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October 2019

How to Optimize On Indoor Plants – A Garden in Your Living Room

Indoor plants are a great way to bring a dash of nature to the space you are working or living in. Well maintained indoor greenery can really add loads of freshness to your home and office interiors. They go great with almost all designs of furniture and give your space a whole new energy. You can get these plants in a variety of sizes and there are some that can even add fragrance to your room. Depending on what kind of plants you want to be surrounded with, and how much time you can spend for maintenance, there are various plants that you can choose.

Types of indoor plants

There are many types of plants that can suit your office interiors or your home interior perfectly. The most basic classification is whether you want flowering or non-flowering varieties. The Amaryillis, the Moth Orchid or the Peace Lily are beautiful flowering varieties that grow very well in controlled indoor conditions. Plants like the English Ivy, Chinese evergreen or the Mother-in-law’s tongue are perfect if you are interested in greens.

Another way to choose your indoor plant is by the amount of time you can spend on maintaining it. Plants like the Ponytail Palm do not even require watering. Also plants like the Chinese Evergreen and the Cactus Combo Bonsai are highly adaptable and are best suited for the indoors.

Maintaining your indoor plants

Often, maintenance is a concern with indoor plants. However, you should only choose plants if your home or office space can provide all the necessary conditions for its growth. For example, if your plant is one that needs ‘full light’, do you have facilities to provide that? It is not a good idea to just buy a plant that is visually appealing and then watch it wither away.

Also, decide on the amount of time you are willing to spend tending your indoor garden. Some varieties require regular fertilizing, repotting or watering. If you are unable to take time out, you may want to choose low maintenance varieties so that they last longer. After you buy a sapling, make sure that you provide all the nutrients that it needs, especially water.

For potting, you may choose regular pots with dishes to protect the surface you have kept the plant on. You can also choose pot hangers or holders if necessary. Always make sure that your pots are large … READ MORE

Warm Your Home During the Winter Months With a Gas Fire

Gas heating systems are one of the most cost efficient forms of home heating available. If you compare gas run appliances with those that require electricity, you would find that gas appliances cost less in energy and accomplish the same task. For example, a gas water heater can produce nearly twice the amount of hot water that an electric model can supply in the same amount of time for around 33 percent of the cost.

Cut Costs, Not Comfort

A high-efficiency natural gas furnace or boiler reduces the amount of heat escaping up from your chimney, leaving more warmth inside your house. This efficient use of energy translates into savings for you.

A high-efficiency furnace running at 97 percent effectiveness only burns 50 gigajoules of energy a year. For a mid-sized home with average heating requirements, a high-efficiency system could use around 25 percent less natural gas than a standard system. This difference translates into substantial savings, year after year.

Safety With Efficiency

High-efficiency furnaces and boilers feature a sealed combustion venting design which prevents burning by products from entering your living space. The system maintains indoor air quality, prevents range hoods and exhaust fans from affecting the combustion process.

This venting technology also improves energy efficiency because combustion air is drawn directly from outside your home, without any loss of the heated air indoors.

Easier on the environment natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, producing fewer greenhouse gases than other fuels. Efficient use of natural gas in your heating system is a wise and responsible choice because it helps minimise your carbon footprint.

Unlike electric heating systems, there are rarely natural gas outages. If there is an outage due to the result of some kind of accident or a natural disaster, it would be fixed immediately as gas line leaks are a severe public hazard. Electrical outages are far more common and tend to last longer. In the winter, an electrical outage can force you out of your home – if you rely on electricity for heat.

Do remember that there are some things to consider before switching over to a gas heating system. Apart from conforming to local laws (check with your local gas company), you must adequately seal your home so that the heat escape is reduced to a minimum. Sealing requires some professional help, although, you can do a lot of the work yourself, … READ MORE