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Feeling hungry? Check out our great fruit recipes for this summer and not only!

Fruit Recipes: Fruit Salad

Ah, who doesn’t love summer and heat? Those long days at the beach or besides the pool, relaxing with a drink next to you and charging your batteries. However, this is the time where the heat pushes you to consume more fruits and remain hydrated all day long. But since fruits alone might be boring sometimes (especially after you eat them all summer long!), here we have some creative fruit recipes for you!

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1. Apricots with honey and spices. Although it’s not one of the most common recipes for fruits, we can guarantee you it’s absolutely delicious! You will only need some water, sugar, one cinnamon stick, apricots, lemon juice, orange zest and honey. Simply place them in a jar and let them soak. You can either consume it like this or use it for other crazy combinations: make your own fruity yogurt, froze it for an original type of ice-cream or use it for a cake.

Fruit Recipes: Raspberries and Chocolate

2. Grilled chicken with blackberries and pomegranate juice. The ordinary grilled chicken that is healthy and also helps with your diet can be spiced up and renewed with some pomegranate juice and blackberries. Quite an unusual (but tasty!) combination, it will require unsweetened juice, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, chicken breast, blackberries, molasses and some red pepper. Let yourself be surprised by one of the craziest fruit recipes this summer!

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3. Fruit pie. Initially we wanted to recommend you a peach pie, but then we thought again about it: why limit the options only to peaches? Any fruit is good for a delicious pie in the middle of the summer. Just like with any other pie, you should use crumbled biscuits, sugar, egg whites and butter for the crust. Then, add your favorite pudding flavor and decorate with some pieces of your favorite fruit. Extra tip: you can also add chocolate if you’re not on a diet!

Fruit Recipes: Nutritious Food

4. Colored Fruit Salad. Fruit salads are a great way of ensuring your nutrients for the day, while also eating as many fruits as possible. And if you need more arguments to try one of the greatest fruit recipes, it’s the fact that you can combine any fruits you want and any toppings. Just imagine a delicious combination between strawberries, blackberries, bananas and peaches, topped with honey and cinnamon or some melted chocolate. Are you craving it yet?

5. Watermelon and chocolate. Yes, any fruit with chocolate is excellent, but watermelons are even more, since they are juicier. Cut a watermelon in halves, scoop out the content and cut them into cubes. Pour chocolate over them and add other things if you like: whipped cream, other toppings, fruit spreads, honey or other spices. Enjoy!

Fruit Recipes: Colorful Dish

 

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Be part of the amazing and dynamic world in the UAE this month and check out the coolest events around!

Events in UAE August 2015: Dubai Panorama

August is perhaps the best month, when summer is in full bloom. That’s why now it’s the time to have all the fun and attend all the events in UAE August 2015 you missed until now! Make your schedule and gather up all the fun around!

1. Dubai Sports World 2015. If you don’t know about this event already, it’s time for you to see it! It’s a fun event that you shouldn’t miss since it includes all sorts of sports. It’s hosted at the Dubai World Trade Center and it will be available only until the 29th of August, so hurry up!

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2. Dubai Summer Surprises 2015. And since we are in Dubai, you have to know that this amazing city is waiting you with lots of surprises. for a month and a half (starting 23rd of July and ending on September 5th), here you can find extremely varied activities, suitable for the entire family. In August you have the chance to meet Jaden and Willow Smith and have your kids entertained with contests and games all month!

Events in UAE August 2015: Sports Events

3. Hans Klok, World’s Fastest Illusionist. In Abu Dhabi you will have the chance to see the fastest illusion in the world for the first time in the Middle East. Hans Klok is often compared to Harry Houdini, the master of escapes. You can find him on August 21 and 22 at DU Forum in Abu Dhabi.

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4. Mythbusters, Adam Savage Live. Since this summer is full of surprises when it comes to events in UAE August 2015, we continue our list with the live show of Mythbusters and Adam Savage. This show consists in live representations, experiments on the stage, videos and stories from behind the scenes. Needless to say, it’s the first time they come to the Middle East, so don’t miss a unique opportunity!

Events in UAE August 2015: Hans Klok

5. The Million Player (Electronic Football Competition). Just as the title says, the person who wins the competition of electronic football will receive AED 1 million. It lasts for 15 days (11 – 25 August) and it’s hosted at the Real Madrid Cafe in Dubai. As you can imagine, all the participants are eager to win, which makes it even more interesting! For spectators, the admission is free.

6. SIIMA 2015. The South Indian International Film Awards takes place on the 6th and 7th of August at the Dubai World Trade Center. Lots of celebrities are expected to show up at this event, so it’s not something you’d want to miss! The first evening is centered on the Telegu and Kannada languages, and the second one on Malayalam and Tamil. There is an admission fee too: Bronze- AED 75, Silver- AED 150, Gold AED- 250, Platinum- AED 750.

Events in UAE August 2015: SIIMA 2015

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Smell is a subtle, yet important detail, that can help you feel great in your own home, so take advantage of that!

Home Fragrances: Essential Oils

It may seem unimportant, but you must know that a fragrance is very important to a home atmosphere. It is a subtle detail that makes everything look or feel better… or worse, if you don’t take care of this aspect. However, this is also an art and you should know how and what fragrances to use. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of this before, we prepared you a list with home fragrances tips!

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1. Choose different fragrances for each room. Just like you wouldn’t choose a vibrant design for a relaxation room, you wouldn’t choose a strong perfume either. Simply visualize how you would want to feel in that room and go for a scent that matches the feeling: you want to relax, choose a light perfume, perhaps a floral and mild one, whereas if you want to wake up or refresh yourself, you should choose a strong scent.

Home Fragrances: DIY Jars

2. Make your own fragrance. Sometimes the offer for home fragrances out there on the market may not satisfy you, and in this case it’s time for you to have your own homemade scent. One of the easiest recipes is to add 1/8 cup baking soda in 2 cups of hot water, together with ½ cup of lemon juice. Just put them into a spray bottle, shake it and refresh your home! There are also lots of ideas on how to make your own jelly freshener, solid deodorizer and so on.

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3. Use natural plants. Perhaps you don’t know how to make a DIY deodorizer or you don’t have time for this. In this case, choose natural dried up plants and place them in jars around the room. Lavender is a good option for this and it has a strong scent too. Simply take lavender, dry it up and place it in smaller jars. Not only it will help the smell in the room, but they will also look cute and make the design fresher.

Home Fragrances: Scented Candles

4. Tea bags are an inexpensive solution. These are recommended especially in small places where strong smells can take up the entire room quickly, like the bathroom, laundry room and even closets. Simply hang a couple of tea bags behind the door and let them do their job. The best part here is that you can choose whatever flavor you want! If you notice that the smell starts to fade away, simply pour a few drops of essential oil on the bags and they will be like new.

5. Vary the means. Home fragrances are so flexible and varied that it would be a shame to stick to just one method of scenting your home. Thankfully, there are countless options out there: essential oils, scented candles, scented burning sticks, potpourri bags, automated air fresheners and so on and so forth. It all depends on your taste and what’s great is the fact that you can combine them!

Home Fragrances: Natural Smell

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Are you familiar with all the names different types of sheets have? Test your knowledge here!

Bed Sheet Dictionary: Stylish Bedroom

Although the title may sound strange to you, we’re sure there were lots of situations when the bed sheet terminology can be quite confusing, with all these sheets that come on top or under or…. Who knows where. But no worries, we’re here to help! Check out or bed sheet dictionary and you’ll know everything you need to know!

1. Bed skirt – decorative piece that is found between the box springs and the mattress. It reaches the floor and it is used to hide the box spring and to decorate the room.

Bed Sheet Dictionary: Stylish Bedding

2. Pillow sham – it resembles a pillowcase, but without the opening on one side. It just has a piece of extra material that is sewn. It is mostly used for decorating and most of the times it has countless decorations on it.

3. Pillowcase – although everybody knows what this means, we should clarify it. It’s the cover used for a sleeping pillow, but it can also be used for decorative pillows. It is generally rectangular and it has one opening on an end through which you can insert the pillow.

4. Bolster pillow – a special type of pillow that is designed for lumbar support. However, most of the times it’s used decoratively, mainly as an accent pillow. It can be very small, but also very large, some even can be as large as the bed where they are placed.

5. Decorative pillow – also called an accent pillow, it refers to a pillow that can have any shape, color and size and it has a purely decorative role, without being used for anything. They can be customized and matched to the rest of the décor.

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6. Sleeping pillow – the most basic term in the bed sheet dictionary, the sleeping pillow is the regular pillow we use to sleep on it. Most of the times it’s rectangular and it comes in medium size. Depending on the bed, you can also find queen/king sized pillows or even smaller ones.

7. Euro pillow – also called a Continental pillow, it is basically a large square pillow which is placed against the headboard to support the head.

8. Duvet cover – it’s placed above a comforter or duvet and it has an opening where you can place it. It also has buttons and it’s generally a decorative cover.

Bed Sheet Dictionary: Types of Sheets

9. Top sheet – also called a flat sheet, it refers to the sheet placed on the top of the bed that separates you from the comforter/duvet.

10. Bottom sheet – named also a fitted sheet, it is characterized by an elastic edge that is used to be fixed onto your mattress.

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11. Coverlet – simply decorative, its length does not reach the floor and does not cover the pillows either. Quilts can also be placed in this category.

Bed Sheet Dictionary: Flower Design

12. Bedspread – similar to the coverlet, also only decorative, except that this one touches the floors and covers the whole bed.

13. Blanket – also named a throw, a blanket is placed at the foot of the bed and it serves for decoration purposes or for extra warmth at night.

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See here how you can store your food for a longer period of time and in good conditions!

How to Store Foods: Healthy Eating

Storing food may seem an easy job, you just place the food in the refrigerator and that’s it. Indeed, recent technology has made refrigerators more and more intelligent and useful, but is that enough to take full advantage of your food? If you don’t know how to store food correctly, it might get rotten faster than usual, so you might want to read our advice on how to store foods properly!

How to Store Food: Separate Fruits

1. Keep the original package. In general, it’s a good idea to keep the food in the package it came with, whether we’re talking about meat, fish or poultry. Moving the meat from one package to another can expose it to all kinds of bacteria, especially if you handle it with your bare hands, so you might want to think again before moving that steak to a different bag.

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2. Use plastic wrap. If however you needed to move a certain aliment, for instance milk or other dairy products, don’t place them back in the container. Simply cover the second bowl with a plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator.

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3. Always check the expiry date and other mentions on the package. There are products that have to be consumed in a certain amount of time after opening, while others can last for months. Always check the package and pay attention to the packaging and expiry date, so that you can know when it’s safe to eat it and when you should throw it away.

4. Separate fruits and vegetables. As much as possible, an important tip on how to store foods is to keep fruits and vegetables separately. What does that mean? It means that you should put together carrots with carrots, potatoes with potatoes, bananas with bananas. This is advisable because different fruits or vegetables produce certain types of gasses that can cause other to rot faster than usual and so on, so if you want your foods to keep longer, you should stick them together!

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5. Don’t wait for the food to cool off. Yes, with the old refrigerators, whenever you needed to store foods which were hot, you had to wait for them to cool down. Nowadays however, modern refrigerators can perfectly handle the heat and not break down, which is totally a time saver and makes your job much easier.

How to Store Foods: Fruits and Vegetables

6. Leftovers. Store them in an airtight container or wrap, so that they don’t get exposed too much to air. It’s probably better to divide them in several such containers so that they can cool faster. For instance, instead of having a huge pot with soup, you can have 2 or 3 smaller containers with enough servings you need at one meal.

7. Don’t fill up the fridge. Choose a fridge that suits your needs to store foods and don’t fill it up. If it’s too full, air will not circulate properly and the temperature will not be low enough for the foods to be kept in a safe environment.

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Wooden furniture can really be a delight for your eyes, but do you know how to take care of it?

Wooden furniture is perhaps the most widely used type of furniture worldwide. Of course, there are finer types of wood and less fine ones, depending on what style and what design every house has. However, wooden furniture is one of the best ideas to have, since it lasts a lifetime and even more, so see here how to take care of wooden furniture!

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1. Dust them as often as possible. Dusting can do no harm to the furniture, and it’s very benefic since it removes the bacteria or other mites that might be living on the surface of your furniture. There may also be airborne deposits there than can really affect your health, plus the dust is not healthy at all, so dust as often as you can! Pro tip: if you use a cloth for removing dust and want to avoid the dust getting back on the furniture after you clean it up, pour a few drops of water on the cloth!

Take Care of Wooden Furniture: Elegant Design

2. Don’t use water. Water is never a good idea to use when cleaning your furniture, so consider the alternatives. If your furniture has a plastic coating, you can use a universal cleaning spray, but if not, it’s not recommended to resort to that. If there are sticky spots, you can use a cloth slightly dampened with soap and water, but use a soft clean cloth immediately after that so as not to deteriorate the furniture item.

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3. Homemade recipes. There are also some homemade recipes that can help you take care of wooden furniture. One such idea is to mix together equal parts of strained lemon juice, denatured alcohol, olive oil and gum turpentine. This will nourish and protect the wood and it will even bring back to life old wood furniture!

Take Care of Wooden Furniture: Wood Maintenance

4. Take it outside! Sometimes furniture items get a weird smell from staying indoors, especially in room which are not well ventilated. Just take it outside for a day and let it breathe! However, make sure the ground is dry and that it doesn’t stay in direct sunlight, since this may definitely affect its color and resistance.

5. Use paste wax. Although this is an essential step for a good-looking furniture, many people forget it when they take care of wooden furniture. Paste wax help in filling up scratches, giving back that beautiful shine furniture has and protecting the item, conserving it in a good state. However, it is quite difficult to apply this paste on your own, especially if you’re not familiar with the procedure, so it would be better to ask for the opinion of a specialist before applying any treatment to your furniture.

Take Care of Wooden Furniture: Exquisite Bedroom

6. Keep it away from heat. Vents, ovens, direct sunlight near the window, all this can prove to be quite damaging for your furniture, so careful with where you place the furniture. Choose a cooler place, preferably in a corner, but with enough space for air to circulate a little bit around it.

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The electronic devices in our homes are of great use, but are we taking care of them properly?

Maintain Your Electronics: Useful Technology

Since technology is a more and more important part of our day to day lives, we become addicted to electronic devices. Smartphone, laptop, PC, TV, tablets, you name it, everybody has one of these nowadays. It’s easy to buy one, but it’s always important to take good care of them and to keep them properly. That’s why we gathered some important advice on how to maintain your electronics in good state!

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1. Use some protection. For many devices, if not for all, you can find on the market protecting bags or cases to keep them. The market is full with funny and cute phone cases, for instance, which are very helpful in case you drop the phone or hit it accidentally. The same goes for tablets and similar devices. Laptops can also be carried in special bags fit for their size, and a laptop bag is not that expensive. There are also protective plastic sheets for screens that can prevent cracks and scratches on sensitive touchscreens, for instance.

Maintain Your Electronics: Technology

2. Keep it clean… As unimportant as it may look, keeping the phone dirty all the time or using devices with dirty hands can damage it in time. Not only it’s not healthy at all for yourself, but it will get dirt inside the phone, which can further deteriorate it. Clean the screen every once in a while or the keypad in case of laptops and PCs. If you have a desktop PC, every 6 months clean the dust out of it, since it can slow it down and get into small components.

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3. …and safe. There are lots of dangers in your home for electronic devices. Maintain your devices in good state by keeping them away from water, fire and other hazards. In this category you can also include small children, pets (especially dogs and cats), aquariums and other wet surfaces and so on. Ideally, you should place it in a safe spot somewhere higher than their reach. If you teach a child to use the tablet or phone, for instance, teach them how to take care of it and how to handle it so as not to damage it.

Maintain Your Electronics: Electric Components

4. Use special substances. There are lots of special liquids out on the market which are specially designed for electronic screens or LCDs. Do not use water and paper towels under any circumstances! Water should never get in contact with devices, so make sure you have clean soft cloths lying around the house for when you need to clean them up. However, do not abuse these substances, since in greater quantities they might be the damaging factor for the device.

5. Power them off from time to time. Many people ignore this advice on how to maintain your electronics, and they are wrong. Simply think about the fact that your smartphone or laptop are being used many, many hours a day, and they would surely need a break every once in a while.

Maintain Your Electronics: Keep Away from Children

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We all love hot weather, beaches and the ocean! But what to do to escape the dangerously high temperatures this summer?

Tips to Escape the Heat: Wear White Clothes

Summer can be both a blessing and a curse, depending on how well you tolerate heat. Especially in the UAE, you have to get used to the high temperatures found here, and the climate has proven to be problematic for many who weren’t born here. Thankfully, there are lots of tips to escape the heat which can make summer more enjoyable for everybody!

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Tips to Escape the Heat: Use Water

1. Wear clothes in light colors. It is a well-known fact that light colors reject heat, while dark ones attract it. As such, you can store away your black clothes for now, unless you really need them for a special occasion. If you don’t own any white blouses, pants or shirts, you should really stock up, since they will help you in the fight with the heat.

2. Carry some water around. Even if it will get warmer after a while, it’s still good to carry around water. You never know when you are going to be thirsty, and if it’s too warm to be drunk, you can use it to splash on your face, arms and legs. If you feel sick or start to feel dizzy after spending a long time in the sun, take a handkerchief and pour some water on it. Place it on your neck and chest to lower your body temperature, and always cover your head with a hat.

Tips to Escape the Heat: Protect Your Head

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3. Try to drink something warmer. Maybe you think one of the most useful tips to escape the heat is to drink something with ice, anything, but the truth is that’s not the most effective way to cool off your body. Drinking a warm tea, as strange as it may sound, can help you fight heat better, since you won’t use any extra energy to heat the liquid in your stomach. That’s why you should at least drink something with a normal temperature if you can’t stand something warm.

4. Use ice. Take a sock, fill it with ice and place it on your forehead or chest if you need immediate cooling. However, don’t hold it too much, since your skin might get damaged if you expose it too much to low temperatures. Alternatively, you can play around with ice cubes and slide them on your skin, especially in places where veins are visible: on the neck, on your wrists, behind the knees and so on, so that blood can circulate faster.

Tips to Escape the Heat: Stay Indoors

5. Stay indoors. There’s no better advice than to stay at home during heat waves, especially if you have heart or circulatory problems. Install an AC machine in your home and you won’t even feel the scorching heat outside! Take showers often and don’t stress out too much, since this may raise your blood pressure. If it’s not totally necessary, don’t go outside and if you really, really need to go, remember our advice and protect yourself!

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If you're undecided, see our list of advantages and disadvantages for upper or lower floor apartments!

Although this question might seem useless in the beginning, there are certain consequences when you have to buy or rent an apartment and choose an upper or lower floor. Of course, each options has its own advantages and disadvantages, but according to what is more important for you, you will make the best decisions. Today we will present you with some pros and cons for every option, leaving you to decide which one is better for you!

Upper or Lower Floor: Tall Buildings

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1. Upper floors are warmer. Given the fact that it stays all day long under the sunlight, the last floor is always warmer, if not hotter, which also applies to 2 or 3 floors below. If you love heat, this can be a good thing. Even if you don’t want to be hot all day long, installing an air conditioning is a solution for this. More than that, you can take advantage of this and spend time in open air on the roof, if you have access to it.

Upper or Lower Floor: One Floor Homes

2. Lower floors have easier access. People who don’t like taking the stairs (although this would be a good exercise) will have an easier choice between an upper or lower floor since they will love to have a lower floor apartment or studio. It’s easy to access such an apartment, and this is especially helpful when you want to change the furniture, rearrange the design, bring in the shopping bags or any other activities that imply carrying some weights. Just imagine how hard it would be if the elevator broke and you had to carry your groceries 8 floors up!

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3. Upper floors give you access to the roof. As we already said, having the roof of the building just above you is a great potential for exploring your free time. If at the lower levels you can only keep plants in pots that can be too big for your rooms, if you have a top floor and some understanding neighbors, you can always grow your own garden and cultivate your own fruits there! Maybe you can even sell your neighbors some, who knows! Other than that, the roof can be a very relaxing place and a great opportunity to admire the sunrise and the sunset. Use your imagination: take an inflatable pool, a beach towel and head up on the roof for some sunbathing!

Upper or Lower Floor: Lower Floor

4. Lower floors might not need so many reparations. If the roof breaks or water infiltrates through it, you have the greatest interest to have it fixed as soon as possible. Of course, everybody should pay for this, but we know well that sometimes things move extremely slow and you wouldn’t want to have your apartment flooded. However, if a pipe breaks at one of the upper floors, you will be the most affected by this, which can be a downside. In modern and recent buildings though, this shouldn’t happen too often, but it’s always safe to check the safety of the building!

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The heating system is an important component of your home, especially for your health and comfort, so see here how to take care of it!

Heating System Tips: Fireplace Heating

The heating system is an important part in our lives, and if it happens to break down during winter, well, it’s not the best of moments. In order to prevent issues that could have been avoided, we thought of helping you with some heating system tips that might make the lifespan of your system longer. Check them out!

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1. Get to a specialist. As much as you think you can do it and that there’s not much to be done about the heating system and its maintenance, it’s always a good idea to get to a specialist. They are trained people who know everything about these systems, and if you want a job well done, you should always ring them up. If you are good with technical things, maybe there are other issues you can solve yourself, but not getting a specialist in this area could be even dangerous for your family, since the electrical parts might break down.

Heating System Tips: Floor Heating

2. Check to see if it works. Before winter comes and before the first frost, you should run the heating system once to see if it works. This is a smart step since it allows you to detect eventual issues in time, and you can solve the problems without freezing in your own home in case the system doesn’t function properly. You can always repeat the process if you think something is wrong or you can call the specialist anytime. And remember, better to prevent than to treat!

3. Check the lights. If you have a natural gas system, one of the best heating system tips is to check the lights. For this type of heating system, the light should always be clear blue. If at any point you see the light having other colors, it’s a clear sign of an issue, so you should take some measures. Most of the time when something malfunctions, the light turns orange or yellow, so this should be a clear indicator.

Heating System Tips: Central Heating

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4. Change yearly the furnace filters. Dirty and full filters make the system push harder the warm air through them and thus working slower and consuming more. That’s why it is recommended to change the furnace filters every year, to ensure that the air circulates freely and that the entire system works fine. Plus, it’s not healthy to keep dirty filters there, since you will later inhale the air that passes through them.

 

5. Ensure the free circulation of air. Don’t block the vents from the system with furniture, plants or any other items. Similarly to the air conditioning machine, blocking the vents with various items will only prevent you from enjoying the benefits of the system and will not help the temperature in the room drop or climb. Even more so, you could arrange the entire design so as to let the air circulate freely around the room, be it hot or cold, since a proper ventilation is important for your health and comfort.

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