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Creating A Fun, Safe Garden For Your Children

As the mum of five young children, I know how important it is to have access to a safe outdoor space for your children to play. Being cooped up in the house all day isn't good for the kids or the parents, but you also can't let young kids play in a space that's hazardous. When we bought our new family home, there was a lot of work to do in the garden to make it childproof, and we also wanted to make it a fun place for the kids to play. We erected a new fence, fitted a combination lock on the garden gate, had poisonous plants removed, cordoned off the pool and created a play area complete with swings, a slide and outdoor games. I started this blog to share my DIY gardening tips, and I hope you find it interesting and useful.



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Maintenance Tips to Make the Most of Your Air Conditioning Unit

by Darlene Jenkins

Air conditioning units are an important aspect of households. This becomes apparent during extreme weather when you need to keep your home either excessively cool or warm. However, if you neglect this unit then you will find that you require regular air conditioning services to keep it running optimally. Here are some handy maintenance tips that can enable you to make the most of your unit.

Clean the air conditioning unit on a regular basis

One of the major causes of malfunctioning air conditioning units is dirt. As air passes through the vents of your unit, dust and grime gradually adheres on them. Ensuring that these vents are kept clean not only improves the air quality of your home, but it also increases the life span of your unit. Use warm water to wipe the dirt off them. Once they have dried, spray an antibacterial solution on the vents to ensure that they remain sterile.

Change or have the air filters cleaned regularly

The air filters work toward taking out dust and microbes from the air in your home. Since they take the brunt of this, more than the vents, they also get dirtier quicker. Clogged filters make your air conditioning unit work harder to provide clean air in the home. This decreases the efficiency of the unit and can contribute to high utility bills. Depending on your specific unit, you could either clean this filters yourself or have them replaced from time to time. If your machine uses an electrostatic filter, then you can opt to clean it to keep it in good working condition. Alternatively, if it uses a fibreglass filter or paper filters, then these would have to be replaced once they become dirty.

Inspect for obstructions at the condensor

Your air conditioning unit's condensor is typically located outdoors. This is what will eliminate the dirty air from the indoors. One of the mistakes homeowners make is not checking whether there any items obstructing it such as outdoor furniture, plants and more. Dead leaves and twigs from nearby trees can also cause obstructions to the condensing unit. One of the maintenance measures to take would be to ensure the area surrounding this unit is cleaned on a regular basis thus decreasing the chances of debris accumulating on it.

Inspect the condensor's airflow

Once you have ensured that there is no debris obstructing the condensor, you should check the airflow from it. A condensing unit working optimally will have a powerful stream of warm air coming out of it. If the airflow is weak or if it feels too hot, chances are that there is something blocking the internal fan or perhaps debris is clogging the coil. Rather than opening up the condensor yourself, it is best to enlist air conditioning services to inspect the unit and remedy the problem before it becomes too late.