Duct CleaningThe EPA as well as the National air duct cleaners association have stated that residential duct cleaning should take no less than between 4 and 8 hours to complete, anything short of that and you are probably not getting a thorough job.

Consumers are cautioned against duct cleaning companies that claim to be able to clean your entire air duct system in a very short period of time and for an unrealistic low price, in this industry that kind of service is completely unacceptable and is known as the blo-n-go style of duct cleaning.

Remember…anything short of between 4 and 8 hours and you are probably not getting what you’re paying for.

Many homeowners are also under the impression that the main ducts and primary vents are the only components that require cleaning, However this is not the case, a thorough duct cleaning must include any internal surface in which the air moves across, this not only includes the main ducts and vents but must also include the conveyance compartment of the furnace/AC, heat exchanger, AC coils, drain pan, blower, filter housing and any air cleaning equipment that might be installed.

The only acceptable method of proper air duct cleaning is to put the entire system under negative air (vacuum) by means of a powerful vacuum system that produces no less than 2000 cubic feet per minute of air flow (cfm), each individual vent shaft should be cleaned using a combination of high pressure air snakes, rotating brushes and whips which must be driven by a compressor that will deliver no less than 175 psi @ 12-16 cfm.

In conclusion, when choosing a qualified air duct cleaning company be sure to ask if they their technicians and equipment meet the above criteria and always get a few references, it is also recommended that you contact your local better business bureau or chamber of commerce.

Duct cleaning could be the healthiest home improvement you will ever make!

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Everywhere you look, there are birds. They are roosting on your house, in your garage, in and around your gutters, around your apartment windows, they are just everywhere. What kind of bird pest control can you use for your situation?

Whether you live in an apartment, house or in the country, there are products you can use. What kind of product are you looking for? Do you worry about other animals? Do you worry about other people in and around your home?

What products are out there

The first thing you need to do is to identify what type of bird problems you are having. Then you need to figure out what type of bird pest control you want to use. Here are some of the different types of control for you to think about,

Agricultural Bird Control

Aviation Bird Control

Structural Bird Control Products

Bird Control for Boats

Bird Scare Products

Along with knowing what type of bird pest problem you are having you will want to research the purchasing the right bird pest control product for your situation.

Big problems

Some cities have such problems with birds such as pigeons that they employ people for cleanup of the bird droppings around the city. Some birds such as pigeons are not native to the United States but they continue to become a hazard to buildings, structures and even health.

Some droppings are not only a health hazard and can carry diseases but also they are also corrosive to structures. The bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites found in pigeon droppings are responsible for a host of serious diseases, including histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, toxoplasmosis and more.

Basic pest control products

One of the most popular products that come to mind first is bird netting. Netting comes in different sizes to fit the area you are looking to keep the birds out of. It comes in different strengths and is inexpensive to buy.

You can also use bird netting keeping other little animals out of your gardens and plants. Another very popular bird pest control product is electric wire track and bird spike products.

people will also use traps to catch and rid of birds but you may want to check to be sure that this is acceptable in your area where you live. There are also bird scare products that can be used such as owl decoys, bird blasters that are components that are audio and visual stimulants to deter them.

Do your research and check into the different bird pest control products available to you. A little research can go a long way.

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Electric FireplaceElectric fireplaces are growing in popularity amongst homeowners. Does that mean one is right for you? Let’s take a look at the benefits.

They are great for people who want to add the warmth and style of a fireplace without building a permanent unit (whether wood-burning or gas), which includes the labor and cost of installing a chimney or venting to the outside.

Because the electric units are not actually burning anything (they only simulate flames), they do not steal CO2 or vent potentially toxic fumes. With an electric fireplace, you simply plug the unit into a standard 120-volt outlet and flip the switch.

These units can be built into a fireplace surround with mantel and the whole works or they can simply stand against a wall, a scenario that means no tools are required for installation. Many electric fireplaces come with surrounds and mantels to give them a realistic look with no effort.

This simplicity and ease is what attracts many homeowners to these appliances. Also, they can be installed in places traditional fireplaces or wood-burning stoves cannot. For example, it’s no problem putting an electric fireplace into a trailer or a high-rise condominium.

Let’s talk about the cons of electric fireplaces. For one thing, these fireplaces are basically just glorified space heaters. If all you want is warmth, and you don’t mind paying an electricity bill to get it, you could buy a simple heater for much less.

The reason people buy electric fireplaces is more for the ambiance and the focal point they can create in a room. They do certainly work as heaters though. Most new models come with a built-in thermostat, so that when the room reaches the desired temperature, the heater automatically flips off.

One con of these fireplaces is that they have a bad reputation in that they do not look realistic. After all, nothing is really burning in there, so it’s not going to look like a snapping and crackling wood fire.

However, the technology is improving, and a lot of today’s electric fireplaces use randomized filtering of lighting to simulate glowing embers and flame patterns that are reminiscent of the real deal. The best thing to do is visit a dealer and sees a number of units turned on before you make a decision.

Now that we have touched on pros and cons, let’s take a look at options. Today’s electric fireplaces have such perks as built-in fans to distribute the heat more thoroughly, air filtration systems to clean the air as it is heated, a heatless setting in case all you want is the look of flickering flames, and of course most of these units come with remote controls.

Ok, but what about the price, you ask? Electric fireplaces are cheaper than gas fireplaces, and you can get a pretty decent model for about $500 (even cheaper models are available, though they tend to have fewer perks and less realistic flames).

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Wicker FurnitureTo understand what Wicker furniture is, you must first know what is Wicker and how it differentiates from Rattan. Wicker includes all types of products that are made out of natural materials, willow, rush, banana leaf, grasses, straw, cane or reed.

They are mostly woven in between frames of Rattan. Rattan refers to a vine that can grow up to some hundred feet high and is extremely strong and durable. Most of the times, both these two materials are used together to make the sunroom furniture.

They are soaked in water to soften the fibers so that it can be woven properly. When they are stained, they show slight difference in color and hue. This makes the product look all the more natural and attractive.

The wicker sunroom indoor furniture can be molded into various shapes and forms to provide an inexhaustible range of wicker products in all types of look and style. Thus, no matter how your sunroom is shaped and placed, you will definitely find similar shaped wicker furniture to go with the look and feel of your conservatory or sunroom.

Common wicker furniture items

Wicker sunroom furniture can be divided into outdoor & porch furniture, semi-outdoor furniture, and indoor furniture. The outdoor furniture items include seating arrangements, plant stand, porch swing, tables, lounges, rocking chairs, ottomans, loveseats, bar stools, dining tables and chairs, and dining set.

The seating arrangements are provided with aluminum frameworks with resin to resist adverse weather. The cushions have weather resistant synthetic fabrics and the sets are available in shades of honey, white, green and grey. The dining set consists of poly-propylene that is hand woven with an interlocking table top with the base of the table.

They are available in various colors including black, white, green, golden honey and brown. The dining chairs are stackable and available in various shades including black, brown, green, honey with sage finish and cream frames.

The wicker vanity consisting of a glass topped bench with a mirror and an ottoman will look best if placed next to the sunroom window. Usually they measure 30″X17″, with a height of 52″ and are available in various colors to suit the color of the sunroom.

You can also place file cabinets with two drawers, the top of which is made of glass to support photo frames and telephones. You can opt from a range of wicker desks with file cabinets, drawers and cushioned chairs. They are ideal for placing computers and carrying out paper works.

The size and style of wicker furniture items depends not only on the size and design of the sunroom or conservatory, but also on the style of the sunroom roof. Rocking chairs and furniture with curved edges are best placed inside curved roofs. Similarly, wicker items with straight edges are best placed in conservatories and straight roofs. The swivel topped TV stand consists of a couple of drawers with an open area for placing the DVD/VCD player. They measure around 31″X18″, with a height of 30″, and are available in various shades including tea wash, dark honey, coffee, and white.

Bath fixtures and bedroom furniture

You can decorate the little space of your sunroom that you use to take bath with the Wicker furniture items. The room screens and dividers are available in three panels with a width of 18″ and height of 72″.

The wicker étagère are sometimes provided with doors and sometimes left open. The framework is of steel and they are available in a variety of colors. The three tier floor shelves can be used for a variety of purposes like placing towels, decorating with flowers and placing other decorative items.

The bedroom collection includes day beds, wardrobes and dressers, framed mirrors, nightstand, dressers and beds. The dressers or wicker chests are provided with multiple drawers in a variety of colors. The day beds are the ideal place to relax during the afternoon and measure around 81″X41″, with a height of 42″.

Wicker furniture lends a natural look and feel to your sunroom design and provides the ideal place to relax with a view of the surrounding landscape.

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