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April 2019

4 Benefits To Owning A Wall Mounted Electric Heater

A warm home is a happy home. Winter should never limit the happiness you have at home since you can control the temperature with a heating system. The heating system should conform to the desired design you wish your house to have just like other household appliances. You have to decide since there are many types of radiators out there. Wall mounting is an effective way of fitting your electric heater and come with a variety of benefits including:


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  • Cost effective to install


As a homeowner or a property developer, you will first consider the cost implication of any addition to the house. Having a cheaper alternative is always attractive to many, but the deal should be informed by candid cost-effectiveness analysis. Wall mounted electric heaters are a perfect depiction of cost-effectiveness. You will not spend a fortune to install them, but the benefits are enormous.


After acquiring and installing the radiators, you will realize the cost-saving power enabled by controllable features and easy installation, unlike the traditional central heaters. You save in energy use and installation process since you don’t have to contract a pricey technician. It is also a time-saving decision since you will have the heater installed and running in a few minutes.



  • They are comfortable and safe to use


Every member of the family can operate the wall mounted electric heaters without many troubles. It is straightforward; you plug in and power. Besides, the heaters accord you full control of your temperatures since you can easily regulate and schedule time on and time off. Getting different temperatures in different rooms is possible.


The heaters have built-in safety precautions; they can shut off automatically in contact with an object or they limit the heat to levels that can’t cause combustion. Furthermore, the wall heaters will safeguard your room from mould and mildew that is following frequent rains.



  • Requires minimal ongoing maintenance


Maintaining the traditional heating solutions running is a costly undertaking since they are going to get dusty and clunky. You will have to spend much money to keep the room warm following frequent calls for maintenance. On the contrary, Wall mounted electric heaters lacks moving parts and they are often clean since you have them in a serene environment. You may never see the need to bleed a wall mounted electric heater. They can remain in top performance for a lifetime, and as a surety, they often have an extended warranty. Bid bye to let downs with the wall mounted electric heaters.



  • An aesthetic addition to your house


You may not be a technician, and the focus with an addition to your home will be based on the interior design impact. Wall mounted electric heaters look beautiful, and you will love them. They require little space to install and allow you to organize the room with an input of a sense of art if you may wish. Everyone will love getting the warmth emanating from the first installation on the wall without risk of any hazard.

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Simple Ways to Secure Your Home

No matter where you live, unfortunately, there will always be a risk of theft or burglary. But the thing is, burglars can strike each day across the country, so home security is something that should be a top priority for all. So to help you to make your home secure as possible, so that you can then get back to the ‘making pretty’ part of taking care of your home, here are some of the things that you need to be doing to make sure that you have a home that is as secure and safe as possible.

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Secure Doors


Would you believe that 34% of intruders or burglars do just walk straight through your door? They do! So make sure that you are doing all that you can to prevent them from doing just that. Start off by checking and inspecting all of your doors and door frames, to make sure that even things like hinges are protected, and that someone couldn’t reach through the letterbox to open the door. Some things to check are:


  • Think about installing a deadbolt.
  • Add a strike plate to the door frame to prevent damage from force.
  • If you’re able, upgrade to smart locks and also consider installing anti-snap cylinders to your door, as they can help to protect your home against lock-snapping, which is something that criminals can take advantage of.
  • Improve security with a video doorbell, so they know they are being watched and recorded.


Let There Be Light


Burglars, intruders, and criminals don’t want to be caught, obviously. So one way to deter them from your property is to make sure that the outside of your home is well-lit. Have lights by doors, especially motion sensor ones that will come on when someone approaches, as well as along pathways, and near garages. It will put them off if there is a risk of being spotted. You could think about:


  • Being eco-friendly with your lights and choosing solar-powered lights.
  • Put lights, both indoors and outdoors, on a timer. Then you can make sure that they will be on at certain times during the night or day, whether you’re home or not.


Security System


All homes should have a security system in place to help keep the home safe. There are plenty of options to choose from, such as fully integrated systems that are connected to the police, to things that you can buy and install yourself. So there is something for every need and budget. It can be worth weighing up the options of what you need from your home security system, as blocks of flats may need less than others, as there is already an added layer of security through the buzzer door system.


It can be worth looking up the crime statistics in your local area too, as that could give an indication of what you’re looking at, and how ‘heavy duty’ things need to be. All different things to be thinking about, so it is really important.


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The Chessmen by Peter May – Book Review #16

The Chessmen is the third book in Peter May’s Lewis trilogy. I enjoy Peter May’s writing and I’m going to start collecting his other books to add to my, already huge, to be read list!

The Chessmen

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal game-hunting taking place on the island. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill—a local poacher, Fin’s teenage intimate, and possessor of a long-buried secret. But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn, Fin realizes that revealing the truth could destroy the future.

My Thoughts

I think The Chessmen was my favourite of the three books in this series. As with the previous books, there are different timelines, however, it’s done in a way that’s not annoying!
I liked learning more about Fin’s early life and the bond that was forged with Whistler.

I didn’t much like a part of the ending, but I can’t say why because I don’t want to spoil it, suffice to say, I’d have enjoyed the book even more if there had been a different, happier ending for Donald.

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5 Home Improvements That Pay Off

So, you are not planning to sell the home and move any time soon. Relocating is exciting, but it can be hard on the children, who leave their best friends behind. If you have outgrown your current home, you might want to consider renovating. This will increase your happiness and allow you to enjoy the place more. Moving is not the answer. Upgrading the living space is what you should be doing. Attention needs to be paid to the fact that not all home improvements projects are equal. While some pay off, others do not. These are the home remodelling projects that deliver the highest returns.

1.      Install fibreglass insulation

When your home is insulated, you can maintain an optimal temperature all year round. Most importantly, you are protected against excess heat in the summer and extreme cold in the winter. Although there are considerable differences between indoor and outdoor temperatures, the dwelling is always comfy and cosy. Little to no heat is lost through the wall and the cool air will not penetrate the house. Homes in the United Kingdom, for instance, tend to be under-insulated. If you are tired of spending so much money to heat the home or you are no longer able to do so, add fibreglass insulation.

Fibreglass has been used in residential applications as a thermal insulator for quite some time. It can make buildings more energy-efficient, reduce utility costs, and increase the comfort of the dwellers. Fibreglass insulation is not expensive. Actually, it is one of the most affordable options. You enjoy the same advantages as with other types of insulation, the only difference being that you do not pay so much. Add fibreglass in the attic. Chances are you will see a significant return on your investment after one year.


2.      Replace your boiler

There is no better time than now to replace your boiler. Boiler replacement can help you save money on heating bills. Due to outdated design and continued use, old boilers are not efficient. What you need is a new technology. According to the experts at Corgi HomeHeat, A-rated appliances are 90 per cent more efficient. Of course, the efficiency depends on the model that you opt for. The point is that you cannot rely on the old boiler any more. Have it replaced as soon as possible. Do not wait because the costs of operating the appliance will increase with time.

Select a boiler with a reputable brand name. There are numerous manufacturers on the market, so you are spoilt for choice. Some brands ensure their customers are satisfied with the products and services, going the extra mile to meet their needs. The after-sales service is important. If something were to happen and you need spare parts for the appliance, you will need the support of a professional. The company should walk you through the available options and handle the replacement. Research your options and get in touch with the manufacturer. Discuss the boiler capacity.

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3.      Add a new room

The home is your primary investment and improvements will only increase its value. Have you ever thought about adding a new room? It can be a family room, bedroom, playroom. The addition can be anything you want. Your family will continue to grow and you need more space, anyway. If a relative comes to visit, you will not be able to accommodate them. Even if the house is not cramped, adding square footage is a great idea. If you ever sell the place, you will get your money’s worth.

Hire a reputable contractor to handle the work. Have everything in writing. The contractor needs to clearly understand the work that is to be performed. Enhance the beauty of the property and do not overdo it. If you and your loved ones will stay in this place for decades, go ahead and do what you want. If not, do not impose your taste. The new homeowners may not like what you have done. There will no longer be benefits in this case. Maybe you have a certain vision for the new room, yet it may not be smart to bring it to life. You may find out that you do not share the same taste with prospective buyers.

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4.      Manicured landscaping

There is nothing simpler than sprucing up the home’s curb appeal. All you have to do is give the yard a manicure. With a green and healthy lawn, the overall look of the landscape will change completely. Manicuring is not limited to mowing. It involves more than that, such as edging the beds, getting rid of the weeds, and adding a finishing look to the flowers. It is not necessary to have a degree in horticulture to learn how to landscape the yard. The only thing required is a little bit of patience.

Yards typically have a combination of plants types like evergreens, vines, and shrubs. Decide on a style, whether contemporary or traditional. Those living in tropical climates are luckier because they can choose from various landscaping design styles. Make the yard a place that reflects your style. Landscape designers strongly recommend planting flowers around the front door. The buds will be visible as soon as spring comes. People in the street will not be able to resist the temptation of staring at the blossoms.


5.      Switching to hardwood floors

Hardwood flooring is commonly overlooked because it is more expensive. It may be a little bit pricier, but hardwood flooring increases the value of the home. People see hardwood floors as a great advantage because they are durable and easy to clean. Solid hardwood is a terrific option, as you will be able to refinish the floors in the future when they get scratched. Not only will refinishing them give you the chance to restore them but also you will be able to change the colour.

Depending on your location, switching to hardwood floors can return between 80 and 90 per cent of the cost the moment you sell the home. Engineered wood products are not worth your time or money. Opt for the real thing since you do not plan to sell the place. Look for appealing finishes and keep in mind that oak is the prevalent options among buyers.

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Proper Tyre Care In Summer

Summer weather in the UK can be unpredictable, to say the least. In recent years we’ve seen higher than average Summer temperatures and these hot spells can cause problems with our car tyres.
Whether you’re planning a holiday abroad or travelling around the UK, car safety checks, including tyre care, are a must to keep you and your family safe.

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Proper Tyre Care

Proper tyre care is very important, especially if you’re planning a long drive during the Summer months. You may be using your car for longer journeys than usual. The roads will be hotter and your car will be carrying heavier loads due to all the luggage a family takes when going away for a week or two. Ensuring you’ve made all the necessary safety checks on your vehicle before you set off is a must.

Tyres often get overlooked when performing routine maintenance. If you’re unsure as to whether your tyres are safe, you can always pop into a garage in Thatcham and have one of the professionals take a look for you.

Don’t forget to test the spare tyre when doing the safety checks and if you need new tyres, you can visit Headley Tyres to get tyres in Thatcham.

Maintenance Checks

If you’re happy to perform the maintenance yourself, here are a few things you need to check:

  • Tyre pressure – use a handheld gauge to check the pressure and make sure you know what your tyre pressure should be. This information can usually be found on a label inside the driver’s door or in the vehicle owner manual.
  • It’s important to check the tyre pressure when the tyres are cold. This is when you have travelled less than 2 miles or it has been 3 hours since your last journey.
  • Check for visible signs of damage, including worn tread, bubbles and bald spots.

You can check the tread depth to ensure it’s legal by performing the 20p test. Wet weather can be just as dangerous as hot weather. The tread on the tyres helps your car perform properly in wet weather.

Enjoy The Summer!

With a properly cared for vehicle, you can set off on your Summer holiday happy with the knowledge that you’ve done all you can to keep your family safe.

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7 Useful Tips to Help You Get Approved for a Home Loan

The real estate market is often not so friendly to first time home buyers. It is possible to be pre-approved for a loan, but when you consider the home you want to buy, the finance only looks like a drop in the ocean. If you are trying to navigate your way through the real estate industry and get approved for a better home loan, here are seven useful tips to get you started.

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Get Your Credit Report and Scores for Free


There are several factors involved in getting a home loan. The essential thing, however, is to ensure you check your score and credit report in advance of applying for a mortgage. You can enrol in sites that will give you all reports online for free.


Look for Errors on Your Credit Report


Once you get your credit reports, go through it keenly and identify errors. It is possible to have a good report that is worth getting a good loan but miss the opportunity due to a minor mistake. Therefore, take some time to study your report and correct all possible errors by disputing with the major credit bureaus.


Improve Your Score before Applying


A good score enhances your chances of acquiring a mortgage with incredible rates. Therefore, before you start speaking to lenders, ensure to pay off any balances on your credit cards and avoid opening new accounts within two months before applications.

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Get Pre-Approved


Pre-approval guarantees that your mortgage application is complete and lenders have verified your income, assets and credit. This gives you hope and a reason to hold on to expectations that your loan will be processed. However, you must have the following documents for you to receive a pre-approval letter- three months’ paycheck stubs, two years tax returns report, P60’s for the past two years and credit scores and report pulled.


Check Your Savings


For you to get that loan, you will need to have substantial money in your bank account. Although the mortgage you receive will pay for a substantial cost of the property, there are upfront costs to incur, and your ability to cater to them will depend on what you have in your account.


Check Your Budget


Create a budget and calculate your expenses thoroughly. Even if your credentials qualify you for a higher loan, your expenditure will determine what you can afford to pay. Therefore, be true to yourself and only apply for a loan that you will be comfortable to pay.


Compare Loan Offers


Don’t settle for the first lender you speak to. Instead, have several quotes from at least 3-4 companies. Different lenders offer different standing fees and interest rates. Therefore, it will be easy for you to identify the best company to work with and also negotiate for better rates.




With the above tips, getting approved for a home loan will not be tough for you. However, you must ensure to work on them closely and avoid manipulating any point to fit your expectations. Also, be keen to details on every form to avoid getting scammed by lenders.


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Swimming Pool Plus Gym: Ideal Combination For Perfect Beach Body

The sun has started to shine bright, and it won’t be long before the swimming season is upon us.
That said, everyone is trying to get beach-body ready to get their sunscreens and tan on. The ideal beach body varies from person to person; however, if you are hoping to lose some weight before that, there is never a better combination than the gym and swimming to help achieve that.


As summer is fast approaching, students are thrilled to take on their summer journey, and head for excursions to islands and beaches tucked away in exotic destinations. But before that, you might have those dreadful assignments to complete or hope to avoid the stress even when out on the beach.  

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Students can now avail the option of getting college assignments done by professionals itself. On the website write my essay option is as simple as it gets for students to get their essays done with just a few clicks. All they have to do is to enter the requirements and wait for writers to bid. Students can choose their preferred writer and communicate with them directly regarding the work. Essaypro offers services for a variety of academic niches and essays and is available everywhere and anytime or students in need.


With the responsibilities of academic work taken care of, it would be easy to find the spare time to get working on the beach body you desire.


Get in the Swimming Pool


Ironically, swimming itself is the best way to get one ready for the swimming season. Fitness experts, unanimously recommend this exercise as the different strokes can help to focus on different parts of the body. Moreover, it is both cardio and strength training blended into one activity.

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Since the density of water is more than the air, the muscles also are under constant resistance which gets the body great results for toning. If you are looking to get healthier, then swimming is always the best of the workouts.  


At the Gym


For those who are not a fan of the water, or swimming for that matter, adding some gym time in your workout schedule will only be beneficial. Nevertheless, just like the experts suggest, a combination of the two would be the best.

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High-Intensity Interval Training


HIIT is now considered one of the most effective methods of workout that alternates between the short span of high-intensity exercise and then small intervals of recovery. It focuses on conditioning, and when compared to cardio, is far more efficient to lose fat.


HIIT could be practised in the gym with the help of a trainer or outside the gym too. Start by heading out to sprint for 60 seconds and then slow down to walk for 30 seconds and repeat. Do 4 to 6 sessions and take 5 minutes of rest in between.


Exercise for the Core


When people talk about beach body, the first picture that comes to their mind is of a strong core. Thus indeed, any routine at the gym has to emphasize the core of the body. Add in extra training to the workout that focuses on increasing the core strength. Instead of going for a bench press, choose push-ups and squats. Deadlifts, mountain climbers, planks and body weight rows are also great for core strengthening.


Include Upper Back Training


A trim waist is another part that most people would like to sharpen. But, on the other hand, strong upper back muscles will make the waist look smaller. The smart thing to do would be to include workouts for the upper back that will help to define both the upper body and the waist look more defined.

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Don’t Forget the Glutes


Whatever swimwear you choose, a set of well-shaped glutes will definitely add more confidence. Exercises targeting the glutes is another part not to forget for a beach body workout. Hip thrusts are on a great way to accentuate the glutes. Incorporate weight training and other exercises according to the trainer’s suggestions to achieve better results.


Focus on the Posture


Regardless of what you do or how good the muscle definition is, a bad posture is certainly unattractive. Not only that, but posture can also interfere with the results of training, or cause joint pain and reduce the flexibility. It is thus essential while you work out to consult with the trainer to make sure that the posture is right.


Remember that even with an intense workout routine, without eating healthy and getting enough sleep, the beach body you seek is still unattainable. So follow a routine, a nutrition-filled diet, and rejuvenating sleep, and you are sure to gain an enviable body for the summer.

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3 carpet vacuuming tips that can change your life

Carpets are amazing and add to the home’s aesthetic appeal. That’s because you can always find a carpet that matches the overall theme of your home. In spite of the advantages that a carpet confers to your home, taking care of it can be a challenge. Most people tend to vacuum the carpet the wrong way and end up ruining it.  This doesn’t have to be the case though. There are simple tips that you can follow and keep your carpet looking glam, without depreciating it. To help you take better care of your carpet, here are 3 carpet vacuuming tips that can change your life.

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  1.   Use the right vacuum cleaner

If you want to take care of your carpet without having to buy a new one every so often, then you need to ensure that you use the right vacuum cleaning equipment. For instance, if you have a plush carpet, it would be best to go for a vacuum cleaner that has an adjustable height. This ensures that the carpet fibre remains intact, as you clean it. For rugs, you can go for a vacuum cleaner that allows you to turn the beater brush on and off.  Follow this link to learn about different types of vacuum cleaners, and go for one that is best suited for your carpet.


  1.    Vacuum it slowly

When it comes to vacuum cleaning a carpet, the slower you do it, the better the results you will get. That’s because, if you do it too fast, the vacuum cleaner might not pick up all the dirt.  This is especially important if you have little kids that throw stuff around as they play. For best results, take time to focus on areas that have the most dirt, or are prone to it. If you do this, you will keep your carpet looking glam at all times, and it will last for longer. It will last longer because, when you let dirt accumulate, by not cleaning it well, you will have to use force to clean it when you ultimately do it. This can significantly depreciate your carpet, and force you to replace it, earlier than you would otherwise do.


  1.    Clean it regularly

Just like slow deliberate cleaning, regular cleaning can save you from having to buy carpet every now and then. When you clean your carpet regularly, you prevent dirt particles from accumulating and sticking to the fabric.  To achieve even better results, follow the above steps even as you clean it regularly. Make sure you are using the right vacuum cleaner, and when cleaning, take it slowly and focus more on areas most prone to dirt.


If you follow these three tips, you will completely change your life. You will change your life because you will never have to worry about a dirty-stained carpet. This means you can welcome your visitors with confidence. Your life will also change because you will stay with a carpet for longer, which means you will have money to spend on things that you enjoy.

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Every Three Hours – Book Review #15

If you’ve read my previous reviews, you’ll know that I read book 7 of the Darby McCormick series before reading book 6, Every Three Hours, by mistake.
I’m now all caught up and happy to say I still enjoyed book 6, even though it was out of order!

Every Three Hours

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:


Forensic investigator Darby McCormick queues to enter Boston Police Headquarters on a freezing winter morning. Lured back to her hometown to help solve a cold case, Darby won’t get far inside the station – and this will be no ordinary homecoming…

Because someone suddenly takes a woman hostage and a stand-off ensues. The man has explosives strapped to himself and other bombs hidden around the city, rigged to explode – every three hours – until he gets what he wants.

Working desperately against the clock, Darby realizes she is trapped between a kidnapper who would kill to expose the truth and people who would let others die to hide their lies…

My Thoughts

I loved this book and because it was totally centred around the gunman who had taken hostages at Boston Police department, there wasn’t much of Darby and Coop’s back story. It didn’t feel at all like I was reading it out of order, which those who know me, will know how relieved I am!

I love the way Chris Mooney never paints Darby as a fearless heroine; she’s brave and she’s tough, but he still tells us how scared she is when she’s facing the different threats.

I was just going to say I hope Chris Mooney writes another Darby book. After checking Goodreads and seeing only 7 in the series, I Googled to see if there were any news on book 8 only to discover that not only has book 8 been written, I’ve already got it! I bought it without reading the blurb simply because it was by Chris Mooney and now I can’t wait to read book 8 🙂

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