In order to maintain a healthy environment in your home, you need to remove stale air and replace it with fresh air. Because modern homes are well insulated and sealed to optimize efficient use of energy, natural ventilation is not up to the task and additional ventilation is needed.
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Making your kitchen child-safe in order to protect them is important for homes with young children and toddlers, as they have not yet learned how to protect themselves. At the top of the list are the hazardous substances common to most kitchens. Detergents, household cleaners, pesticides and any other toxic chemicals stored in cupboards near the floor should be removed and relocated to shelves out of reach, in lockable cabinets. Your local poison control center can supply you with a complete list of substances that should be kept from children.
If you go through your home with a discerning eye, you will probably spot a few safety hazards. One of the overlooked places where accidents can occur is the bathroom. According to a 1982 safety study, falls can account for up to 40 percent of household accidents. Bathroom grab bars, which function as handrails, can be a valuable addition to your bathroom.
Nowadays you do not have to spoil the appearance of your bathroom décor with sterile, institutional looking stainless steel bars; you can buy grab bars with enamel finishes in a wide variety of colors to match your current bathroom colors.
Locating Grab Bars
Circuit breakers are a form of overcurrent protector; they interrupt electrical circuits which receive excess current in order to prevent high heat from resistance which may cause a fire. Overcurrent conditions can happen when too much load is attached to the circuit and power demand becomes too high. Other causes include lightning striking the power company’s wiring or service conductors and sending a power surge through your home’s wiring, and faulty insulation or broken connections allowing electricity to flow through the entire circuit without passing through a load, a condition known as a short circuit.
An air conditioner’s condenser is a component which turns gas into liquid via a cooling process. Warm gas in the form of refrigerant vapour from the compressor enters the condenser coils at the top end; as it is condensed, it drains down to the bottom of the coils and into a receiver unit.
The receiver unit holds any surplus liquid refrigerant. The condenser’s function in an air conditioner is to release the heat from the refrigerant to the air surrounding the coils. Split system air conditioners have a separate condenser unit located outdoors.