Dec 14

ATV Tours in Las Vegas: Family Fun at Its Best!

Not only is it a phenomenal idea for your family to enjoy one-of-a-kind adventures in the great outdoors together, you’re teaching them that not everything good comes from a computer screen. These days busy parents tend to leave their kids (from preteen to young adults), spending hours alone in front of monitors or on iPads. Whatever happened to good old fresh air and fun interaction? And, let’s throw in a learning curve as well – nature, wildlife, and even fun facts about legendary places they can add to their bucket list, and yours. A Las Vegas ATV desert tour can change their lives, and change your mind about what’s really important – if only for a day!

What is it about the Las Vegas valley that tugs at the imagination? I think it’s a lot about the spirit of adventure. But, certainly there’s more to a visitor’s agenda than hitting the slot machines, especially if you have family in tow. If that get’s in the way of your thirst for hitting a jackpot, there are gaming opportunities just about everyplace you might stop along the way; from gas stations to grocery stores, not to mention restaurant bars. But, why make that the predominant theme of a vacation that could otherwise go down in your family’s tales of best vacation trips ever!

Wild West Fun

Whether you choose a single-rider or side-by-side (for 2), you’re in for an exciting ride. Though they might look dangerous or dare-devilish, the thing is, the safety features on these desert vehicles are built for the terrain. The ride is comfortable, and allows you all the freedom of movement you need. They are the best way by far to experience the dunes, humps, cliffs, ridges and mines of the Mojave Desert. Vegas Off Road Tours exclusively uses Artic Cat and Polaris ATVs, giving you the best performance and stability for your desert adventure.

Imagine starting your tour at the legendary Pioneer Saloon, built in 1913 when the town of Goodsprings was bustling with miners. Only a half hour from the Vegas airport, it is a world apart from the hustle of the Strip. Among its several claims to fame, it is the spot where Clark Gable waited for the news of Carole Lombard’s plane crash in the nearby Potosi mountains. The saloon is brimming with local color, and it’s a perfect place to relax with backyard grilled burgers and cold drinks after your excursion.

Finding Las Vegas

Ever heard of the Old Spanish Trail? Weaving their way through six states, and over twelve hundred miles, Spaniards led by Antonio Armijo in 1829 were determined to trade wool in California. Several well known towns along the route were discovered; the trail essentially was responsible for the start up of towns including Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Monticello, Moab, Green River, and more.

Each day required the replenishment of water supplies, both for the men and their animals, causing the group to circumvent desolate areas such as Death Valley while they followed rivers and streams. Without the Old Spanish Trail, the now-sprawling town of Las Vegas would certainly never have sprouted in the middle of a desert, far from sought after coastal cities and mountain getaways.

Life in the Desert?

The Mojave is not just a monstrous expanse of sand and cactus – there is a surprising number of plants and animals which call it home, and thrive within its reaches. From numerous colorful reptiles to wild horses and burros (that’s right, they still roam here freely), the desert surrounding Las Vegas is a testament to the question, “Is there life beyond the neon?”

A wealth of desert-hearty plants, shrubs and trees are part of the natural conservancy of desert life. For instance, the fan palm only grows where there is water, produces its own fruit, and its leaves were utilized for centuries by Native Americans for waterproofing their homes. The creosote bush can live for thousands of years and can treat specific illness, as well as providing sealing wax. Many wildflowers also have medicinal properties, which brings to mind the oft-repeated phrase from Ecclesiastes, “For every thing there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

Getting off-road in Las Vegas, there’s certainly a wealth of ground to cover, and plenty of legendary characters to learn about (once you’ve shaken off the glitz created to pull in gamblers and their money from around the world). Taking a day’s trek through the desert with a locally owned Vegas ATV touring company will certainly change your attitude, and maybe your outlook.


Nov 05

Addressing Juvenile Crime – Are We in Crisis?

Many people argue teenagers today enjoy way too many privileges and have little discipline to guide them into adulthood. However, as parents often discover, even the best behaved teens can easily be tempted to act out if they are not given enough attention or succumb to a variety of outside influences.

Unlike generations before them, today’s teenagers face unprecedented risks to their safety and futures if they are allowed to persist in their bad behavior. Rather than allow these young members of society to engage in antics that could doom their adulthood, parents, teachers, and other leaders can use these strategies to teach and guide teens to better futures.

Identifying Teen Behaviors and Crimes

While in the past, teenagers perhaps refrained from certain activities and temptations, it can be argued that some teens today know little fear when it comes to engaging in criminal activities. Indeed, parents and teachers report that these young individuals run the gamut of crossing the line from acceptable behavior into deviancy. Along with antics that are commonly associated with adolescents in this age group, such as truancy or smoking cigarettes, authorities also report that an increasing number of teenage suspects now engage in crimes such as:

• Shoplifting or stealing
• Vandalism and auto theft
• Dealing drugs
• Prostitution
• Assault, rape, and murder

These crimes were once commonly associated with adults and hardened criminals. It alarms many people in society today that teenagers often fearlessly participate in such activities that could land them in prison for the rest of their lives.

Answering Why Teens Break the Law

Along with naming the crimes in which young offenders engage, teachers, parents, and civic leaders also strive to identify the underlying reasons for why teenagers feel that they have little recourse but to throw away their futures by taking part in such activities. Of course, each teen offender can give unique answers for his or her behavior. However, some of the more common reasons provided for juvenile offenses include:

• Lack of parental supervision and involvement
• Peer pressure from friends and classmates
• Material envy and desiring things that teens cannot normally afford
• Thrill seeking
• Anger issues and inability to form good judgments
• Drug and alcohol use

With some of these causes properly recognized, it may become obvious for parents and other adults in these children’s lives to look back and see warning signs that perhaps should have been interpreted as a cry for help and attention. Even so, being able to understand why these young members of society felt the desire to engage in crimes can help civic leaders, parents, and teachers come up with viable solutions for helping young offenders change their futures.

Helping Teenagers Resist Criminal Behavior

While teenagers that are serving time perhaps face more of a challenge in forging successful adult lives after their release from jail, it is not too late for adults to help teens who may be contemplating a life of crime. People can dissuade young individuals from engaging in deviant behavior and breaking the law by:

• Establishing mentorship programs in the community
• Encouraging parental involvement and offering affordable family counseling sessions
• Funding youth-centered civic programs like sports groups and acting clubs
• Learning the warning signs that a teen needs adult intervention and help

It can be easy for people to dismiss teenagers as naïve and impulsive and deserving of punishment when they commit crimes. However, with the proper attention and care from caring adults, young members of society can learn how to resist deviant behaviors and stay away from bad influences in their lives.

Nov 01

When Family Vacations turn into Wild Roller Coaster Rides

If you’re looking for the perfect family getaway, chances are Orlando, Florida is pretty high on your list. Attractions like Universal Studios, The Magic Kingdom and Epcot make it picture perfect for that family vacation. However, just like normal life, things can go wrong. What do you do if one of your children suddenly becomes ill or you find yourself the victim of a fender-bender? Does it mean your whole vacation is ruined?

When Vacations Attack

If you’re planning a trip to a vacation capitol like Orlando, you’ve probably already planned your driving route, expenses and a place to stay. But what about planning for the possibility of unforeseen circumstances? Getting an action plan in place for accidents and emergencies can be a real help to keep your vacation on track.

Automobile Accidents

When you’re driving in an unfamiliar place, auto accidents can sadly be a very real possibility. Multiply that with hundreds of tourists who also don’t know where they’re going and the situation becomes even worse. If you’re in a fender bender, be sure to get a police report and an injury report if there are any. You will want copies of everything. Additionally, make sure you have the contact details of a local accident attorney handy in case the worst happens. They will be able to advise you of your next steps in the process, even if you’re back at home.
Sudden Illness
Kids do seem to pick their moments, and occasionally they can get sick while out on vacation. If your child comes down with a case of the flu or food poisoning, it’s possible for one of the parents to stay with them in the hotel room to minimize the disappointment to any other children. When you travel with your family, particularly if you have kids, bringing along a copy of their medical record is a smart move should you need to take them to a hospital at any point. If things turn more serious, speak to your hotel representative about a visit from the hotel doctor, or head to the local hospital.

Emergency At Home

Nothing can bring your family’s vacation to a screeching halt quicker than finding out there’s been an emergency at your house, such as a break-in or a fire. Be sure a trusted neighbor knows you’re going to be out of town so they can keep an eye on the place, as well as collect your mail and newspapers, thus avoiding tipping off any potential burglaries. Putting your lights on a timer is also a great idea for deterring thieves, as is not broadcasting you’re going to be away on social media. If there is a break-in, find out the extent of the damage and see if your neighbor can help so you don’t need to cut your vacation short.

Heading out on vacation with the family is a time-honored tradition that can provide both you and your children with dozens of great memories. While you’d like it to go according to plan, occasionally accidents, injury and illness can happen. By being prepared for the worst, chances are you can minimize damage to your trip and keep everybody happy.

Aug 21

How to Become Anything: Instilling Fearless Confidence in Your Child

The world your children will grow to inherit will be harsher and more competitive than ever, which is why it’s so important to instill strength and confidence in your kids from a young age.

There is a major connection between the way people feel about themselves and the way they handle the challenges life throws at them. With enough confidence, your kids will be able to think outside the box and explore their passions without fear.There are steps that you can take from day one to assist your child in growing into a productive adult.

Nutrition plays an important part in developing a healthy mind and body. Studies show that breastfeeding has benefits for both mother and child and it also helps mother and child build an integral bond that should never be broken.

There are many baby products that can help to make the nursing experience easier which will encourage you to continue breastfeeding as long as possible. It’s also a great idea to invest in developmental toys that encourage your child to explore their surroundings at their own pace.

The following list provides some suggestions for building confidence in your child:

1. Improve Your Own Self-Confidence  

You can’t raise confident kids if you don’t display any sort of self-confidence yourself. Parenting is more than just the raising of another human being. It’s an opportunity to better both yourself and the world. If you made mistakes growing up, now is the time to fix them.

Go back to school, apply for your dream job or start an exercise routine. Whatever you do, maintain a positive and healthy focus. When your children see you taking these steps to better yourself, they will begin to understand that going for what you want is an important part of obtaining happiness.

2. Find Your Inner Child Again

Playing is not only fun, but it can spark imagination and help develop self-confidence. When you play with your children, it’s like telling them that they are worth your time and energy. This helps them develop a deep sense of their own value.

Studies have shown that children remain engaged in play for longer when they do an activity of their own choosing, so let your kids take the lead in your games.

3. Set Your Child on a Path to Success

Your children have many talents and abilities of which they might not be aware. If you recognize one, and your child doesn’t, point it out to him or her. However, don’t push too hard if the talent isn’t something of any particular interest to your child. Just because certain children might be good at something doesn’t mean they have to or will want to follow that path.

As a parent, it’s your duty to help your children find the interests and activities that bring them the most happiness and validation. Following joy and passion is the truest path toward success.

4. Encourage Expressions of Feelings

It’s important to raise children who understand how to express their feelings in a healthy way. This is what self-confident people do. You don’t want your children to believe it’s okay to explode in a temper tantrum every time something doesn’t go their way, and you don’t want them to stuff their emotions down inside. Healthy expression is about finding the balance between the two.

Babies always express their feelings without any sort of filter, but as children grow older, they learn skills to deal with their emotions. Encourage your kids to express themselves by asking how they feel about certain situations and using their answers as a starting point for discussions.

5. Address Your Children Using Their Names

When you use your children’s names, instead of nicknames or terms of endearment, you send a message that they are special, important and worth remembering. Researchers have noted that children with more self-confidence address people using their names more frequently, and children who are lacking confidence have trouble doing so.

Teaching children the importance of saying and remembering names will also help them do better in school. Children who are more comfortable addressing adults will often ask questions and have an easier time receiving help from teachers.

The most important factor in raising self-confident kids is communication. Never be afraid to discuss things with your children, from your insights about career and work ethic to your thoughts on how to have a successful relationship. You are the greatest role model they have, and you only have one shot at raising them right.

Aug 05

Kids All Want to Be Smart

The rapidly increasing cost of acquiring a college education has made scholarships more competitive than ever. So, it’s no wonder that so many high school students have started turning to prescription smart drugs with the intention of giving themselves an academic advantage. After all, many people are unable to afford college, and student loans are typically undesirable due to their high interest rates.

In fact, the amount of student loan debt that is currently crippling former students nationwide is more than $11 trillion. This makes it understandable for these young adults who are concerned about their future to take drastic measures, but the unfortunate reality is that many of them are putting themselves at risk for a serious substance abuse problem.

The Link between Adderall and Future Drug Usage

According to the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, non-medical Adderall and Ritalin usage is a problem for students in the eighth grade or higher. Surveys indicate that as many as 6.5 percent of 12th graders rely on Adderall to help them with their schoolwork. Shockingly, 31 percent of college students admit to using one of these prescription stimulants at least once for a non-medical reason.

Sadly, these students are actually damaging their ability to perform well in school. Several studies have been done on the impact of taking drugs such as Adderall without a medical purpose, and the risk of excessive drinking and eventually turning to other drugs such as heroin increases as the frequency of prescription smart drug usage goes up.

More Problems Caused By Unnecessary Adderall Usage

The vast majority of teenagers who turn to Adderall or Ritalin truly believe that it will give them the ability to perform better in school. Unfortunately, it is much more common for these individuals to develop attention difficulties, depression and psychiatric distress that could ultimately lead to skipping classes and a lower GPA.

Researchers have found that people who use prescription stimulants without a medical reason are 6.7 percent more likely to skip class. This is obviously detrimental to a student’s goal of improving their academic performance, but the individual’s perception of the negative impact that the medication is having on their life is likely to be very low.

Are There Smart Drugs Available That Are Not Harmful?

The desire to improve cognitive performance is desirable, but of course you don’t want to risk your life in trade. Fortunately, nootropics appear to be able to give people increased cerebral circulation and brain metabolism without the risks that are associated with certain prescription medications.

Chemists have fifty years developing various nootropics supplements, since the first one was created in 1964 by Corneliu E. Giurgea. Studies have provided mixed results, but meanwhile the use of these brainpower enhancements have become more popular. Also designed to increase cognition over longer timeframes, they would seem to be a safer choice than using a prescription intended for someone with attention disorders.

Importantly, the use of memory enhancing nootropics has not been linked to increased narcotic or alcohol consumption, and there is nothing to indicate that such use will hinder other aspects of a student’s performance. They can certainly be a legal and safer alternative to wrongful use of prescription drugs which have had a dangerous impact on college kids for many years.



Nov 30

Healthy Home Maintenance: 5 Repairs to Protect Your Family

Maintaining your home properly throughout the years can contribute to the health and wellness of your family. Keeping up with these simple tasks can be cost-effective in the long run for your property. They can also be easy to accomplish with the following tips:

Mold and Mildew

Whether you’ve experienced a flood or you have periodic bouts of water seeping into your foundation, you need to get this repaired immediately. Mold and mildew can be dangerous and may fill the air in your home with toxic fumes that can often go undetected. A licensed company can properly seal in any gaps where the water is leaking. They can also remove any mold or mildew that has already permeated your existing dwelling and rid the area of these dangerous allergens. Another area that can be easily fixed on your own is leaky faucets and fixtures. This can contribute to standing water in the home if left unrepaired. New hardware can be purchased inexpensively at your local hardware store.


Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer, and since it can’t be detected without the help of a machine, it can often go unnoticed. A radon company can easily perform a series of tests that can detect and remove the radon from the home. You can also purchase a machine from your nearest home improvement establishment and test the area on your own. The amount of radon can be measured easily with professional instruments.

Good Air Quality

Proper air quality comes from properly maintained and installed heating and cooling units. Your units should be serviced yearly by a professional and experienced company who performs a series of tests and tune ups to the equipment. This can alleviate allergens and poor quality to your home’s air systems. If you have a chimney and use it frequently throughout the winter months, you should also get it inspected each year. Unwanted pollutants and gases can be dangerous to the air your family breathes.

Windows and Doors

Weather stripping can come loose on your windows and doors as the years go by. This can cause your utility costs to rise and make your home difficult to heat and cool. Weather stripping is easy to add and can prevent air from escaping or entering in through your doors and windows. If your windows seal have been broken, you may need to replace them. You’ll find a number of energy efficient models that are kind to the environment and can save you money on your utility expenses.

Paint Safety

While today’s paint is environmentally safe and kind to Mother Nature, some homes still contain lead and toxic paint in them, especially in dwellings older than 1978. If the lead paint is in excellent condition, you can simply paint or wall paper over the existing material. However, if the lead paint is chipping, you will have to carefully remove it, apply a paint stripper and wash the walls before repainting.

There’s a lot that goes into the upkeep and general maintenance to ensure that your home is safe and toxic-free for your family. A search for a licensed contractor such as should be considered for replacing or fixing features of your home which need to meet specific regulations. The above money saving techniques can contribute to the longevity of your home and also help to keep the environment safe and clean.

Nov 01

Bad Driving Habits You Need to Change As a Family

Bad driving habits have always caused issues on the road, but the increasing availability of mobile technology is causing drivers to become more distracted than ever before. In a world that is constantly connected, it is important for drivers to pay attention to the road and to the bad driving habits of everyone else around them. The following five issues are among the most prevalent of the bad driving habits that cause accidents.

1) Texting – Sending and reading text messages while driving has become so popular that many states have made it illegal. This does not mean that other drivers will be following the law, however, so it is especially important to watch out for this type of distracted driver. Some states, such as Florida, have not passed anti-texting while driving laws yet, but it is only a matter of time according to a source at In fact, a recent poll shows that 71 percent of Florida residents want a texting ban to be put in place. Approximately 200,000 accidents are caused annually by texting while driving.

2) Phone Calls – Making a phone call while driving causes the driver to become distracted in multiple ways. First, unless they are using a hands-free device, they must interact with their phone to make or receive a call, and this causes them to take their eyes off of the road. Perhaps the bigger danger, however, comes from holding the phone and talking while driving. A lot of drivers become very distracted by this type of multitasking, and it causes approximately 1.4 million car accidents every year.

3) Portable Video Game Systems – Although the vast majority of drivers would not go so far as to play a video game while they are driving, there are many parents whose children will be playing these games while they are on the road. This can lead to distractions if the child encounters a difficult level or drops their portable game system.

4) iPods – There has always been a certain level of distraction associated with listening to music, but an iPod had the tendency to cause more of a distraction than listening to CDs or the radio. The reason for this is that the iPod has a scroll wheel that requires a driver to take one of their hands and their eyes off of the road while they are looking for something to listen to. There are no firm statistics on the number of accidents that iPod usage has caused, but it is best to select music while you are sitting at a red light

5) GPS – Navigational systems have become such a staple that many new cars ship with a unit already included. The ability to get directions to anywhere at any time makes GPS units a highly useful piece of technology, but some people are unable to utilize them properly without driving in an erratic manner. It is important for drivers to pay close attention to the road and the GPS to ensure that they do not end up swerving across several lanes to take an exit at the last second.

Whether you live in a state that has banned some of these issues or a state that has not legislated any of them yet, you need to remember the importance of focusing on the road instead of technology. Also, be sure to always keep an eye on the drivers that are closest to you. Even if you are avoiding the main bad driving habits, they might be distracted enough to cause an accident at any second.

Anthony Joseph is a researcher and freelance writer, and a contributing author for Being injured in an accident can be one of the worst things you can ever go through, especially when it’s at the hands of someone else. The way you can fight back is to make sure you have the right attorney to defend your case!

Oct 29

Top 5 Most Important Hygiene Steps to Teach Your Children

Many parents struggle with the idea of teaching their children personal hygiene. This is understandable; building a solid routine is no simple task. Here are a few of the most important tasks you need to focus on with your children, building long-lasting habits.

1. Showering and Bathing

One of the most important habits you will ever teach your child is to bathe regularly. The best way to teach this lesson is to make bath time fun. Turn a boring, plain bath into a bubble bath.

2. Washing and Brushing Hair

Some people have naturally oily hair that they must wash every day whereas others have hair that can go a few days between washes. Many children worry they will get soap in their eyes. Take away the anxiety by purchasing a special ‘no tears’ shampoo.

3. Managing Illness

One of the biggest problems parents experience is in teaching children to be aware of illness. Children who do not learn to blow their noses will go to school with runny noses. It is also important to teach children the importance of keeping their hands clean while they are sick or around others who are sick.

4. Hand Washing

No parent should overlook the benefits of proper hand washing techniques, especially from the very beginning. Hand washing can be taught in conjunction with potty training. Children should be washing their hands multiple times each day, especially after using the restroom and before eating. Make this fun by encouraging them to sing a song, like “Happy Birthday,” as they wash.

5. Brushing Teeth

One of the best ways to ensure that your child is spending enough time brushing and flossing is to buy a fun timer your child can set each time they begin their routine. Use a fun flavor of toothpaste or mouthwash and a soft tooth brush that your child will look forward to using. It is never too late to teach your child to brush regularly, discouraging cavity growth. While it is not possible to create a completely new smile in one day, each day is one step forward.

Ultimately, the children will only learn what you take the time to teach them. You should set an example by demonstrating good hygiene in front of your child. Wash your hands every time you eat or use the restroom. Blow your nose regularly and shower daily. Your child will pick up on these important habits in an attempt to emulate you.

April Labarron is a native of Southern California,  has her BA in English Literature from MSJC in Menifee, Ca. She views her freelance writing, not only as a career, but as her passion. Other areas of interest include; movies, food, singing, soccer, traveling, shopping and a continuous desire for learning.


Jul 25

How to Protect Your Family from an Invisible Killer

In 1984, Stanley Watras, a nuclear engineer at the new Limerick Nuclear Power Plant in Pottstown, PA, was leaving work on what seemed to be another routine day. Imagine his surprise as he stepped through radiation monitors at the exit doors of the plant, as all workers were required to do, and the alarms went off.

When no sign of a radiation leak was found in the plant, safety officials decided to investigate Watras’ home in Boyertow, PA. The radiation levels found in his home were measured at more than 100,000 times the normal background level! The health risks associated with breathing the air in his house were estimated to be equivalent to smoking 135 packs of cigarettes every day. Apparently, a natural radon ‘vent’ located below his house was pumping massive amounts of radon into the basement.

Smokers and Radon

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, killing about 21,000 people per year. About 2900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked. The Surgeon General ranks radon as the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking. A smoker who is also exposed to elevated radon levels has a much higher risk of lung cancer. In fact, smokers exposed to radon are 10 times more likely to die of lung cancer compared to people who have never smoked.

What is Radon?

Radon is an odorless and invisible radioactive gas that is formed by the decay of radium.. Radon is naturally emitted from the ground all over the world. It tends to accumulate in basements but can easily be found in other living areas as well. It can enter through cracks in the floor, or be emitted from the building materials of a house, such as stone, concrete, wallboard, and even wood. In certain geographical areas, the water supply itself can be a big contributor to the presence of radon.

Deep wells can draw radon from the ground into water that is used for bathing, cooking and cleaning. Even water from public systems may contain low levels of radon. Although radon problems are found in every state, in Indiana, close to 1 in 4 homes tested found elevated radon levels according to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Testing for Radon

Protecting yourself and your family starts with radon testing. Low-cost, ‘do-it-yourself’ kits can be purchased online, as well as in various retail outlets, including hardware stores. Look for kits that display the phrase, “Meets EPA Requirements.” You can call 1-800-LUNGUSA to find out where to buy a kit. Testing can also be performed by a contractor who has been certified by either the National Radon Safety Board ( or by the National Environmental Health Association (

Testing is generally performed through short-term or long-term tests. Short-term testing is the quickest way to determine radon levels in a home. A short-term test will remain in a home for 2 to 90 days, depending on the detection device (e.g., charcoal canisters, “alpha track”, and “continuous monitors” among others). Because radon levels can vary from day to day, and from season to season, the results of short-term tests are less likely than long-term tests to be able to paint an accurate picture of a home’s average radon level throughout the year.. The average indoor level is estimated to be around 1.3 pCi/L compared to an average outdoor level of 0.4 pCi/L. Action should be taken if test results indicate an average annual level of 4 pCi/L or higher.

Various methods can be used to reduce indoor radon levels. These methods involve the sealing of floor and wall cracks, the changing of air flow into the home, depressurization (fans beneath a foundation draw air away from the concrete slab), and the use of pipes to remove radon gas from beneath concrete floor and foundation before it can enter a home. But because radon level reduction requires specialized knowledge, a contractor who has passed the EPA’s Radon Contractor proficiency Program (RCP) test should be used. Check with your local American Lung Association or state radon office for the names of EPA-qualified or state-certified radon contractors in your area.

Author Mike Woods is a part-time writer and real estate broker servicing the Indianapolis real estate market.

Jun 09

Keeping Your Family Cooler This Summer

Keeping Your Family Cooler This Summer

Summertime is typically filled with barbecues, swimming and other forms of outside entertainment, but this can be difficult when the temperature begins to soar. Fortunately, there are options that will allow you to continue comfortably entertaining outside, regardless of heat or even an unexpected rain storm.

For example, Australian residents have been using Sea Shell Patio Awnings to make sure that their outside events never need to be cancelled. As an added bonus, they also reduce a homeowner’s electric bill because they do such an excellent job of providing protection from the sun.

How Does a Sea Shell Awning Work?

The innovative radial design can fit into almost any area, and it can also be collapsed as needed. The awning was created with patios in mind, and it is large enough to offer a shady area for any outside entertainment. As an added bonus, Seashell Awnings are waterproof, so you will not need to send the party indoors if it starts raining. These awnings are also created from extremely durable materials, and this means that you will not have to worry about dealing with wind damage. In fact, if the wind does become too strong, the Seashell Awning will self-retract to keep itself safe!

What Impact Will a Seashell Awning have On My Home?

They provide obvious benefits for outside entertaining, but they can also help you dramatically reduce your electric bill. With even one strategically placed awning, you will experience an interior heat reduction of up to 15 degrees. When you consider how hard your air conditioning unit has to work in order to keep up with the hottest summer days, you will easily be able to understand how useful one would be.

What are My Options?

Seashell Awnings are stocked in a wide variety of sizes and angles, and they can also be custom-made to fit almost any space. In other words, any homeowner will be able to protect their patio, pool area and windows from sun exposure. Fortunately, there are also many different color options to make it easy for homeowners to find the right fit for their property.

Additional Benefits of Using an Awning

Patio furniture can easily become bleached by the sun, but you can avoid this frustrating problem by placing it underneath an awning. The protection this offers when it is near a window will also extend to all of the items that are inside your home. In other words, if you have furniture or art that you want to protect from the sun, you should definitely install awnings over each applicable window.

Although this kind of cover does require an initial investment, it will easily pay for itself by reducing your energy bill and protecting your belongings from sun damage. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to install at least one on your property, and you should also consider putting a patio awning over your pool deck and any other area where you do a lot of outside entertaining.