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Considerations To Make When Buying Wall Art For Your Home

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There is no doubt that wall art can significantly improve the appearance of any room in your house. However, many homeowners are confused about where to start. Here are some factors you need to consider when buying art pieces for your home.

Location

The first important consideration when choosing wall art is where you are going to place it. Determine which room and wall the painting is going to be in. For example, if you want to create a dramatic entrance, choose a large wall painting facing the entry point or doorway. This will create an eye-catching viewpoint for guests walking through your door.

If you are choosing art for your living room, go for a classic art piece that looks like other seating pieces in the room. Go for pieces that are upholstered or made of wood for a complementary accent. For your bedroom, let your choice of art capture your personality.

Let The Season Inspire You

Sometimes there is no need to remodel your entire home when you can simply update the wall art. With wall art, you can change your bedroom or living room without the high cost of interior design alterations. You can alter your home’s wall art depending on the seasons.

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For example, during the summer, you can choose wall paintings with the ocean and beach colours. Go with deep cool colours and soft hues that will create that beachy sensation. During winter months, you can go with dark and intense colours. Try shades of blue and charcoal to reflect cold weather during winter.

Size and Scale

When choosing art, the bigger the size, the better. Many people make the mistake of choosing artwork that is too small. For example, if you are choosing art for the space above your sofa, make sure the size of the painting is over half the sofa’s width.

Alternatively, you can use small pieces of art and display them as one unit. If you have a painting that is beautiful but too small, you can frame it with a large matte to enhance the visual impact. To ensure you do not go wrong with your interior design, measure the walls’ dimensions where you intend to hang your wall art.

Be Specific With Your Content

When choosing wall art, you should be inspired by your inner feeling and how you intend to showcase your personality. It does not matter whether you prefer ancient styles over modern styles. For example, you may feel comfortable with a 15th-century original painting. As long as it is portraying the message you want it to, there is no problem.

While it is advisable to go with your preferences, bear in mind that contrast will make your space exciting. Therefore, do not be afraid to incorporate art from different eras. For example, you can use modern art in a traditional room or classic pieces in a contemporary space.

Be Careful With Colour

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Colour is one of the trickiest aspects of choosing a piece of art. This is because you will be looking for a colour that complements the colours in the room. It is good to select an option that will capture the colours of your room in terms of the colour and design of the furniture.

While it is advisable to choose something that will accentuate the colour of the room, sometimes you can go with opposite colours. The most important consideration is to ensure you find something that compliments the space, and this does not have to be through colour. Therefore, choose an attractive piece and do not base your decision entirely on matching colours.

Endnote

One of the fundamental aspects of home interior design is wall art. You can enhance the aesthetics and appeal of your home with simple paintings and wall decorations. When it comes to choosing wall art, some of the essential considerations include location, season, size and scale, content, and colour.

If you are not confident with your choices and need help choosing the right wall fittings for your home, you can consult an interior designer.

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Crafting Has Kept Me Sane During Lockdown

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Lockdown

Apart from my stay in the hospital, I haven’t left the house since March 13th, which is a total of 11 weeks today.
Lockdown hasn’t been as bad for me as it has for millions of others and for that I’m thankful.

My children are old enough to understand what’s going on and for the most part, they’ve just got on and accepted the way things are now.
I haven’t had to try and keep them amused/busy like I would have had to if they’d have been younger.

Crafting

I have had to keep myself busy, however, so that I didn’t go stir crazy and to do that, I’ve been doing a few different crafts to while away the time, including diamond painting, book folding and cross-stitch.

Disney diamond painting

When Love Crafts got in touch and asked me if I’d like to try one of their many different craft kits I, of course, jumped at the chance!

My first thought was to get either a diamond painting kit or a cross-stitch kit but I figured I already knew how to do those and with all this free time, I should try something new.
I’m not a fan of knitting and whilst I enjoyed teaching myself how to crochet a few years ago, I never really got into it.

Needlepoint Kit

I saw a Santa stocking needlepoint kit and loved the design. I’ve made a few stockings in the past but they were all made from felt kits, I’d never tried needlepoint.
After checking out a few videos on YouTube, I ordered the kit and looked forward to it arriving.

Dimensions Santa and toys needlepoint kit from Love Crafts

I expected it to have a chart like you get with counted cross-stitch but instead, the pattern is printed on the material.
You can get cross-stitch kits with the pattern printed on but I’ve only done one and to be honest, I haven’t finished it because I found out that I much prefer the counted way!

Dimensions Kits

The kit is by Dimensions and they’re always good quality so I have no complaints with the kit, I’ve just found out that I’m not a fan of needlepoint!
The kit comes with everything you need, including sorted threads. I hate when I get a kit and you have to sort the threads yourself.

Dimensions needlepoint kit

One of the main problems I had was finding it difficult to see the colour difference in some of the more detailed areas and I totally gave up with trying to do the shading on the drum after unpicking it twice. I got very frustrated and just stitched using red and gold. I even used the wrong stitch on the gold as I just wanted to get the drum done as fast as I could!

Dimensions Santa and toys stocking needlepoint kit

The teddy gave me a bit of trouble as well but I didn’t do too badly with it.
The good thing to come from this is that I now know I’m not a fan of needlework and I’ll be sticking to my counted cross-stitch.
I will finish this kit because even though I get a bit frustrated at times, it’s too gorgeous to leave it partly done in the back of a cupboard and while the drum may look glaringly obvious right now, when it’s all finished, it will blend in nicely and I’ll display it with pride as I do with the Santa cross-stitch I made a while ago 🙂

I’ve now got my eye on this cross-stitch Christmas tree skirt. It’s gorgeous and I love it!

Sleigh Ride tree skirt

Disclaimer: I was gifted the needlepoint kit for review purposes, however, this did not guarantee a favourable review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Top 5 Ways to Stay Fit and Active During Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

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While we are all in lockdown and gyms and recreation centres are all closed – how do we go about staying fit? Government advice might be to complete an exercise video indoors, but not all of us have that kind of motivation… and not all of us have the means to download the latest routines.

Instead, take our advice about how to stay fit and active throughout the Coronavirus (or Covid-19) crisis. Here at London Fields Fitness, staying active is what we do best. Let’s go over some tips and tricks for keeping your shape even while we spend months within walking distance of the fridge…

The Best 5 Ways to Stay Fit and Active, Mid-Pandemic

Without further fuss, let’s review the top 5 ways you can stay fit and active during the pandemic.

1 – Walk it Off

It’s a real thing you know… to walk off a meal. You should be able to walk around your house or around your neighbourhood. WHO advice is that you walk around your apartment if you are stuck in quarantine. If you are isolating but able to get outside, then all the better. Both the iOS store and Google Play have apps you can download that will count your steps. It is largely believed that 10,000 steps per day is a good number to aim for.

2 – Online Workouts

YouTube is a wonderful resource, as are those apps we mentioned above. Each can have you actively participating in an exercise class even if you can’t manage to download. Simply live stream the classes and away you go. Those who are worried about streaming should invest in some anti-virus software or get themselves an ad-blocker.

3 – Listen to Healthcare Professionals

The NHS in Britain should be your go-to for all the free health and fitness goals that you might want to try. One of our favourites is a set of sitting down exercises that they have published, which are aimed at the elderly, infirm, or disabled people, that would like to keep fit and active during the coronavirus pandemic. Follow this link if this sounds like the workout routine you have been looking for.

4 – Remember Nutrition

As tempting as it is to snack five times a day, when you are living a less-active life, you need to take in fewer calories. We’re not saying stop eating by any stretch of the imagination but do try to squeeze as many minerals and vitamins into your diet as you possibly can. The American Society for Nutrition has good advice here. For our part, we have changed all our snacks to low-calorie ones, meantime.

5 – Fake it till you Make it

What we mean by that is that it is more important to incorporate exercise into your routine than ever. Once it becomes a habit, you will do it without thinking about it, without complaining, and without putting it off till tomorrow! Making something into a routine involves repeating the action every day for around three weeks[i]. After 21 days you should find that you have developed a good habit, for life!

Rounding Up

When you eventually have that drive for fitness, you won’t lose out even if there is a global pandemic. All it takes is a little innovation and boom! A new workout routine that you can do at home!


[i] https://www.healthline.com/health/how-long-does-it-take-to-form-a-habit

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What to Consider When Upgrading Your Boiler

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Boilers are not designed to last forever, and there are many reasons why you might be considering getting a new one for your home. Perhaps you have an old-fashioned boiler system like a back boiler, or a traditional boiler with a water heating tank and want a more modern, convenient option like a combi boiler to save space in your home and help reduce your heating bills. Or, maybe you have a combi boiler but it is an older model and is starting to show some signs of breaking down.

Upgrading your boiler is definitely the best option in either instance since it will ensure that your home’s central heating system is running as safely and as efficiently as possible. Before you get started with choosing, purchasing and having a new boiler installed in your home, keep the following in mind:

Why is a Reliable New Boiler Important?

In some cases, your existing boiler might be doing the job, but is it doing it as well as it could? The more reliable your boiler, the less you will pay in energy costs and the less likely it’ll be that you’ll have to fork out cash for expensive repairs. In fact, the average cost of getting a boiler repaired is around £200, which is a lot to be spending on a regular basis. Because of this, it’s also important to pick a reliable boiler brand when choosing your new one. Opting for a reliable, trusted brand means that you’re less likely to have to deal with faults and issues. You can find tips for buying a new boiler and browse for new boilers for your home using the handy resources at boilercentral.com. Their handy boiler finding tool is ideal for making sure that you match the right boiler to your needs, and you can easily book installation on the site.

Ask Your Boiler Engineer

During the buying process, the best person to turn to for advice is your boiler engineer. Perhaps they have already told you that it’s time to start thinking about replacing your boiler, so pick his or her brain and ask them to give you some advice on the best choice of boiler that you need for your home. However, bear in mind that many heating engineers are incentivised to install certain brands of boiler – especially if your engineer is a direct employee of the brand – so do your own research, too.

What Types of Boilers are Available?

Choosing the right type of boiler for your home is important. There are three different options to choose from:

  • Combination or combi boilers: These boilers are the most popular option in the UK. They are the most energy-efficient option as they heat water from the mains supply as and when you need it, and they are a compact choice since they can be wall-mounted and do not require a storage tank to be installed in your home.
  • Heat-only boilers: Sometimes known as conventional boilers, these boilers store hot water and heat it for later use, and will require you to have a hot water tank or storage cylinder installed in your home. Since they heat the water in advance, they tend to use up more energy.
  • System boilers: These boilers work in the same way as heat-only boilers, however, there are more built-in components. They tend to take up less space than a heat-only boiler and they can be easier to install.

For most households today, combination boilers are sufficient for hot water and central heating. However, if you live in a large home with several people living in it, you might be better off opting for a heat-only or system boiler, as one of the downsides to a combi boiler is that you cannot use two hot water sources at once, which would prevent people from showering in different bathrooms at the same time, for example.

Efficiency Considerations

If you are replacing an older boiler with a modern one, the good news is that you are likely to start seeing some decent savings on your energy bills. In fact, the latest estimates suggest that detached home households can save a massive £650 per year just from replacing an old, heavyweight boiler with a modern condensing boiler. But even if you already have a relatively modern boiler and are looking for a replacement, the good news is that they become more and more energy-efficient with every new model. When looking for a new boiler, consider the rating – you should try and opt for a boiler that is graded ‘A’, which provides the highest energy efficiency levels possible.

Once you’ve considered the above, think about the logistics of installing a new boiler, such as the physical size and where it is going to fit in your home. The right boiler for you will be unique to you and your home and will depend on a number of factors such as how many bathrooms you have and how many people live at the property.

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Packing Guide for Your Next Family Camping Trip

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Camping trips are a great way to get outside, spend some quality time with your family, and get away from your busy daily life. Camping is a great time to decompress especially camping in France as they have beautiful camping sites that sport the most breathtaking views.

Many campers feel that the lighter the pack, the more fun they have outdoors, although it is always a better idea to overpack than under pack. If you are taking your children on the camping trip with you, it is a given that you will need to bring extras along.

You are already going to be without a roof, electricity, and a significant number of other conveniences, so the last thing you need is to realize that you forgot to pack something important. Here we revise essential tips on what to pack for your next camping trip:

 

The Basics

Ensure that you pack each of the tarps (one for under the tent as well as one to stretch over the eating area) for your tent, as it would be somewhat awkward to realize that you have left one or two behind, and cannot secure your tent correctly.

Pack your toolbox with these items; a hatchet, first-aid-kit, rope, headlamp, extra batteries, extension cords, whistles, a compass and a utility knife. One never knows when a good utility knife will come in handy. Bring firewood and matches so that you can make memories around the fire. A solar-powered (make sure that it is charged beforehand) multipurpose is also an excellent investment, as many people can charge their phones simultaneously (which could save you a few fights).

Pack for Unexpected Weather

We all understand that the weather-man is not always prophetic, so why not pack those gumboots just in case it rains and you have to soil your brand new pair of hiking boots in mud (although that is what they are there for). A good windbreaker and raincoat can go a long way, especially for your children, as you do not want any of them, or yourself for that matter, returning home with a head-cold from your camping trip.

Have a Back-up

We want to rough it out a bit, perhaps you and the boys have decided you will catch and eat your supper out in the vast wilderness, just like true homo-sapiens! Although the weather is highly capable of disrupting your plans and wetting the firewood, you planned on using to cook your freshly caught fish. We recommend that you pack a gas-stove as a back-up for when you cook your food so that you are not left without a means to cook a warm meal.

Sleeping Necessities – Tips and Tricks

There is nothing worse than waking up in a bad mood for a hike after a toilsome night trying to find a comfortable way to sleep, as you forgot the mattress-repairing patches at home, and the inflatable-mattress was punctured and rapidly deflated late at night.

Since you are in the wilderness, thorns and uneven terrain make it easy for the blow-up mattress to become pinched and damaged, ensuring that you pack a reliable air pump and an easy-to-use repair kit. If you are looking to avoid an inflatable mattress altogether, you can opt for a camping stretcher.

 

Fun and Adventure Go Hand-In-Hand With Safety

You will, without a doubt, need sunscreen, water-bottles, backpacks equipped with small mirrors or whistles, insect repellant, and ethical camping guidelines. Ensure that you know the area you are going to be camping in, and do not hesitate to pack for the “worst-case scenario”. Taking binoculars along so that you can get a closer look at a wild animal or perhaps as a stunning waterfall is also a great idea.

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The Best Dystopian Novels of the 20th Century

Thomas More wrote the book Utopia many centuries ago, and the term was coined to mean no place. It is a satirical book that features an island in the Atlantic Ocean. However, More uses this artistic prowess to depict England as the island. Later on, John Stuart Mill came up with the word Dystopia, which implies a bad place.

Stuart was an English philosopher who was very critical of the Irish land policy. The novels of More inspired him to coin the word. Therefore, dystopian fiction has its roots in the utopian literature, written by renowned authors such as William Morris and H.G Wells. Wells had the opinion that technology advancement was rapidly growing and would come to outdo poverty and war at some point. The list below describes some of the top twentieth-century dystopian novels.

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Brave New World

The advent of the twentieth century could not convince most authors of this time about the characteristic changes in the political world and science. First, Aldous Huxley, through the novel Brave New World launched aggression against utopian concepts. He criticized the advancements of writers such as Wells and Morris, regarding the changes in political ideals and advancement in science. Huxley crafted this novel to project a society in the future. Although critical in some sense, he borrowed Well’s idea that science would form the basis for quality lifestyles for people in the future. Huxley held the vision that children would be formed within test tubes, and they would be bound to conform to all policies put across by their governing structure. Another projection was that learning would be based on intelligence, where ‘Alphas’ would take up duties that require brains while ‘Deltas’ were destined for more menial assignments. While writing a Brave New World literary analysis essay, students can establish that Huxley’s opinion on sex and crime was rather infamous because he denounced both of them, terming crime a non-existent and sex as a form of recreation with no consequences like sad true love. One of Huxley’s characters in the novel is John, who is used by the author to bring out a savage society in which he was born. The utopian society required that John should undergo guilt, shame, squalor and suffering to prove that he was a real man.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - best dystopian novels of the 20th century

We

This is an earlier book that preceded Brave New World. In fact, Huxley was inspired by Yevgeny Zamyatin who published We in 1924. Zamyatin adopted a similar plot which is critical about the concept of futuristic utopia. He emphasizes the need for humans to rise up against the status quo that defines the utopian state that is very homogenized. In his review of We, George Orwell exhibits the amount of debt that Huxley owed Zamyatin. Both authors have focused on a similar society where humans rise against a rationalized world that is to come in more than six hundred years. However, there is a slight difference where Huxley is less concerned about political awareness. His ideas were more influenced by recent psychological and assumptions.

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Nineteen Eighty-Four

The world of dystopias recognizes this novel as Orwell’s finest works of that time. In his presentation, he has classified the future of the world into Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia as the super-states engulfed in an unending war. In all these forms, Orwell defines the world as one with a unique language called ‘Newspeak’ which implies that war is peace. However, it is manipulative because it compels people to belief in non-true aspects, for example, ‘2+2=5.’ One of the leaders in the book is Big Brother, who is in charge of Britain. He is confronted by Winston Smith, who features as a protagonist that attempts to rebel against Big Brother, but he is finally captured and put under rehabilitation.

1984 by George Orwell

The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood has managed to strike a chord with her audience through various themes like gender discrimination and human rights. Her mastery of art enabled her to allude to many biblical stories with a sense of grip. One of her brightest books was The Handmaid’s Tale , which described the handmaiden who was supposed to bear a child for a high-ranking commander instead of his barren wife.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand was full of objectivism, and one may be uncomfortable with his opinion. He highlights some of the regulations and policies that were instituted by prominent industrialists, leading to the collapse of the economy. The book presents a bigger challenge to those reading, invoking some thoughts that may be contrary to your own belief system.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

This novel was based on science fiction, and Philip K. Dick presents aspects in a classic way, not far from the reality that the future holds. He is more concerned about the value of humanity and life. Humanity in the book is defined by empathy, but a protagonist, in this case, is put to task when he is presented with some androids to kill, yet they are perceived to be mortal as well. This concept was used to create the movie Blade Runner in 1982, and some of the ideas are used in reality television shows.

Do androids dream of electric sheep

A Clockwork Orange and The Wanting Seed

These two works of Dystopia were developed by Anthony Burgess. A Clockwork Orange features a theme of brainwashing by the state, and this concept is perfectly brought forward through a teenager who is arrested because of his violent behaviour. He is deprived of his freedom. In The Wanting Seed, the aspect of overpopulation comes into play. This dystopian novel introduces a society of future London where individuals are policed by the state in matters reproduction. A character by the name Tristram Foxe experiences the turn of events, where civilization undergoes a form of dissolution, introducing war, chaos, famine and cannibalism.

A clockwork orange and The wanting seed by Anthony Burgess

The Time Machine

The novel was written in 1895, featuring an anonymous character travelling through the 1890s into 802,701 A.D. It projects a civilization that would be divided between cavern dwelling Morlocks and hedonistic Eloi. Their relationship is somehow symbiotic because the Morlocks would provide for the Eloi and feed on them in return.

The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

The Stand

This is one of the books by Stephen King, who is known for presenting his ideas through horrific episodes. The Stand describes how civilization will come to an end and the decisions that brave it will take with the hope of rebuilding. King’s description of survivors is very chilling, and the super sad true narration of the losses is equally horrifying.

The Stand by Stephen King

Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace is a renowned author, and his skill is depicted in this novel, where he adopts literary innovations to put up one of the perfect pieces of American dystopian fiction. He uses art to project the future where terrorists capture a certain territory with the ability to destroy lives through sponsorship from corporate. Infinite Jest is an ambitious and viciously unsettling novel.

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Conclusion

The best dystopian novels of the twentieth century have rich literature, dating back to the ancient years when authors could only imagine what civilization implied. Many of the novels feature deep thoughts of the future, some giving an accurate account of what the world would look like. Each author is unique in their style, presenting a lot of variety in the way they speak to their audiences. Surprisingly, most of the books are comprehensive, appealing to both the young adults and the old.

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Alleviate your Back and Neck Pain with Finest Quality Mattresses

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Sleep is one thing most of the people look forward to just after waking up, and especially when they have a comfortable set of mattresses, this is the thing they think most of the time throughout the day. Isn’t it?

Having a bed stacked with the perfect set of pillows and comforters, sounds nice, but is it good for your body? Well, no it’s not!

You sure like to have a matching set of pillows, with another set for a company over your bed, just like in the American movies, but believe it when we say, they are just wrong for your body structure. Presently, more than half of the youth is struggling with back or neck pain, and this is not because of no activities, well, this is also one of the reasons, but mostly it is because of the terrible bed setting you have.

No matter what age or demographics you fall in, it is important to purchase the types of mattresses that alleviate neck and back pain, as well as provide you with much-needed comfort during sleep, and it is not possible with the one you already have. Though making some changes in your selection of pillows and comforter is also essential.

You are faced with a number of choices when it comes to mattresses, all you need to do is take a look and find the one that will work perfectly with your sleeping needs. Though it can be difficult to select a mattress if you do not have any idea what you are looking for, so just to make it easy for you, we have created a list of mattresses, which are possible to set right with your needs, especially the one relieving your neck and back pain, while providing you with comfortable sleep.

Tuft and Needle

  • It provides you with an elastic and supportive feature that works over your pressure points.
  • If you have a complaint of severe back pain, then this is your answer to achieve comfort and alleviate the pain.
  • The comfort level this mattress provides works as an ideal choice for many sleepers.

Idle Hybrid

  • An enduring mattress, which is flappable aiding to give the mattresses extended lifespan.
  • In order to achieve the combination of soft support, comfort, and pressure relief, Idle Hybrid is all you are looking for.
  • The memory foam it has is intermediate, which does not feel over during the sleep, a solution that most people want.

Nectar Queen

  • Two words answer to comfort and luxury is Nector Queen, which is also a durable mattress.
  • Just after one night, you can see the difference in your back pain.
  • A perfect mattress choice for tall and bulky people.

Zenus

  • Specially designed to be resilient so that you won’t waste a single penny for your purchase
  • It offers extreme comfort level, which entails in luxury and comfortable sleep.
  • Designed to be soft, sturdy, comfortable, and aids to relieve pressure point, helping to alleviate back and neck pain.

Sweetnight

  • To relieve back pain you need medium firmness, and this mattress is all you require, helping you to sleep comfortably.
  • The answer to your pain relief, as it does not add pressure on the joints, helping in diminishing the pain.
  • As it is medium-firm, so it provides you comfortable sleep, without letting you sink down into the mattress.

Hope you are now bit aware of what kind of mattress will go well with your needs. Be considerate with your purchase. Have an amazing shopping experience!

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9 Tips to Buy a New Car

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It is exciting to buy a new car. You are going to be treated like royalty by the dealers by letting you choose the equipment levels and colours and you also get the new car smell. You can easily get caught up in the moment to a point where you make decisions you might start regretting a couple of weeks or months after buying it.

1. Look at the long-term value

Before you decide to get a new car, you should see whether getting a used car is a better idea. New cars tend to lose their value quickly.

One year after driving off the forecourt, a new car loses an average of 40% of its value., and this is according to AA.

Different cars have different depreciation values. This is why it is a good idea to look at the fastest and slowest depreciating cars if depreciation is one of your concerns.

2. Checking whether the car fits your life

Sleek black, racing red, or maybe vibrant yellow? Wait a minute. Before you choose the colour you want for your car, take time to figure out whether the car you are about to gets fits your lifestyle.

Is the car big enough? Is it going to fit your garage? Do you have kids? If you have kids, is the boot big enough to fit a pushchair and everything else? If it can fit, is there enough space to fit other luggage or things you might need when going out for a family trip? This is the same case if you have pets. Is the car going to be used for short errands around the town or will it be used for long journeys?

You should make a list when buying a car. When you do this, you will have the chance of prioritizing what you need against the budget you have set. Have a column listing the thing you need, then have a second where it has the extra that will be good to have, but they have to be within budget.

3. If there is an extra feature you need to have, then it is AEB

Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is a feature that monitors the traffic ahead of you and will brake automatically if you fail to respond to an emergency.

Thatcham Research had a report showing that cars that had this feature reduced real-world rear-end crashes by 38%. They want every car to have this feature, just like seatbelts.

This does not come as a standard, but adding this extra will be worth it.

4. Consider the payment options

There is a wide range of payment options when it comes to cars. Before speaking to the salesperson on the forecourt, take your time and learn more about the different payment options so you can know which is the best one for you and which one to avoid.

5. Sticking to your guns on pricing

When you have made your choice on the car you want, do as much research as possible.

This will include looking for the lowest prices online, which is going to come in handy when negotiating a lower price.. You should also check whether there are local dealers offering deals on the car you have in mind.

When negotiating with the dealer, you have to haggle with them on the pricing if you want to get the best deal. You should know your maximum price, and be prepared to pay that and nothing more.

6. Buying at the right time

What many people don’t know is that the time of the year they buy a car has a big impact on what they are going to pay.

A lot is going to depend on how many cars the dealers have in stock and their targets. In September and March, dealers have a lot of stock, which is just after the introduction of new number plate formats. In February and August, the months that precede the change in plates, dealers usually have some old stock then need to clear out.

It is a good idea to visit the showroom during the week instead of weekends where they tend to be bust. If you can get some time Friday, then you might be able to get a good deal from a dealer looking to reach their weekly target.

7. Getting the best price for your old car

You should ensure you are getting the best possible price on your old motor.

If you are looking to part-exchange, go to sites such as AutoTrader or Parkers so you can find out what it is worth.

You might be able to get more for your car if you sell it privately. A good finance deal will also help you save – check out these PCP car finance options to see if they fit your personal finances.

8. Trying before buying

Test driving is not just important for used cars; new models have to be test driven too. This is a big purchase you are making; ensure you have your driving license when going to buy a car.

If you are torn between a lower or higher specification version of a car, then try both of them by taking a test drive. Things such as sports seats, bigger wheels, and firmer suspensions can have a big impact on car handling.

The best option is trying the car you are interested in, in both open road and urban streets. If possible, drive on roads that have speed bumps. You can tag someone along because they can give you a second opinion.

9. Getting car insurance and tax costs calculated

Car insurance costs can greatly vary between two cars that seem similar. Before you can sign the dotted line, make sure you get a quote for insurance.

One thing to keep in mind is third-party car insurance will be needed if you want to drive your new ride home. You will need to get it taxed.

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Indianapolis Commercial AC and Cooling Repair Contractors

people in a meeting - commercial ac

Aside from ceiling fans and floor fans, there is also another cooling system that is used inside a house. Homeowners purchase ac to spread cold air inside the house. It absorbs the heat inside the house and replaces it with a cold one. If you are living in a tropical country, you might desire of having your own ac installed inside your place because of the hot weather.

However, homeowners who live in other countries such as United States, Japan, Australia, and Singapore buy theirs not only to cool their houses and buildings, but also to provide a good environment to the people inside the place.

Some homeowners think that getting a home service for ac is no longer needed and is just a waste of time. Keep in mind that to maximize the function of the unit, it should be working properly. This is the part where you will need assistance and advice from a professional contractor for your unit.

Moreover, in order for the unit to last a lifetime, you have to make it a habit that you relay your problems to your trusted contractor every now and then. Cleaning and fixing your unit as well as its parts religiously will definitely go a long way. 

In Indianapolis, you can find contractors that you can turn to when problems regarding your unit arise. Just remember to look only for your trusted contractor by doing a background check of their company, and that you have a feeling that they can accomplish the work as scheduled. But first, let us go through some types that you can use commercially like in the office or in the school. You can click here to see more types that you can actually invest on.

commercial ac in a movie theatre

Types of AC

There are different types of commercial AC that you can purchase in the market. However, you must be also familiar with the air conditioning system that you are going to use before buying your own unit.

  1. Ductless AC

An example of this is the floor standing. This is used in a large space area. Big offices usually have this type of ac, making the area cold.

  • Split type

Business offices usually use this to make air conditioning inside the area centralized. It supplies cold air in isolated rooms.

Now, that you are familiar with the types of commercial air conditioners that you can use. This time, get to know the benefits of having air conditioning units in your workplace.  

library with air conditioning

Benefits Of Using Commercial AC

Aside from cooling the place with your air conditioning units, there are other benefits that you can get more than that.

  1. Clean Air-The filter in the ac greatly helps in removing bad pollutants that can cause allergies to the people living or working in the place.
  • Good Atmosphere– Flowing of the cold air, brings a relaxing feeling. It also gives comfort to everyone in the area.
  • Healthy Well-Being-The cold air inside the room enhances one’s well-being. It changes one’s mood, therefore, there is an increase in motivation in working.

Why Do You Need A Commercial AC And Cooling Repair Contractor?

A Commercial AC is an appliance that requires good maintenance such as cleaning, checking the motor, and fixing the ducts. There are some things that you cannot do alone, especially if the problem is inside the unit already. Familiarity of all the parts is the task of a professional contractor, and doing this alone might take you a long time to figure out what is the cause.

Therefore, it is important to assign this work to your trusted contractor. Quality work output and service are something that you can get from them.

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Tips on Buying Water Filter for Your Home

a glass of water

Having fresh, pure water today has become a real blessing. This fluid is becoming a valuable resource, as its availability decreases. Consider yourself lucky if you can supply your home with unpolluted and clean liquid gold.

These days, you can find fresh, crystal clear water only in rural, mountain areas. In big cities, this is only possible if you have a sound filtration system. You can use tap H2O, but be aware that it contains a variety of chemicals, residues, and contaminants. These can be a cause of many health problems.

On the link below, you can see more about the diseases that polluted water can cause:

https://www.lifehack.org/448605/three-reasons-why-drinking-untreated-water-is-unsafe

Investing in a filtration system is an investment in health. The choice of these systems is extensive. You can pick among devices for all purposes, either commercial or household. The choice depends on many factors, but before choosing a ‘weapon,’ you should ‘meet’ your enemy. In other words, you have to detect the contaminants in the water.

Detect the Contaminants

Almost all types of pollutants found in the ground or air can get into the H2O. Plus, there are various types of liquid waste, outflows from industrial plants, organic waste, and so on. The presence of heavy metals is also frequent in the city supply system. This information is essential to determine what kind of filtration treatment you need.

If you use water from the city supply, make sure you find the annual reports and analyzes that this institution is required to conduct. If you’re on a private well, you need to do analysis on your own. Certified laboratories do these examinations, and they detect many types of pollutants. You can also carry out this analysis if you are using city water.

Also, regardless of the supply type, you can always do the home test yourself. These kits can detect many sorts of contaminants, bacteria, heavy metals, and the pH of the water you use. You should perform these tests several times a year for your own safety, even after you have purchased a filter.

Choose Water Treatment

Once you know what kind of bad things are in your water, you need to make two choices. The first is which filter treatment you will use. And another critical decision is whether to purify the H2O only for drinking, or for the needs of the entire household (for shower, dishwasher, washing machine, etc.).

With the advancement of technology, filtration systems are also being upgraded. Still, most devices on the market use conventional carbon filtration media. Carbon resin, ceramic filters, and reverse osmosis membranes are also available. Which one you opt for depends on the pollutants. Not every water filter system is suitable for cleaning different types of dirt.

For example, carbon filters will clean most of the bigger particles. But smaller contaminants will pass through the system. On the other hand, ceramic filtration media remove pathogenic bacteria and other microorganisms. But these are costlier and complicated to maintain.

H2O for Drink or Entire Household

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As for the other decision, it will most affect your budget for buying a filtration system. Also, you have to think about how many people will use purified water. The price differences between, for example, the pitcher filter and the whole house system are significant.

Filters for Small Amounts

If you only need water for drinks, a pitcher filter and sink filters are the right solutions. They are suitable for small amounts of water. Also, these are convenient if you live in a rented place. The recommendation is to buy models of reputable brands, as they have excellent performances.

There are also special free-standing filters that you can put on or under the countertop. These are cheaper options, but only at first. Later, you have to change filtration media frequently. Consider whether this pays off. The maintenance costs for these models are quite high compared to some more expensive solutions.

Filters with Extra Tap

Some of these more expensive and better-quality solutions are a reverse osmosis filter and ‘under the counter’ filter. These systems hook onto the cold water line. The clean H2O can come out on the sink or through the specialized small tap.

These purification models also have tanks for storing purified liquid, which means they need more space. Also, the installation of these systems is a bit specific. You can do it yourself if you’re handy with a tool. Or call a plumber.

Whole-House System

If you need clean water throughout your household, the Point of Entry purification system will save you the trouble. That is a whole-house system placed on the incoming supply line. The initial investment is more expensive than all the solutions mentioned above.

As for the maintenance, in case there are no breakdowns, you’ll have only regular annual service. But, the problem with these systems may be poor filtration efficiency. Often, you have to install an additional filtering method to get drinking water.

Watch of Scams and Low Prices

Purifiers with low prices are the most common type of fraud. Unreal prices are the most common way you can spot a scam. Something that initially costs a few hundred dollars can’t be sold for 10 or 20 times less than the price, even when it’s on sale for Black Friday.

Fake filters are often sold with the same labels as the original ones. Often fraudsters commit illegal acts when they forge certificates and licenses for use. See here how to spot a counterfeit. Instead of a carbon filtration media, they use elements that are inefficient in the process of purification. These can often be dangerous to health. Some fake purifiers are highly toxic.

Except for health reasons, the use of purified tap water in your home will bring significant savings. Bottled H2O may be safe to drink, but it will cost you a lot more. Plus, plastic packaging is a threat to the environment. Using filtered tap water is environmentally friendly and worth every penny.

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