An Artist’s Guide to 7 Air Conditioner Mistakes

It’s really nice to have some quiet time alone especially when you are creating some artwork. For people who live in countries with tropical or hot climates, air conditioning is the main cause of high electricity compared to other appliances. It can actually consume 70 percent of your electric bill, if you want to avoid this; here are some common air conditioning mistakes that people make and some workarounds to reduce your electric bills.

Buying Too Big an Air Conditioner

Bigger is not always right and better for you. Many people tend to buy a bigger air conditioner because they think that it will make their homes colder very fast. The truth is that an oversized air conditioner will not reduce humidity. You may also may also damage it by turning it on and off very quickly. An air conditioner should fit the size of the room that it’s trying to cool. If you have an art room or a work room, consider buying a portable air conditioner over centralized air conditioners to save on electricity.

Putting the Air Conditioner in a Hot Spot

It must be convenient for you to place the air conditioner in the most unused part of the house. Sometimes, this area is the place where the concentration of sunlight hits the most. Constant exposure of heat or sunlight can affect your air conditioner. This is not the best way to do it because you will overwork the machine. You can install the unit in a shady spot in your house where it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

Hiding the Air Conditioner

It may not be pretty to see the back of an air conditioner protruding out of your wall, but don’t try to hide with some shrubs or plants. It will not promote ventilation and may clog the condenser coils damaging the air conditioner in the process.

Ignoring Maintenance

Many owners do not pay attention to basic air conditioner maintenance that can make the unit last longer and perform more efficiently. This is why they end up replacing their units every year or so.

All you need to do is to replace filters every 2 months. If you use it regularly, replace it more often. Check the evaporator coil every year and check the unit’s drain by running a stiff wire through it. Also, check the window seals around where you put the air conditioner.

Leaving the Air Conditioner Running All Day

Use a thermostat that you can program or a timer to start cooling your house before you get home from the office. This is better and more cost-effective than letting the air conditioner run the whole day. Some may say this is more expensive, but the truth is that you are saving a lot of money.

Blindly Closing Unused Vents

Closing vents and doors that leads to unused room can decrease the central air conditioning system’s efficiency. If you plan on doing this, consult an expert first and ask him which unused vents you can close in your home. It’s also good to remember to be careful about closing off any rooms with thermostat.

Turning the Temperature Way Down

If you are already comfortable at 80 degrees, you don’t need to go home one day and decide to turn it down to 60 degrees. It cannot get you to 80 degrees faster like most people believe. It will skip the part where it reaches 80 degrees and just waste energy getting to an extremely lower temperature.

As a final note, using a quality air conditioner in the first place is important. This would mean buying the right air conditioner for your needs plays a big part in ensuring that it lasts long.

 

Trying the GM Diet for Enhanced Creativity

Being an artist who draws the whole day can result to being overweight because you don’t really need to move around and use your body. If your waistline is already raising concerns among your friends and family, maybe it’s time to consider going on a diet. If you want to hit 2 birds with one stone, you can try the GM diet.

The GM diet is an exclusive diet made by the General Motors Company for the health and wellness of their employees. This diet, because of its effectively, soon became famous to health buffs worldwide. The diet lasts for 7 days and is said to make the patient lose up to 10 lbs. The diet consists of mostly fruits and vegetables accompanied with a special soup called the GM soup. There are plenty of charts that you can refer to online for the complete GM diet as well as how to make the soup.

What’s good about this diet is that it allows you to eat meat when you are about to finish it. This is very important because most people will give up if they only had to eat fruits and vegetables for days on end. These cheat days will stretch your endurance to make sure that you really finish the diet and lose weight.

GM Diet for Creativity

Another advantage of the GM diet is that most people claim that they get more in touch with their creative and spiritual side after going through the 1 week process. The diet promises to detoxify your body and cleanse your digestive system because of the fiber content that vegetables and fruits have. However, most patients claim that they also have enhanced focus and imagination. Although this is not true for all people, those who seem to have trouble with their focus find themselves renewed by the GM diet.

There is no explanation behind this but nutritionists claimed that the decrease of toxins in a person’s body can enhance the mind and its functions. This is because the brain is able to produce healthier enzymes that aid the brain functions. Toxins are accumulated from eating fatty foods, drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking cigarettes and other types of vices. Detoxifying can greatly affect a person’s health even those with severe symptoms and diseases.

Risks of the GM diet

Because the GM diet only allows you to eat vegetables and fruits on the first few days, you may experience fatigue. This is because the calories in the body are being burned easily and the foods that you eat have very minimal calories. Most people are not advised to exercise while being on the GM diet because they might not have enough calories in the body to burn with exercise. Another risk is iron deficiency because of the lack of meat in the first few days of the diet. People who are already suffering from this condition may choose to take iron supplements or incorporate a little bit of meat in the first few days of the diet.

Top 3 Wheatgrass Juicers

As artists, you should have developed a taste for all things natural—much like wheatgrass juice. This is one of the most nutritious and healthy juices that are full of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and enzymes.  If you want to add this healthy juice to your diet, you need a good wheatgrass juicer. These juicers come in 2 types; manual and electric.

Manual Wheatgrass Juicers

Manual juicers don’t use electricity to function and they are also very compact and portable. They are also easier to clean than electric juicers but you need to apply some serious force to get the juice out. Manual Wheatgrass juicers yield plenty of juice and hardly produce heat which means less foam on your juice

The biggest disadvantage of this manual juicer is its inability to process other ingredients like veggies, fruits and other herbs. If you want to use your juicer for all types of ingredients, a masticating juicer is what you need.

Electric Wheatgrass Juicers

Masticating juicer is the type that needs electricity to run and can process all types of ingredients including wheatgrass. However, aside from masticating juicers, there are also electric juicers that are only designed to extract wheatgrass juice. These juicers save you strength and can do more than just get juice out of wheatgrass. If you want to make fruit juices or vegetables juices before exercising, you can use this juicer and you wil have a glass of delicious and healthy juice in no time. There are a number of juicers in the market and finding the right one to suit your needs will require a little research. Online reviews of juicers can help but the top 3 wheatgrass juicers in the market, in my opinion, are the following:

The Omega 8006 Nutrition Center

This excellent juicer is the highest rated of all masticating juicers available in the market. This juicer uses method that can yield juice of out the thinnest ingredients including wheatgrass. It also juices vegetables and fruits as well as make sorbet, butter and baby food. It is very simple to use and includes a powerful motor. It has low speed of juicing so there are no clogging, foaming or build up of heat. It also has a pulp ejector so that you can continue juicing after your done with one ingredient. This is a very versatile machine indeed.

The Green Queen Wheatgrass Juicer

This electric juicer is made exclusively to juice wheatgrass. It has a very high rating on Amazon.com which means people like this product a lot. This machine is very easy to use and also easy to clean. That is the most important feature than anyone can wish for. It has a compact design that doesn’t take up too much space on your counter. It has a powerful motor to produce wheatgrass juice really fast and the stainless steel tipped gear makes it even more efficient. This amazing juicer also comes with one year warranty.

Hurricane Stainless Steel Manual Wheatgrass Juicer

This juicer has a better design over standard wheatgrass juicers because of the unique shape of its gear and end cap. These are all customized to ensure maximum efficiency during the whole juicing process. This juicer extracts the essential vitamins and nutrients that a person needs from wheatgrass and other leaves.

Messenger Bags For Art Materials

If you live for the arts, you always need a trusty bag to put all of your materials and sketchpads in when you travel. This means a bag with enough compartments for your art material yet room for your books, paintings and other forms or artwork. If you have heard about messenger bags for men but you are not sure why you need to replace your favorite backpack with it, there are plenty of answers to your question. If you are worried that it might look feminine if you use a messenger bag, here are some tips that you need to know.

Why use a messenger bag?

Messenger bags are designed to hold almost anything. Initially conceived for bike messengers, these bags are so versatile – they can be used in a whole lot of ways.

The best messenger bags can hold almost everything and anything. This bag was first designed for bike messengers hence their versatility. These bags can be used in many different ways possible. Most messenger bags have easy access front closures or flaps, plenty of compartments and pockets with zippers—perfect for work, school or any type of activity. These bags usual come with a very sturdy strap that secures the whole bag making it ideal for laptop storage. Although the standard strap is enough, some models are even equipped with a secondary strap to control heavier load.

Mail carriers use it to deliver packages and all sorts of documents so you can imagine all the things that you can fit inside this bag. It is very good at securing everything as well if you have to bring plenty of things to work or school or gym or wherever you may be going.

How to use a messenger bag?

Most men would rather have big pockets just so they don’t need to use a bag which they consider girly. But if you would like to give it a try, here are some tips to pull of the messenger bag look. Backpack are for kids and it sure don’t fit you, now that you’re a grown up. If you don’t want to look so mature but don’t want to be a kid either, messenger bags are best suited for you. Choose the leather messenger bag and you are on your way to being an adult.

If you want to look mature, don’t put any embellishments on your messenger bag. You don’t need to customize it to may it look hip, it’s fine just the way it is. Choose traditional colors like those with deep undertones to project being manly like brown, grey, green and black.

Choose the right size that fits your height and body type. Make sure that your bag is not too small or not too big for your body because it can make you look unattractive.

Lastly, the most important thing to consider is the material used for the messenger bag. You have to make sure that it is made from quality materials and that professional stitching was administered. You also need to look at the zippers and the clasps to make sure that they are of excellent quality as well. There are more tips on how to buy the right type of messenger bag in this article.

The Difference Between Recurve Crossbows and Compound Crossbows

Hunting or even target shooting releases stress and relax the mind for more positive thoughts and increased creativity. If you are an artist and you find yourself stuck or your ideas are blocked, then try this hobby to relax and soothe your worries.

Recurve crossbows and compound crossbows differ in many ways when it comes to features. Let’s take look at the most important things to take note of. First, when we are talking about accuracy, any of the available modern days crossbow s is more competent to successfully having game at most hunting distances. Crossbows are very capable of shooting better more than the person using it can aim. Also, all crossbows are very loud. You might find some types that are less noisy but in general, they are all very loud.  The crossbow should not be expected to be as quiet as a vertical bow although silencers and string stops can help. They are meant to be louder than you expected. Getting those things out of the way, here are the disadvantages and advantages of both types of bows.

Pros and cons of both types of crossbows

One advantage of a recurve crossbow is the simple design that it features. They are less noisy than compound bows and are so much lighter and easy to aim. They only need one string and most people can maintain it in the house; no need to go to any shops to have it cleaned or tuned. If you live far from any archery shop, then this can be a huge advantage for you. Some disadvantages would include its width; recurve crossbows are a bit wider than compound ones. It also needs more draw weight to have the same arrow speed as produced by compound crossbow.

Some of the advantages of a compound crossbows are faster arrow speed and lower draw weight compared to recurve bows. These bows are much easier to cock with your hand. However, there are available accessories like cocking aids to make it easier for both kinds of crossbows. The narrow design will be advantageous in tight areas for hunters. Take note that compound crossbows need a bow press to replace its strings. If you shop for bows, you will see more compound bows than recurve bows. The downside is that it uses a bow press so unless you have one, you need to take it to a professional if you need any work done. Also, there are extra components in front of a compound bow making it feel heavy in the nose. There are also some types that require a cocking sled to be able to cock the bow.

To be sure, you need to try all kinds and different models of crossbows if possible before purchasing one. If you do this, you will have a good idea of the type of bow that will fit your needs  and that you are comfortable with. There are so many choices and manufacturers coming up everyday that may confuse and overwhelm you if you are a beginner. In the end, the most important thing is that you like the bow, you feel comfortable shooting it and you are happy while you are using it.

Compound Bow Basics: Determining Your Draw Length

As an artist, you must find a way to relax your mind and take your mind off things to find inspiration and create more artworks. If you want to reach your full potential when shooting and bow hunting, you need to know how to feel relaxed and calm while releasing the shot. This will be possible if the bow fits you properly so finding the best compound bow for you is a crucial first step. The right type of bow for your needs and specific hobbies will make bow shooting more enjoyable. It will help to understand the difference of compound bow and recurve bows as well.

But one of the basics in shooting a bow is determining your draw length. Your draw length must be accurate. There are many ways to know the right length of your draw but the most popular and easiest to use is the wingspan method.

Wingspan Method

The Wingspan Method works by standing with your back against the wall while your arms are spread out. Ask your friend to measure your wingspan from your middle finger tip of your left hand to the middle fingertip of your right hand. After measuring both sides, divide the sum by 2.5 and it will give you a good starting figure to gauge your proper draw length. However, there are certain situations that may require you to adjust the final measurement whether it be lengthening or shortening.

A good example is if your wingspan measure is 75, divide it by 2.5 and you will get 30 for your draw length. But if you add a D loop to your string, you will be altering the measurement by lengthening it for a more comfortable draw length. You can adjust the measure by adding ¼ of an inch. If you feel like adding the D loop worsens your form, you may need to shorten your draw length to return to the old form that you had.

If you have a new axle to axle length bows that are relatively shorter, the string angles might be more acute which makes it a bit more difficult for people to find their draw length and anchor solidly while the string is grazing the middle of the nose (this is very popular with professional shooters). Because of this. Some people might tilt their face and get their nose closer to the strong to get the string to the face connection and maintain their original draw length. This will create problems like uncomfortable shooting.

While the Wingpsan method is one of the oldest and best ways to calculate your draw length, you can try alternative methods that may prove to be better.

Another way is increasing the bows draw length so you can bring the string near your nose. This will give you a more natural and comfortable shooting form. It will also increase your arrow speed and kinetic energy because of the added power stroke.

If you’re feeling up to it, you may experiment with the length of your release connection strap while you are in full-draw until you find the most comfortable location in the process. In general, you want to be as relaxed as you can while shooting and you also need to be very consistent in pointing your anchor. This can be done by getting the proper draw length that fits you.