How To Select The Right Swimming Pool Heater

Swimming pool heaters are essential if you want to use your pool after the sun has set or if you want to enjoy a longer swimming season. There are many different types and models of pool heaters available to choose from and it’s important to have one that meets all of your needs. While the many available choices and the number of considerations that need to be taken into account may seem overwhelming when purchasing a pool heater, it doesn’t have to be that way. Simply by determining the answers to a few questions before you start shopping, you can greatly narrow down what you’re looking for and make your choice much easier.

Whether you’re in the market for a heater for an above ground swimming pool or an in-ground swimming pool, you will have a number of different types of heaters to choose from. To begin with, different models of pool heaters are powered by different energy sources. For example, swimming pool heaters can be powered by electricity, natural gas, propane or solar energy. The power source that will be right for you will depend upon what is available in your area as well as your preferences with respect to operation, efficiency, cost and environmental impact.

The specifications for swimming pool heaters will typically use BTUs, or British Thermal Units, to express the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of your pool by one degree Fahrenheit. Most models of pool heaters will fall somewhere in the range of 75,000 BTUs to 400,000 BTUs. The higher the BTU rating, the faster the unit will heat the pool water. Therefore, it’s not surprising that higher BTU ratings also come at a higher cost. The speed that you need your heater to warm up your pool at will depend upon your pool usage. For example, if you only want to heat your pool for weekend use, you might want faster results. However, if you are keeping your pool at a constant temperature throughout the swimming season, you might not mind if it takes a few days to raise the temperature of your pool at the beginning of the season.

In addition to considering the amount of energy required by a certain pool heater to raise the water temperature of your pool, it’s also important to consider efficiency. Fortunately, swimming pool heaters are given an efficiency rating so this factor is typically easy to determine. While most electric and gas heating units feature an efficiency rating of 80% to 83%, it’s possible to find models with a rating as high as 95%. Naturally, heaters with a higher efficiency rating require less energy to operate and therefore will also cost you less money to operate.

As a result of modern-day energy costs, electric heaters are generally the most expensive type of pool heater to operate. Propane heaters are next in line while heaters powered by natural gas tend to cost approximately half as much to operate as propane heaters. Solar heaters, on the other hand, are very inexpensive to run and are extremely efficient as they are powered by sunlight. In fact, solar swimming pool heaters involve extremely low or even zero energy costs. While solar pool heaters depend on sunny weather to heat pool water, they are a great option for regions that receive plenty of sunshine.

Another consideration to keep in mind when shopping for a new pool heater is the durability of the models that you’re looking at. Since your heater will be outdoors, it’s important to make sure that the model you choose is designed to withstand harsh weather and UV radiation. Many high quality units will come with weather resistant housing which protects the internal components of the heater and extends the lifespan of the unit significantly.

Some people like the peace of mind that often comes with purchasing products from trusted manufacturers with a long history of providing top-quality, long-lasting products. In the swimming pool equipment industry, there are several manufactures and brands that have been around for many years and that have a reputation for producing durable and high-performing pool heaters. If you’d like to go with a trusted brand name, you can either rely on word-of-mouth from other pool owners or conduct some simple research online to determine which manufacturers have the best reputation.

When considering the purchase of a new pool heater, you will also have to figure out the size of heater that your pool requires. This will depend upon the surface area of your pool and the thermal efficiency that you want. Pool equipment retailers will often provide equations or sizing charts that will allow you to easily determine the size you need. Last but not least, you will need to consider how much you are willing and able to spend so you can determine which swimming pool heaters will fit your budget.

Nashville’s Best Vinyl Replacement Windows. Energy Efficiency

A new national survey notes an interesting return to aesthetics being more important than energy efficiency in the consumers decision making process with regards to vinyl replacement windows. I believe there are two reasons for the shift. First, there may be some level of expectation that most products provide enhanced levels of energy efficiency because of the governments stimulus tax credit. Many manufacturers, because of the stringency of the requirements, scampered to find products that qualified. The other reason for the change is that the higher end consumer, who previously considered vinyl a lesser quality product and would only look at high cost wood and clad windows, now, because of the economic realities, are ready to look at vinyl as a lower cost, more energy efficient, alternative. Aesthetics have always been a driving force in that customers decision-making process.

Vinyl windows have been around for over thirty years, realizing more and more acceptance from consumers for various reasons. Many focus group studies have been undertaken by various manufacturers and one of the most interesting things that has been learned is that the one main thing that consumers that have otherwise loved their vinyl windows didnt like was the fact that they had to give up glass viewing area. Unfortunately, most manufacturers dont talk about that issue with the customer because of structural decisions that have required their vinyl extrusions to be big and boxy, leaving the customer to notice it only AFTER their windows are installed and too late to make a change. One of the reasons that so many products have big, bulky extrusions has to do with the increased necessity of energy efficient mainframes to meet Energy Star guidelines. Some manufacturers have made the investment in products that, in essence, allow you to have your cake and eat it too.
One of the interesting things about vinyl is that it shares a couple of properties of steel. One of the properties is that every 90 bend in vinyl increases its structural integrity. Many of the bulky, boxy mainframes available use many 90 bends for structural strength, but this increases the overall bulk of the product. The aesthetics conscious consumer is looking for a product that combines looks structure and energy efficiency.

One rarely discussed difference in products is the variations in the white color. Most customers that have white trim have painters white. Many manufacturers, including some that have some of the lowest advertised prices, still use the original white vinyl color, which has a blue or black tint to it. Again, this typically is not discussed at the time of purchase and is only discovered after the products are installed, too late to make a change. Make sure the home improvement consultant matches their white to your white.

The Best Kind Of Betta Fish Tank Water

Oftentimes tropical pet fish lovers think that if their aquarium water isn’t a green or brownish looking color that their betta fish couldn’t survive and thrive.

However, if you take a look at a natural water environment you’ll notice that it has some unique ways for providing small tropical fish just the right type of conditions needed to sustain abundant fish life. And it’s amazing ability to cleanse away harmful materials lurking in the water.

WHY TAP WATER IS HARMFUL

Domestic tap water may be nontoxic (in a small quantity) for humans to drink, but rest assured, it can be toxic for a betta fish to exist in. Almost all domestic tap water contains chlorine and a sufficient concentration of iron along with poisonous elements such as lead and copper. In addition, tap water can also be too hard (or even too soft) for your pet betta fish. And oftentimes it may have abnormal pH levels.

Fortunately, there are a variety of products in the marketplace you can use to make domestic tap water completely safe and suitable for a beta fish tank aquarium.

The very first thing that you need to do (when using domestic tap water) is to remove ALL traces of harmful chlorine. Your local pet store will usually sell several brands of products designed for this purpose. In most case, all that’s required is to follow simple instructions and place a few drops of a special liquid in the tank water, and then let it stand for up to 24-hours so that the chlorine actually dissipates completely.

Once you’ve removed all of the chlorine it will be safe to place your betta fish into their new water environment.

WHY REMOVE ALL ELEMENTS?

It’s also extremely important that you check the levels of copper, lead concentrates, and especially traces of iron in the water. While these elements are generally okay for a human to drink in small doses they can be harmful to your betta fish and sometimes will end-up killing your fish. Another area you should NOT overlook is the “alkalinity and pH” of the water.

Side point: You need to regularly check and test the water so that you can provide a safe and stable water supply for your betta fish.

The necessary items required to do this are reasonably inexpensive and available from most pet stores. By using these products it’ll allow you to “increase or decrease” the water alkalinity and pH levels.

ALTERNATIVE TYPES OF WATER

There are other alternatives when it comes to using water for your betta tank. (1) You can buy purified and pre-treated water. And (2) you can use clean rainwater. However, purified and pre-treated water is the most expensive choice, but it does guarantee you water that’s been prepared properly.

Side point: Purified and pre-treated water is BEST used when setting up a saltwater aquarium.

Generally speaking, rainwater is free of chlorine and heavy metals and is harmless for betta fish. Although rainwater is usually considered clean (without containing any harmful elements) you will still need to check it before use. Why? Because the very life of your pet betta fish depends on a water environment which is totally unpolluted and free of any harmful contaminates.

REMOVE ALL FISH WASTE

It doesn’t matter what type of water that you decide to use you’ll need to maintain it. One important reason for doing this is that fish eliminate waste, and it’s that waste which consists of ammonia. In addition, bacteria in the aquarium will convert the ammonia into nitrite. However, nitrite is still harmful and especially to small betta fish.

Side point: An increasing build-up of bacteria will keep converting nitrite into nitrate, and is considered to be MUCH less harmful.

Another interesting thing in this ongoing process is… this cycle helps maintain an equilibrium in your aquarium. But there’s still enough good reasons to regularly examine and change the tank water if necessary. Remember that the ammonia generation created by your betta fish could exceed the ability of the bacteria to convert this. And many times this can happen with new aquariums that haven’t had time to produce sufficient bacteria in the water.

The ammonia generation also inceases any time you add new fish to the tank and/or increase the amount you feed your fish. Also, always remember that nitrates are harmful to betta fish especially in big doses. So, you should always regularly **TEST** the aquarium water, and change it often to help in keeping the ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates under strict control. By doing so, you’ll wind-up having an aquarium of healthy and happy betta fish bringing you hours of fun and enjoyment.

Modern Decorating Ideas – No Place Too Small!

It doesn’t matter what size or configuration your living space is; there is always a way to decorate accordingly and create the comfortable environment that you are looking for. In fact there are many ways to actually make a smaller living space feel bigger. And don’t forget that a 2 bedroom apartment can have similar square footage as that of a 2 bedroom home.

Online websites who offer home accents also offer free advice for apartment decorating ideas through their blogs. You can take advantage of their experience in order to create a plan and meet your budget with unbelievably low prices.

Smaller apartments require less accents but properly chosen can create an air of sophistication and style. Choosing smaller items won’t make your home look cluttered and can be strategically placed to create the flow of your motif.

A few modern decorating ideas that take up little room are:

– Faux Windows for rooms that may not have a window such as your bathroom or kitchen create the illusion of a larger space and are decorated with elegant outdoor scenes.
– Modern and decorative mirrors are perfect for the living or dining rooms and come with many intricately designed frames to match your decor.
– Window mirrors are great for your foyer, a dark hallway or even a two piece bathroom and create a more open look.
– Collage picture frames are very popular and are available in many designs to display the photographs that are special to you
– Wall clocks are plentiful and can fit into any decor whether more traditional, modern or retro.
– Storage boxes or trunks are an easy way to create more storage space and go well with your decor in almost every room of your house. In the living room, they can also double as an end table.

Decor ideas in your home are yours and meet the taste and ambience that you wish to portray. Lighting is an important factor as you go down the road to choosing the right items. Pole lamps or lantern lamps provide excellent lighting solutions without taking up a lot of space.

Begin your quest for home accent ideas online and save a lot of time, energy and expense by traveling to the many retail stores. If nothing else, they will give you a very good idea of how to proceed with your decorating at very reasonable prices.

Inventive Ideas For Aquarium Backgrounds

Aquarium backgrounds can help to make your aquarium a unique piece of furniture in your living room, dining room, or wherever you decide to place it. The types of backgrounds available are limited only by your imagination. But in addition to their aesthetic qualities, they also have a few functional uses. If your aquarium is in the direct path of the sun, the right aquarium background can cut down on the amount of light filtering through the water and disturbing the fish. Aquarium backgrounds also help to add depth to your aquarium, making it appear more 3 dimensional to the naked eye.

Backgrounds are fantastic for exhibiting and showing off your fish to friends and visitors. But, in addition, backgrounds are also great for showing how fish look in their native environments. In many cases, the attempt to populate an aquarium with a fish’s native plants runs into one of two main problems. Either the specific plant is too hard to find in the standard fish or pet stores. Or, the delicacy of the plant causes you to continually have to replace your aquarium plants. The right horticultural background helps to give the illusion of a fish swimming in it’s native environment.

But plant backgrounds are only one of the many background types that you can choose from. One of the better selling background choices are colored rocks which when placed next to the flat monotone gravel in the tank, actually makes the scenery come alive. Those not interested in re-creating ocean or sea life can choose from esoteric categories such as musical instruments to cartoon characters on popular shows. You can also find these backgrounds in an endless varieties of colors and sizes that will fit any fish tank that you own.

If you have a bit of artistic talent, you can actually create your own background paintings. As mentioned above, however, if you plan on putting your mural on the inside of your aquarium, ensure that it contains no toxic materials that can leach into the water.

You can find aquarium backgrounds made for both the outside of the tank and for the tank insides. If buying one for the inside of the tank you have to ensure that it’s made of materials that are non-toxic to the fish. The best method of monitoring for this is to only deal with reputable fish or animal stores when making your purchase.

Most tank backgrounds sold in stores are made of vinyl. These are usually waterproof as well which means that they can be used in either the outside or inside of the tank.

Those not wanting to buy aquarium backgrounds or who think that they are too flashy can always buy a tank with the back painted or simply paint the back themselves. Painted fish tanks do not bring much added excitement to the tank and can actually make the fish tank seem less interesting. Nevertheless, as many people prefer a painted back for these very reasons.

Some of the best commercial tank backgrounds are so realistic that they actually fool the casual viewer. The best thing about them, however, is that they simply serve to add a bit of spice to your hobby.

The Exciting Thing About The Tinfoil Barb

Many different fishes from the Cyprinid family are referred to as barbs, but it is chiefly the species found in the genus Barbus that we consider true barbs. The name Barbus is derived from the fact that barb fishes are equipped with sensatory organs called barbells that they can use to find their way in murky waters where light is scarce. The genus Barbus is also known as Puntius and contains a wide range of popular aquarium fishes, including the silvery Tinfoil barb (Barbus schwanefeldi).

The Tinfoil barb has a silvery body with bright and shiny scales and beautiful black and red-orange fins. The Tinfoil barb is sometimes confused with another species in the aquarium trade, Barbonymus altus, but this fish lacks the black lines that decorates the caudal fin of a true Tinfoil barb.

The Tinfoil barb is an active species that will inhabit the lower part of the aquarium, from the bottom and up to mid-level. Most Tinfoil barbs in the aquarium trade are wild caught, since their size makes them difficult to breed in captivity. Sexing the fish is also hard. Tinfoil barbs are egg-scatters and a female Tinfoil barb can produce several thousands of eggs during one spawning.

Tinfoil barbs should only be kept by aquarists with really large aquariums, since it is one of the largest barbs and can reach a length of 36 centimeters (14 inches). It is also a schooling species, so you must have enough space to house a group of Tinfoil barbs. A school of Tinfoil barbs is non-aggressive and can be combined with fish from other species as long as those fishes are as large as the barbs or bigger.

The Tinfoil barb feeds chiefly on plant material, but will not turn down occasional treats in the form of worms, insects, crustaceans or small fishes. Keeping your Tinfoil barbs with small fishes is therefore not recommended, since they might be perceived as prey. It is not hard to get your Tinfoil barb to eat in captivity. If you have tender plants in the aquarium, or plants that have not yet rooted themselves in the substrate, your Tinfoil barb might eat them.

The Tinfoil barb will also appreciate filamentous algae. Many aquarists choose artificial plants for their Tinfoil barb aquarium, but you can go for real plants if you choose sturdy plant species that will tolerate nibbling. Ideally begin with really inexpensive plant species to test how your particular Tinfoil barbs will treat the live plants.

The Tinfoil barb originates from tropical waters in Borneo, Sumatra, Thailand, and the Malayan peninsula, and the water temperature in the aquarium should therefore be 22-25 C (72-77 F). Since it inhabits rapidly moving rivers and streams in the wild, the Tinfoil barb will appreciate strong currents in the aquarium. The preferred pH is in the 6.5-7.0 range and the water hardness should not be higher than 10 dGH. If you care for your Tinfoil barbs and provide them with a suitable environment and appropriate diet they can live for 8-10 years.

Nightclub Interior Design Tips

There are a lot of points which do be considered once you consider the nightclub interior design. These points include the concept, lighting, dance floor, and much more. These points are really crucial to make the finest impact with your prospects.
The nightclub interior design is really crucial if you need to be successful. It is typical once you make an impact with the interior they will put you on their number to arrive back for a long term visit. You need to make a statement and make the night time unforgettable for everyone.
The concept is really crucial once you are working on the nightclub interior design. You need to be able to conjure up a concept. Your nightclub may be a retro club and you play songs from the past. You may possibly want to have a psychedelic glance with lasers and points shooting around the room. Once you have a good idea of the concept you areengaged in afterwards you will perceive that furniture finest matches the concept you are making an attempt to target.
Lighting is one of the most crucial points once you consider nightclub interior. There arent any clubs which lookthe same once the head lights are on. You need to consider what the interior of the club is heading to glance prefer once the lights are out and the dance lights and the club lights are on. The dance and club lighting can make the stick looksolely different.
One more consideration with interior design for a nightclub is the dance floor. There are several points which you can do with a dance floor today. Quite a few dance floors light up with LED lighting. It is possible to choose really state of the art dance floors to decorate the club. Your dance floor may be your signature piece with a big disco ball hanging center from the ceiling.
Once you are thinking concerning nightclub interior design you need to consider the dance floor because it may be the signature of your bar. The furniture should highlight the concept and supply quite a few of comfort. The lighting will entirely alter the way the club looks once the most important lights are out and do so much more. The nightclub interior design may be the reason which your consumers proceed to arrive back for more. A bad design maydrivecustomers away and have no desire to everarrive back.

Cappuccino Marble Tiles can fulfill your needs

Having beautiful and unique living is the wish of every house owner. With the enhancement in technology now you can get every solution from house furnishing to the sanitary system. Placing unique and attractive tiles on the floors of your house would be the key preference for you, but to do this you need quality stuff that can fill your home with beautiful tiles, home interior home furniture and etc. In this article you will learn about the Cappuccino Marble tiles that how they beautify your home floors and other areas where you want to place polished tiles.

Cappuccino marble tiles are beautiful and if they are polished well then they enhance the look of your entire floor. Although, colored cappuccino stone tiles are in use of home interior floor decoration, but they can be used anywhere else like in shopping mall floors, in the offices, home kitchens, and patio and can be used in the bathroom floors. Cappuccino marble tiles have become the first choice of most of the builders and home owners in order to give a unique and classical look to their living areas.

Where to buy cappuccino marble tiles?

Now a very important question could be, from where we can buy these tiles to install them on our floors? And answer of this question is, we can buy these tiles from a professional online stone seller shops. These online shops will save your time and money and you can order number of tiles after measuring the area of your home or office or wherever you are going to live.

Choose stone sellers stores with care:

A very important thing that every tile buyer should understand that choose online stone seller shop with care. There are also some online scams are also there which are derived only to grab money from online buyers. So, to avoid from these scams and save your money make sure that you have chosen professional and reliable online shop.

So, if you are looking for polished cappuccino marble tiles online which are modern then opt for a professional online shop where you can fine easily all size of tiles along with the installation services. These tiles can increase the beauty of your home, offices, and on all those places where you are looking to install.

Simple Cake Decorating Tips For Newbies

Cake decorating is one of the most fascinating and fun vocations of the culinary arts. It requires such a wide range of skills, including baking, sculpting, and a finely honed artistic sensibility to create delightful desserts that are wonderful to look at, and with a bit of luck, even better to eat. Here are some easy to follow instructions for achieving the very best conditions for cake decoration.

1. The Easiest Kind Of Cake To Work With
What kind of cake is the right kind of cake for decorating? It is smooth and golden brown with a springy surface, and has a slightly bouncy crust. Hopefully, the cake will be even on the bottom and the top. If you are a beginner and this is your first time baking a cake, you may want to try using a box mix that you can buy from the grocery store. Just follow the instructions on the box and youll be safe.

2. The Best Conditions For Decorating
There are certain conditions that you need to determine in order to get the best kind of cake for decorating. First, it is very important for you to let your cake cool before you begin to apply the icing. You may want to consider freezing your cake before you begin to decorate it. Freezing will allow the cake to become solid and make it easier to work with and easier to decorate.

3. Shaping Your Cake into Something Beautiful
Of course you should allow your cake to cool down completely. Take a knife and shave the crust and edges. It is best to trim the top of the cake center to make sure it is level. You will want to have a nice, even surface to work on when you apply your icing.

4. Icing your Cake
There are three basic types of icing that you have to work with. Soft icing like butter cream is usually used to cover an entire cake. Medium icing is great for creating decorative borders and puffs. Stiff icing such as fondant is great for making decorative shapes like flowers and sculpting figurines. Remember the icing is the pretty sparkle on the cake and its the glue that holds it all together.

Ac Buying Guide-energy Efficiency In Air Conditioning Units

Air conditioners are some of the home appliances that homeowners need to keep their homes comfortable. However, they are also some of the home appliances that raise the energy bills in your home. Buying an energy efficient air conditioning unit is therefore necessary if you want to keep your energy bills at a manageable level and still keep your home cooled. The following is a short buying guide for buying an air conditioner.

First, decide whether a ducted air conditioning unit or a split wall hung air conditioner best suits your home. Ducted air conditioners best suit large houses with multiple rooms. Split systems are best suited for small rooms.

Second, start by looking at your home before going shopping. This will allow you decide what sizing of the air conditioner is required for your home. The sizing of the air conditioning unit doesnt mean its physical size. Rather, it means its capacity in British Thermal Units (BTU). To determine the air conditioner size you will need for your home, there are a number of features to look at. The most basic feature is the size of the rooms. In addition to this; look at the insulation in the rooms, window orientation, number of occupants in each room, artificial lighting and, appliances and furniture in the room among other features.

Third, look at additional components in each air conditioner and how useful they can be in making the air conditioning unit more energy efficient. For example, an air conditioner with a programmable thermostat will enable you set the unit to switch on and off at predetermined times. Most air conditioners with additional components will be on the high end. The best way to determine whether they are worth investing in or not is looking at what value they are adding in terms of reducing the energy consumption of the air conditioning unit.

Fourth, look for alternative air conditioners. Common air conditioners are plugged onto the electricity outlets in the house. Today, there are green air conditioners which are solar powered. These will enable you save on up to half the energy consumption in your home.

Fifth, look at the manufacturers warranties placed on the air conditioners. Like other electrical appliances, an air conditioning unit is prone to ear and tear. The warranty on the parts guarantees that the manufacturer will replace or repair worn out parts within the warranty period. Since the average air conditioner will last between 5 and 20 years, its best to look for an air conditioner with a longer warranty period to ensure that worn out and broken parts are replaced on time ensuring efficiency.

Finally, look at the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio value of the air conditioning unit. A higher value indicates that the air conditioning unit is energy efficient.