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A Useless Portable Air Conditioner

The best pieces of advice I could give to someone considering buying a portable air conditioner are these: firstly, know the nature of the room or rooms you will be putting the unit into; secondly, do your research on the various types and brands; and lastly, do not skimp on cost. Ignoring any of these may end up with you buying a useless machine that can’t do the job you thought it could do.

To relate my experience of a couple of years ago, I purchased a very cheap portable unit because we had a few small rooms in our house that got quite warm during the day. It was one of those impulse purchases where we saw a small unit in the shopping mall, which seemed very good value. I didn’t really look at the brand and I certainly hadn’t done any homework on the type of system I’d need for the rooms I had in mind.

One was a small kitchen which became very hot and this was going to be the main place we put the unit; another was a bedroom where we sometimes spent time during the day. Both of these rooms had ceiling fans.

When we plugged the unit in and expected it to cool the kitchen we noticed that it actually provided less of a cooling effect than the existing fan. What we hadn’t taken into account was just how hot the kitchen became…which would have required the unit to have a much higher BTU rating than it had (British Thermal Units are a measure of how much heat can be removed.)

If I had done some online research I would have found that a cheap portable air conditioner will not have much cooling effect on rooms that get very hot, as our bedroom also does, from receiving direct sunlight. My cheap purchase quickly turned into a waste of money.

Installing another Lavatory in the House in a Breeze

Imagine this: you are holding a party in your home when suddenly you had the urge to use the bathroom. Once you get to your rest room though, you find out that there are some people waiting in line for their turn to use the said place. As their host, you do not barge in and wait until every body else finishes. And here is another scenario: you are running late for a very important meeting, when suddenly your stomach gets all funny. So you decide to make a quick dash to the lavatory–only to find out that there is already somebody using it. You might get really frustrated if you get stuck in either of the two aforementioned scenes. So if you would like to avoid experiencing such dilemmas, then you might want to consider adding another bathroom in your house.

There are two ways that you could set up another bathroom in your home: one would be to construct another room for that purpose and the other one would be to use an existing yet rarely used room and turn it into a lavatory. In the first option, you would have to prepare a building permit so that you would no longer be delayed once your construction starts. You would also have to make sure that you follow the standard building regulations implemented in your area, so as to make sure that your new room is hazard-free.

In the second option, you could try and use the basement of your home and convert it into a rest room. Although the prospect of using the basement as a location for your bathroom is not that appealing, you could actually remodel it so that it would be much more comfortable and more inviting. If you are worried about the plumbing for your toilet or your shower, you do not have to worry for there are available toilets and showers for the basement that you could purchase. You could visit your nearest mall or you could surf the Internet for any affordable brands of toilets and showers for the basement that would fit your allotted budget.