The word 'Art' is most commonly associated with pieces of work in a gallery or museum, whether it’s a painting from the Renaissance or a modern sculpture. However, there is so much more to art than what you see displayed in galleries.

The truth is, without being aware of it, we are surrounded by art and use it on a continual basis. Most people don’t realize how much of a role art plays in our lives and just how much we rely on art in all of its forms in our everyday lives.

The Joy of Art

You may be wondering why all of these things are so important to our daily lives and that you could probably survive just fine with essential items that were non-artistic. That is just the reason why art is so valuable! While art may not be vital to fulfill our basic needs, it does make life joyful. When you look at a painting or poster you’ve chosen to hang on your living room wall, you feel happy. The sculpture or figurines on the kitchen windowsill create a sense of joy. These varieties of art forms that we are surrounded by all come together to create the atmosphere that we want to live in.

Art and Music

The importance of art in our daily lives is very similar to that of music. Just like art, music can make life extremely joyful and can have a huge effect on our mood. In the workplace in particular, music is something that can help people set the mood for what they are about to do. If you have something hard or difficult to work on or are feeling tired, an energetic song will likely wake you up and add some enthusiasm to the situation. Similarly, when stress is high, many people find that relaxing to calming music is something that eases the mind.

Inspirational Art

Inspirational art, such as posters are often found in work spaces to encourage employees to continue being productive. There is now an increasing amount of companies using art in their offices, as well as playing background music, as it is proven to actually work in making end results far better quality. There may be a piece of art that you own that you personally find motivational. Perhaps a print with a positive affirmation or quote beautifully scrolled on it or a painting of a picturesque scene of where you aim to travel to one day.

SOME REASONS WHY ORIGINAL ART IN THE HOME IS AS IMPORTANT AS A BED

1. Creates Mood
2. Adds Personal Character to the Home
3. Makes Memories
4. Provides a Colour Palette
5. Makes a Room Feel Finished
6. Inspires and Fosters Creativity
7. Conversation Starter
8. Supports Artists
9. It is an Investment
10. Creates a Livable Environment
11. Keeps the Brain Active
12. Relaxation
13. Curating Your Own Gallery is Fun!

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Maximize the Efficiency of Your Air Conditioner

When the summer approaches, many of us seek affordable ways to stay cool, air conditioning is recognized as the most common cooling solution as they provide the comfort that you need during the hot season.

How Air-conditioning Works

Air conditioners work just like a cooling process that occurs when water vaporizes from our skin. Basically, the air conditioners move heat from inside your house to outside, keeping your home cool. The vaporization coil contains liquid (called as a refrigerant) which gets converted into the gas when it takes in the heat from surrounding environment. The coolant or refrigerant is passed through a separate coil where it converts into liquid. The coil through which the conversion takes place is called condenser. A pump, commonly known as the compressor is used as the medium for the movement of refrigerant between evaporation coil and condenser. The energy is supplied to perform this whole operation using a motor.

How to maximize the efficiency of Air Conditioning

Unlike most electrical appliances, air conditioning units involve complex mechanical systems that depend on various factors to operate correctly. A lot of things can go wrong, such as;...


Maximize the Efficiency of Your Air Conditioner

When the summer approaches, many of us seek affordable ways to stay cool, air conditioning is recognized as the most common cooling solution as they provide the comfort that you need during the hot season.

How Air-conditioning Works

Air conditioners work just like a cooling process that occurs when water vaporizes from our skin. Basically, the air conditioners move heat from inside your house to outside, keeping your home cool. The vaporization coil contains liquid (called as a refrigerant) which gets converted into the gas when it takes in the heat from surrounding environment. The coolant or refrigerant is passed through a separate coil where it converts into liquid. The coil through which the conversion takes place is called condenser. A pump, commonly known as the compressor is used as the medium for the movement of refrigerant between evaporation coil and condenser. The energy is supplied to perform this whole operation using a motor.

How to maximize the efficiency of Air Conditioning

Unlike most electrical appliances, air conditioning units involve complex mechanical systems that depend on various factors to operate correctly. A lot of things can go wrong, such as; load, refrigerant charge, and the amount of airflow.

Points to keep in mind to maximize the efficiency of your air conditioner

Ventilation: Role of an ideal air conditioner is to heat, cool, humidify, dehumidify, and ventilate the surrounding as needed to enhance comfort. Lack of ventilation results in the generation of contamination, which in turn leads to severe health problems and discomfort.

Having proper ventilation is the most important aspect to consider. Ventilation helps to exchange the heat between the inside and outside of the house. Be mindful not to keep any doors or windows open, as conditioned air can escape through.

Clean or change the filters regularly: Maximum airflow indicates maximum air conditioning efficiency. A dirty filter not only reduces the quality of indoor air but also minimizes the airflow, it puts more load on air conditioner impacts and hamper its performance.

To avoid such a situation, keep cleaning or changing air filters regularly. You can check the instructions on user manual to know when and how exactly to change the air filter. Air filters are much cheaper and you can easily afford one.

Keep an eye on ducts: Duct leakage is another reason for decreased performance of air conditioners. They can cause the problem, if moved beyond the cooled environment such as attics, garages, etc. Well-insulated ducts sustain the performance of air conditioning.

Several products are available in insulating ducts to prevent leakage. If the ducts are reachable, you can seal them using mastic, otherwise, it is best to seek help from professionals. Prevention of duct leakage significantly increases the capacity of the air conditioner.

Lighten the load: You can increase the performance and efficiency of your air conditioner by decreasing the amount of work it must perform. By enhancing the infrastructure or decreasing the internal loads that your air conditioner must deal with.

When building a new house, invest on high-efficiency materials and products; this turns to be cost effective in the long run. You can reduce internal loads by turning off non-essential electrical appliances.

Regular maintenance: A professional contractor can make sure your air conditioning unit is in perfect condition and working at expected efficiency level. Regular cleaning of coils blows off the dirt and obstructions. Routine maintenance such as cleaning and changing the air filters can be done by most of the consumers itself, but other working parts require professional care.

All of the above points should be considered to maximize the cooling efficiency of the air conditioner.


Thank you to Kate Westall for contributing this blog post.

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How to Arrange Art

  • "People have a tendency to hang art too high," says Linda Crisolo, Art.com director of merchandising. "The center of the image should be at eye level." In living rooms, people are usually sitting, so artwork should be lower. A good way to ensure you're placing artwork at the right height is to hang it one hand width above the sofa.
  • A common problem when hanging artwork above a sofa or sideboard is that it's not in scale. Having pieces that are too small or too large will make the whole arrangement look strange. "Make sure artwork is at least two-thirds the size of the sofa or sideboard," Crisolo says. "For example, a 9-foot-long sofa should have a 6-foot-wide expanse of art above it."
  • In the bedroom, choose personal art, such as family photographs or your own photography. If you're arranging the pieces in groupings, Crisolo recommends sticking with one color theme, either all black-and-white or all color photographs.
  • "Above a mantel or fireplace is the perfect place to layer pieces," Crisolo says. "A house looks like a home when you can see layers of artwork and accessories."
  • In the kitchen, hang art in a place where it won't get damaged by water or heat. Consider placing art above an office space, near the dining table, or above open counter space. Crisolo also recommends avoiding kitchen art in the kitchen. "I tend to shy away from pictures of asparagus in the kitchen," she says. "Vintage art with traditional frames works in a traditional kitchen. In a modern kitchen, try bright colors with stainless-steel frames."
  • A symmetrical arrangement creates a striking and simple focal point. All-white frames and mats unify this grouping. "I like to use the same frames to create homogeny," says Crisolo.
  • When deciding where to hang images in your home, consider the wall space available and the arrangement of the room. "Use small pieces between windows and doors," Crisolo says. "If small items are in a space too large, the pieces look lost. With larger pieces, allow room for people to step back and admire the work."
  • Artwork collaborates with other accessories and decor to create a visual story. Make sure images, moldings, and shelves all work together. "Hang artwork in front of a bookcase, on the face of the shelf," Crisolo says. "The shelves and ledges become part of a decorating story."
  • Make sure your arrangement matches your decorating style. "Symmetrical arrangements are more traditional or formal. Asymmetrical is modern," Crisolo says. "Also look at the image and style of the frame. For cottage-style rooms, stick with vintage images or botanicals. In modern rooms, choose large and abstract pieces."