The Problem With Closing Air Vents During the Summer

Does closing air vents reduce energy consumption?

The summer season is upon Australia, and that means each and every air conditioning system in the country will be working full-time to keep Australians cool for the entire season. Operating air conditioners regularly also means huge energy consumption, which will certainly be reflected in the electricity bill at the end of each month.

As expected, people are trying to find ways to reduce energy costs while keeping cool temperatures inside their homes. One of the more common practices believed to help reduce energy costs is closing air vents.

On the surface, closing air vents during the summer is a sound idea, as it helps divert airflow from underused rooms of the house to key areas of the house, thereby maximising use of the conditioned air. In theory, this should help you reduce energy costs. But does it? Let’s hear from James, our resident air conditioning specialist.

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How To Find a Dependable Plumber

Finding a dependable plumber is a must

Let’s face it: there are a lot of unscrupulous plumbers out there. These plumbers typically work for just a few minutes, then leave you with a gargantuan bill that will make you swear never to hire professional plumbers ever again.

However, to say that all plumbers are like that would be unfair. There are  many professional plumbers that have built reputable businesses and genuinely care about giving you the best experience with them.  We know so, has we meet and worked with  many in the Tradebusters network.

Finding a professional plumbers that ticks the box for skills, licensing, experience, reliability (and even like ability) is a must especially for those major plumbing emergencies you are bound to face in the future.

So what do you look for when it comes to selecting the right plumber for your home? Here are some of our tips for  helping you find a truly dependable “drain surgeon”.

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Custom made kitchen

Why the Kitchen is the Most Important Part of the Home

Don’t take your kitchen for granted

Every room in a house serves a specific function, which means every single room in a home is important. Some rooms, however, are perceived to be more important than others. Many home owners say that of these rooms, the kitchen is the most important part of the home. Here are some of the reasons why.

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Turn Off Your Water Supply

Don’t Know Where to Turn Off Your Water Supply?

How to turn off water supply?

It is an unfortunate fact of human nature that many among us only do something about anything when it’s already too late. Let’s take the location of our water shut off valve (or water mains valve) at home for example. As a home owner, do you even know where it is?

Good for you if you do. If you don’t, then you’re one of the countless home owners all over the world who only find out the location of the water mains isolation valve when a plumbing emergency like a burst pipe takes place. It is likely that by the time you locate the water mains shut-off valve, your home will already have suffered a fair amount of water damage due to flooding.

Needless to say, it is extremely important for you to learn where turn off your home’s main water supply before anything like this ever happens. The water shut off valve is your only means of cutting off water supply to your house, especially in plumbing emergency cases. Here are some tips for finding your home’s water mains tap or shut-off valve.

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Versatile Pergola Design Ideas for Any Outdoor Space

Versatile pergola design ideas

A pergola is a garden feature that forms a shaded walkway, passage or sitting area, often with retractable screens for added versatility. It differs from eaves or a veranda, in that it is usually a separately constructed feature with open sides.

In terms of home improvement fashion, the pergola has come a long way since it was first used described in the mid seventeenth century. A range of different frames and covering materials are now used, from highly engineered sunproof fabrics to arbour-like trained creepers including grapes, bougainvillea and ivy. Here are a few of our favourites:

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Bathroom Renovations

Renovation Ideas for Super Small Bathrooms

When space is at a premium, every square inch counts. For an innovative small bathroom design, there’s no surface that can’t be turned into a functional space, or be used to create the impression of more space. From mirrored surfaces to frameless shower screens, there’s a solution to make even the tiniest bathroom feel like a day spa oasis.

Check out our pick of unique design options- each one is easy to do with just a little help from a qualified tradesperson.

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What Does It Mean If My Electric Elements Are Smoking?

“I see smoke”!

If there is one thing that we would certainly be alarmed about when it comes to our appliances, it would be seeing smoke come out of them. However, smoke from an appliance is only exclusively a sign of danger if the smoking appliance we’re talking about is your television, your DVD player or other electric devices that don’t have heating elements.

While smoke from an appliance like the electric heater, toaster, toaster oven, pizza oven or electric range could also be a danger sign, it, more often than not, isn’t. There are a number of reasons why these electric elements are smoking, and here are some of them.

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Kitchen Renovations

6 Tips To Make Your Kitchen Look More Fabulous

A great kitchen can add incredible value to your property

To a home owner, every single part of the house is very important. However, if we cut through the sentimental attachment to every room and look at things more objectively, a realisation that the kitchen is the most important room of a home will come. Come to think of it, the kitchen is where we do a lot of stuff aside from its obvious purpose of being where we cook our food and eat.

The kitchen has also become a very popular spot for entertaining guests, believe it or not. We share lots of precious moments with friends and family at the kitchen and talk about stuff, often with a steaming cup of coffee or tea in hand.

Since the kitchen is the most important room of a home, we owe it to ourselves to make it look the best that it can. If you are planning to do any kitchen improvements or renovations, here are 6 tips that could help you make your kitchen look more fabulous.

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Bathroom Renovation Tips for 2016

Transform Your Bathroom this New Year!

Planning to renovate your bathroom? We list down the hottest bathroom trends and additions this 2016. Check them out and see which ones fit your bathroom renovation plans!

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Should the Rich Be Hit With An Extra Capital Gains Tax Bill?

Family Homes Over $2 Million At Risk!

According to a report released by The Australian Institute, family homes valued over $2 million should not receive any CGT exemptions. Currently any principal home of residence receives a full CGT exemption, regardless of its value.

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