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New design trends in traditional hardwood flooring

Hardwood flooring is becomingly increasingly popular, but unlike a lot of trends, it’s not one that will be completely new to you. Hardwood floors have been around for centuries, and that’s not surprising when you consider the durability and natural good looks of hardwood. In the past few years, the way in which hardwood flooring has been used has produced some exciting results and shown that there’s life in the old wood yet. Here are some tips to help you really maximise the benefits of this stunning flooring.

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Mix it up

Mixing up different varieties of hardwood in a room used to be a bit of a no-no in the flooring world, but we’re now discovering just how exciting a bit of experimentation can be. Putting together contrasting tones can create some striking results that create really individual décor. Essentially, dare to be different and you could have a truly special look in your home.

Wider planks and natural vintage styles

Wider planks give a more contemporary feel and are great for creating a sense of increased space in a room. Planks from 4″ to as wide as 12” can provide a look that is much more rustic and much smoother, due to fewer seams. This antique style is updated by combining the wider planks with modern colours and cool tones. From those finished vintage looks come a more distressed presentation that is scoring big points with designers and architects alike. The distressed style is all about celebrating the scratches, notches and wear and tear of solid wood flooring.

Additionally, hardwood has great environmental benefits, so it’s just as good for the planet as it is your home.

More examples of the types of hardwood available can be found online, at reliable suppliers, such as

Dark, grey and white tones

Dark colours such as ebony and dark walnut have always been especially popular as hardwood flooring. However, people are daring to go darker still, with even darker shades constantly being added to the market. Grey is a colour which has really boomed in sales, as it’s a natural tone which brings out the woods character. White washes are also climbing the charts, although they are usually wire-brushed or mixed with grey for a more modern look.


Signs That Your Air Conditioner Is Dirty

An air conditioning system’s surfaces collect a lot of dust, dirt and debris because of the constant movement of particle-laden air across them and the debris left behind by small pests like insects and rodents. Although filters near the motor and on vents, if applicable, help to prevent damage to the system and clean the air you breathe, they require regular maintenance.

To determine if your AC needs to be cleaned, look for these signs:

Dusty Surfaces

If you clean furniture and other room surfaces and then see dust again right after you turn on the AC or within a day or two, then you have a problem. Dust and dirt on internal parts like the fan and motor also indicate a dirty system. Additionally, you’re dealing with a dirty system if the ducts and vent grates, if applicable, contain dust and dirt, cobwebs, leaves or any other debris.

Clogged Filter

Although the filter or filters in your system are designed to prevent particles from exiting it in the air that cools your home or office, any type of filter should never have so much dust and dirt on it that air can’t pass through it with ease. Clogged filters reduce air flow, which can then cause system overheating, damage to parts and even a fire.

Poor Flow

If the air coming out of the register on a wall or window air conditioner or registers in a total home heating, ventilation and air conditioning system are putting out only a small amount of air, then you might be dealing with a dirty filter, unit or ducts. Poor air flow can also be a sign of a non-working fan, but it is best to check for dirt and debris first.

Warm Air

Debris buildup on the cooling mechanism in any type of air conditioner causes a cycle of ice build-up and melting that results in poor performance. The dirt insulates the coil or other system that cools the air. The air that flows over the cooling mechanism then fails to cool enough to bring a room or building temperature down to your chosen temperature setting. The system also runs longer in an attempt to reach that setting, which can cause overheating and more warm air flow.

Never forget that your air conditioner might still be dirty if it has clean indoor parts. The back of a window AC, for example, might have leaves blocking its air intake vents. With outdoor HVAC units, you might find insect or animal nests, leaves or dirt from nearby lawns or gardens after a rain or snow storm.

For more information, contact the air conditioning specialists at One Hour Air Conditioning of Springfield, Inc. at