10.29.2013

Effects of Room Color Schemes on Your Mood

It has been proved scientifically that colors affect your mood. So before going for a color scheme it is better to know what effect it is going to create in the long run.

1. Red

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Red energizes and boosts your mood. So it will be a good idea to have it in a common space like living room.

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It is also considered to be the color of love and warmth. So it can make a bathroom look cozy.

2. Orange

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Orange is yet another energetic color and it is ideal for little fellows who love to remain active.

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A pop of orange in dining room would also be a good idea.

3. Blue

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Blue lowers the pulse rate and calms your senses bringing tranquility to your mind and what better place will it be for blue other than a bedroom?

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You can also use a oceanic shade of it in your kitchen. To add further, contrasted to light blue, dark blue has a bit gloomy effect.

4. Yellow
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Yellow is a cheerful color but at the same time risky if too much of it is used. It may develop feelings of anger causing people to lose control of their temper.

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Therefore, the best would be to mix it with light tones in order to get the best of its positive energy.

5. Green

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Green is a color full of goodness and has the most refreshing and calming effects. It symbolizes nature and brings tranquility.

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So you can use it anywhere you want.

6. Purple

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Purple symbolizes luxury and has a royal feel. So if you love cooking , become a kitchen queen by getting your kitchen done in purple.

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A bathroom can also be given a royal and lush appearance using purple.

7. Black

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Black at one side shows oppression and mourning and on the other side shows glamour and power.

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For interiors it can be mixed with another tone like white.

8. Pink

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Pink symbolizes femininity , warmth and romance. However, too much of it won’t be leaving a good effect on you but if you are obsessed with pink then you can go for an all pink room.

9. Neutral

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You can never go wrong with earth or neutral tones.

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They will leave a good effect on you that will give warmth and coolness simultaneously.

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10.24.2013

Central Indiana home sales up 17.8 percent year to date; down slightly for September


                       
Central Indiana home sales up 17.8 percent year to date;
down slightly for September
Inventory tightens by 7.5 percent; eight counties show drop in available homes for sale

INDIANAPOLIS – With 1,921 pended sales in September in Central Indiana, overall year-to-date home sales are up 17.8 percent compared to this time period last year, according to statistics compiled by F.C. Tucker Company.

On a monthly basis, September 2013 pended home sales declined 1.6 percent compared to September 2012, a decrease of 31 homes sold in the nine counties that F.C. Tucker tracks. Four of the nine counties reported increased sales compared to September 2012. 

“Real estate sales have been strong in 2013 compared to 2012,” said Jim Litten, president of F.C. Tucker Company. “We’ve already sold more than 23,000 homes year-to-date, and we’re on pace to end the year in higher territory.”

In September, Hancock County saw the largest increase in pended home sales which climbed 21.3 percent, raising the number of pended home sales to 91 from 75 in September 2012. Johnson and Madison counties also experienced increases of 11.6 and 7.9 percent, respectively, over September 2012. Hendricks County saw the biggest decline, decreasing 16.2 percent compared to September of last year. Shelby County experienced a decrease as well, down 13.2 percent.

Available homes for sale in the nine-county region dropped 7.5 percent in September 2013 with 11,963 homes on the market, 963 fewer than in September 2012. Eight Central Indiana counties experienced varying inventory declines with Hamilton County experiencing the greatest decrease in inventory at 15.5 percent. Johnson County’s inventory increased by 51 homes to 1,002, while Madison County’s inventory remained nearly level compared to September 2012.

Overall, year-to-date sales prices for the nine-county Central Indiana area increased by 5.9 percent. Tucker’s data indicates that eight counties experienced slightly higher home sales prices than in September 2012. Year-to-date, Hancock and Madison counties led the way with a 9 percent increase in home sales prices, while Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion and Morgan counties also reported gains. Shelby County experienced a slight decrease of 0.8 percent. The average year-to-date sales price for a home in the nine-county area was $165,283.

Of the pended home sales in the region last month, one was priced more than $2,000,000; six were priced $1,000,000 to $1,999,999; 46 were priced $500,000 to $999,999; 148 were priced $300,000 to $499,999; 261 were priced $200,000 to 299,999; 798 were priced $100,000 to $199,999 and 661 were priced at $99,999 or less.



 

10.18.2013

A Dressing Room for your Home!

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Check out this app!  Furnish is an "augmented reality app for home furniture" according to the developer. Think of it more like a dressing room for your home. Just snap a picture of any room with your mobile device, then place a virtual picture of furniture from IKEA, Pottery Barn, or Crate and Barrel (with more retailers on the way) to help you visualize the perfect arrangement. You can even purchase furniture you want from within the app. Free download for iPhone or Android.

10.11.2013

Whether to Repair That Ailing Water Heater or Just Replace It: 3 Deciding Factors

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Whether to Repair That Ailing Water Heater or Just Replace It: 3 Deciding Factors
As you go about your daily tasks, you likely don’t think much about your water heater. That is until it begins to malfunction or stop working altogether. When this happens, most people are not sure what’s wrong with their ailing water heater or how to fix it. Fortunately, a few factors can help you figure out whether it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Knowing If You Should Replace or Repair Your Water Heater
Making the decision to repair or replace your ailing water heater is not easy, especially if you’re not familiar with plumbing, heating and cooling systems. However, you can better make such a decision by consider the following three factors:
  • Condition – If the water heater only suffers from a minor issue, such as a broken thermostat, repairing it will probably be the easiest route; however, if it’s leaking water, it will almost certainly need to be replaced, especially if your water heater is more than seven or eight years old. A leak at this age almost always signals rust in the tank, which is something that can’t be fixed. Avoid this problem with your new water heater by regularly flushing out the tank.
  • Age – If your water heater is 10 years or older and not performing up to par, it’s likely that it will need to be replaced. Not only do most water heaters wear out by this age, but newer models are also more efficient. Equipped with tank insulation, they keep water warmer for longer periods of time with less energy.
  • Budget – Replacing a water heater can be much more expensive than repairing it, so make sure you evaluate your budget if you have a choice in the matter. If your water heater is leaking, however, you probably won’t have a choice. Just comfort yourself in knowing that with time, you’ll pay off some of that investment with lower energy bills.
Learn more about repairing or replacing your ailing water heater from the experts at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We have been serving the Greater Indianapolis area for more than 40 years, and have the experience and knowledge to make sure your heating and cooling needs are taken care of.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

Mowery Heating and Cooling
402 East Main Street
Brownsburg, IN 46112
phone (317) 852-2958 fax (317) 852-3213 
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10.06.2013

October Maintenace Checklist


October home-maintenance checklist

With fall in full swing, now's the time to get your home and yard ready for winter.

By Anne Erickson of MSN Real Estate
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October is the first full month of fall; by the end of this month, most of your winterization should be completed. Falling leaves and dwindling daylight signal a final opportunity to do some outdoor organizing before winter settles in. (Bing: When does daylight saving time end?)
Repair roof shingles
Try to do this on a warm day if you have asphalt shingles on your roof, so the shingles will be flexible. Use roofing cement to seal cracked and torn shingles and to reattach curled shingles. Then tack down the damage further with galvanized roofing nails, and cover the exposed nail heads with roofing cement. Split wood shingles can be patched with roofing cement as well.

Repair siding
Do a fall siding inspection and remedy any problems you find. Look for damaged paint, warped or split wood, cracks or holes in stucco, and missing or slipped siding panels. Your repair tool kit will depend on what kind of siding you have: For example, wood siding may require wood putty, waterproof glue, nails and screws; stucco may require wire mesh, stucco patching compound, a trowel and a chisel. Most types of siding require a coating of sealant or primer, and paint to finish the repair and ensure waterproofing.

Reinforce windows
Replace your screens with storm windows. If your screens are dirty or damaged, repair and clean before storing them to prevent further deterioration. Light scrubbing followed by a blast from a hose will eliminate bird droppings and other grime. Small tears can be sewn up with thin wire. If you have older single-pane windows and no storm coverings, apply heat-shrink plastic to the inner or outer window frame to create an insulating air space and save heating expense.


Fire fluency
Make sure your damper is in good working order by opening and shutting it prior to lighting the first fire of the season. If you didn't clean your chimney at the end of the heating season, do it now — especially if you burn soft woods, which release more creosote. Often the first indication that a chimney needs cleaning is a chimney fire, so preventive maintenance is important.

Detect deadly gas
If you heat your home with wood heat or a gas heater, a carbon-monoxide detector is a must. These devices look and sound like smoke detectors, but they detect carbon-monoxide gas instead. Units that plug into an outlet are also available.

Check batteries in smoke detectors
Daylight saving time ends Nov. 7. Get into the habit of checking smoke-detector batteries when you "fall back" and "spring ahead." Also make sure household fire extinguishers are fully pressurized and in good working order.
Close seasonal air conditioners
If you live in a place where air conditioners are used seasonally instead of year-round, this is a good month to close them down. Switch off power, make sure the condensate drain is clear, and clean condenser coils and filters (a vacuum will do). Either remove window units or cover them, to protect your home from drafts and the units from inclement weather.
Bleed air from radiators
Radiators can get air pockets in them when not in use. If air pockets stay, they will keep the unit from heating up to its full capacity. If your unit doesn't have automatic air valves, you need to bleed it prior to every heating season. To bleed air out, turn on the furnace and circulator and open the supply valve to the radiator. Find the bleeder valve (it's usually opposite the supply valve) and open it while holding a pan to it. Air should be released, followed by hot water (thus the pan). Close the valve as the water comes out. Lightly feel the radiator to make sure it is heated along its entire surface; if there are gaps, repeat the procedure.

Cut brush back from the house
Before stowing all of your gardening equipment for the winter, walk around your house with a weed whacker and a pair of pruners and cut back any brush, weeds or branches that contact your house. This task will eliminate a common access point for insects, rodents and rot. It will also keep branches and shrubs from scraping away at your siding during windstorms.
Watch those leaves
If you don't want the tannin in fall leaves to leave hard-to-clean imprints on your deck and concrete walkways, keep those surfaces leaf-free. If you do get some leaf prints, try a solution of half water and half bleach (test it first in an unobtrusive spot — it may lighten the wood on your deck) or trisodium phosphate (commonly known as TSP) and warm water. Or, just leave the prints and consider them an artistic addition to your exterior look.
Store outdoor furniture
Scrub and store outdoor furniture; even furniture designed to stay out year-round will last longer if protected from extreme cold and wet. Store or cover your barbecue unless you cook with it all year. Empty and store large planters — clay or terra-cotta units will crack if left out to freeze and thaw. Clean and store your gardening tools, but don't put them completely out of reach — shovels are useful year-round.

Winterize external plumbing systems
This is the most important job of fall if you live in an area that freezes in the winter. The simple fact that water expands upon freezing has caused countless homeowners innumerable woes. Ignore this job and flooding, water damage and thousands of dollars worth of plumbing bills will be your constant winter companions.

Here's your to-do list:
  • Drain underground sprinkler systems.
  • Have outdoor pools drained and professionally serviced.
      
  • Drain exterior water pipes and any pipes that run through unheated areas (such as a garage, crawl space or unheated porch). If draining these pipes isn't possible, wrap them with foam insulation or heat tape.
  • Cover exposed spigots with foam covers. Or, if cosmetics and ease of removal don't matter, wrap spigots in layers of newspaper, cover the newspaper with a plastic bag, and seal the whole affair with duct tape.
  • Drain and store garden hoses. Leave one hose and nozzle somewhere that's easily accessible; you'll need it for gutter cleaning and car washing.