Five Products That Will Improve Your Life and Home

Five Products That Will Improve Your Life and Home
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    When you own a home you’re always looking for ways to maintain it to a really high standard and make it a place you enjoy being.

    Anything that can make your life easier and your home more comfortable or efficient is great news.

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So here are five products that will improve your quality of life and help you to make your house the home you want it to be.

Because of the geological makeup of the UK and the US, many people only have access to hard water through their taps – especially in the mid and eastern parts of England from the south coast to as far north as Manchester and Leeds. Hard water contains a lot of calcium and magnesium, which causes the build-up of limescale on kettles and is thought to affect the life expectancy of appliances like washing machines and dishwashers.

You can get a water softener installed in your home that will mean all the water supplied from your taps, shower and bath will be softened. This may well make a difference to how easy it is to maintain certain appliances in your home. It means your drinking water is purer and soft water is even thought by many to help alleviate skin conditions such as eczema. Some water softener suppliers such as Kinetico offer non-electric units, so your electricity bill won’t be affected by the change either. Winner!

Steam Mop

Staying on the topic of water based home improvements, did you know that if you replace your regular mop with a steam mop you can massively increase how much bacteria is killed and reduce crud and dust mites much more effectively than with a traditional mop and bucket?

Steam cleaning is much better because it heats your normal tap water to over 200 degrees Fahrenheit; which is the temperature where the steam takes on sanitising properties and becomes much more effective than simple hot soapy water. At this point it can kill over 99% of household germs and does a much better job of removing tough stains and marks because the steam acts to loosen the bond between surfaces – much more effective than just scrubbing.

Intelligent Thermostat

Thermostats from Nest have stepped up the game in terms of regulating the heat in your house in an efficient way, and they make it easier than ever to get the settings just right. A Nest thermostat will learn your schedule so it knows when you leave the house and can adjust the temperature accordingly. It can also sense when you are home, and you can even control it remotely using your phone.

This is a seriously intelligent bit of kit! According to the Nest website, if you teach your thermostat well it can also help to reduce your energy bills by up to 20% by helping you to heat your home as efficiently as possible.

The thermostat is really easy to install yourself and gives you a level of control that you wouldn’t normally have, while also giving you less to think about than ever. No more worries about accidentally leaving the heating on unnecessarily when you go out and, fingers crossed, less cash spent on energy over the year. This is a solid investment for any modern home.

Solar Panel Shingles

Many people are moving towards installing solar panels on their roof; it’s a good investment that can significantly reduce your energy bills and it’s much better for the environment than buying all your electricity from the grid. However, one of the most off-putting things about solar panels is that many people find them quite unsightly.

These days you can finally get “solar tiles” which generate solar energy at a pretty good conversion rate and look very much like normal roof tiles. Early versions of this technology were less effective than normal solar panels and cost more to install, but solar tiles are now becoming a viable alternative for those who wish to harness solar power without having to adorn their roof with intrusive panels.

LOFTi! Laundry Drying Rack

We end with one really low-tech solution which proves that sometimes keeping it simple is the best way. The LOFTi! laundry drying rack is a clothes drying rack which hangs from the ceiling, meaning that even if you’re short on space you can still dry clothes the old fashioned way throughout the year. The LOFTi! operates on a pulley system so you can hang clothes out of reach and easily access them once they’re dry.

This is a great addition to your home because tumble dryers are one of the most energy inefficient things you can own, which is bad for the environment and takes its toll on your energy bills too. A simple drying rack solution saves energy, money and space in your home. Try it out and see if it doesn’t make laundry days easier and more efficient!

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