How to sleep well in Summer

How to sleep well in Summer

How to sleep well in Summer

How to sleep well in Summer

Did you know that the room temperature and humidity levels in your bedroom affect how well you sleep at night? With those hot Summer nights sleep can be severely hampered. 

When you go to sleep, your brain is trying to lower the body temperature. It helps the body to conserve energy and this is one of the reasons why we feel so recharged after a good night’s sleep. However, if the room temperature – or rather how your body perceives it – is too cold or too hot, it may struggle to reach the ideal temperature, which makes you more awake and alert when this is the last thing you want to be!

While research varies, the optimum temperature for your bedroom is somewhere between 18 to 20°C. As for humidity, while it doesn’t change the temperature, it affects how your body perceives it – cold air with high relative humidity feels colder and the opposite is valid for the hot temperature as well.

TAKING TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY UNDER CONTROL

For those tossing and turning … by controlling these two key factors, namely temperature and humidity, in your bedroom, you can enjoy a better night’s rest.

And the good news is, you can kill two birds with one stone by simply adding an air conditioner unit to your bedroom interior.

By cooling down and keeping the temperature of your bedroom at an optimal level, you will also bring down the humidity levels in your room. This not only alleviates discomfort and restlessness, but also helps keep allergies and even dust mites at bay which humidity is often associated with.

4 FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING AN AC UNIT FOR THE BEDROOM

To put you in control of your beauty sleep, we’ve put together a few things to consider when buying a perfect AC unit for your bedroom:

AC unit size

A smaller – 2.0 -3.5kW – unit is generally sufficient for a bedroom, but, ultimately, the size of the room will determine the output that you need. 
 
Sleep sound

Be sure to look at the technical specifications of your potential unit for its sound levels (measured in decibels (dB)) before purchasing. The smaller the number the less noise you’ll get.
 
Placement of your AC unit 

Rather than placing it directly above the bedhead, your AC unit should be placed to either the left or right hand side of the bed or on the opposite wall facing the bed. This way, cool air doesn’t blow directly onto you but is rather used to cool and dry the bedroom for the perfect room temperature.
 
Lights out 

There is nothing worse than a flickering light when you are trying to sleep and even something as small as an LED display light on your AC unit can be very distracting. Look for an AC unit with a brightness adjustment function which controls how bright the AC’s LED light is.

Maintenance

A good clean will extend the life of your aircon, it will reduce the noise and it will eliminate diseases that can be spread by the aircon which could be blowing out bacteria, fungi or human skin on you while you sleep. Contact Zeroharm before you buy a new aircon as a good clean may resolve your issue and give you the sleep you have been craving.

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Signs of an ant infestation

Signs of an ant infestation

If you’ve seen a few ants scuttling around on the floor, they might be just having a look around. However, they might be the sign of a larger ant  infestation.

Have you spotted ants?

Call Zeroharm Home Services today for advice and to schedule an ants inspection of your home.

Ant infestation signs

  • Live ants – If you’re seeing large numbers of live ants then you may well have a problem. If you find them in your kitchen or in areas where you prepare food, then you need to do something about it fast.
  • Ants pathways – In and out of your home or premises are another sign. Some types of ant will lay down a pheromone trail to a food source. This chemical attracts other ants to find the food.
  • Ant nest – A nest site can look like a small pile of soil or dirt. Some species of ant like to make their home in walls or other quiet, dark places, which are more difficult to spot.

How to deal with an ant infestation

DIY Products, like Ant Killer Gel may help you get rid of small garden ant infestations. But for other species, or larger problems, you should get in touch with our experts.

Our Pest Control Technicians understand the habits of different types of ant and can offer the most appropriate and effective solution. All our treatments are safe for your family and your pets.

Ant facts

  • Ants belong to the insect order Hymenoptera. They are close relatives of bees and wasps.
  • Each colony can hold up to half a million ants. They can all get up and go very quickly if the colony is threatened.
  • Worker ants can live for up to seven years, while a queen can live for up to 15 years.
  • Ants swarm once every year in August. The young queens fly away and set up their own, new colonies. If you hear people talking about flying ants, this may be the swarm they are referring to, or they could be termite alates (winged reproductives).

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What are the differences between ants and termites?

What are the differences between ants and termites?

What are the differences between ants and termites?

What are the differences between ants and termites?

Ants and termites are sometimes mistaken for each other, however they are very different insect groups. Several key features help to identify them correctly.

Antennae

  • Ants: Elbowed.
  • Termites: Simple string of bead-like segments.

Eyes

  • Ants: Compound eyes present.
  • Termites: No eyes.

Waist (called a pedicel, found between thorax and abdomen)

  • Ants: Present.
  • Termites: Absent.

Abdomen

  • Ants: Pointed at end.
  • Termites: Blunt at end.

Castes
Both ants and termites can be divided up into several ‘castes’, which depend upon their roles in the colony.

  • Workers
    • Ants: Sexually undeveloped females.
    • Termites: Sexually undeveloped males and females.
  • Soldiers
    • Ants: Are workers and may have dual role.
    • Termites: Sexually undeveloped males and females. There are two possible body forms: mandibulate (jawed) and nasute (long-nosed), depending on species.
  • Reproductives (winged)Both ants and termites can have a winged stage in their reproductive cycle.
    • Ants: Fore/hind wings unequal, strongly veined
    • Termites: Fore/hind wings equal, no obvious veins

Life cycle

  • Ants: Complete metamorphosis: egg, larva, pupa, adult
  • Termites: Incomplete metamorphosis: egg, nymph, adult (no pupal stage)

Diet

  • Ants: ants are scavengers, with different species foraging for different foods. Some ants live within damp/decaying wood, but do not actually eat the wood.
  • Termites: termites are plant tissue specialists, feeding on wood and grasses, and some species can cause extensive damage to buildings and trees through their feeding and nesting habits.

Scientific classification

  • Ants: Order Hymenoptera, Family Formicidae
  • Termites: Order Isoptera, several families

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