Split system air conditioning units, are usually used for larger buildings and applications and is so called because the system splits apart the hot part of the system from the cold. The cold side of the system is housed in a furnace or some other sort of air handler and the hot side, also known as the condensing unit is housed outside the building.
In some larger buildings this unit is found on the roof. In essence the split system is exactly the same as a window air conditioner. The split system can use evaporator coils that can be placed in every room of the house. Each of these coils can be set to a different temperature, for instance a bathroom can be cooled to a different level than a living room, making the split system ideal for larger homes with more than one occupant. The ability to set the temperature levels of each room make this system extremely energy efficient as those rooms that are not in use can be switched off entirely. In addition to controlling temperature the split system air conditioning unit also controls humidity and air quality. Air quality is maintained through the installation of a filter in the air conditioning unit that eliminates airborne particles. These systems work in much the same way as whole house dehumidifiers. This filter will have to be changed or cleaned at regular intervals.
Although in the past split system air conditioners have been accused of being ugly today’s … Read more
There are plenty of reasons why it’s important to choose the right furniture for baby. And buying it all new isn’t always the best option, either. So why should you be careful when choosing?
Buying new furniture on a budget might force you to buy something that is cheap and unsafe for baby BUT buying something second hand might give you something of higher quality for the same price.
Some baby items can deteriorate over time, meaning they’re unsafe to use second hand.
So what baby items should you buy new and what should you buy used? Here is a basic guide as to what baby furniture to choose:
- Swing – A good swing provides your baby a comfortable seat and swing. If you’re always busy with your work, a swing can take care of your baby for you. A second-hand baby swing can be dangerous for your baby so you need to buy a brand new one for safety. Check out the best baby swing reviews before making a purchase.
- Cots – These are often quite expensive when purchased new so it’s a good idea to find a cheap or hand me down cot if possible. As long as the cot is sturdy it should have no trouble lasting for quite a few babies.
- Mattresses – You should always purchase mattresses new, since they collect a lot of invisible particles such as skin cells. They also absorb sweat from baby, which can lead to deep seated mould. Each baby
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Family time at the dinner table can fall by the wayside if you’re always on the go. On a typical night, a dash through the drive-thru or dinner on the run might be the norm for you, rather than the exception. But, when you do have time to sit as a family and eat, take the time to really make it special.
Why not take dinner from mundane to memorable—and save the Earth at the same time? Shelve the paper napkins and paper towels. Instead, pull out your cloth napkins. Put decorative rings around them. Fold them into fun animal shapes. If you care enough about your family to cook five-star dinners, then shouldn’t your efforts be treated with five-star respect? And don’t stop with your cloth napkins—use real silverware. Use your china, or break out the crystal. Make your table the one place where you don’t rush, skimp, or cheat yourself or your family out of a great experience. Make your dinners an occasion.
If you just can’t bear the thought of parting with your paper towels or napkins, try to buy recycled products. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council website, if every American household replaced one roll of regular paper towels with 100 percent recycled paper towels, 544,000 trees could be saved. And if every American household replaced one package of paper napkins with 100 percent recycled ones, 1 million trees could be saved. Think of how many trees you could save if no paper is ever … Read more
For some people, a key tenet of green living is the shunning of toxic or environmentally problematic synthetic chemicals in products as diverse as shampoo, detergents and paint. Indeed, environmentalists have been campaigning to reduce the use of toxic substances ever since the birth of the green movement. (A movement that emerged partly in response to the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a book about the toxic chemicals used in farming.)
When it comes to climate change, household chemicals aren’t a key issue. Indeed, it’s probably the case that – as with plastic bags versus paper – bags – many synthetic chemicals have a lower carbon footprint than the “natural” alternatives.
The chemical world
As with climate change, the debate around chemicals and consumer products doesn’t always focus on the most critical areas. One example of a chemical product that gets a lot of attention – possibly because of the ubiquity of green alternatives – is washing up liquid. That’s a little ironic, because the detergents (or “surfactants”) and other substances used in washing up liquid rarely feature on the lists of particularly harmful chemicals. At the levels used, they’re not widely believed to be a serious health hazard to humans and, with water quality in UK rivers improving all the time, not everyone is convinced that they pose any serious risk to aquatic life. That’s not to say that green washing up liquids are a waste of time; their plant-derived surfactants are definitely more planet-friendly than the … Read more