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Five tips to securing your garage this winter

As the darker evenings draw in home security is the topic of discussion in many households. But one area of the home that is sometimes forgotten is the concrete garage, which can be extremely risky as the garage is one of the most vulnerable areas of a home. That’s because a lot of homeowners store expensive equipment in their concrete garage such as cars, lawnmowers, bicycles, sporting equipment and tools. What’s more, many detached garages are essentially a gateway into your home.

However, there are some ways that you can secure your concrete garage all year long. Here’s five steps to securing your garage this winter:

  1. Install a security system – Truth be told, a security system is the best way to prevent burglars from trying to enter your property, and the best way to realise if they have entered it. A lot of alarms can be linked with emergency services, who will be alerted when this goes off, which means thieves tend to try and avoid homes with security systems in place at all costs. You can pick up burglar alarms at any electronic or hardware shop in the country, however there’s a vast selection of options out there, so make sure you do the relevant research beforehand to find the right system suited to you.
  2. Keep valuable objects out of sight – Perhaps one of the most important things to do when protecting any area of your home is to ensure that all expensive objects are out of sight from potential burglars. This means you need to move them and keep windows covered, especially in the night-time. If you don’t have curtains in your garage you could apply security grilles or even a translucent film to the glass. Although it may let in less light, it’ll definitely keep your belongings secure.
  3. Lock your internal garage door – A lot of homes have a detached garage that has an entrance way into their home. It’s crucial that you secure this door to stop any potential thieves getting further into your home. To do this, ensure that you have a lock installed onto the door, and ensure at all times when you aren’t in the home to lock it. Another good tip is to ensure that you have more than one lock – or if you have the money to do so, get a programmed entry code.
  4. Keep your garage remote safe – Electronic roller garage doors are now extremely popular amongst homeowners, but it’s important that you keep your remote controls stored in a safe place, especially at night time. Do not leave the remote in your car, as this will give burglars the perfect opportunity to get into your garage.
  5. Install motion detector lights – Another good way to ensure that no one is looking at trying to get into your property is to install motion detector lights. These work extremely well with security systems as they can detect moving objects. Once detected a light turns on for a short period of time before shutting off if no further movement is detected. This is a good way of deterring criminals from your garage.

If you follow these five simple steps, we can guarantee that your concrete garage will stay secure this winter. Although it seems like a task to get these things in place, it will definitely be worth it in the long run.

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A Winter Checklist for Your Grow Room

A Winter Checklist for Your Grow Room

With winter weather just around the corner, it’s an excellent time to get your grow room prepared for conditions that are less than favourable. You can simply spend about five minutes using the checklist below to make sure that you’re ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way in the midst of winter.

  • The temperature inside your grow room should be monitored day and night so that you can identify any failure in your heating system immediately. To get the results you want from your hydroponics system you will have to maintain a room temperature that is conducive to growing healthy plants. By purchasing a meter that gives you a reading for humidity and temperature you will have an accurate gauge on which to base temperature adjustments if necessary. Generally speaking you should aim for a temperature that ranges from 24⁰C to 28⁰C.
  • Can additional heat be generated if your growing room temperature drops suddenly? If you have an oil radiator or one of the convenient tubular heaters, you should be able to recover from loss of temperature rather quickly.
  • Have you sealed your grow room so that cold air and draughts won’t disrupt growing? Be sure to caulk around your windows as well as any other openings in the walls that can allow cold air to enter.
  • Check to make sure that your lights are coming on at the appropriate times. Since temperatures normally drop during the night, it’s recommended that lights be run during the night. You can use HID lamps that maintain a suitable temperature in which your plants will thrive. Once the sun rises, the amount of generated heat that your grow room needs will be reduced.
  • Try to draw some fresh air into the grow room from outside when possible. Don’t allow the cold air to come in direct contact with any of your plants, but instead use an intake fan to bring fresh air into an adjoining room and then direct it into the grow room.
  • Remember to never set your plants on the floor if they are growing in pots. The floor beneath them can be extremely cold and this will shock the plants. If you want to place any plants on the floor, use a tray under them to buffer any cold air.
  • Track the temperature of your nutrient solution. It’s important for your plant roots to receive access to a nutrient solution which will promote substantial development and rapid growth. By using a digital thermometer you can successfully maintain the proper temperature for your nutrient solution. Keep in mind that only one or two degrees can make a difference in the health and growth of your plants; a temperature that ranges from 18⁰C to 20⁰C is ideal for them to thrive. Remember that a nutrient solution that is too hot can cause root rot, and one that is too cold can stunt the growth of your plants.


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How to Stay Warm at Home in winter without a Heating System

How to Stay Warm at Home in winter without a Heating System

When the temperatures outside are below freezing and you don’t have an adequate heating system indoors, it can make for a really long winter. And while investing in an HVAC system is worth every cent, if you’re on a tight budget this year, there are some things that you can still do to keep warm.

If you’re interested in knowing some surefire ways to keep the rooms in your house feeling cozy despite how chilly it may be outdoors, please keep reading:

Do some insulating. In order to prevent outside air from creeping indoors, it’s important that you make sure your home is well-insulated. Check your attic to make sure that the insulation up there is 12″ thick. Cover your pipes (especially the ones in the kitchen, bathroom and basement) with fiberglass or foam insulation.

And don’t forget to also insulate your windows, especially if they are not double or triple-pane ones. You can do this without spending a lot of money by either putting a clear shower curtain in between your window and your window treatments.

Or, you can even tape bubble wrap to your window panes. As far as window treatments, go to a store like Target or Walmart to pick up some thermal curtains. They are specifically designed to help keep warm air inside of your house.

Add some area rugs. Speaking of insulation, if your house has carpet on its floors, then you’re already a step ahead when it comes to making the rooms in your house warmer. But if you happen to have tile, concrete or hardwood instead, something else that you can do is put down some area rugs. They help keep your floors warmer and your feet warmer too.

Use incandescent lights. Initially, you might be surprised to hear that using certain light bulbs can actually make your house warmer, but it’s true. There is plenty of data to support the fact that incandescent light bulbs will not only reduce energy costs, but being that they emit more heat than light, they can also help to make the rooms in your house feel more comfortable as well.

Change your bedding. If your bed is missing some flannel sheets or a down comforter, no wonder you’re freezing! The good news is that you can find these two things for a fairly inexpensive price at any store that sells bedding. The even better news is that if you add a couple of blankets to them, you will be nice and toasty all winter long.

Buy some space heaters. Say that you’re reading this article because you recently found out that your HVAC unit is on the fritz. Or, it’s not working well because you need to add some things to it like a ductless heat pump or an AC thermal expansion valve and it’s simply not in the budget right now. Something that can tide you over for a season are space heaters. In fact, one of the benefits of using them is that you can put the heaters in the rooms that you are actually occupying, which can actually save you money on energy costs.

First make sure your house is free of air leaks. Enlist the help of a pro team like DePalma Roofing to inspect your roof and siding to seal up any spots that would let cold air in. The next step is to do some insulating. In order to prevent the cold from creeping indoors, it’s important that you make sure your home is well-insulated. Check your attic to make sure that the insulation up there is 12″ thick. Cover your pipes (especially the ones in the kitchen, bathroom and basement) with fiberglass or foam insulation.