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Hate Plumbing Clogs? 2 Easy-To-Use Tools You Should Keep Around The House

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Few things are more frustrating than staring at a pool of dirty, stagnant water sitting in your sink, shower basin, or toilet. In addition to slowing down your daily routine, untimely clogs can also make it hard to keep your plumbing fixtures clean, since that grimy water leaves behind a layer of sediment by the time the water finally escapes. Fortunately, you don’t have to be an expert to clear those lines. Here are two easy-to-use tools you should keep around the house to make short work of tough blockages: 1: A Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum If you are like most people, you might be tempted to pick up a bottle of drain cleaner at the first sign of a plumbing clog. Although those chemicals might promise to melt away grease and free clogs, they simply aren’t right for the majority of household plumbing blockages. Most commercially available drain cleaners work by combining ingredients such as sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide with aluminum turnings. When these materials are mixed, they react and form heat, which warms the standing water in your pipes to a boil. Unfortunately, while this heating action is effective against things like cooking grease clogs and gobs of hair conditioner, it won’t do much to move solid objects through your plumbing. If your pipe contains a few dropped bobby pins or a small child’s toy, using drain cleaner will only make a big, corrosive mess out of your plumbing fixture—which is why physical removal methods are always better. Instead of spending money on chemical drain cleaner, invest in a wet/dry shop vacuum. Shop vacuums are available in a large range of shapes and sizes, which means that even people with small homes can probably find the space to store one. Shop vacuums also typically come with a few different attachments, which you can use to simply suck debris out of your pipes. By removing the drain grate and creating a tight seal between your pipe opening and your vacuum attachment, you might be able to remove a myriad of dropped objects, grime, and even loose hair. 2: A Hand Auger Unfortunately, even a high-powered shop vacuum won’t be much help if that clog has travelled deep inside your plumbing system. If toilet paper clogs or dropped objects have gotten stuck inside of tight curves or around junction points inside of plumbing, you might need to use the tool that most plumbers swear by: the hand auger. Although the idea of using a professional plumbing tool might seem intimidating, hand augers are actually incredibly intuitive. Basic augers are nothing more than a semi-rigid metal cable with a blunt tip, which is loaded onto a spool that the user feeds into the pipe. As the line is pushed through the pipe, you can even tug the device around to clean off pipe walls. If you are worried about that hand auger reaching your clog, you shouldn’t be. You can buy augers in a huge variety of different lengths to handle any job.   Hand augers typically cost between $20 or $30, with fancier or powered versions costing extra. If you will be using an auger for the first time, work slowly and follow your instincts. Don’t ever push too hard or pull too suddenly, as it is possible to...

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How To Choose The Paint For Your Concrete Swimming Pool

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If you have an in-ground pool in your backyard that is formed out of concrete, then you probably are the most concerned with the cleanliness of it. While this is extremely important for your pool to be usable all summer long, there are other maintenance concerns you need to think about. Making sure the concrete is properly covered with paint is one of these things. The concrete is painted, because it is porous and will absorb some of the water from the pool. This can cause deterioration and erosion issues over time. Also, most pools will contain chemicals, like chlorine, that can cause the concrete to break down. To make sure the paint protects the concrete properly, you will need to pick one of the three most common types of pool paint. Find out about these paints, so you will understand which one will fit your needs.  Epoxy Epoxy paint is often considered the best pool paint you can buy. This paint contains epoxy resin, which is a polymer that can resist corrosion, abrasion, chemical degradation, and UV ray damage. Epoxy cures both hard and thick, so it is likely to last quite a long time and resist chipping. Epoxy is expensive though, and you should know that you will need to spend a good deal of time preparing your pool so the epoxy sticks and cures properly. Preparation means sanding away old paint, acid-washing the surface, cleaning again, and then waiting for the concrete to dry completely. Also, the paint can be difficult to remove if it spills or accidentally gets on your skin or clothing. Since preparation is so intensive and the paint is expensive, it is wise to hire a pool professional to add the paint to the concrete for you. Click here to find out more about professional swimming pool maintnenance. Rubber-based Chlorinated rubber-based swimming pool paint is another paint variety that is extremely resistant to chemical erosion and UV ray damage. The paint is not as hard as epoxy paint though, and this means it will not last as long. The paint is also not as expensive due to this fact. The rubber-based paint is easier to apply than epoxy, so you can add it to your pool by yourself if you desire. A regular roller or paint brush can be utilized, since the paint acts much like acrylic paint as it is applied to the concrete. The paint is also quite elastic and covers holes and other types of uneven surfaces. You still should scrape your pool and acid-wash the surface to degrease it properly, though, so that the paint will stick.  However, If you are concerned about the environment, then you should probably stay away from rubber-based paint varieties. The chlorine compounds in the paint can leach into the environment and cause toxicity issues with fish and other wildlife.  Acrylic  Acrylic paints are by far the cheapest and easiest paints to apply to your pool. The paints can be added to concrete that is still wet, and it also will not have as many issues sticking to the concrete if it is not completely clean. The paint will usually dry quicker than the other options, so you can get to using your pool in a timely manner. However, the water-based paint may stain over time, and it will succumb...

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Choosing The Right Auto Paint For Your Car

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What is the best part about owning a car? For some, it’s all about the speed. For others, it’s about the car’s interior life. For most, it’s about the extreme customization that you have at your fingertips. Everything from the engine to the interior to the muffler to the myriad of after market parts you can install in your car. One of the best ways to customize your car and let the whole world know that you’ve customized your car, is by painting it. Painting a car can seem like a terribly daunting task, but this article will serve to help you by guiding you on one of the most difficult decisions involving painting the exterior of your vehicle: choosing the right auto paint. Basics First and foremost, you should learn about the three things that constitute all auto paints: the carrier agent, the pigment, and the binder. The carrier agent is that which liquefies the resin and then makes sure that the chemical bonding that takes place when it is properly applied to the car will harden the material. The binder is what actually chemically alters the paint when it is applied to the car. It is the impetus for the chemical boding or hardening or setting of the paint. Finally, the pigment is the active ingredient in the paint that determines what color the paint is. Urethane and Enamel The binders that are present in your paint are made up of one of the three following materials: urethan, enamel, and lacquer. The first two of these three options are your best options when it comes to choosing a paint for your car; especially if you are a beginner car modder or painter. Generally speaking, the application of urethane and enamel based binders will ensure that the paint will properly chemically bond to the car’s surface, and you will be less likely to experience chipping, flaking and improper drying after your car’s surface has been painted. Often times, urethane and enamel are also significantly cheaper than lacquer, as well. Lacquer Lacquer is another option that you might have at your fingertips, but it should be noted that lacquer binders are quite difficult to come by and are illegal in a number of states in the United States. The reason being is that lacquer can be flammable and as such, it can provide a great risk for those that are using it on an automobile, which, of course, is filled with combustibles such as gasoline. The reason that lacquer is desired by many car customization enthusiasts is simple, it goes on smoothly and provides a glossy look that is hard to replicate by utilizing urethane or enamel binders. Having said this, lacquer also has a number of disadvantages to it, as well. First and foremost, lacquer can become quite brittle over time and must be maintained on a regular basis. Many neophyte customization enthusiasts improperly apply lacquer, which can lead to it flaking or cracking within a year or so of its original application. The reason why lacquer is subject to breaking and becoming brittle is due to the fact that, while urethane and enamel chemically bond to the surface of a vehicle, lacquer merely dries on the surface of the vehicle. Urethane and enamel ensure that the paint...

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2 Things You Must Know About Frozen Plumbing Pipes

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The cold weather in the winter months can be devastating to the plumbing system in your home, and the main problem with cold weather is freezing of the pipes. If any of your plumbing pipes freeze, it could turn into a catastrophic problem in your home. While there are steps you can take to prevent this from happening in the future, you will need to call an emergency plumber if you currently have a frozen pipe. Here are two things you should know about frozen pipes. The Dangers And Risks Of Frozen Pipes When a pipe freezes in your home, the first sign you may notice is a lack of water when you turn on a faucet. If water does not come out of the faucet and it is really cold outside, it is probably due to a frozen pipe. If water freezes in a pipe, it causes a blockage in the pipe. Not only will this prevent you from getting water, but it can also cause the pipe to explode. When water freezes, it expands. The expansion of the pipe is what leads to bursting of pipes, and bursting leads to water spilling out into your home. If you believe you have a frozen pipe, you should: Try to locate the pipe – Unfortunately, most of the plumbing pipes in your house are probably hidden in the walls, but there is a chance you might be able to locate it. A frozen pipe will generally have frost buildup around it, and this is how you can tell where the freeze is at. Shut off the main water valve – When a pipe is frozen, there is a chance it will burst. If you shut off the main water valve, it will stop all water from entering your house. If the pipe ends up bursting, at least there will not be a lot of water spilling out. Turn on faucets – After shutting off the main water valve, turn all your faucets on. This will help drain water from the lines in the house. After completing these steps, you may want to try to thaw the pipe, if you know where the freeze is located. Ways To Thaw Frozen Pipes There are right ways to thaw frozen pipes and wrong ways, and completing this step the wrong way could actually cause more harm than good. If you do not feel comfortable handling this yourself, or if you do cannot locate the problem, it is probably better for you to call an emergency plumber for help. The right way to thaw a frozen pipe is by heating up the area where the frozen pipe is located. Using a space heater or heat lamp is a good option, but you must make sure you keep it far enough away from the pipe. Water and electric do not mix well, which is why most plumbers will tell you not to use a blow dryer to complete this job. Never use devices that operate with kerosene or propane to thaw your pipes, because these items are extremely flammable. Letting a professional handle this job is usually the safest option. Emergency plumbers can handle jobs like this, and they can also help you take steps to prevent this from happening in the future. Prevention...

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5 Reasons To Choose Insulated Metal Panels For Your New Commercial Roof On An Older Building

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Buying an older building or retail store can save you thousands of dollars over building a new structure from scratch, but you may need to invest in a brand new roof pretty quickly. Replace missing asphalt shingles or leaky flat roof coatings with lightweight and tough insulated metal panels. This type of commercial roofing offers a wide range of benefits to the owner of a building already a few decades old. Easier Indoor Climate Control For most business owners, a chance to save money every month on heating and cooling costs is worth investing in insulated metal roofing alone. Each panel is constructed from two thin layers of steel or aluminum, sandwiching a thick layer of expanded foam that serves as insulation while making the panel even stronger against winds. With some panels offering extremely high R-vales, which is how insulation is rated, you may find that the new roof pays for itself in less than a decade in the amount of money you save on climate control. Aside from insulating the roof, these tight fitting panels also help maintain an air-tight building envelope to prevent losses of heated and chilled air. Fewer Re-roofing Visits Most metal insulated panel roofing products come with warranties covering at least 30 years after professional installation. With regular maintenance and inspections, you can expect the roof to last the rest of the building’s lifespan. Why spend more money for complete re-roofing jobs every decade or so when you can get a roof that lasts longer? Features that contribute to the longer lifespan of an insulated roof panel include The laminated construction method, since the multiple layers resist cracking better UV ray coatings, preventing sunlight from wearing down the metal layers and causing the finish to peel The light weight, which puts less stress on the roof structure and supports. Better Green Rating Want to get an edge over the competition by making your building as eco-friendly as possible? Installing insulated roofing panels provides you with the perfect green bullet point to add to your advertisements or brochures. You can describe how the insulation reduces your company’s reliance on electricity and explain how the panels you’ve chosen are recycled or recyclable. Faster Installation Most of the usual materials used on commercial roofs require a lot of experience and training for correct installation. However, insulated metal panels are so lightweight and easily mounted on the roof that practically any roofing crew can install them with minimal special equipment. This speeds up the installation process and helps you save money on labor costs for the roofing project. This benefit is essential when you discover your building has leaks or a sagging roof only a few weeks before your planned opening day. It’s equally helpful when your business is already operating and long downtime could threaten your cash flow. Getting the roof covered with a reliable new layer of material as quickly as possible gets you back on track faster. Reduced Need for Reinforcement Finally, consider how the light weight of an insulated metal roofing panel saves you money and time in structural reinforcement. Many roofs originally covered in asphalt or another very light material can’t hold up solar panels, solid metal roofing material, or heavy concrete tiles without major changes to the rafters or trusses. The...

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Avoiding Vocs: 4 Simple, Non-Toxic Solutions To Clean Your Glass Shower Enclosure

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Revamping your ordinary shower stall with a custom glass door and enclosure adds value and appeal to your home. Considering water, soap scum, and other debris can quickly buildup on the glass, periodic cleaning is essential to protecting the investment you made in your bathroom. Unfortunately, many glass-cleaning sprays contain harmful chemicals that are dangerous to the environment and your health. VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, are common in many paints and household cleaners. These toxic ingredients will irritate your skin, eyes, and throat, while causing respiratory issues. In addition, prolonged exposure to VOCs can cause severe headaches, liver damage, and neurological issues. Fortunately, cleaning your new glass shower is possible using safe, non-toxic ingredients. Using these solutions, you can maintain the value and appeal of your custom shower in a safe, natural manner. Simple Squeegee Tool One of the safest ways to clean your glass door and enclosures is with a handheld squeegee tool. Of course, using the tool after each shower may be necessary to prevent heavy buildup. Choose a squeegee that uses a soft, rubber blade for the most efficient and effective cleaning. After each shower, move the squeegee blade down the glass, beginning at the top and working your way to the bottom. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe off the blade after each swipe. Work your way around the entire glass enclosure. Natural Glass Cleaner Visit your local discount store and you will find a large selection of glass cleaners. While these are effective for removing dirt and debris from your mirrors, glass walls, and windows, they do contain unnatural ingredients. For a natural glass cleaner, add the following ingredients to a spray bottle: 2 cups of warm water 2 cups of white vinegar Shake the spray bottle to mix before dousing one section of glass at a time. Allow the vinegar solution to sit and soak the glass for 10 minutes before using your squeegee tool to remove excess cleaner and residue. The vinegar solution will remove dirt and soapy residue without affecting your skin, eyes, or respiratory system. In addition, the 5 percent acetic acids in vinegar are antibacterial and antiviral, which will help prevent or kill mold or mildew in your shower. Stubborn Soap Scum Remover Even with a periodic cleaning, your glass door and enclosure may develop patches of stubborn soap scum. In most cases, your first inclination may be to use a more involved cleaner such as an abrasive scrub or bleach. These cleansers also contain VOCs, so creating a strong soap scum remover using natural ingredients is key. In a spray bottle, combine 2 cups of warm water with ¼ cup of baking soda. The baking soda creates carbonation when it encounters moisture on a surface. This carbonation dissolves away tough debris and soap scum. Shake to mix before spraying onto areas with soapy buildup. Allow the baking soda solution to rest a few minutes before wiping the surface with a wet microfiber cloth. Hard Water Spots Hard water and the accumulation of soap scum can cause spots to develop on your shower’s glass door and enclosure. These spots decrease the appeal of your modern, open, airy shower, but they are easy to remove using water and rubbing alcohol. To get started, clean your glass using one of...

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Painting A Brick Home’s Exterior: 5 Things You Need To Know

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There is a long list of things you can do to improve the aesthetic of the exterior of your home: landscaping, planting a garden, and painting are all options. What if you have a brick house, though? Is painting the sole provenance of those with wood houses or paint friendly siding? It is absolutely not. In addition, if you go about it the proper way, painting brick can look quite good and change up the look of your home’s exterior. Throughout the course of this article, you’ll learn about 5 things you need to know if you decide on taking the plunge and painting your brick exterior. You Must Prep The Area Properly Before getting started, you need to know that prepping the area you plan on painting is absolutely integral to applying paint to brick. If you don’t plan on properly prepping the area, then you might as well consider this task a lost cause. First and foremost, pressure wash your house from top to bottom. Make sure that you’re getting the areas that will require paint application especially clean. Then, take notice of damaged surfaces. Damaged surfaces can interfere with the painting process in a variety of different ways. Look for holes in the brick, as well as areas adjacent to the brick, such as window panes, etc. Fix the area using epoxy or other quick, go-to fixers. Next, remove any loose paint with a medium grit sanding block and a paint scraper. Fill in any loose areas between molding and brick with caulk. Then, as you would with any paint job, protect your doors, windows and lights with protective surfaces such as plastic or tarps in order to prevent any stray paint from hitting them. Painting Can Improve Your Property Value If done correctly and carefully, painting your house can actually improve the value of your property. However, it is highly recommended that you consult with your broker or real estate agent before painting for the sole reason of improving your property value. You Can Give Your Brick A Distressed Look You can give your house a gritty, urban, distressed paint look that is reminiscent of the natural decay of some Midwestern and east coast cities and is becoming increasingly popular in more suburban and rural areas. After letting the paint dry for one day, you can chip away at it, either haphazardly, or carefully, to make it seem like urban wear and tear. In addition, if you place a screwdriver on the brick and give it a quick tap with a hammer, you can distress the paint on the brick. Consult With Paint Experts Consult with paint experts are your local hardware or DIY store to get the best idea of what kind of paint – brand, type and color – will work best with the type of brick that your home’s exterior consists of. Generally, people in the know can give you a great deal of advice before you hunker down and purchase that first bucket of paint. You Can Stain Instead Of Paint In place of painting the brick exterior of your home, you can stain it. Staining actually works in the exact same manner that painting your brick exterior does, so simply follow the above steps. Staining your brick house can rejuvenate...

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Protecting Your Class-A Apartment Complex’s Roof: Factors To Consider When Choosing Your System

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Before you contact your contractor to repair or replace your stylish Class-A apartment complex’s roof, you may want to think about the type of roofing system you want to use and why. Although there are many types of commercial roofs that may benefit your building, only one is right for it. The roof should protect your building from snow and ice damage. However, it should also save your residents money on heating costs each year. Here are two factors you may consider when choosing your commercial roofing system. Type of Building Foundation The roofing system you choose from your contractor should fit the needs of your apartment building’s foundation. For example, if your complex’s roof is flat, you may want to install a roofing system over the foundation that allows water to flow seamlessly to the ground instead of collect on it. Flat roofs may not drain water or melted snow as good as roof’s with steep or sloped surfaces. Steep or sloped surfaces allow water to pour or drain downward. The wide surfaces of a flat roof may not have the ability to remove water once it collects on it. Instead, the water puddles on your flat roof, freezes and forms deadly ice dams along its edges. The problem becomes worse if you live in a snowy or icy location of the United States that experiences harsh winters, then unusually warm springs. Once the snow and ice melts in the spring, water can penetrate the building’s roof, as well as other foundations in the complex, such as the ceilings and walls of your residents’ apartments. You may want to install a roofing system that accommodates your complex’s flat foundation, as well as improves it’s ability to withstand ice and water damage in the winter and spring. Your roofing contractor, like Central States Roofing, may offer systems, such as metal roofs, to fit your needs. These types of systems may be better equipped to drain excessive moisture and water than asphalt shingled roofs because they may have advanced capabilities and features. It may be possible for your roofing contractor to completely replace your flat roof with another system, such as a sloped metal roof. A metal roof may have the ability to melt ice and snow when it builds up on it. In some cases, your contractor may retrofit the metal roof with special panels that heat up in cold weather.  In addition to installing the right commercial roof, you may want to ask your roofing contractor about placing additional drainage systems around the building. Even if the roofer placed a metal roof over the building, the system may still fail if it doesn’t have the proper drainage system installed. In this case, you may want to have your roofer install a better quality of gutters, spouts and other applications during the roofing project. Appearance and Style Once you choose the right type of roof for your apartment complex, you may wish to select a specific style for it. For instance, if you choose the metal roofing system with heated panels and advanced drainage system, you may want to highlight these features as much as possible to attract prospective tenants.  You can have your roofer install metal roofing panels that look exactly like traditional wood shakes or Mediterranean tiles. You may also choose colors...

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Don’t Take The Stairs: How To Ease Your Fear Of Elevators

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While no statistics have been issued, interviewed many workers who suffered from a fear of elevators. If you commute to a large building and elevators trigger enough acrophobia or claustrophobia that you’d rather take numerous flights of stairs, you may want to try some fear-reducing strategies. Read on to learn how safe elevators really are and how to overcome your fears. Educate Yourself on Their Safety Features Your fears may be eased if you look at some statistics firsthand. For instance, has some great stats that illustrate how elevators are both safer than cars and escalators.  One fear that you may have is of an elevator car losing control and plunging down. However, according to the Washington Post, that occurrence would be unlikely because the elevator would have to overcome many safety features in place. For example, they reported that the ropes (actually 2 to 8 woven steel cables) must be able to hold the mass of a fully loaded car times 12. If you need a good visualization for the cable’s strength, you may want to look at the strength of a rock climber’s spring-loaded camming device. These wires could only be a few millimeters thick in diameter, but they have immense strength to hold a rock climber and his or her gear. Now, picture a bundle of those camming wires wrapped around in a thick cable—and remember, there is more than one thick cable in place. All of these cables together can hold between 1,000 to 6,000 lbs. If by some slim chance a cable did fail, the elevator’s computer system would detect the change and clamp the pulleys above the car, and the brakes underneath the car would glide smoothly on rails to help stop the elevator comfortably. Build Up to Riding the Elevator with Exposure Therapy While learning about elevator safety features can soothe the rational mind, your fears may still get the better of you. A good way to overcome your fears of elevators may be through exposure therapy. You could try this on your own or with the help of a therapist. Basically exposure therapy encourages you to confront your fear in a safe environment. It is also a progressive therapy, so these baby steps will eventually lead to you riding in an elevator. If you decide to see a therapist, he or she may have you sit or lie down and just visualize being on an elevator. Some therapists actually have simulation software for computers, and you can use it to see an elevator in a game-like setting. After you conquer visualization techniques, you may move on to just being near the elevator or a similarly crowed place (like a train car). Then, you may actually take the elevator up one or two floors and get off. Ultimately, the exposure therapy will build on itself with the goal of you riding the elevator with no problem. This is a great therapy because it can break down any avoidance patterns and negative reinforcement you may be experiencing. Ride Elevators that Meet Your Standards Along with educating yourself and receiving therapy, you may want to inquire about your office building’s maintenance contract. A more-involved contract may make you feel safer. For instance, a “full-maintenance” contract or a “parts, oil, and grease” contract...

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Can Air Conditioning Help You Lose Weight?

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If you’re looking for ways to aid your weight loss journey, you will be surprised to learn that your air conditioning has a lot to do with achieving a healthy weight. Even though eating right and exercising will be the biggest factors in your weight loss, your AC can lend a helping hand. Keep on reading to find out how you can reap the benefits of your HVAC system. Colder Temperatures Help Your Body Burn Fat When you keep your house quite cool, your body needs to work harder to maintain a core temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, researchers in Britain believe that one of the reasons why people have been gaining weight in the last few years is because the average home temperature has started to rise. In the 1970’s, homes were kept at around 64.9 degrees. Three decades later, the average home temperature is almost two degrees higher.  In fact, if you learn to live in a cooler environment, reducing your home temperature by 10 degrees (keeping it in the low sixties instead of the low seventies), while keeping your diet and activity level the same, your body will burn fat stores to produce the heat you are missing from your environment. In total, you could lose over eight extra pounds annually by keeping the AC cranked during the summer and the heat down in the winter.  Warmer Temperatures Help You To Eat Less If the idea of cranking the AC down to such a low temperature does not fly with you, you can utilize it in the opposite direction. Increased heat in the environment curbs the appetite, as the body does not exert energy through cooling, but instead uses water stores in the form of sweat. If you set your AC at a temperature that is perfectly comfortable, around 70 degrees, your body is neither hot nor cold. Your appetite will remain the same. But, if you increase the thermostat and allow the cooling system to cool to 80 or 85 degrees, you’ll see a decrease in food consumption– your hunger cues decrease as your body works to cool itself.  Also, because your home will be warmer, you’ll eat more foods that don’t require cooking and are natural sources of water: fruits and vegetables. Finally, to keep the natural cooling system of your body working, you’ll drink more water instead of consuming food, as digestion generates heat. Drinking more water before meals can lead to a decrease in calorie consumption, adding up to about an eight pound weight loss each year.  Colder Temperatures Help You Fall Asleep Your brain does better sleeping in a cool room. Sleeping soundly is essential for weight loss, and falling asleep in a colder environment can make it even more effective for controlling your weight. You need to sleep for weight loss simply because sleep provides your body with the rest it needs to perform daily tasks. Sleep deprivation makes people less likely to exercise, more likely to depend on high-calorie stimulants like lattes or sugary foods, and less likely to control impulsive behavior— like eating ten cookies instead of just one. Studies show that people fall asleep more effectively in cooler environments, and stay asleep better in warmer temperatures. Therefore, lowering the AC while you are going to...

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