Winterize Your Home On A Budget

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are living on a tight budget, it’s even more important for you to make sure you winterize your home. Not only will it keep you and your family warmer during those cold months, but it will also help you to pay less on your energy costs and can help you prevent needing to pay for repairs that could have been avoided. Follow the tips to winterize your home when you are on a budget: Replace damaged and missing weather stripping Check all the weather stripping on the doors in your home and replace any that’s wearing or missing. You can replace it with inexpensive weather stripping tape. Remove the old weather stripping completely and clean the area before putting the new weather stripping tape in place. Replace your filter You want to make sure you clean or replace the filter in your central air and heat unit. This will allow the unit to run efficiently and keep the unit running properly. If you allow the filter to get clogged with dust and dirt it can take its toll on the unit and cause it to stop running properly and eventually burn the motor. Put insulation film on your windows Even if you already have double-paned windows, you’ll find that applying an insulation film to the inside of the windows in your house will help it keep the heat in much better. If you can, it would be worth the extra expense to have double-paned windows installed. Put large area rugs on any bare floors in your home Putting rugs down on the bare flooring throughout your home will help you to keep the warm air in your home. It’s most important to put the rugs on the floors of the largest and draftiest rooms in the house if you don’t have enough to go around. Have your heater serviced by a professional HVAC technician Before the cold weather comes, you want to make sure you have heating contractors or an HVAC technician come out and service your unit. This way, any possible problems can be spotted and dealt with before you get caught in the cold without a working heater. By following the above tips you will be better prepared for the cold weather and you will cut down on your heating costs. You’ll also be able to save yourself money on unnecessary repairs. Even if you’re on a very tight budget, this is a well worthwhile...

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Five Important Facts About Northern Catalpa Trees

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Northern catalpa trees are a deciduous tree variety that can be found in the southernmost areas of Canada, where summers are warm. They grow to about 20 feet tall and are known for their trumpet-like leaves and open, rounded shape. If you’re lucky enough to have a catalpa tree in your backyard, these facts will give you a greater appreciation of its unique qualities, and also help ensure you care for it properly. Catalpa trees are one of the first trees to lose their leaves in the fall. Don’t panic if your catalpa is nearly bare, while all of your other trees are just beginning to lose their leaves. Unless the leaves are covered in brown spots, which may be caused by an infestation of caterpillars, you have no reason to worry. If you do see brown spots on your leaves, having an experienced arborist come treat the tree with insecticides will help eradicate the caterpillar larvae. Catalpa trees do produce a lot of seedpods. These will fall from the tree in the late winter or early spring. You’ll want to rake them up to keep your yard looking its best. Keep this in mind if you’re considering planting a catalpa tree — cleaning up after them can be a chore. The oldest living catalpa tree is found n the United Kingdom. It is approximately 150 years old, and is found in a church graveyard in Reading, Berkshire. Most catalpa trees live about 60 years, but as this 150-year-old tree demonstrates, some do live much longer. Catalpa trees tolerate air pollution. For this reason, they’re one of the easiest tress to grow in urban environments. Catalpas grow successfully where poor drainage, polluted air and soil and drought keep other trees from growing. Their small size also makes them a good choice for city yards. Catalpa trees should be pruned regularly. The trees’ branches tend to sag as they grow, and since their bark is very thin, this sagging can cause the limbs to snap. Having your catalpa tree pruned once a year will ensure it develops a strong structure. Your tree care service like Service d’Arbre Botanica Tree Services will remove weaker branches, reducing the load on the limbs to prevent them from breaking. Catalpa trees add fresh, green beauty to your yard. Through they do require some care, they’re generally easy to grow because they’re so tolerant of different soil and air conditions. If you have a catalpa, make sure you take proper care of it so that your friends and future generations can continue relaxing beneath its shady...

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How To Arrange Furniture In An Open Living Room

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you have a large, open living room, it can feel like a blessing until it is time to arrange it. Smaller living rooms may have less space, but they are easier to arrange because you almost always have your sofa against one wall. With an open living room, there is a lot more space and dozens of ways to set up your furniture and decorative elements. Here are some tips for arranging Toronto furniture in a way that is attractive, comfortable, and functional. Separate the Room Into Sections In most cases, you will not use the entire living room as a single space. Most open living rooms are long and rectangular-shaped, so you can separate it into at least two areas. If there is a fireplace or other focal point at one end of the room, use that as your living room area. This is where you will have your television, sofa, chair and coffee table. Use your longest sofa as a divider between this part of the living room, and what you will have behind it. A few feet behind the couch, place items for your second section of the room. For example, you can create a cozy reading area with two chairs, a bookshelf and a table in between the chairs. Find the Focal Point If you are struggling with where to place your main furniture items, start by finding the focal point. This is usually a window, fireplace or television. Have the rest of your furniture surrounding or facing that focal point. If your focal point is a television, you know you want your sitting furniture to be facing that wall. It makes it easy to arrange the rest of the furniture. For a window focal point, you have a little more room for adjustment because the furniture may face the window, or be right underneath it. Place Large Items First As you begin adding furniture to your room and arranging it, begin with the largest pieces of furniture first. This is often your sofa, or possibly an entertainment center. In a typical living room, you will first decide where to put your largest sofa or sectional, then other sitting pieces, like a recliner or loveseat. The next largest items in the room might be a small television cabinet, coffee table or end tables. Continue until you are left with the smallest items for decorative purposes. Use Varying Sizes Mix and match the sizes of furniture in your living room to give it more balance. You want your different furniture pieces to be on different levels. If your two sofas and accent tables are all the same height, it is easy to get lost in...

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