At Last - Barefoot Comfort All Year Long

Written by Faith Williams

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Speaking of cost, one ofrepparttar frequent questions is how much does it cost to runrepparttar 100042 electric radiant mats. The answer varies, depending onrepparttar 100043 length of time you have it on,repparttar 100044 size mats you have installed, andrepparttar 100045 cost of electricity in your area. For example: a 1’x 40’ mat (15 watts per square foot) is set to turn on from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.;repparttar 100046 usage rate fromrepparttar 100047 electric bill is 8 cents per kilowatt-hour. Multiplyrepparttar 100048 square foot ofrepparttar 100049 mat byrepparttar 100050 watts per square foot to figure total watts (40 x 15 = 600). Takerepparttar 100051 total watts and divide by 1000 to determine total kilowatts (600/1000 = .60). Multiplyrepparttar 100052 total kilowatts byrepparttar 100053 usage rate found onrepparttar 100054 electric bill to figure how many cents per kilowatt hours (.60 x .08 = $0.048 per hour). It is important to realize even though a system is set to be on for several hours, it is usually only utilizing power forrepparttar 100055 first hour or so in order to initially heat torepparttar 100056 set temperature. The thermostat will then be switching itself on and off from time to time for short intervals in order to keeprepparttar 100057 surface temperature consistent. Assuming it uses power for 2 hours during each time setting (1 hour for initial warm up and 1 hour of usage to keeprepparttar 100058 heat consistent), in our examplerepparttar 100059 power would be in use for 4 hours. Atrepparttar 100060 rate of $0.05 per hour, this adds only $0.20 daily to your electric bill. Electric radiant heat offers maintenance free comfort all year long, in any kind of climate. For further information, visit or contact John O’Brien at Radiant Floor Warming, 888-FLR-WARM (357-9276).

Faith Williams is Customer Service Department Manager for Radiant Floor Warming. Radiant Floor Warming offers safe, efficient electric radiant floor warming materials for tile, stone, carpet and laminate. Visit the website at or call toll free 888-FLR-WARM (357-9276).


Written by Donna Jolean

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· In any foyer there is nothing more beautiful than using a fine gilt framed mirror.

· Change out your old lighting fixture and replace it with a new chandelier. This will improverepparttar rooms’ light and add charm.

· Give attention to hardware inrepparttar 100041 room. The switch plate cover for instance should be attractive. This gives a sense of quality. Especially inrepparttar 100042 foyer. If you can’t afford to replace your switch plate cover that’s okay, just make sure that it blends in. Ifrepparttar 100043 walls are painted, paint it to match. If they are papered, well you getrepparttar 100044 idea.

· If you are using a pricey rug in your entry. Do what I do. Protect it with a small washable throw rug. Coveringrepparttar 100045 spot most traveled on a daily basis. Then for special occasions stowrepparttar 100046 throw rug inrepparttar 100047 closet. Meanwhile,repparttar 100048 better rug will stay clean.

· No space for a rug? Paint an interesting design onrepparttar 100049 floor. There are a wide variety of stencils that you can use if you do not consider yourself an artist. Be sure to use a sealer topcoat to ensure your painted design holds up to heavy traffic and will clean up easily.

· A plant stand made of wood; wicker or iron with a luscious green fern is a gracious look.

· Why not userepparttar 100050 foyer as a tiny art gallery? Designate an entry hall area or wall where you can hang paintings or pictures that are special to you.

· Hang a group of fine prints all framedrepparttar 100051 same. The prints will stand out more, ifrepparttar 100052 color ofrepparttar 100053 frames contrast withrepparttar 100054 wall color.

· A small chair may be all you need in your foyer, providing a place for a visitor to rest. It also serves as a temporary place for packages or anything you need to put down as you come throughrepparttar 100055 door.

· A narrow console table may be justrepparttar 100056 ticket.

· A towering case clock is always great in a foyer.

· Garden Statuary isn’t just forrepparttar 100057 garden. Bring it indoors! Be greeted by a life size statue. Depending on your budget you could select from concrete, resin, marble or bronze.

· Use an oversized urn with a sprawling palm tree.

· A 19th century Victorian Hall Tree inrepparttar 100058 right home would be beautiful and functional. An antique store would berepparttar 100059 best place to look for a piece like this or better yet an auction or estate sale.

· Use a pair of corbels topped with marble or a pair of iron supports topped with glass for a shelf to hold a vase of flowers, keys and mail.

· Hang a tapestry on an iron rod and place a garden bench beneath. The tapestry will add softness and texture. The bench will not only be esthetically pleasing but functional as well, serving as a place for removing shoes or simply a resting place.

· If you haverepparttar 100060 ample room in your foyer, using a chest or commode is an excellent choice. The top ofrepparttar 100061 chest gives you plenty of area to display your favorite lamp or a pair of candlestick lamps. You may also want to accessorize with a small collection of boxes or any other collection. I loverepparttar 100062 idea of allrepparttar 100063 extra storage space you gain when using a chest.

· I would also suggest a pair of occasional chairs to flankrepparttar 100064 chest of drawers.

· I love to group, silver candlesticks on foyer a table.

· A large crystal compote placed on any foyer furniture piece looks fascinating. Inrepparttar 100065 Spring, fill it with fresh flowers…Summertime it can be filled with loads of seashells…Fall, potpourri with your favorite scent…Christmas, fill it with beautiful sparkling ornaments and in between seasons it will look dazzling all by itself.

I have more ideas I’ll share with you later! So have fun decorating your foyer!

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Donna is an independent interior designer and has written numerous articles on her work. Visit her website for more articles and information.

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