Gas Dryer Vs Electric Dryer

Gas Dryer versus Electric Dryer:

Dryers are one of the important home appliances.  Some renters and home owners have the option to install either an electric dryer or a gas dryer.  If this is you or you are considering switching from a gas dryer to an electric dryer or vise-versa, this guide will help you decide which dryer is right for you, gas or electric.

The principle of drying clothes is same in both types of dryers – use of hot air.  The three important factors in both types of clothes dryer are Air Flow, Heat and Drum Rotation.  However, the primary difference is the source of energy used to heat the air that circulates through the rotating drum to remove moisture from clothes.

Energy costs are always going up and most people would like to purchase a dryer that would help save money in the long run.  Let’s take a look at both dryers and to learn more about their advantages and disadvantages.  This will help you make an informed buying decision.

Gas Dryer:

The gas dryer uses a flame produced by igniting the natural gas which in turn heats the air used to dry clothes in the rotating drum.  The gas dryer generally costs more than an electric dryer due to the expensive components used in it.   Your laundry should have a gas connection and safe vent for the exhaust. Generally a standard load in gas dryer will cost you around 15 to 20 cents. This holds true only if gas is easily available and cheaper than electricity in place where you live.  The maintenance costs of gas dryer are more than electric dryer. The only saving realized are in terms of energy prices which has more importance in the long run.  You will be able to save money by using a gas dryer only if the appliance is working properly. The gas dryer needs to be placed in a well ventilated room to function efficiently. In a crammed space or small laundry room without proper ventilation, the high limit thermostat will heat up quickly and frequently shut off the dryer.  In such circumstances the benefits of the savings are lost.  The gas dryer does not completely run on natural gas alone. You will need an electric supply connection in the laundry room to start the gas dryer.

Electric Dryer:

The electric dryer uses only one type of energy for functioning – Electricity.  The electrical dryer uses a heating element made up of metal coils to heat the air that circulates through the rotating drum to dry clothes. The Electrical dryer costs bit less than Gas Dryers by $100 or more.  The pre-requirements are lesser in comparison. All you need is an electrical outlet of 240V. Since the electricity costs are higher in comparison to gas in most places, the cost per load is higher (30-40 cents) for electrical dryers. The heating element and temperature control thermostat are two main parts in Electric Dryers. Therefore the maintenance costs are comparatively low.

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A Primer on Home Improvement Contractors

Home Improvement: An American Pastime

Many Americans would agree that their homes are not only one of the central physical spaces in their lives, but also one of the central spaces in their psychical economies. How else to explain the regularity with which Americans invest gobs of money in them? After all, it’s estimated that Americans devote around $114.6 million dollars a year on home restoration jobs with a typical project costing somewhere around $45,000.

Needless to say, if you don’t know how to repair your roof or do the occasional odd job, maintaining and/or improving the condition of your home can become expensive–and quick. Even so, when it comes to home improvement, it’s usually best to simply hire an expert. You don’t want your roof sliding off onto your lawn, now do you? Here’s a little guide to help you avoid that, along with some other tricks when hiring home improvement contractors.

Finding a Contractor

As I said earlier, home improvement and redesigning jobs aren’t cheap. But since I just completed renovating my home, I have some excellent suggestions for locating an ideal company to do maintenance work on your home at a fair cost.

One of the ways you may find competent contractors at a decent price is to join Angie’s List: a site that allows people just like you to find contractors in your area that other people have hired and whose work they can attest to. Angie’s List costs a charge to participate, but the trouble you prevent is worthwhile.

Another option is to ask the salesmen at building supply organizations, since they should be familiar with the qualities and competencies of contractors in your area. If he sells materials, you can possibly get a good deal by purchasing them wholesale from him rather than at a retail store like Home Depot.

You might also consider locating a building organization or home improvement company. In fact, a great spot to meet potential contractors are in the classes and workshops provided by companies like Home Depot.

If you require help finding a home improvement company in your local area, you can always search online.

The internet is also helpful for finding individual contractors. If you’re planning on remodeling your roof, for example, do a google search for roofing providers within your area. Make sure, however, to check their credentials and to find out (if possible) what other people think about them.

Hiring a Contractor

Before hiring a contractor, it’s essential that you ensure that the contractor you choose for the job is in compliance with all government regulations and is in possession of all necessary licenses. It’s also necessary for contractors to clear criminal background checks and written assessments. And last but certainly not least, hire somebody you feel comfortable working with.

Checking Their Work

If you feel as though the work is taking longer to complete then you’d like, remember that Rome was not constructed in a single day. In other words, if you want your contractors to do a great job, anticipate that it will take some time for your home improvement contractors to repair your home to your satisfaction.

Once they’ve finished, check out the work they’ve done and make sure you’re satisfied with it. If you aren’t satisfied, or if you’re not sure if the contractors did their work as stipulated in the contract, get a third party to help determine its quality.

Choosing an Interior Design School

Do You Design?

Love interior design? Thinking about a career in the interior design industry? Then you should be considering applying to interior design schools. Trust me: certified schools of design can definitely help improve your chances for a job in the interior design industry. But before you settle on the school where you’ll be spending the next few years of your life, there are number of factors you ought to consider. Clearly, one of those factors is the economic cost of enrolling at a leading school of design. But, as I’ll illustrate, there are also more subtle things a potential student needs to be aware of. As you’ll see, finding the right school can be more challenging than it seems.

Programs

The most important thing to consider when applying is the kind and quality of the program a school offers. Every school has a slightly different program, and it’s important for prospective students to be aware of their implications. How experienced are the faculty? Will your classes be taught by primary faculty or students? What’s the average class size? Smaller schools, for example, generally have fewer individuals in a course, permitting far more individual attention from teachers.

You can begin finding answers to these kinds of questions by searching for evaluations of individual programs and teachers online or in relevant college reference books.

Student Activities

The very best schools aren’t likely to focus solely on academics. If a student is interested in a design school, but also wishes to be involved in student activities, he or she ought to make sure the schools being applied to can satisfy his or her extracurricular needs.

After all, any accredited design school can provide the degrees and the qualifications necessary to thrive outside academia, but not every school can provide the extracurricular opportunities some find necessary for a truly satisfying college experience. Indeed, many students find that the comfort and psychological support provided by the friends they make through such activities is absolutely crucial to their academic success–and their success beyond the classroom.

If you feel likewise, consider leading design schools with non-academic organizations you might want to seek out: social groups, volunteer businesses, and political clubs, for example.

Athletics

Similarly, many students find that engaging in extracurricular athletic activities provides a crucial source of mental and emotional relief from the tense world of grades, tests and papers. So if you’re athletically minded, the athletic opportunities offered by a particular college could also prove important in making a final decision.

At the same time, however, remember that you’re applying first and foremost to a school of design. The school’s relevant artistic and educational programs, along with the school’s faculty, should be your primary considerations.

Location, Location, Location

Location is something many people don’t think about at first, only to regret it later. So make sure that you’re happy with your school’s surroundings. If you like the idea of living in a busy atmosphere, for instance, consider schools situated in a metropolitan area. Remember you’re going to be spending a number of years in whatever location you choose, so you should try to visit the top schools on your list to discern whether the physical environment they inhabit is right for you. Don’t wind up in a location you can’t stand just because you felt too lazy visit. Whichever interior design school you choose to attend, you’re probably going to be spending a lot of money, and you want to make sure that you’re as happy as you can possibly be.

 

Home Remodeling for Beginners

To Flip or To Remodel? That is The Question

With the recent decline of the housing market, people have found flipping their homes–the oft-maligned practice of buying homes cheaply, renovating them, and turning them over for a quick and easy profit–an increasingly dubious enterprise.

In today’s economy, a homeowner is better served by taking a long-term approach to their properties: gradually upgrading their rooms and maintaining the well-being of their pipes and plumbing. It’s fine if you purchase a property with the intent to sell it, but make sure you can live in it first. This short article handles some of the more basic things you need to know about home remodeling.

Kitchens

Usually, at the very top of the list of what homeowners want is a complete kitchen remodel. But how do you go about doing so? Over the past decade, there have been many innovations in kitchen design–certainly there are many more ways to renovate your kitchen nowadays than there were even 15 years ago. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, especially with so many television shows depicting lovely contemporary kitchens with fireplaces, beverage fountains and more newfangled devices. Of course, you’re bound to think: I want those things, too!

But do you really need all of that? Here’s some quick advice: don’t overspend on appliances you don’t need. Blenders and Espresso machines and quirky fruit cutting devices and the like might seem like awesome investments until you realize that you’ve cut into your budget for more essential appliances like your refrigerator and stove. Never mind all of the space that stuff takes up!

Living Room

We have seen a growing quantity of homeowners devoting their funds, time and energy to making their living areas more livable — starting with the living room.

If you view home restoration programs on TV, you’re probably familiar with the pattern of knocking down walls that separate smaller, uneven areas in order to create more geometrical, aesthetically pleasing, functional new areas — designing everything with an eye primarily toward use. And there is no better place to put this new vogue philosophy to use than the living room.

A few simple rules to keep in mind: consider the elegance of the box form; group windows together to focus on the best view rather than spreading them out; keep ceiling heights proportional to the room.

Some Final Advice

Home remodeling can be hugely costly and time intensive. In order to get a sense of some potential plans of action, visit available homes, view property and home improvement plans, obtain publications, and search the net. In addition to remodeling your kitchen or living room, some of the best ways to increase the value of your home include renovating your bathrooms and terraces. You might  also consider “adding” an extra room by redesigning an old space. It might seem expensive at the time, but remodeling jobs like these are bound to be worthwhile investments in the long run.

Plus, if you’re interested in eventually selling your home, a full-scale remodeling job done over a period of years can make your home appear well cared-for, and consequently more attractive to prospective buyers.