7 ways to improve the air quality in your home

Breathe better and make your home healthier by checking the following and taking a few simple steps:

The front door

Use a sturdy doormat to remove dirt from under the shoes before it enters. Place the carpet vertically, instead of horizontally, so that anyone who goes in there will take several steps.

Lead paint

Gradually, ingestion or inhalation of dust and splinters of lead paint can cause brain damage. If you think the paint in your home contains lead, have it tested. If this is the case, do not remove it yourself, but hire a specialist.

Household cleaners, pesticides, paints and solvents To avoid potentially harmful chemicals, choose detergent-based biodegradable products that do not have the label labeled “danger,” “caution,” or “flammable.”

Hermetically sealed windows

Keep some windows ajar all year round to let fumes from powerful cleaning products and chemically laden furniture escape, reduce moisture that promotes mold and reduce the level of hazardous gases. If you have allergies, consider buying a HEPA air purifier (high efficiency). Against tobacco smoke, consider getting an air purifier with activated charcoal filter.

Forest products, such as plywood and particle board Building materials, shelves, furniture, paneling, cabinets and other products made from these woods are assembled with urea formaldehyde glues and adhesives that are considered to be potentially carcinogenic. Formaldehyde irritates the respiratory tract and may cause or aggravate allergic reactions. Opt for furniture and cabinets made of hardwood or metal.

Wood stoves and fireplaces

In addition to producing flue gases and toxic and irritating by-products, wood stoves and chimneys can send dangerous particles into the air if you burn anything other than hardwood. Burning wet wood can release irritating spores.

Air conditioners

Air conditioners, both central and window, can house mold, especially when not in use. Drain the water and change the filters regularly.

How to improve the energy quality of your home

With awareness of environmental and ecological issues, and rising energy prices, the energy performance of our homes is becoming increasingly important.

The legislation has also addressed this issue, with the tightening of the Thermal Regulation (RT 2012), and with the implementation of a number of control measures, such as the one that imposes and regulates the energy performance diagnosis. (DPE), which now obliges any seller of a dwelling to mention his energy consumption.

Moreover, it is also a criterion for the attribution of certain dedicated financial aids, like the PTZ +.
As a result, the performance and energy consumption of a single house is becoming a negotiating argument (especially price) as quality, and therefore an element that can not be neglected.

To improve the energy performance of your home, it will first be necessary to establish a DPE, preferably by a thermal design office rather than a building company, which may guide the results in the direction that it and encourage you to do work that is not essential or priority. Avoid also free thermal studies offered by all kinds of professionals, for the same

That said, since the profession is not regulated, make sure that the thermal design office that you are addressing has a liability insurance and decennial corresponding to this activity. Count between 800 and 1200 € for a complete diagnosis, according to the surface audited and the time of visit. It should also be noted that some regions offer grants to finance ECD, as is the case with the Regional Council of Aquitaine. Do not hesitate to inquire with the corresponding organizations
in your area.

The key to energy performance is first and foremost in insulation, which, if it is well done, will reduce the energy consumption of your home or even manage it efficiently and almost autonomously. Indeed, techniques and equipment adapted to the new standards of thermal regulation are developing more and more, and their costs are more and more accessible as the professional sectors are organized and the use of its products and corresponding techniques are becoming more widespread.

According to a study by ADEME (the French Environment and Energy Management Agency), insulation is all the more effective if you combine certain work packages with one another. For example :The combination of the attic insulation and the installation of a low-consumption condensing boiler makes it possible to achieve significant consumption gains, and to earn up to two points on a DPE, compared to a house heated with oil. or gas.The insulation of the walls from the outside associated with those of the attics,

if it proves to be quite expensive, will also assure you an energy saving of the order of 37%, and this bunch of works will also win you two points on your DPE compared to an oil or gas heated dwelling, and a point if it is heated with electricity.The combination of exterior wall insulation, attic insulation and low-energy boiler installation is the most expensive, but also the most energy-efficient work package in terms of energy savings. . If we can estimate the cost of this work between 13300 and 25000 €, they will allow you however to reduce your energy consumption around 62%.

The same ADEME study, like the ANAH (National Agency for Housing) guide on the efficiency of energy renovation works, states that it is difficult to obtain good energy performance without allocate a relatively large budget.However, there are a number of financial subsidies that you may be able to claim, which will allow you to finance a portion of your facilities:The sustainable development tax credit allows you to finance part of the energy renovation work of your principal residence, if it is already built.

It is capped at € 8,000 for a single person and € 16,000 for a couple subject to common taxation, plus € 400 per dependent.Eco-loan at zero rate is available to all owners subject to resources, and provided a package of work to achieve the level of energy performance recommended by the current thermal regulations.Regional or general councils sometimes provide substantial support for the financing of work to improve energy performance, just as it is also possible to obtain social aid from social welfare organizations, pension funds, the family allowance fund, or even from energy suppliers.

How to increase the value of a house Part 2

Invest in new devices. A new oven, washing machine or refrigerator indicates to the potential buyer that the house is well equipped. On the contrary, decrepit appliances will indicate to the buyer that your home needs expensive new equipment and repairs, which reduces its value. Buy at least one new device if you can not afford more. Get a brand new dishwasher, which gives the impression that all your appliances are trendy. A new chrome oven, however, will seem displaced in the middle of old appliances and old game. Opt for new front ends of your appliances if your budget is tight. The front of an oven or a dishwasher can often be removed and replaced with a new one if you call the manufacturer and ask to change.

5 Replace worn, damaged or stained flooring.

Old carpets and damaged tiles will all drive down the value of your home when it goes on sale. Tear off old flooring and worn tiles, clean the floor or have a new floor installed. Investing a thousand euros in a new coating will increase the value of your house by two thousand euros. Start with the most important rooms such as the kitchen or living room if you want to change the flooring. These are the parts that most buyers notice first.Tile tiles in very dirty rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms. Put a wooden floor in the living room or dining room and carpeting or parquet in the bedrooms.The most recent trends are against carpeting, as most consumers prefer wood floors.

6 Pay attention to the small details.

The smallest repairs can make your home look better and more expensive. Swap the shower curtain against a clear glass wall. The more problem areas you raise from potential buyers, the more likely you are to sell your home at a good price. Here are some changes you could do: a new carpet in front of the front door,new switches for lighting,new faucets and door handles,new tile borders in the kitchen and bathroom.

Repurposed vanity almost there

I’ve almost finished the vanity and I think it looks terrific. There were minimal repairs needed so after some sanding I was ready for the fun part. Painting. Back in the 30’s and 40’s which is when I suspect this piece was made, manufacturers used a stain that can be very hard to cover. It likes to seep thru the paint. Any paint. I don’t care how many layers of paint. So save yourself some time (and paint) and put a coat of shellac over the stain before you paint.

I like to paint or somehow dress up the drawer boxes and this was no exception. I anticipate these drawers will hold make up and assorted toiletries so I painted them with an exterior black paint for durability.The body of the cabinet is done in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Paris Gray with minimal distressing and top coated with an exterior poly for water resistance.

And finally I applied silver leaf to the original drawer pulls with a very light wash of ASCP Graphite.As beautiful as it is, I’m not quite finished.How many times have you seen a perfectly lovely piece of furniture but wondered, what in the world would I do with it? Antique and thrift stores are full of perfectly good furniture that is out of style.

I mean who sits down in front of a vanity and does their makeup? I’m happy to run a comb thru my hair in the morning. But how could I pass on this beautiful piece of furniture? Just look at the detail and the elegant lines. Sooo… I’m going to turn this outdated vanity into…..a vanity.