prove to her every day. But, why don’t you give her blooms that will soften her heart to show that you also care for her?

Sunflower for the Business Tigress

When your mother-in-law is a fierce businesswoman, it is only right to give her flowers for good luck. The sunflower will be perfect for her. In the Chinese culture, it symbolizes good fortune and encouragement. Your husband’s mother is not only a mum. She is a woman with a thriving career. Whether it be a potted sunflower or a bouquet of them, this is a well-meaning gesture of wishing her luck in

Life Lessons Learned As a Child May Affect Income As an Adult

hg4Poverty does not have one single cause. Its causes are intertwined with each other. Shipler, author of The Working Poor, stated that the ingredients of poverty are part financial and part psychological, part personal and part societal, part past and part present.

Whether we like it or not our past has a lot to do with our present. Children raised in poverty stricken homes are more likely to continue in poverty as adults. While researching poverty it is found that many adults living in poverty suffered a troubled childhood. This is a chilling revelation. These histories are both cause and effect: tangled together with a myriad of other difficulties such as money, housing, schooling, health, job, and neighborhoods that reinforce one another.

It is not easy to be an active parent when you’re tired and stressed. For example, it has been found that some parents never play with their children; these children grow up and never play with their children. Play is a child’s job. It is the means by which a child gets to explore the world around them. However, without their parents’ support and

How to Live Simply As a Conscientious Consumer

Young Father Pouring Milk into Bowl of Cereal for Young Boy (6-8) --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis
Young Father Pouring Milk into Bowl of Cereal for Young Boy (6-8) — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Down a supermarket aisle, a frazzled mom pushes a cart full of disposable diapers, plastic water bottles, and screaming kids. Being a parent is hard enough. Modern conveniences like big-box stores, prepackaged snacks, and disposable tupperware seem make life easier. But do they? It’s not easy being green. But being a conscientious consumer just might make life simpler in the long run.

As parents, we want the best for our planet because our kids will inherit the earth. The extra effort we take to live more sustainably is our small gift to future generations. Being a conscientious consumer means we think about what we bring into our lives and how we use the items we already have. There are several schools of thought on the subject of minimal living (Project 333, The Minimalists, The KonMari Method, etc.). The main goal in all of these is to intentionally select a small

3 Top Tips for Choosing Your Bathroom Sink Unit

hg2When it comes to selecting a cabinet or unit for your bathroom – whether this is to install your inset sink in or simply just for storage – there are many things to take into account. These include colours, size, shape, material, and the price of the product too. This can mean that people take a great deal of time thinking over their options before they make a final decision.

Although it is important to make an informed decision after considering several options, there are several tips that can be followed to make the process of making a choice much easier. Here are three pieces of advice that can help you narrow down your options to find the best sink units for you.

Firstly, bear in mind that many units actually come in standard sizes for many bathrooms, so you will not have too much to worry about in this regard. The best thing to do is to take measurements of your property and then consult a specialist retailer and see what they have in these sizes. Even if there is not one in the ideal