Top Household Chores that Cause Arguments

Everyone has something they like done just right, and once you are in a relationship those habits compound. Betta Living has released some information that highlights the top 10 chores that cause arguments between couples.

In first place, causing the most arguments are the towels. Yes, not hanging up wet bathroom towels correctly causes arguments in 92% of couples. That’s probably because no one wants to deal with smelly wet towels.

Coming in second are the dirty dishes. Yep, letting dishes “soak” in the sink does NOT qualify as doing dishes. Take the extra five seconds to put that dish in the dishwasher, not let them pile up in the sink.

Third place yet again deals with dishes. This time, it’s not putting them away correctly. And 31% of women cite this as the biggest cause of an argument.

In fourth place is leaving clothes on the bedroom floor. Everything just looks cleaner and nicer when everything is picked up, so put those dirty clothes in the hamper instead of the floor or hang them back up.

There’s plenty of more things that cause arguments, but lets take a look at the different viewpoints. Women statistically do most of the chores, and also hold in their minds that they do. They also believe that they are better at housekeeping and that taking out the garbage is a mans job. Men think that women will redo chores anyway, so why do them right? They believe that laundry is for women to do and that taking out the garbage is the worst job, which is why they have to do it.

See more in the infographic below.

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All About Hydronic Radiant Heating

You know that warm feeling you get standing by a window on a sunny day? Even though you aren’t outside, you feel the warmth of the sun. That’s called radiant heating. Hydronic radiant heating is like that, but using water heated tubing in the floors and walls to give off heat. Sounds neat right?

According to ImaginEnergy, hydronic radiant heating has a lot more benefits that negatives, including flexibility in placing furniture, luxurious feeling of warm floors, even heat distribution through the room, heat persistence once turned off, improved indoor air quality from non-circulation of allergens and silent operation. The only negatives are the cost, the fact that few contractors know how to install it and it’s not efficient under carpet.

There are a few radiant heat distribution methods besides hydronic. For example, you could use electric floor heating pads or wall/ceiling mounted panels. One thing to take in to consideration is the concept of thermal heat mass. A slab of concrete takes a while to heat up, this can be good or bad depending on your preferences. It takes a while to heat up, but retains the heat for an extended period.

Interested in learning more? See the infographic below.

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Build A Deck to Expand Your Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor living space is becoming one of the most wanted assets of a home. It’s a great place to entertain guests, burn some energy off of your kids or just relax with a beer. According to Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking, demand for personalized outdoor living areas has increased by 64%.

Building a deck has a return on investment of 85%. It’s relatively inexpensive compared to building an addition on your home and is an option for even the tiniest of yards.

Fences are another outdoor implement that has a significant return on investment. At 50-70%, it’s a viable option that increases privacy, esthetically enhances your home, improves security, decreases noise and deters unwanted pests and people.

Patio covers are also growing in popularity. Providing an ROI of 80%+, a patio cover reduces heat that enters your home by up to 75%, increases functionality of your backyard and provides a sense of privacy. Protection from rain and snow is another benefit that allows you to take advantage of your backyard in the outdoors during colder months.

Curious to see what else can be done to enhance your outdoor living space? Read on for more information in the infographic below.

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The Return of New Home Builders

Since the housing bubble, new home building has been on the low. With an unstable economy, not many individuals wanted to risk investing a huge chunk of money into a new custom home. Fortunately, that trend is now on the rise. According to H. Husdon Homes, new home building is at the highest point since 2006.

As of June 2013, there have been a 10% increase in new home starts and 16% increase in new home permits. This has a resulted in 16 consecutive month increases year over year. The last time such a sustained price increase occured was in February 2005 to May 2006.

Since the 1960’s, home trends have changed significantly. In 1961, the median square feet of a single family home amounted to 1,500. The current median square feet of a home built anywhere from 2005-2009 is 2,200 feet. Although homes are bigger, the median lot sizes are shrinking. In the 1970s-1990’s era, the lot size was approximately .32 acres. The current median lot size is .25 acres.

Home amenities have also transitioned. About 79% of home owners have a garage or carport and 65% have 2 or more bathrooms.

Interested in learning more about the changing home trends? Look no further than the infographic below.

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Five Renovations that Add Value to Your Home

For the mid-sized average family home, there are several renovations that can be performed to increase the return on investment (ROI) on your home. According to Citizens Bank, ROI is especially important if you are using home equity loans or home equity lines of credit since the renovation will improve the value of your home.

From updating your roof or siding to replacing outdated appliances with energy efficient upgrades, there are many ways to improve the aesthetic and resale value of your home. Check out the infographic below to find out more about these renovations, their ROI and how they can improve your home’s value when it’s time to sell. Then with some quotes from local contractors you’ll be ready to apply for home equity and start your next home improvement project.

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10 Causes of Car Breakdowns

What kind of shape is your car in? Are you aware of the most common reasons that cars break down? If not, this infographic from ‘One Day Insurance from Insure Daily‘ is an important read. According to the infographic, the most common reasons that a car breaks down are:

  • Dead batteries
  • Fuel injection problems
  • Ignition system problems
  • Bodywork
  • Engine problems
  • Wheels and Tires
  • Fuel System
  • Starter
  • Generator
  • Cooling and A/C

Further, the infographic suggests that to avoid a break down this summer, you should:

  • Charge your batteries overnight once a month if you don’t make many long trips
  • Fill up before your low fuel light comes on
  • Check your tires regularly for uneven wear and tread depth
  • Make sure your spare tire is in good condition
  • Pay attention to any warning lights

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Duct Cleaning to Improve Your Home and Health

When was the last time you cleaned your ducts? How about the last time you thought about cleaning your ducts? Odds are good it’s probably not recently. This infographic from AAA Heating and Cooling is all about cleaning your ducts – the facts so that you are in the know. There are several tell tale signs that you may need to clean your ducts. These include:

  • A musty or stale odor that appears when you run your furnace
  • Dust on your furniture shortly after you’ve cleaned it
  • Your furnace running on a disposable filter
  • A member of your household has allergies
  • Dogs, cats or other pets reside in your house

Research has shown that air quality is closely tied to health. Dust, dirt, pollen, and animal dander are pulled into your ducts. This creates a breeding ground for mold, bacteria, fungus, and mildew. These contaminants circulate throughout your house whenever your furnace is on.

According to the infographic, there are many benefits to cleaning your ducts:

  • Dust allergens are reduced
  • Heating and cooling appliances perform better for for longer
  • Improves occupant health
  • Reduces your electricity bill

Check out the full infographic below for all the details on cleaning your ducts:

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Keeping the Lights On in the US

How much does it cost to power your home? The price of electricity varies widely across the United States depending on where you live. Your home could be powered by nuclear plants, hydroelectic, coal, wind power or gas. Any variance in gas prices, snowpack, or weather could impact the electricity costs for you and your family.

According to Oransi, the average cost of electricity is 11.74 cents per kilowatt hour. If you live in Hawaii, you pay a premium for power at 36.72 cents per KWH. Vermont, Connecticut, New York and Alaska join Hawaii in the top five most expensive places to live for the cost of power. However if you live in Louisiana, you pay the least amount at 8.38 cents per KWH. Washington, Idaho, North Dakota and Missouri make up the rest of the top five least expensive power states.

Most US electricity is generated by coal plants at 37.8%. Natural gas comes in second with 23.7%. Find out more, like how much electricity is expected to increase in the near future, in the infographic below.

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Clear Out the Clutter!

The top low-cost DIY home improvement project is clearing your home with an estimated ROI of 403%. Is your home cluttered? Do you like to collect items or do you just hate to clean things up? According to Sparefoot, clutter falls in to two categories: lazy clutter (everything you should throw away but just haven’t) and memory clutter (your kids old toys, sentimental photos or trinkets).

Not only can you sell your home for money by clearing out clutter, but it can lift your mood as well. Homeowners are 42% more likely to experience anxiety when their home is unorganized or messy. Chaos also restricts your ability to focus and process information. Need to use your brain? Grab a trashcan and start tossing!

The average American also spends a year of their life looking for lost items. By clearing out clutter and organizing your home, it makes it easier to find things! Read on in the infographic below for more information.

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DIY Home Improvement

Have you seen the new infographic from Nationwide? The creative team incorporated a gif, making the piece dynamic. The infographic scrolls through ten do-it-yourself steps that will add value to your home. Painting the house provides a 55% percent return, benefiting you over $2,000. Updating the bathroom and kitchen also provide a hefty return at 66%, costing almost $2,000 and returning almost $4,000.

According to the infographic, 10% of people plan to build a custom home in the next 2 years while 40% plan to remodel or build an addition. Eighty-five percent of people plan to redecorate.

In the last five years, 28% of homeowners have renovated their bathroom and 23% have renovated their kitchen. The top reason homeowners remodel is to improve the look, feel, or flow of the home. Read on in the infographic below to find out more.DIY-infographic