Home Help: Decorating tips for the sports fan
Decorating Tip: Décor for the sports fan
Sports themes can range from fun and over-the-top to subtle and tasteful integrations. Here are some ideas about where to start:
- From the ground up. Flooring is the perfect spot to start when integrating a sporting theme into a room. A wood floor can give the feeling of a basketball court, or green carpet can act as grass on a football or baseball field. For the ultimate sports fan, another great option is to use flooring with team logos.
- Affordable accessories. Blankets and pillows with team logos are great accessories for a sports-themed room and are an affordable way to add decor without breaking the bank.
- A wall of opportunity. Try creating a collage of you and your friends having fun at the game. From action shots of a pre-game tailgate to the excitement of a post-game victory, photos can really add emotion and personality to a room. (ARA)
How to cope when your HVAC breaks down
It's a home comfort emergency. Your air conditioning system breaks down in the middle of a heat wave. When you need to replace your system quickly, what should you do? The folks at American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning offer a list of things to consider when you find yourself in this situation:
- Choose the right dealer. The most important step is finding someone you can trust to provide expert advice and properly install your new system. When selecting the best professional dealer, ask friends and neighbors for a recommendation, check credentials through the Better Business Bureau and learn about the dealer's credentials and services, including whether removal of old equipment is included.
- Ask about a matched system. In a matched system, indoor and outdoor units are integrated to give you the best comfort and efficiency. Matched systems are quieter, more reliable, more efficient and last longer.
- Add an air filtration system. If you have family members with allergies or asthma, or if you want to improve the indoor air quality in your home, consider adding an air filtration system to your furnace or air handler.
- Ask about extended warranties and financing options. (ARA)
Did You Know …
If you’ve got ants in your home, one simple way to fight them is to sprinkle talcum powder at the ants’ entryways. The ants won’t cross the powder – plus, it will add a fresh odor to the area.
Got grubs? These voracious creatures can wreak havoc on your garden and lawn. If you suspect you’ve got grubs in your lawn, you can find out by cutting out a square foot of the lawn. If you don’t see any grubs, you’re probably OK. If you see five to 10 of the little guys, you’ve got a problem, and if you see 30 to 50, you’ve got a serious problem.
Looking for ways to save money and improve your home? According to The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, a good place to start is in the kitchen. Replacing older, inefficient appliances with more modern appliances is a leading way for consumers to reap tremendous energy savings.
The amount of energy consumed by home appliances has dropped sharply since 2000. Refrigerators, dishwashers and clothes washers combined account for a 43 percent decrease in energy consumption since 2000, and decreasing energy consumption in turn drops cost.
Replacing an 8- year-old refrigerator, dishwasher and clothes washer with new appliances of average efficiency will save consumers about $95 per year in energy bills. Replacing an 8- year-old clothes washer will save more than $60 in electricity costs and nearly 5,000 gallons of water per year. (ARA)
Some tips from Birdsforever.com on how to attract robins to your yard:
- Robins are most often seen foraging in lawns for earthworms. They also eat many insects including caterpillars, termites, grasshoppers and beetle grubs. Set aside a damp or grassy area for them and suspend your use of pesticides. A brush pile or piles of leaves will also invite worms and other delicacies for them to forage for.
- More than 60 percent of the robin's diet in summer, fall and winter is composed of fleshy fruits and berries like bayberry, elderberry, grape, pyracantha, crabapples or hollies. Plant one of these favorite berry bushes and keep them coming back.
- Robins will breed from April to July. Robins construct a cup nest, which the female lines with mud by smearing it on the inner bowl with her breast. If you can, provide a mud puddle for them during the mating season.
- Robins also love plumped raisins, apples, grapes, currants and suet offered in a platform feeder.
GateHouse News Service