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calefaccion electricaElectric heating is one of the best alternatives to cater for the needs of our home temperature; its advantages are much more beneficial than heating linked to boilers for gas or devices that work by hazardous fuels that can cause accidents.

Electric heating offers the possibility of having the thermoelectric emitters, these are oil radiators in which heat transmission takes place via a thermal oil which is heated by armoured electrical resistance of special steel.

This system has several advantages: each radiator works with a resistance and can be plugged into any place; This allows to have a heating system without doing any kind of work because it does not pose nor pipes or boilers.

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Originally posted 2014-07-07 15:52:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How Does Your Home Air Conditioning System Actually Work?

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Sep 112014
 

Many homes now have air conditioning systems installed and this is certainly a fantastic way to keep cool during the warmer months of the year. We have come to rely on air conditioning, both at home and at the office, in fact, many places we visit on daily basis will also have their air conditioning running.

However, have you ever wondered how these marvelous systems work? If the truth be told, an air conditioning system works in very much the same way as a refrigerator. Basically, any excess heat will be transferred outside, whilst a system of condensation and evaporation will help to keep the temperature inside cool.

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Originally posted 2014-08-13 16:00:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

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A good option for those who are building or remodeling their house and want to give a touch of distinction,modernity and elegance to it, is adding minimalist staircase .

Nowaday the stairs have  become part of the world of design. Stairs leading-edge models stand out for the simplicity and the use of non-conventional materials for its construction. We can find really dazzling options for any environment. How simple is becoming stronger in the modern stairs construction.

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Originally posted 2012-07-31 04:34:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

Just as many facets of construction have improved over the years, plumbing has also improved through the use of new materials for piping and drainage. The invention of plastics in the early 20th century has made it possible to create new parts in countless ways. Plastics have reduced production costs and increased the lifespan of construction materials such as piping and conduit.

Many older homes have metal pipes installed for their plumbing. While you might think that metal would outlast plastic from a durability standpoint, this is not the case when it comes to running water and the effects it has on materials.

Metal Piping

There are three main types of metal piping that are used for plumbing:

Galvanized steel, copper, and cast iron. These are no longer used in new construction and have been replaced by several different types of plastics which I will discuss later in this article. Metal piping has many advantages, although we have shifted away from using them for cost as well as other reasons.

Metal piping and conduit can withstand large temperature changes, high stress loads, and high pressure at their joints. For these reasons, metal pipes that were installed hundreds of years ago still are functioning in water fountains and various monuments to this day.

Cast Iron

Cast iron was used for vertical drains in homes and businesses prior to the 1960’s, and actually dates back to the 5th Century BC! It can be difficult to work with because of its weight, but is great for high-pressure water flow. Cast iron is also great for its ability to reduce noise. The density of the molecules in cast iron help to dampen the noise of water flow.

For large systems with heavy water flows, the noise could be quite noticeable if it were flowing through a PVC pipe versus cast iron. Not to mention, I would feel much safer using a strong cast metal for high-pressure plumbing situations instead of plastic PVC. That being said, the cost would be four times greater.

Galvanized Steel

Probably the least attractive for its inherent properties, galvanized steel metal was used for home plumbing prior to the 1960’s when it was replaced by copper. Steel is relatively inexpensive to make, and is the cheaper of the metals used for plumbing. Though low-cost, steel is not a good choice in this application. Steel pipes will build up sediment over time, and eventually fully resist water from flowing through it. If you still have this type of plumbing in your home, you should probably call a company like A1 Plumbing Service to have your home re-piped.

Copper

Copper pipe is commonly used for water supply lines because of its resistance to corrosion. While copper is a better option than cast iron or steel, it is even more costly. Copper piping can come in a rigid or flexible form. In addition to its attractive property of being highly malleable, copper can also withstand high temperatures, corrosion, and cracking. It has been popularly used in the plumbing industry for some time, just for these qualities. As the price of copper continues to increase, and the theft of copper becomes more prevalent, it will be even more expensive to use in plumbing.

PVC and PEX

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These two acronyms are different plastic pipes that are now widely used for plumbing taking a foothold in the early 1990’s. PVC or polyvinyl chloride is used for water supply lines to the home.

It is used for high-pressure plumbing prior to the water needing to be heated, as it will warp if used for hot water. PVC can be easily cut and shaped for very specific implementations, and is extremely inexpensive. A stack of schedule 40 PVC could cost around $60 while a stack of cast iron could be around $170.

tubo polietileno reticuladoPEX stands for cross-linked polyethylene. This is the material that is being used most extensively today. This plastic is resistant to temperature changes and is now being used for interior plumbing in homes. Having all of the pros of plastic piping, PEX also has some of the characteristics that would make metal piping a more desirable choice.

Plastic piping has taken over as the go-to material for plumbing in the last two decades. As safer and more durable plastics are created, it makes more sense to use them. They are very inexpensive to manufacture and much easier to work with. Plastic can easily be sized and cut on the job site, is much lighter making it easier to work with and cheaper to ship. The plumbing industry has had significant advancements over the past century and we are still creating revolutionary new forms of plastics for plumbing.

Further Reading

http://enlightenme.com/types-of-plumbing-pipes/

http://www.structuretech1.com/2014/05/galvanized-steel-water-pipes/

http://water.me.vccs.edu/concepts/material.html

http://www.charlottepipe.com/Documents/InTheNews/Cast_Iron_vs_PVC.pdf


Nick Quinlan is a professional student and amateur photographer who enjoys sharing the benefits of his travels and experience with others on the web through freelance writing and blogging.

Originally posted 2014-03-25 21:13:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

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When it comes to renovating or re-decorating your home, one of the most important considerations is flooring. Flooring is not only the interior base of your home, but will also have a massive impact on your initial budget. Furthermore, when choosing whether you want carpets, tiles or cement flooring, you need to consider maintenance, cleaning, temperature control and usage, as well as what furniture and fittings you will use.

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Originally posted 2014-06-30 15:53:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

A water feature adds life to the garden and forms an attractive centre of interest. You can enhance the attraction by adding some movement to your water with a cascade, waterfall or fountain.

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This not only makes for a more interesting feature and adds the soothing noise of running water to your garden, but can help to aerate the water, aiding fish and wildlife and reducing algae growth. Most natural bodies of water benefit from a constant supply of fresh water to replenish them and keep a natural balance. It’s possible to create a balance with plant life but the easiest way to replicate this in a smaller pond is to create an artificial flow of water.

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Originally posted 2012-10-31 12:42:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

You can only look so far ahead when you purchase a home. It’s impossible to tell when a new baby might become an unexpected family addition and for many families, the home they bought isn’t big enough a few years later once there are more people living in it.

 

If you find your home just doesn’t have enough space for the number of people living in it, you have a few choices. Moving to a new house seems a ridiculous step to take when you could just improve the existing home.

Rather than building out and taking up more land, your best bet then would probably be to build upward and into your attic. It’s actually pretty easy to make your attic a spare room which is as safe as the rest of the house.

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Originally posted 2013-02-23 13:43:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

isoverYou must consider household insulation scrutinizing every element of your house when you plan to build a new home.

Heat loss and improper insulation can actually lead to a lot of energy losses. It can result in very costly energy bills.

The best way to avoid this is to insulate your house effectively. Here is how you may go about it.

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Originally posted 2014-01-29 15:52:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Introduction To Home Decoration

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Sep 112014
 

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Studying for a career in Interior Decorating can be quite expensive. It requires many hours of study and practical work under a qualified tutor. It is important for aspiring professionals to learn the basics to decide if this is the right career for them. The basics are also essential for novice designers who want to start their careers by undertaking personal home interior decorating.

Room Use

The first step in interior decoration is to determine the purpose of the room you intend to decorate. Consider the basic furniture that the room requires, what will be kept in the room and what will be replaced.

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Originally posted 2014-07-18 03:53:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

What You Need To Consider When Purchasing Your First Home

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Sep 112014
 

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If you are in the market for a new home, whether you are shopping for one on your own or with your spouse, the process can be an exciting one, but it can also be a frustrating one, especially if you are on a tight budget or you have high expectations for what your first home should be able to provide you.

When it comes to house hunting, you need to have a few things in mind in order to keep the process running as smoothly as possible and to reduce the potential level of frustration that you will need to deal with.

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Originally posted 2014-08-13 03:52:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter