Is Your Home Smart?

We live in a time now where technology is used daily in our lives, our homes, our workplaces. But is your home smart?

There are so many options available out there; smart meters, smart speakers, smart doorbell, smart heating systems. The list is endless. You can even get a robotic vacuum! I really need to invest in one that follows my kids around all day!

Smart meters have become really popular over the last couple years and will soon be a required feature by 2024. They monitor your energy levels in your home to help you be more conscious of what you’re using and where. I don’t know about you but in my house we use a lot of electricity. We have two fans on all year round, lights are left on everywhere, tablets and phones and consoles need daily charge, we use coffee machines, blenders, microwaves, we watch tv. The list goes on and on. So a monitor would be great for us.

Certas Energy has created an infographic which details what parts of the home you can add a smart element to and teach people why they should consider bringing it into their lives, ultimately reducing our carbon output.

Do you have any of these Smart features on your home? If not, which ones would you consider having?

How To Make The Home A Safe Place

How to Make the Home a Safe Place?

The surrounding atmosphere is a vital part of the human environment. Why does breathing come much more easily and freely in the forest? The answer is obvious – the air is clean! The quality of the body’s life is largely determined by the type of air we breathe. Moreover, without oxygen, in certain proportions contained in the air, cellular energy exchange of the body is impossible. Clean air is much more necessary for people than even water or food. Despite its great importance to humans, it is the air environment that is exposed to increasing pollution during economic activity.

What Are the Main Sources of Indoor Air Pollution?

Furniture, building and decoration materials, and household chemicals are serious sources of indoor air pollution. Many of the substances released from furniture and building materials are very toxic and are carcinogens. At the same time, it is not at all easy to determine an environmentally friendly material and such materials are more likely an exception than the norm.

In addition to chemical air pollution, bacteriological pollution also occurs. In one cubic meter of air surrounding us more than 1000 units of bacteria are contained. However, not all bacteria in the air are harmful to health.

When it comes to indoor pollution, you should check every corner for the presence of mold and mildew, including the bottom side of your carpets. If you have tried to perform carpet cleaning service yourself, and you haven’t dried the carpet well before placing it again on the floor in the living room, then you may sense bad odor from your carpet.

What to do to make your home safe and breathe clean air?

Here are some useful tips:

  • Regular ventilation. Try to make it a rule to ventilate the room daily. It is enough to leave the window open so that the air temperature inside drops by 1-2 degrees. It is best to do this late in the evening or early in the morning with minimal traffic on adjacent streets.
  • Installation of an air purification system. When carrying out repairs, install a ventilation system with a filter or use home air filters. It is best to install filters on those substances that pollute the air most in your situation.
  • Degassing. From time to time, clean air from harmful substances in the room by spraying aerosol sorbents. Alternatively, use certain home plants in the right amount.
  • Air disinfection using ultraviolet radiation. If for one reason or another (decreased immunity, recovery after surgery or illness), the requirements for sanitary conditions have increased, install bacteriological irradiators that will destroy almost all the microbes and viruses known today. The effectiveness of air disinfection using such installations reaches 99.9%.
  • Turn to professionals. Consult a specialist at the stage of choosing housing, building materials or furniture. A professional will help to make your home safe at the first stage and will tell you specific ways to maintain clean air in the future. If the house is already furnished, and health is deteriorating, it is better to invite a laboratory to analyze the air and determine the source of pollution. However, it should be borne in mind that treatment is always more complicated and more expensive than prevention.
  • Use professional carpet cleaning services once or twice a year. For improving the air quality inside your home, you should make sure that the carpets inside the house are clean. They collect great amount of dust and are one of the favorite places for harmful bacteria to grow. As we mentioned above, the bottom side of your carpets may be covered in mold, so you must be very careful how you maintain the condition of your carpeted floorings. If carpets are dirty, or if they are covered in mold, then for sure it will be difficult for you to breath easily in that room.
  • By turning to Prolux Cleaning experts, you can stay calm your home is protected with quality carpet cleaning services. In their work, Prolux cleaners are applying only eco-friendly cleaning products that are odorless. They will leave your carpets completely clean, safe and fresh in order to enjoy a pleasant atmosphere in your home.

What a Child Should Know By Age Seven

There are so many lists of child expectations by ages: the age they should be potty trained by, the age they should settle on their own, the age they should know how to write their name, the age they should know their times tables, the age they should be able to read, the age they should be able to dress themselves. The lists are endless. Endless in their expectations. What these lists don’t allow for is individuality. Which is quite heartbreaking in reality.

From day one they’re compared. Compared to books, to standards of learning, to Barbara’s little Brian down the street. But the only standard a child should have to live up to is the standard of being themselves.

I have two boys. Two very different boys. Very close in age. It’s easy to fall into the comparison trap, even with siblings but it’s so important not to. They are different because they’re different! And that’s ok. More than ok.

At age seven alot of the milestones are academic in nature: reading, punctuation, timetables, fractions, division etc. But our milestones in this house are different.

By age seven I believe a child should;

…know that’s it’s ok to feel sad and have a adult who will sit through and hug through the sadness. Emotional regulation is one of the most valuable lessons to learn. We cannot feel happy all of the time and that’s ok.

…understand that kindness is a necessity and can change the world. Teach them to sit with the lonely, to befriend the friendless.

…always look for the helpers in tragic events. It will restore their faith in people.

…look for the magic and wonder in everyday life. Rocks are treasure. Sticks are magic wands. Imagination can last a lifetime if nurtured.

…learn to look uncomfortable situations head on and not walk away. When they see a homeless person let their first thought be “where can I go buy some food and a drink?” and not walk on by.

…learn it is ok to have an opinion that is not of the majority and that respect is a two way thing.

…know where to go for a cuddle any time of day or night. A safe place will provide a steady heart and mind.

…know that manners are not optional.

…look forward to their bedtime story with the people they love.

…know how to relax and take care of their mental health. It’s ok to slow down with them.

…understand that everybody is different and that is ok. Inside and out.

…have time to be bored. Being bored lets their imaginations flourish. It’s ok for your child to be bored. In fact, it’s good for them.

…have a lot of free play. Even at age seven play is a necessity. It’s still when they learn the most!

It’s ok for your child to need help in areas you think they should have mastered by society’s standards. You don’t need to compare them. Just nurture them as people. Don’t pressure them. Praise them. In the big and the small. Your voice becomes their inner voice. Make it a good one!