Have You Considered a Wine Cooler for Your Home?

If you’re a wine enthusiast, installing a wine cooler in your home will provide the perfect place for wine storage. Wine coolers can be installed in a variety of areas, and they’re available in various sizes and prices. A wine cooler will protect your favorite wines, so you can enjoy them with friends and family whenever you like.

Choosing the Right Model

Wine coolers come in two different models, freestanding units and under-counter built-in units. Large, freestanding models can accommodate more wine storage, but they take up valuable floor space. They require at least four inches of clearance on all sides for proper venting. Under-counter models are much smaller, so they can be installed under cabinets or built into custom wine bars. Typically, under-counter models are more expensive because of their compact features. Depending on the size and model, they can be three to four times more expensive than freestanding models.

Wine coolers also come with single and dual zones. A dual zone model will let you to store both red and white wines in the cooler at two different temperatures. If you like to keep both red and white wines on hand for dinners and parties, a dual zone wine cooler is your best bet. Red and white wines must be stored at different temperatures for serving.

Choosing the Right Location

A freestanding model can be installed wherever you have the proper amount of space. A large model can be located in a kitchen, walk-in pantry, family room, or finished basement area. An under-counter model works best in a kitchen, dining area or customized wine bar. A typical under-counter wine cooler is about 20 inches from front to back, so it easily fits under kitchen counters and cabinets that are usually 24 to 30 inches deep and 36 inches high. If you install your cooler in a wall cabinet, create a custom toe kick that matches the the rest of your cabinets. If your cabinet has custom details like a granite countertop or decorative edging, make sure your cooler has the same details.

Before choosing a location, make sure there’s an electrical plug in close proximity. If not, you will need to install one. Be sure to check with the manufacturer of the wine cooler for required venting clearances. Improper venting clearances will cause improper cooling. If you have problems with your wine cooler, call a Miami sub zero wine cooler repair service.

A Parental Retreat

It is important that busy parents have a place in their home where they can go to relax at the end of the day. This is often the master bedroom; but, unfortunately, most people overlook their bedroom when it comes to decorating. It is simply a place to store clothing and crash at the end of a hectic day. By doing some simple renovations, this area can become a much needed refuge for a tired mom or dad.

The Structure of the Room

The first step in creating an oasis within the master bedroom is to look at the actual structure of the room. Is the placement of the bathroom and closet working? Are the windows acceptable, or would it enhance the area to add a larger picture window? Is the color okay? These decisions are best made with the help of a reliable contractor. Free contractor leads can be found online at sites such as Renovation Experts.

Functional Furniture

The furniture in a master bedroom should be functional and beautiful. Whether one likes a contemporary look or a rustic feel, the furniture needs to provide what the homeowner wants. Beds should be large enough for the occupants to sleep comfortably without over powering the room. Leave enough floor space for a nightstand on each side and a dresser for extra clothing. Additional pieces like vanity tables, valet racks, and benches will help make the room cozy and useful.

 

Beautiful Accessories

The bedding is the first thing one sees as they enter a bedroom. It should be the focal point of the room while adding a pop of color to the space. Throw pillows and an extra blanket at the foot of the bed make it comfortable. Curtains should coordinate while providing privacy. Room darkening drapes are ideal for sleeping in. Throw rugs can be used to create soft places for bare feet to land as one gets out of bed, and remember to match bathroom towels, window treatments, and rugs to the main room.

With these few simple changes parents will find that they have a master bedroom that is both inviting and comfortable. They can recoup, relax, and get a good night’s sleep in order to wake up refreshed and ready to tackle another day.

The Most Neglected Aspect of Your Heating and Air Conditioning System

If you are a homeowner with an air conditioning system, like many other people, you may change your filter from time to time, but usually don’t call an air conditioning repair technician unless your system is broken or not working right. However, this is a mistake. There is an important maintenance service that heating, ventilation and air conditioning service companies offer that should be utilized. An HVAC company can perform a tune-up on your system that will provide benefits to you as a homeowner. The following are few things to keep in mind.

What exactly is an HVAC tune-up?

When you have your air conditioning system tuned up, there are several things that a technician will do. In fact, there is a checklist that they will often work from. Your entire systems will be inspected, especially those components that are most likely to fail over time. They will lubricate all moving parts, remove any debris and clean the dirt and dust buildup in the system. Your Freon will be charged, and your thermostat will be checked, so it is operating properly.

A tune-up keeps your system in peak conditioning

By having a system that is working in top condition, your AC will be able to cool down your home quickly and shut off. This saves money on your electric bill. In addition, your home will, in fact, be cool. When your AC is not working at its best, there are times when you will not be comfortable because the thermostat is not working right, or there simply is not enough cold air coming out of the vents. This usually will happen on the hottest days.

A tune-up can catch problems before your system breaks down

Although there are never any guarantees that your AC system will not break down, by having a tune-up done, at least once a year, the chances of your system breaking down are greatly reduced. Not only does this save you money on repairs, but it also prevents the aggravation and discomfort associated with your air conditioner breaking down during the hottest day of the year, and this when it will happen. It is usually the day that puts the greatest stress on your system.

Don’t wait until you have a problem with your air conditioning system. Call an hvac contractor williamsburg va today, and make an appointment for an AC system tune-up. You should also make a habit of doing this once a year.

CC heat and Air

Choosing Chemicals that are Safe for Your Family and Household

When you are hooked up to a city, county, or rural water line, you may not like the hardness or smell of the water. Even so, you may have little recourse to do anything about it without buying chemicals that you can use in your plumbing system.  What makes this even more troublesome is that choosing chemicals that are safe isn’t always that easy.

If you have hesitated to buy chemicals like softeners and odor eliminators because you feared its impact on your family, you may get the peace of mind you need by doing some research online. By using eliminators and a salt free water softener MI homeowners like you can look forward to having water that is soft, odor-free, and safe to use on a daily basis.

Softeners for Your Everyday Needs

When you are hooked up a line that has hard water in it, you may not want to use the water for cooking, laundry, bathing, and especially drinking. Your clothes, hair, and skin may have a foul odor to them, and the flavor of your food and coffee could also suffer.

POE-valveWhen you use softeners in your water system, however, you transform the hardness of the water into a resource that you can use safely each day. Your laundry will be soft and free from hard water smells. Likewise, you can take a bath and wash your hair without the fear of hard water buildup on your skin and hair.

You especially get water that is safe to drink and use for cooking. The chemicals in the softener are safe to use for your family’s use without fear of negative reactions or side effects. You can read more about its daily use in households across the state by visiting the website of the company today.

Pools and Spa Use

These chemicals may be important if you want to keep your pool or spa in good condition. Hard water can wreck the lining of your pool or spa. It can also clog up the filters and cause the mechanisms in the filtration system to malfunction.

Even more, your family may not want to swim or lounge in foul smelling water that leaves residue on their skin and in their hair. You can make your pool and spa a place of respite and fun by using softeners in their water systems.

Programmable Pool w- CO2

Hard water can definitely be a nightmare to deal with every day. Choosing chemicals that are safe isn’t also that easy.  Good thing you can avoid hard water by conveniently ordering softeners for your water systems online.

A Pledge to Raise Awareness Against Thyroid Disorders

“Wag ka iinom ng malamig na tubig, magkakathyroid ka!”
“Iodized salt gamitin mo para hindi ka magka-thyroid.”
“May thyroid sya kaya may bukol sa leeg”
“Sige, kapag hindi mo tinigilan kakasigaw mo, magkaka-thyroid ka.”

 

Any of these lines sound familiar? They sound kind of funny but, unfortunately, these are very common misconceptions Filipinos have about thyroid.  It’s no wonder many have thyroid disorders but are not even aware of them.  This is why there is a great need to step up on the campaign to raise awareness about thyroid disorders. Before I tell you all about the campaign, here are a few quick facts about thyroid:

 

Quick Facts About Thyroid

  • We all have thyroid! “Thyroid” is not a disease; it is a gland.  It’s essential because it produces hormones that help keep the body use energy and stay warm, and that keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs in tip-top condition.
  • Common thyroid disorders include goiter, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules, and cancer. They all have different symptoms AND they cannot be prevented just by using iodized food on all your food!
  • Most symptoms of thyroid disorders are mistaken for other diseases which makes diagnosis quite confusing even for doctors.  The easiest way to diagnosis thyroid disorders is through a blood test to check levels of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) in the blood.
  • You can do a self-assessment to check if you are at risk.  Just take this quick test to find out if you absolutely must see your doctor now.  You may also find the test at www.thyroid.ph.

It’s Not You, It’s Your Thyroid Quiz

How many of these facts did you actually know beforehand?  You’re in the minority if you’ve known most of them!

 

International Thyroid Awareness Week

For diseases that are so common, it’s bothering to know that not many people are aware of these diseases.  This is precisely why MERCK in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Thyroid Association (PTA), Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (PSEDM), and the Iodine Global Network (IGN) holds the annual International Thyroid Awareness Week.  They have been holding series of activities every year to inform the public about the symptoms of thyroid disorders, to dispel myths about them, and to provide proper care and treatment to those who may be suffering from these diseases.

ITAW 2017 Culminating Program

This year, I was able to attend the culminating program held at the Trade Hall of Robinson’s Novaliches last May 26. Since thyroid disorders affect mostly women, the activities were targeted for women.  Participants not only received free doctor’s consultation but also had much needed pampering while learning more about thyroid disorders.

The event kicked off with some Zumba dancers showing off steps that we can easily do in our own homes. All participants were given a card which they could have stamped after each activity.  There were four activities that all attendees must complete – the Video Viewing, Thyroid Quiz, Doctor’s Consultation, and Photobooth.

First, the attendees were asked to watch a short video about thyroid and disorders associated with it. The video was presented in a way that everything could be easily understood by the ordinary Juan.

Watch the Video at Thyroid.ph

After this, a short quiz was given – no, not a quiz about the video! It was a self-assessment test to determine if one may be at risk of thyroid disorders.  Once the quiz was finished, participants showed the quiz results to the doctors.  The doctors then addressed their health concerns. Some were given requests for laboratory procedures and some were given prescriptions.

Those who have finished all the required activities got to have a refreshing cup of milk tea! Then off they went to the pampering booths for some me-time. 🙂 Of course, I didn’t pass up the chance to get my own me-time!

As the participants were dolled up, they were also given bits of trivia about thyroid disorders. While I was having my eyebrows threaded, I was told that thinning eyebrows is a symptom of hypothyroidism (mine are naturally thin though, so I’m glad I don’t have hypothyroidism. Otherwise I’d be sans brows!).  At the hair and makeup booth, I was told that a puffy face, dry skin, and hair loss are symptoms of thyroid disorders too. Those getting a manicure were informed that brittle nails may be a sign of hyperthyroidism and nails that grow too fast, of hypothyroidism.

There were also booths that even men and children could enjoy. The massage chair is always a welcome respite to a long day of mailing. The kinect is best done as a group. I have two left feet but I nevertheless enjoyed “dancing”. No child was whining of boredom because they had a great time meeting new friends and coloring pages at the Kids Art Corner.  The kids who had the best art work were also given prizes! Awesome!

While everyone enjoyed the activities, the most important part of the event was the forum.  Dr. Chrysanthus Herrera, Medical Science and Government Affairs Manager; Dr. Teofilo San Luis, National Coordinator of the Philippines, Iodine Global Network; and Dr. Wesley Llauderes, President of the Philippine Society of Nuclear Medicine gave interesting lectures and valuable health advice to all participants.

It’s Not You, It’s Your Thyroid

In his lecture on “The Thyroid Masquerade”, Dr. Teofilo San Luis explained how thyroid disorders can often be attributed to other diseases.  The thyroid affects almost all organs of the body so most sufferers of thyroid disorders consult different doctors.  For instance, patients who experience palpitations or hypertension first see a cardiologist.  When test results come out negative and the heart  seems healthy, it is the only time they consider other factors.  These symptoms may also be signs of thyroid disorders.  Other such common symptoms are anxiety, sleeplessness, diarrhea, constipation,  hair loss, cold hands, menstrual irregularities, tremors, and even forgetfulness – all can easily be attributed to other diseases or even to just daily stress. Despite the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction being so varied and sometimes misleading, the condition can easily be diagnosed by blood tests and a physical examination.

Aside from sharing symptoms with just about every other ailment, what makes it difficult to diagnose thyroid disorders are the myths surrounding it.  Dr. Wesley Llauderes  dispelled these myths and further explained how to prevent and to treat thyroid problems.  For one, iodine is indeed essential to our body but it will not heal your goiter. Also, although those with hypothyroidism may benefit from iodine-rich food, these same food must be taken in moderation by those with hyperthyroidism. Here are some more myths dispelled by Dr. Llauderes:

  • Cold drinks will not cause thyroid disorders. Neither does shouting (BUT…stress affects the thyroid gland too just as it affects our overall body health)
  • Iodine-rich food such as seafood is not always good.  Those with hypothyroidism need more iodine and may eat more seafood.  Those with hyperthyroidism, on the other hand, should avoid seafood and salty food.
  • There are certain food like cabbages and carrots that may cause goiter to enlarge but this can only happen if you eat them in excessive amounts everyday. So unless you eat cabbages all day, every day, every week, there’s nothing to worry about.
  • Not all goiter are cancerous. Not all thyroid nodules are cancerous.  Having said these, the doctor also stressed the importance of having a biopsy.  Don’t be afraid of it!

Whew!  There’s really so much more to know about thyroid and its disorders.  There’s also still a lot more people who do not know some of these basic facts.  I hope that after reading this rather lengthy blog post, we would all feel our obligation to raise awareness about thyroid.  Let’s all pledge to do this!

 

For more information about thyroid and the International Thyroid Awareness Week, please visit  www.thyroid.phwww.thyroidaware.com or follow “Unmasking Your Thyroid” on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thyroidph).