Monthly Archives: November 2013

DIY: Bubble Wraps For Window Insulation

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If you are looking for an unconventional and cheap way of insulating your windows for winter, we have a suggestion for you. Why not use bubble wraps? Bubble wraps are not only useful for people who are in so much awe of bubble popping. These days, as a result of creativity and practicality, bubble wraps can also be used for insulating your windows. How great!

According to Build It Solar, bubble wraps insulation techniques are originally used in greenhouse windows for the same purpose, but their geniuses figured out the same thing can also be applied at home. It may give your windows a blurry point-of-view, but it will also give you your much needed privacy and save you a little more cash during the holidays. So this is how it is done!

1. Gather an estimate number of bubble wraps from left over packaging of your recent purchases. As much as possible, pick those that have bigger bubbles. This would protect your home better from extreme heat or cold.

2. Secondly, you need to cut the bubble wrap pieces as accurately as you can based on the size and shape of the window panes that will be covered. This would be very convenient, especially for homes that have customized window shapes.

3. So, how do the bubble wraps stick to the window? You won’t be needing tapes or any form of adhesive in this project. What you will be needing is a spray container. Fill it with water and spray some to the glasses. Immediately stick a cut-out bubble wrap to the surface while it’s still wet. Do the same in the other windows.

That’s it! Bubble wrap insulation is as easy as 1-2-3! It takes less of your time since it can be done in a few minutes, and more importantly, it takes less of your money. Remember that this project is applicable even without the need of insulation shade. It can pretty much stand on its own. What are you waiting for? Try it and spread the word.

How To Winterize Your Windows

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The ever-changing temperature affects house windows as seen by unwanted drafts especially during winter. Air during regular seasons may remain unseen, but they establish their presence upon the occurrences of temperature change. They create gusty marks on the surface of window panes that’s necessarily not good to look at. But more importantly, these breezy imprints tell us that cold air has its way of leaking into a home, causing impractical release of warm air from heaters. Your home needs to be winterized.

Homeowners, in order to minimize their expenditures spent on increasing electricity bills, need to take preventive methods to lessen the severity of the scenario. Here’s our say on the matter! Two things must be done to winterize a home.

Exterior

Fall is the best time to schedule caulking the sides of your windows from the outside. By ensuring all leaks and openings are sealed and closed and by making definite that cold air has no means of entering the interior, you also ensure yourself paying regular amount of electricity bills.

To make this method work, you need to clean the outer surface of sidings and window panes before applying a new layer of caulking paste. Remove old molds of caulking solutions used in the past years. Eliminate dusts and rusts. Adherence of the main material to the above-mentioned surfaces needs to be prioritized to achieve having a winterized home!

Interior

For the interior, on the other hand, homeowners are mostly encouraged to use weather strips. Also a form of sealing, the installation of weather strips done through weatherstripping protects a home’s interior from rain or water to enter. Made of rubber and plastic, weather strips winterize your doors and windows by blocking and rerouting incoming liquid. Also, these strips allow interior air to stay in place, not permitting warm water to escape.

Weather strips can be installed on windows and doors. It is applied in the interior, making sure that both the exterior and interior aspects are well-protected.

The 3 Ds of Making Your House Guest-Friendly

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Avoid the rush of doing last minute preparations to prettify your home for the holidays. As early as now, start doing the necessary repairs and prepare the accommodation of friends and relatives who may be very excited to come over to your house a few weeks from now. With regards to making your house guest-friendly, here’s what you need to do.

Declutter

This is basic. You need to clean up your little mess and encourage expected guests to actually come inside your house. Cleanliness is the most powerful magnet! Size doesn’t really matter. Whether you have enormous space to lodge your visitors or just a small spot to cozy on, it doesn’t matter! Give away your old things and make room for people you make connection with. Throw away the trashes and make your place as sleek as possible.

Decorate

Since you’ll be celebrating Christmas, it’s not a bad idea to hang some Christmas decorations to make your house warmer and more welcoming. The installation of red ornaments, like a Christmas tree or some holiday candles, is very helpful in making your house suitable for the celebration. Try to make the spirit of Christmas alive! Play with the lights, the doormat, the Christmas tree, the wreath. It’ll be more fun!

Details

Since you will be housing a few visitors, it is important that you pay attention to little details. What details? Primarily, you have to prepare the guest room. Make the towels available and easy to find. Organize your things in the bathroom and don’t hesitate to throw away those who are only adding up to the clutter. Ask yourself, “What does my visitor need?” Put them down on a list and schedule a convenient day for purchase. Make everything as organized as possible!

Home Improvement Projects For The Holidays

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It’s still a few weeks away before you take a holiday break from work in December, but the gradually changing temperature seems to make time skip a few weeks faster, taking us closer to Christmas. Well, reality obviously tells us otherwise, which means you still have a few days to plan ahead how you want to spend your time on the anticipated dates. That’s a good thing!

Yes, holiday vacations are meant for relaxations, but you don’t want to be staring at the walls and ceilings of your house the whole day, do you? Avoid getting stuck in your house without a purpose. Now, you may take a look at the following suggestions below on how you can spend the holidays productively.

Repainting

Repainting. It is expected that you will question the validity of this first suggestion since many people believe that it is advisable to open doors and windows when painting the interiors of a house. But given the cold temperature in December, how can it work? For the information of everyone, it actually depends on a homeowner’s paint selection. To avoid harmful fumes usually released by paints, choose one with low-volatile organic compounds for ease in breathing. Besides, painting is not very suitable in hot and humid weather conditions and in fluctuating temperatures in fall and spring.

Gardening

Who would have thought gardening would be great for the holidays? Well, it actually is. Most homeowners who own very attractive gardens start as early as winter to prepare for the succeeding months and the succeeding season, which is spring. Gather some gardening materials with you, like seeds, soil, pots and indoor lighting for the plants you wish to see in full bloom during spring. If possible, you may also vacate your abandoned basement as a gardening room to shelter your seedlings during the coldest season of the year. Terrific!

Supervising

Ever thought of having some home renovations in your house? Winter is the perfect time to do it. Well, your demanding job technically swallows you alive to still be able to manage some home improvement projects. Now, you may take advantage of your holiday leave to supervise and push through long overdue house ventures. It will not only allow you to use your time productively while on vacation, but it will also allow you to unleash some creative juices you’ve been keeping secret since God-knows when. Seeing good changes in your home – in which you are fully involved in – will be the greatest reward you can give yourself just in time for Christmas.

DIY Home Improvement Projects For Winter

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Let’s say that you have done well in terms of managing your home. Despite working off your ass and struggling to be the best in the career path you have chosen, you haven’t taken your house and family for granted – thanks to your excellent time management skills! However, seasons change four times a year in the region we live in. It’s only right that we are knowledgeable enough to juggle four kinds of home managing techniques. For the winter season, specifically, there are parts of the house that we should pay more attention to, and that’s what this entry is here for!

Give the gutters a break!

Your home’s gutter system is the immediate fallback of raindrops after dripping from the roof. With the preceding season right before winter, it is expected that a specific volume of water and a few pieces of dried leaves will cause these passageways to clog and will soon cause the whole system to be ineffective. Before winter officially takes the place of autumn, have the gutters cleaned for a less hassle recovery process. Don’t let the water freeze in the openings. Cleaning it during the aftermath would definitely be much harder to do.

Engage in energy-efficient habits!

A little crack can cause big changes – not only in your house’s over-all curb appeal, but also in the digits imprinted in the monthly notification of your utility bills. As early as now, it is advisable that you pay attention to these little home defects for the benefit of the whole household. You keep the warm air in and the cold air out. Simple. Be observant at all times, and act out right away what needs to be done in order for the problem to get fixed.

Hydrate the herbs in your lawn!

Don’t forget about your lawn! It may be subtly located a few inches away from the main house but it still has an essential role to play. While other people mostly pour their energy and time preparing the interior, be ahead of the others and take care of the exterior. By hydrating the plants that constantly give your house a hint of color; you keep them alive during the coldest of seasons. You don’t want them to die of “herbal hypothermia” (if there’s such a thing), do you?

Fill in your toolbox!

If you don’t mind, you can clean up your garage a bit – not just for the sake of cleaning, but to gather some tools you might need during the peak of the winter season. Aside from that, you might also find extra space for your car or perhaps for other things that you might want to store inside closed doors. Think about it and prepare your kit for possible tinkering in the future!

What Benefits Do You Get From Having Skylight Installation

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The installation of skylights in homes is mostly considered a form of luxury by many homeowners. Perhaps it has something to do with the complicated process of installation. Skylights, also known as roof windows, are glazed windows installed on houses’ roofing systems. The more complex the procedure, the higher the payment is required.  That’s why not everyone is able to take a peek at the skies in the morning and at the stars at night on a daily basis. But aside from that matter, there’s definitely more to it than its scenic presentation.

Now, how do homeowners benefit from having skylights in their homes? Listen very closely.

Light Attraction

This is the most obvious advantage of having skylights in one’s home. Isn’t that the very purpose why homeowners opt to have a hole in their roof? To have better house interior lighting? Well, this is particularly true. Roof windows attract natural light to enter the house. The complexity, however, is in the positioning of the skylights and in thinking ahead which parts of the house you want the light to reach.

Bills Declension

Because of the above-mentioned advantage, skylights’ very purpose allows you to conserve energy in terms of light usage. Aside from the evident consequence, it also helps improve a house’s ventilation. This, however, is not applicable to all types of skylights. Commonly, there are two kinds of roof windows – fixed skylights and vented skylights. Vented skylights, from the name per se, allow ventilation because of its opening and closing features. These may be opened during warm summer nights instead of using air-conditioner.

UV Protection

The last category is optional. Not all skylights have this attribute. But with detailed customization of products provided by your contractor, you may opt to have roof windows with glazing systems that are especially designed for UV protection.  This add-on is very beneficial for the residents living in the house and also for color preservation of appliances and furniture. The good thing is that, your selection is extended to a diverse option of colors. You can go plain or colorful, depending on your taste.