Alternative Flooring Choices for Allergy Sufferers

Did you know that the type of flooring material you choose for your home can have a dramatic impact on the interior air quality of your home? If you or your other family members suffer from allergies or conditions like asthma, you need to carefully consider what materials you introduce into your home, especially when it comes to flooring because it tends to be a semi-permanent selection. The following materials are ideal flooring materials to consider if you or your loved ones suffer from allergies.

Hard Wood

Hard wood may be more costly than some other flooring types, but it can add value to your home and will certainly positively impact your home’s allergen-free environment. Hard wood is easy to maintain and to keep clean. It doesn’t harbor allergens like carpeting or some other flooring types, so allergy sufferers will notice a tremendous difference in how they feel around their home once they switch from carpeting to hard wood.

Laminate

Laminate flooring is a smart option if you suffer from allergies and are in search of a beautiful yet affordable floor type. Laminate flooring installation in Phoeniz, AZ is affordable and convenient while the finished floor is sure to add attractive appeal to your home. Laminate flooring refers to pieces of wood that are bonded or glued together. Just be sure to tell your flooring provider that you are interested in zero to low-emitting boards for your home to enhance your allergen-free environment.

Cork

Cork is a wonderful option for allergy sufferers. A natural material, cork tiles are available in a wide array of colors and patterns. As a durable option, cork can even be used in the kitchen has it boasts natural moisture-resistant properties. While also resistant to mildew and mold, cork flooring is a great enhancement for any home. Allergy sufferers will be able to breathe easier because this popular natural flooring type is also known to be resistant to other allergens and bacteria that can plague households.

Tile

Tile can also be a wise flooring choice for homes where allergy-sufferers reside. When choosing tile, opt for a smooth surface as tiles with porous, rough, or highly textured tend to harbor dirt and allergens. Granite and marble tiles are great choices, but if you choose another natural stone type, be sure to have it sealed to prevent mold or other types of bacteria from growing. Tile comes in a wide array of options so you’ll easily be able to find a style that complements the decorative scheme of your home.

Once you install any of these flooring options in your home, allergy sufferers will notice a big difference in the way they feel. Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice decorative appeal or durability when you select any of these great flooring options for your home.

 

 

6 Steps to Install a Ceiling Fan

Install a Ceiling Fan

You want to install a ceiling fan by yourself but don’t know how to! The easiest would be to contact a Conductive Electrical Contracting company! But if you want to try it yourself, then here are the steps:

1.     Turn Off The Power To Circuit Breaker Or Fuse

Now remove the light fixture. Test this by turning on wall switches or by using a circuit tester on the light fixture. Remove fixture and disconnect wiring in case of any pre-existing fixture.

2.     Determine Location

Now, determine the center of room by measuring the exact length and width of room and obtaining their midway points.

3.     Install The Junction Box

Get a FAN RATED BOX, from an electric supply store. Buy the ‘old work’ ones if you do not have access to ceiling from the above.

Once you have determined the place where you want to place the fan, assess whether you can easily get power to it. Adjust the fan location according to it. Cut a hole with the help of sheetrock saw and check inside the hole for any possible obstructions for the box. This opening will make it easier for patching in case of any obstructions.

Next, trace the box on the ceiling and cut it out with the sheetrock box.

For wiring, remember the rule of never connecting different size wires together. For instance, if your power source is through #12 wires, use #12-2 or #12-3.

You could use a #14-2or #14-3 cable from a switch box if it has both the #14 un-switched 120 volt hot wire and neutral wire to the fan.

Now, using connectors, route the cable into the fan box, secure the junction box and see whether you need to install a special mount for the fan. Sometimes, fans require a special mount when being mounted to a beamed or angled ceiling.

4.     Wire The Fan

At the fan box: If you have #14-2 or #12-2 wires, attach the wires using standard color coding scheme: switch’s white to fan’s white, switch’s green to fan ground/ green and cable’s black to fan’s black and blue.

If you have #14-3 or #12-3 wires, all the wires except two will be connected in the same manner. Connect switch’s black wire to fan’s black and cable’ red wire to fan’s blue wire.

At the switch box: If you are using wall switches in the same box, connect all grounds (bare and green wires) together. Connect green wire on each switch to the ground wire bundle.

If you are using a remote, connect the fan’s black and white wires to a power source that is always switched on.

Once done, cover each connection with a wire nut and push wiring in the electrical box to keep it out of the way.

5.     Assemble The Fan

Read all the instructions by the manufacturer carefully. Many fan blades have two-pronged attachment with screws that go through holes in the blades and into the prongs. Draw them securely but not too tightly. Otherwise the threads will be damaged or the laminated blade material might get crushed.

Also, if you need to mount the fan prongs to the motor housing, do so before mounting them to the blades themselves.

A tip to remember: if the distance between fan and ceiling is less than a screwdriver’s length, it would be best to assemble blades before hanging the fan.

6.     Hang The Fan

So the end is just a ‘breeze’ away! Install the hanger bracket on the box with screws and lock washers. Lock washers prevent fan vibrations from loosening the screws. Now, screw the mounting ring in place and attach the fan canopy to fan. Hang the assembled motor unit on the mounting bracket, fan and switch box with the help of a wire nut. Tuck them securely inside the canopy and secure it to the mounting bracket.

Slip the ceiling cover up and attach the fan motor to the mounting bracket with the help of screws. Turn the power on.

Voila! Power up and enjoy the cool breeze of the fan.