Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Four Advantages of Heated Floors

One of the newer technologies on the market to keep your home warm during the winter months is electric underfloor heating. This concept involves heating your floors to help keep them warm when the weather outside is cold. Electric underfloor heating has several advantages and here are a few of them

Savings on Your Energy Bill
You might not think that heated floors would save you money, but studies have shown that this technology can save a homeowner up to 35% on their heating costs in one season. One of the reasons for this is because the floor help heat your body so you do not have to turn the thermostat up as much as you normally would.

Extreme Comfort
With electric underfloor heating, the objects in your home get heated through radiant heat rather than just heating the air. This helps keep your body warm without creating dry air that makes the atmosphere stuffy and uncomfortable. Just imagine the comfort of waking up on a cold winter morning and walking across the floor with your bare feet and not getting shocked by the coldness.

Cleaner and Quieter
Heating the floor through radiant heat is much quieter than your furnace pushing hot air through your ducts and out through the vents. This also reduces the amount of allergens and germs that are pumped into your home's atmosphere so you will breathe better and more comfortably. This means more fresh air and less noise to put with when you are trying to relax.

Dry Floors
Do you hate walking into your bathroom only to get your socks wet from the puddle you left earlier when you got out of the shower? With heated floors, these puddles dry quickly. This helps prevent wet socks and it is safer because your kitchen and bathroom floors will not be as slippery when they are dry.


The Coffee Oracle

You Are a Cultured Cappuccino

You're sophisticated enough to choose this glorious underrated drink, and you're quite picky about the details that go into it.
Of all the types, you are the most likely to be a coffee (or espresso, really) connoisseur.

You don't gulp down your cappuccino in a rush. You take your time with it.
And you're likely to enjoy a cappuccino a couple times a day. It's not just a morning routine for you.


Your Intro to Basic Holdem Poker Jargon

Every sport has its own set of rules and regulations, but they also have something that can be more complicated than that: jargon. The terminology being used in any sport can leave new players a little bit baffled while they're trying to learn the ropes. Whether you're playing with your buddies, in casinos, or at sites like Caesars Online, you're going to need to know at least the basics. Here's your introduction to the more important poker jargon.

One of the most important things to know when you sit down at the table is what "blinds" are. These are the bets that you are required to pay to play at the table. Only two players are required to bet each round (the "big blind" and the "small blind"). The person to the left of the dealer is the small blind and the person to the left of the small blind is the big blind. The exact amounts of small and big blind (the required bets) will vary from game to game.

Once blinds are played, everyone gets two cards. These cards are called the hole cards, and they represent the hidden (and obviously most important) part of the game.

The first round of betting is called "pre-flop betting." This is when players place their initial bets, based solely on their hole cards. There's no additional information until after the first round of betting. In no limit holdem (NLH), betting has literally no limits, even in this round. In limit holdem, there are much stricter rules about what can be bet in this first round.

Once this first round of betting is done, cards begin showing up on "the board." The board is all the cards that are shared by all players to make the best five card hand. Between each round of cards being placed on the board, new rounds of betting will occur.


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