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2 Ways to Reduce the Health Hazards of Driving

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Crashes aren’t the only hazard you risk when driving. Did you know that being in a car can have other negative effects on your mental and physical health? For many people, it’s impossible to avoid or reduce the amount of time you spend driving. However, you can reduce your risks in other ways. Here are 2 tips for making your daily journeys a healthier experience. Banish Road Rage Driving can be incredibly frustrating. From being stuck in traffic jams to being cut off by inconsiderate drivers, a simple trip can quickly devolve into a screaming fit. Getting angry is never good for your health. It can increase your anxiety and blood pressure or even give you a headache. The last thing anyone needs after a long day at work is to get riled up by their fellow drivers, so do your best to minimise your road rage. Try to be aware of your emotions at all times. If you’re prone to ignoring your feelings, glance in the mirror regularly. You may be surprised to see yourself scowling. When something makes you angry, think about what caused you to feel that way and think of reasons why the driver who angered you might be justified in their actions. For example, if someone overtakes you, it can make you feel better to think they may have been rushing to get to the hospital or may not have seen you, even if it’s not true. Calming scented car air fresheners like lavender may also reduce your stress levels. If neither of these work, you can try placing a photo of your loved ones on the dashboard that you can look at to calm you down. Tint Your Windows Many people don’t think they need to wear sunscreen in their car, but it’s important to remember that harmful UV rays can travel through windows too. Too much exposure to UV rays can greatly increase your risk of skin cancer. If you take a look at your face, you may notice more sun damage (including sun spots and wrinkles) on the right side of your face as it’s continually exposed to UV rays through your window. Aside from wearing sunscreen, you can reduce the amount of UV in your vehicle by 93 to 99.9% by getting your car windows tinted. Laws on car window tinting vary across Australia so make sure you check your local government website for more...

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Some Features to Look For With a Bi-Fold Door

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If you have a large door wall or opening to your outside area, you might want to choose a bi-fold or accordion door for this space. A bi-fold door can allow you to open up the door completely and fold the sections against the wall. This can mean maximum air circulation in the home and also makes foot traffic in and out of this space easier as well. When shopping for bi-fold doors, note a few factors to consider and discuss with a contractor so you can ensure you get doors that you’re sure to love for years to come. 1. Insulating factor Many bi-fold doors are very good at insulating your home’s space, if you shop for the right features. Look for double glazed panes that are argon gas filled, as this will mean less heat and cold transfer through the glass. Some glass options themselves might also block UV rays; certain tints or mixtures of various reflective plastic materials can mean bouncing the sun’s rays back rather than letting them pass through the glass, so your inside space doesn’t feel as warm and stuffy during summertime. 2. Consider the threshold If you live in a very dry area, near the beach or in a tropical area, you might be concerned about sand and water getting into your home through the bi-fold doors. Note that those with a higher threshold can often work quite well at blocking out sand, moisture, and the like. They can also work to keep ants, scorpions, lizards, and other pests out of the home. On the other hand, you might prefer to have the door threshold flush with the floor for a cleaner look, or to allow a wheelchair easier access. Many door styles have a track that is installed flush with the ground for an even, seamless threshold. 3. Traffic door You might love a bi-fold door because all the sections fold up and out of the way, but this can also mean having one door section folded and in your way if you want to open just one small area of the door. A traffic door can solve this problem; this is one door section that slides on the track rather than folding. This means you can open this one section of the door without having any folded areas jutting into the living area or into the exterior space. Look for a traffic door for maximum control and options for the door...

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Is it Possible to Repair Aluminum Windows?

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Windows are some of the most important components of any home. They do a number of different jobs, including allowing fresh air and light into your home, all while keeping burglars, rain, wind and dust out. While well-constructed, high-quality aluminum windows will provide you with years of problem-free use, as time passes, some components of the windows may become damaged and require repairs. Here you will find some of the most common window components that need repairs and how to determine if the repair is possible,or if replacement is the best option. Casements, Frames, and Jambs The window jamb and casements usually show most of the signs of wear and tear. They can be scraped, knocked and have furniture pushed against them if they go all the way to the ground. Also, cosmetic issues may arise, such as scratches. These are problems that can be filled and re-painted. If the scratch is not very deep, it may be possible for a homeowner to complete the repair on their own. However, if the scratch is deep, asking for the help of a professional may be beneficial, since it can be difficult to create a smooth finish on deeper scratches. If you have windows that are anodized, they can scratch easily since the color is the actual color of the aluminum. However, if you have aluminum windows that are powder coated, they will be much more difficult to scratch or damage. In most cases, aesthetic damage will be able to be repaired and replacement will not be necessary. Rollers and Rails If you have sliding windows, the rails and rollers may become damaged over time. This can result in the entire window being difficult to open and close. Over time, this can cause additional issues since you will have to use so much force to open the window. Additional components such as the locks and handles may become damaged and in some cases, the entire window may come off of the rail. To help prevent this from happening, the tracks need to be cleared on a regular basis since the debris and dust can build up and impede the movement of the rollers. If the window is getting more difficult to maneuver, it is likely time to replace the entire unit, since the damage will cost more to repair than replace. This is especially true if other damage is present, as well, such as broken locks or handles. Spring Balances In double hung windows, these can break and, surprisingly they can be quite expensive to replace. A broken balance can also be very dangerous since the windows may close on fingers or become stuck in the closed or open position. This is a security and weather risk. If the spring balances are broken, you should begin looking up replacement options. It will not make financial sense to replace the affected part. Taking the time to carefully evaluate the state of an aluminum window on a regular basis will let you know if repairs are necessary. In many cases, if an issue is caught early enough, repair is possible and...

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Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy Roller Shutters

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Roller shutters can perform several functions when they are installed in windows. It is therefore very important for you to consider what your exact needs are before you order roller shutters. This article discusses some of the questions that you should ask yourself before you buy rollers shutters for your residential windows. The questions will help you to identify the most important features that those shutters should have if they are to address your needs. Do You Live in a Noisy Location? Noise may be an issue for you if your home is located close to a busy street or near a busy highway. In that case, you may need to investigate the noise blocking properties of different roller shutters available on the market. Select those that will offer you the highest degree of noise reduction. In case noise isn’t a major concern to you, consider other factors or features of those shutters. Is Security a Major Issue to You? You need to pay special attention to some factors in case your primary reason for buying roller shutters is to beef up the security of your home. This may be very important in case you live in an area that has a high crime rate. The first thing that you should consider is the material from which those roller shutters are made. For instance, wooden shutters may not be ideal since an intruder can easily break them. However, steel or aluminium would be a good choice for a security-conscious person. The second attribute that you should pay attention to is the construction of those shutters. They should be large enough to cover the entire window so that an intruder is unable to reach behind and open the shutter. The shutters should also be strengthened so that it is very hard to separate the metal pieces from which the shutters are made. Will the Windows Be Used during Emergencies? Windows that are several floors above the ground level may not be considered as possible escape routes for people inside the building during an emergency. However, windows on the ground floor can be an escape route when emergencies, such as fires, occur. Buy roller shutters with quick-release mechanisms in case you intend to install them on windows that can be used during emergencies. The questions above will help you to define what your needs are before you go shopping for roller shutters for your windows. Use the information that you gather when you ask yourself those questions as a yardstick to narrow down your options from the available roller...

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