5 Tips to Clearing the Air of Your Home

Did you know that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than the air outdoors, primarily due to a lack of proper ventilation?

An increased presence of toxins happens because of different reasons:

 – Smoking or indoor fires, from stoves, fireplaces and other cooking activities.

 – Mold and asbestos, which can develop in areas like your carpets under damp, warm and dark conditions.

 – Higher levels of carbon monoxide and radon, which are both toxic gases

All of these can have severe adverse effects on your health, contributing to severe asthma, lung cancer, and other complications.

Regulating the quality of air inside your home is essential to leading a healthy lifestyle.

How do you do it?

Using air fresheners and other similar products to cover up damp or stale air only adds to the overall pollution inside the house, as they only mask the effects of pollutants instead of getting rid of them.

Instead, here is what you can do.

  1. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Using low VOC paint on indoor walls and installing carbon monoxide detectors in every room is the first step towards ensuring better air quality. However, there are many other methods you can employ to cleanse the air in your house such as:

     2. Improve Indoor Ventilation

Open your windows! Install trickle vents or exhaust fans to regulate the air, especially in your kitchen and bathrooms to reduce the risk of mold and similar problems caused due to an increased moisture content in the air.

  1. Go in for Natural Purifiers

Beeswax candles and salt lamps are 100% naturally occurring substances, which act as natural air purifiers when burned as well as help elevate the atmosphere of the room.

  1. Purchase Air Purifiers

You can also buy an electronic purifier, for faster more effective air purification. These devices can filter out even the smallest of particles for fresh, helping you get clean breathing air inside your home. And they are cheap too, so you wouldn’t really feel any pinch on your pocket.

  1. Cleaning is Important

Your central heating system, ventilators, air conditioners and dehumidifiers collectively called the HVAC system require frequent cleanup and maintenance. Carpets, rugs, and furniture that catches a lot of dust also need to be dusted and often cleaned to avoid dust mites, especially if you have pets!

However, do look to reduce your dependence on cleaning products, as they contain strong chemicals such as bleach, hair sprays, deodorants, and nail polish indoors. Often, they include VOCs, chemicals known not just to affect your health but the environment as well.

Focusing on Your Daily Habits

Having plants inside the house can help by naturally decreasing the carbon dioxide content in the air as well as adding a natural, fresh and pleasant aroma to the room.

In a nutshell, some lifestyle changes can make a good difference.

 – Do not smoke indoors

 – Clean the carpets; they can be dirt magnets

 – Take off your shoes before entering the house and use a doormat

These simple tips can help reduce the amount of air pollutants and improve your health by fresh, clean breathing air.

Get the Help You Need for Water Damage

Photo by Jouni Rajala on Unsplash

Water damage can happen without any warning, and it is important to get assistance right away before the problem gets worse. There are many water damage remediation companies out there. You want to choose the right one for your unique situation. The safety of your home or business depends on fast action, so always turn to a professional and experienced company that can start working on your water damage problems right away.

Find Out What Type of Water You are Dealing with

Water issues can be classified into three different groups. It is important for professionals to figure out what type of water you have damaging your home so that it can be cleaned up safely and quickly.

Category One

A category one water problem usually deals with sanitary water. You can often get this from a leaky appliance or certain types of broken pipes. It can be dealt with easily, but needs to be removed and dried quickly to avoid mold growth.

Category Two

This water category may have household chemicals in it. It could come from your bathroom and have soaps, shampoos, or other products mixed into it. It could also come from a room like your kitchen where it may be contaminated with cleaners, fats, oils, or many other things. This type of water is often called gray water, and professionals will have the right tools and equipment needed to clean it up safely.

Category Three

If you have a water problem involving a category three water group, you will definitely need professional assistance. This type of water is also known as black water. It could contain bacteria, pathogens that could make you sick, and could be extremely dangerous. A category three water problem could be caused by a sewage issue or from a severe storm or flood in your area.

Fast Assistance

You can count on a professional water damage restoration team to come to your home or business and inspect your property thoroughly. It is imperative to find where the problem is starting from. A burst pipe can flood your home, or a leaky roof can cause all sorts of issues inside of your property. Overflowing toilets will need to be taken care of, and leaky pipes will need to be resolved. Once your problem has been found and fixed, the water removal process can begin. Then the drying process will come next. If anything can be salvaged from a flood or extremely wet conditions, it will be. If not, severally damaged items will need to be disposed of. A good restoration company will be able to help your home or business look as good as new after the emergency has occurred.

Your water damage restoration needs should always be taken seriously. Work with a company that will send out experienced professionals to take care of your restoration as fast as possible. The longer that your flooring and other belongings are covered in water, the more damage you may be dealing with. You can feel confident about hiring a reputable team to make sure that your home or business gets back to looking the way that it did before it was damaged by water.

How to Paint a Sunset Scene

I have always painted flowers.   Recently, I started painting landscape photos for practice.  I believe in continuous learning.

These are some of my recent work.

Notice that I always paint from a photo reference.  I think it is a good way to practice.

I also believe in sharing knowledge so I am showing you how I paint sunset.

For the sunset painting practice, I am using a photo I took years ago. It was a sunset in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur.

I start with a sketch.  I am not really good at sketching so what I do is add grid lines to the photo.  I use Photoshop to fill the photo with square patterns.

I have the same square patterns on my paper. Then I start sketching grid by grid. After I finish sketching, I erase the grid lines.

I can start painting. I start with Sennelier yellow. I am using a flat 3/4 synthetic brush.  I lightly brush over the areas with yellow.  Then I use ivory black. With a wet brush, I blend the color.

I paint an outline around this area with yellow and blend the color.

I always look at the reference photo and try to see where the yellow glow of the sun hits the water because once I start painting with black, there is no turning back.

I lightly put another layer of ivory black.

I am now painting the dark areas. I use burnt sienna and ivory black.  I also changed my brush into a Kolinksky round brush size 0.  Every now and then, I switch from a round brush size 0 and round brush size 4.

From here, I am going to start filling the sketch with black. I hope you will be able to follow what I am doing.

This is the completed artwork.

You can also follow the painting process on my Youtube channel.  Don’t forget to like and subscribe!

Let know if you were able to paint the same scene. If you want more tutorials, please let me know what you want me to paint next.


Materials  used: Fabriano Artistico 300 gsm paper, Sennelier watercolor, 3/4″ synthetic flat brush,  Kolinsky sable round brush size 0 and 4


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