Five Tips for Choosing the Right Ceiling Fan

Five Tips for Choosing the Right Ceiling Fan

Long gone are the days when ceiling fans were simply a practical necessity. Now, ceiling fans are not only functional, but can also serve as a beautiful design accent to your home.  When purchasing a new ceiling fan, there are several factors to consider, including blade size, shape, and motor speed.

Here are a few tips to help you find the right ceiling fan for your room:

  1. Determine the purpose of the ceiling fan. Is it simply decorative, or are you using it for lighting and ventilation? Don’t overlook this step because it plays an important factor in the decision-making process.
  2. Size matters. Ceiling fans come in almost every size imaginable. Choose one that fits the size of your room and the height of your ceilings. You obviously don’t want to choose something too big, as it will make your room feel cramped or even post a safety hazard.  On the other hand, you need something that fills the desired space nicely, so you don’t want something too small. Choosing an appropriate size will also ensure greater energy efficiency.
  3. Decide on the motor type.  There are two varieties of fan motors: friction driver motors and direct drive motors. Direct drive motors are the simplest option and can last for a longer time.
  4. Determine the type of mounting. How you need to mount your fan will depend on the ceiling height. If you have lower ceilings, it is recommended to choose a flush mount, so the fan remains as high as possible. If you have taller ceilings, you can install a down rod if you would like the fan to hang further down.
  5. Safety should be your utmost concern. Make sure that your fan is quality rated and that you won’t be overloading any electrical circuits by installing and using it. Overloading the circuits may lead to power outages and even fire. Electrical problems can also be costly to fix.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

Protecting Your Home from Fire

Protecting Your Home from Fire

Fire disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. Because they are unpredictable, fire accidents can result in serious destructions to property, and they kill and harm thousands of people each year.  It is not easy to rebuild after you’ve lost many priceless things or loved ones.  All you can do is take measures to prevent fires from happening in the first place.

Here are a few tips to help you protect your home from fire:

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. Test and dust them monthly to make sure they work. Put in new batteries every year.
  2. Organize a fire escape plan for your family. Locate two exits out of every room and be sure every family members knows how to escape if there is a fire. Make sure that everyone knows where to find the keys for doors and windows that are regularly locked. Establish a meeting place outside of your house.
  3. Take extra care of your kitchen. Never leave your young children alone in the kitchen, especially when you are cooking.  When grilling, keep the grill at least ten feet away from any other objects. Things that can burn like dishtowels, paper, and plastic bags should be kept at least three feet away from the stove. Always double check to be sure your gas stoves are turned off when you are finished cooking.
  4. Never leave burning candles unattended.  Always make use of candle holders and blow out candles before you leave a room, especially if there are children around.
  5. Ensure that cigarettes are stubbed out appropriately. Use large and deep ashtrays placed on stable surfaces. Put out cigar butts with water before leaving them. Never smoke in bed.
  6. Use only one plug per socket. This will prevent overloading your electrical outlets.  Also, switch off appliances when not in use.
  7. Store gasoline in appropriate containers outside the house.  Remember to the tightly close the lid.  Never bring or use it indoors.
  8. Always close doors at night. In case of emergency, this can stop the spreading of fire and can give you valuable extra minutes to escape.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

5 Tips for Creating a Home Office

5 Tips for Creating a Home Office

More and more people are starting to work from home, and if you are one of those people, then you owe it to yourself to create a proper office space. When you work from home, it is so important to have a space where you can concentrate and separate your work life from your home life.

The good news is that great home office designs do not require a lot of work or money and can be really fun to create. Below are a few tips that can help you create a home office that is not only a practical and functional space, but also one that fits your personal style and personality.

  1. Choose your space. Maybe you have a spare bedroom or an unused area of a finished basement you can use for a home office. Even a small corner with a desk can be turned into an office atmosphere as long as it is away from congestion and noise.
  2. Pick your home office equipment. Consider the type of equipment and tools you are going to need in your office in order to work faster and more efficiently.  These things usually include a fax machine, telephone line, computer, printer, etc
  3. Decide on what desk arrangement is best for you.  There are five basic desk furniture arrangements you can choose from: L-shape, Parallel, U-shape, corner, or reverse arrangement.
  4. Pay attention to your indoor lighting. It is essential to a good working environment. When you select the location of your home office, choose a space that receives natural sunlight if possible. For artificial lighting, used diffused or indirect lighting, which provides light, but does not create uncomfortable glares.
  5. Use an ergonomically correct chair. Avoid using a kitchen or dining room chair that could cause back pain. Bad work posture and repetitive strain injuries should be avoided at all costs.

The more pleasant your home office is, the more you are going to enjoy spending time there.  That will naturally increase your productivity and bring you added success.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

HOPE Center of Edmond Offers Food Drive and Concert This Weekend

HOPE Center of Edmond Offers Food Drive and Concert This Weekend

A benefit concert hosted by the HOPE Center of Edmond. is schedule to happen this Saturday in Edmond.  Those who love music and helping others can come and enjoy participating in a food drive and concert

Harvest for HOPE is a benefit concert that aims to gather more canned goods and donations to support the center’s advocacy of helping others in need. It is a great way to provide heartfelt contributions and give volunteers an enjoyable night to remember.

The HOPE Center of Edmond has been helping thousands of people and families for more than 25 years. Families, children, and those in need are provided free clothing, food, and basic assistance when they come to the facility.

The benefit concert will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Plunkett Park on the University of Central Oklahoma campus. Two bands will be performing live: Chrome Discus, which will play a variety of music genres and Jon O’Neal & the Rumours, who will play blues-rock.

Those who want to come and watch the concert will need to bring two canned goods for admission or $5. There will also be refreshments sold at the concert, with proceeds going to the center.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

Keep Your Little One Safe by Childproofing Your Home

Childproofing

Children have an imagination like no other, and as expected, they are curious, active, and playful. Kids can find a way to transform anything into an exciting toy, but if you don’t keep your eye on them, they could end up going through your toolbox or medicine cabinet when you’re not looking and hurting themselves. This is why you should make it a priority to childproof your home.

Below are some useful tips to childproof your home and help protect your kids against common household dangers:

  1. Identify the danger zones at home. Ask yourself which areas pose a risk to your children and create a list.  You want to be sure you address every danger zone, and making a list will help ensure that you do that.
  2. Purchase cabinet latches for your cabinets and drawers. These devices can be easily installed and must be placed on every cabinet that contains medicine, cleaning supplies, or other chemicals in your house that could be considered a threat to your child. Locks need to be placed on drawers that have sharp objects, such as knives, scissors, nails, and screwdrivers.
  3. Cover all electrical outlets with protective coverings. This is to prevent your child from sticking their finger in any object that could electrocute them.
  4. Block stairways. Falling down is one of the biggest causes of injury to young children. Stairways are particularly dangerous due to their height, which is why they have to be properly gated. Just be sure you do not use pressure mounted gates at the tops of the stairs because your child may be able to put enough pressure on them to give way.
  5. Sharp edges should be shielded with bumpers. There are plenty of bumpers available in stores that can be used coffee tables and other pieces of furniture that could potentially cause injury to your child if they hit their head on it. Bumpers can be quickly and easily installed and will put your mind at ease when your child runs by the table.
  6. Install door locks and door knobs at higher levels. You don’t want your children to leave the house or enter rooms that are off limits without you knowing about it.  Door knob covers are also important fixtures that deny children the ability to enter certain areas.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

First-ever Edfest to Raise Money for Edmond Mobile Meals

First-ever Edfest to Raise Money for Edmond Mobile Meals

Many people who are homebound, especially those who are ill or elderly, can oftentimes be unable to provide themselves with healthy, hot meals. That is why, for 39 years, Edmond Mobile Meals has offered homestyle meals to these people in order to help provided them with their daily necessities. Meals are cooked each day by volunteers and delivered to the doorsteps of recipients who qualify to be part of the daily meal schedule.

Because Edmond Mobile Meals offers services to so many people, they are constantly looking for more help, not only from volunteers, but also through monetary support. So, to help raise money for the organization, the first-ever Edfest will be taking place every day this weekend from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. to help raise awareness within the community.  The fun festival will be happening at the Edmonds Farmers Market and will include lots of food, live performances, and beer tastings. Admission is free and open to the public.

Food trucks will be on-site to provide attendees with great food options during the event, and a portion of their proceeds will go directly toward the organization. There will also be beer tastings from breweries including Tall Grass Brewing Co., Battered Boar, Huebert Brewing, Roughtail Brewing, and Mustang Brewing Co. Adults can experience 2-ounce tastings of 20 different local beers for only $30. There will also be performances by local musicians, including Enid fiddler Kyle Dillingham.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

Making the Most of Your Bedroom Closet Space

Making the Most of Your Bedroom Closet Space

Keeping your bedroom neat, clean, and clutter-free is important, as it is where you the most time for rest and relaxation. A clean bedroom includes an organized closet. The challenge is that bedroom closets are extremely hard to keep under control because they are in constant use with items coming in and out regularly.

So, here are a few tips to help you keep your closet more organized, so you can enjoy a more relaxing environment when you are getting ready in the morning:

  1. 1.       Discard every item you no longer use. Most of us hate this process. It’s never fun to get rid of things you have spent your money on, especially if they have sentimental value. However, this a very important step to making sure that your bedroom closet stays organized. Go through all your clothes and decide what you are going to keep, give away, or just throw away.
  2. 2.       Sort by type or by season. All dress pants, dresses, jeans, etc. should be grouped together. You can also sort your clothes by color to make finding things easier. Place your most-used items in the most accessible area of your closet, so you don’t have to rummage through your least-used items to find them.
  3. 3.       Put away out-of-season clothes. There’s no reason to have all of your heavy winter clothes hanging on your clothes racks or taking up shelving in your closet in the middle of summer. Put them inside storage bins or garment bags and place them under your bed or in your basement. Be certain to protect your wool items from moths by filling old socks or nylons with cedar chips and placing them in the containers as well.
  4. 4.       Leave at least 20-30% of your closet clear. This will allow space for new things you want to buy and will make it easier to find them once you do.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate