Tips for Moving to a Smaller House

Tips for Moving to a Smaller House

Moving from a large home to a smaller one might be heartbreaking, but it’s a perfect opportunity to do away with things that you are no longer using. When people think of downsizing, they see it as a way of losing things. But that is not the case. In fact, it’s a way to create time and space to the most valuable items in your home.

But the challenge usually is what to leave behind and what to carry with you. It’s never easy to determine the worth of things, especially if you have had them for a long time. However, if you are moving to a smaller house, here are some helpful downsizing tips.

Understand the space you are moving into

The first step towards downsizing is to consider your new home. How many rooms does it have and what are their sizes? If the new living space is extremely smaller, then you’ll be forced to leave behind the over-sized things like furniture. If the rooms in the new living space are not as many as those in your current home, you’ll need to get rid of almost all the things in the additional rooms. Bear in mind that you don’t want to crowd your house with unnecessary stuff.

Take your inventory

Moving into a new home can lead to loss of some necessary items if one is not careful. So, it’s vital that you start by going through your belongings and writing them down. This list will even help you decide what you should keep and what to throw or donate or sell. Of course, this is not an easy task. But to simplify things for you, try breaking it up by handling one room at a time.

Set your top priorities

This is the time you’ll be required to differentiate between your wants and needs. Ask yourself, what are some of the things you need in your new living space? The truth is, everyone has something in their house that they don’t use anymore. It’s essential that you get what is of most importance to you. For example, is it crucial that you have a private door outdoor space or an open floor? Setting priorities will help you know the spaces that may be a good fit and those that you can do without.

Reduce duplicate items

Look at the things you have in multiples and only keep those you love most. Most duplicates items are in the kitchen, so it is by extension a hotbed for downsizing. Do you really need ten cutting knives? Or five chopping boards? Unless you regularly have visitors, you don’t need multiple sets of forks or drinking glasses.

Let go of attachments

All of us feel attached to some items in our houses. It could be a piece of old furniture or a Persian rug. It’s hard to get rid of something you paid your hard earned cash for or an item that you’ve had for years. But, remember with this mindset, downsizing will be incredibly difficult. So start by letting go of attachments in your house. Ask yourself, when was the last time you used that item, and are you likely to use it in the future? And most importantly will you have space for that item in your new home?

Downsizing is hectic since it requires you to get rid of stuff you lived with. But once you finally let go, it’ll be easier for you to pack and move. Remember you can donate, sell, or throw these items that you don’t need anymore.

Split Air Conditioning or Portable Air Conditioner: How to Pick

Split Air Conditioning or Portable Air Conditioner: How to Pick

Split and portable air conditioners are very popular appliances used to cool a space. Here’s how to select the right one for the application.

First, consider the space. Often the space being cooled is a living space such as a home or office, but not always so. Is it an existing home with just one or two rooms to be cooled? Or is it an office building under construction for example? These are two very different air conditioning applications where a different system would be selected for each.

For the first case, an existing home with one or two rooms to cool, a portable air conditioner would generally be preferred over split air conditioning. The primary reason for selecting portable or window air conditioners for this application is the ease of installation. If a split air conditioning system were selected for an existing home, the installation of the required forced air duct work would often require tearing out of walls and ceilings to install the supply and return vents.

Ductless air conditioners are another option for an existing construction home or office. These units do not require installation of duct work, but are not portable and generally do require professional installation. Portable air conditioners and window units the homeowner or renter can normally install on his or her own.

For a new home or office being constructed, split air conditioning is often utilized. The split air conditioning system gets its name because the unit is in two separate and distinct units. The first unit is the outdoor unit and contains the refrigerant compressor and condenser. The second unit is the indoor unit and contains the evaporator. The evaporator flashes the liquid refrigerant coming from the outdoor unit and uses it to absorb heat from the space being cooled.

In most climates, a split air conditioner would be part of a central heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The heat portion might run on natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, electric or other fuel. In some cases, the heating operation might be accomplished via reverse cycling the air conditioner so that it extracts heat from outside the space and rejects it into the space.

Any type of air conditioning may break down, but the good news is the parts required to fix them are usually not expensive and easily available. To check if the unit you are thinking of purchasing has obtainable spares, check out this site.

In conclusion, split and portable AC systems are used in distinct applications. Portable units are best for existing construction and temporary use, such as when renting a room or apartment that does not already have air conditioning. Split units are preferred for new construction where the required ductwork can be installed prior to finishing off the walls and ceiling. The ductwork is typically fabricated on the job site out of thin gauge sheet metal.