Expiration dates around the house

It’s not just the contents of the fridge that needs a look at expiration dates. Did you know that a number of household items have recommended times to change them out? We have specialist designer of kitchens in Glasgow, DM Designs, give us virtual tour of a house, seeking out which items need replacing.

Expiration dates around the house

Cleaning up the kitchen

Item: Fridges & washing machines

How long before you should replace them: Between 15 and 30 years, depending on the manufacturer

Reasons why:

Washing machines and fridges have a long lifespan. Depending on the manufacturer that you’ve opted for, these essential items of your kitchen or utility room could remain effective for between 15 and 30 years after you first purchased it new.

But you will want to start shopping for a new washing machine or fridge at around the 15 year mark. This is because fridges and washing machines built today are known to use a lot less energy than models that were manufactured even 12 years ago.

So while you won’t need to switch your fridge regularly, if you have a water filter with your fridge, look to switch that twice a year. This is due to these filters collecting bacteria and building up mould over time.

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What To Look For In Rented Accommodation

Renting a flat or a house in the UK is huge business. According to The Guardian, UK tenants paid a record £50bn in rents in 2017. It’s predicted that the total rent bill will pass the amount paid by homeowners for their mortgage bills. Home ownership is becoming further and further out of many people’s reach and with limited social housing available, most people turn to private renting from a landlord.

Here is a checklist of what to look for in rented accommodation from a tenants point of view

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Beautifying Your Home For Spring

We all know that Spring is a great time to get your home looking good and in better order – but what is often less obvious is how to actually make that happen. As it turns out, there are a number of things you can consider doing if you want to make sure that your home looks its absolute best in time for the Spring, and that is what we are going to look at today.

Many of these are pretty easy to do, and yet they will produce the kind of effect which is immediately captivating, long-lasting and effortless.

Consider the following if you are ready for your home to look the part for the warmer months to come.

Beautifying Your Home For Spring

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Hot Weather Requires Fast Repairs: Know Your Options in Case Your Cooling Fails

If your air conditioning has stopped working for whatever reason, don’t panic! Sometimes, the problem can be much smaller than how it appears on the surface. In some cases, you won’t even need a repairman to fix it. But how can you really tell?

Luckily, there are a bunch of simple ways to diagnose it, and we’re going to take a look at the most common ones today:

Hot Weather Requires Fast Repairs Know Your Options in Case Your Cooling - Air conditioning unit

The air conditioner won’t start

The obvious one is to check whether the unit is plugged in (you know the drill). After that’s out of the way, you need to ask yourself whether the condenser is operational or not. Is the thermostat running?

Sometimes, all you need to do is set the thermostat to 5 degrees and that alone immediately solves the problem without needing to pick the unit apart or call the repairman. If that didn’t help, you could be dealing with a blown fuse, in which case, you’re going to need to contact Air conditioner repair Oshawa or one of the local service providers to fix it.

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8 Signs Your Home Needs A Brand-New Radiator

A well-maintained radiator can last for as long as 15 years, but the older it gets, the harder it needs to work to heat your home. A boiler that needs to be replaced is unlikely to be as cost effective and energy efficient as it should be, and it can be a danger to you and your family.

8 Signs your home needs a brand new radiator

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Here are 8 signs you need a new radiator.

  • The radiator is older than 15 years.

The average radiator’s lifespan is 15 years. While routine maintenance does prolong its life, there will come a time when you need a new model.

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Bring The Outdoors Inside This Spring!

Now that spring has arrived, we need to ensure our home reflects this. After all, springtime is all about blossoming flowers and longer days,  it’s also one of the best times for your kids as they get to play outdoors. But while there are lots of updates you can do to your garden at this time of the year, you can also do some spring time changes to the inside of your home. One thing you should do is attempt to bring the outdoors inside. A sprinkle of the outdoors can give your home a fab feel.

Here are some ways you can bring the outdoors inside this spring.

Add some outdoor scents to your house

You might think candles are just for winter time. After all, there’s nothing better than cuddling up in front of a cozy fire with some great candles in winter. But actually, candles are a great house accessory for spring too. In fact, it’s an excellent way to bring a touch of outdoor magic to the inside of your home. After all, you can go for outdoor smells such as lavender or honeysuckle which will make you feel like you are in your garden. In fact, if you add one of these candles by the front door, it will give an instant fresh feel as guests enter your home. Therefore, hunt down some great candles which you can add to your home.

Bring the Outdoors Inside with candles and scents

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