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The Alternative Showering Experience

Di Vapor offer a variety of shower cabins that provide an exciting and unique alternative to the standard shower enclosure. Whether you prefer being drenched by vast quantities of water from overhead,  consider yourself a quick in & out shower person or someone that needs to be left alone for 30 minutes – Di Vapor define the alternative shower experience.

We’ve decided to take a closer look at the current Di Vapor range offering you a detailed insight into some of the key products on offer. It’s easy to get lost in a long list of features from a multitude of different styles, but deciding on what’s important to you can be a good place to start.  When looking for a new shower enclosure, what’s the most decisive factor for you?

STYLE

Possibly one of the most essential aspects when redesigning any showering space is deciding on your style – What do you want your shower enclosure too look like? Do you have a particular colour scheme to work with? Perhaps you have a shape in mind or are limited by certain work space restrictions? Picking a cabin with a style that suits your needs is the first step towards building your dream.

The Savona Steam Shower Enclosure by Di Vapor

When it comes to style, The Savona leads the race as one of our most popular contemporary designed steam shower enclosures within the range. A  straight lined glass construction throughout combined with low step entrance keeps the Savona the centre of attention. A sleek set of 6 massage jets across the back keeps things simple, whilst offering 2 different shower heads adds variety. Two words that sum up the Savona quite nicely: Sleek Simplicity.

FUNCTIONALITY

The bathroom has always been an important part of any home, offering basic practical needs on a day to day basis. However, many of us have began to utilise our bathroom as a space to relax and unwind, through the multitude of technological developments for the house & home. It’s never been easier to transform the basic bathroom into a home spa haven, complete with relaxing whirlpool bath and private sauna steam room.

The Superior Steam Shower Enclosure by Di Vapor

If maximum functionality and a prominent list of features are important to you, the Superior may be the choice for you. Offering a corner whirlpool bath complete with water & air jets, powered by individual built in pumps, soaking away the stress couldn’t be easier. In the same 1350mm x 1350mm footprint, you also get a fully functional steam generator with time & temperature settings, combined with FM radio and speaker system. A private steam room in your very own home – What more could you ask for?

BUDGET

The most common constraint for any home renovation; How much money do you have to spend? Being limited by a sensible budget does not mean that you can’t achieve your dream bathroom. Di Vapor maintain a high level quality throughout the entire range, but the prices are not as high as you might think. Affordable options are available without compromising on features or quality.

The Garda Steam Shower Enclosure by Di Vapor

We’ve picked the Garda shower enclosure as a perfect example of this; Quality without the hefty price tag. For less than £1000, you can have yourself a completely free standing glass shower enclosure complete with two shower heads and hydro body jets. As an added bonus, this enclosure also comes complete with a fully programmable steam generator for private steam bathing. Who said that your home spa haven would never happen? With options like the Garda available, it’s never been easier.

Whatever your limitation, we hope that this article has helped you understand how easy it is for you to have the alternative showering experience. Long gone are the days of glass shower screens & wall mounted electric showers – The alternative showering experience is available for everyone.

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For more information on the unique showering alternatives offered by Di Vapor visit http://www.divapor.com today.

 

8 factors that affect your car insurance

Car insurance can be an annual headache for many of us, shopping around for the best quote or battling over the phone to stay with your current cover for a cheaper price. Insurance companies will create an insurance premium that judges how much of a risk you pose to them as a customer. If you are lower risk, you’re likely to have a lower premium.

car insurance factors

Make sure you're covered with a good premium!

Take a look at the Healthy Hideout’s top 8 factors that will affect your car insurance bill:

  • Profession – Some insurance companies will treat certain professions with more caution, so if your travelling long distances, working anti-social hours or carrying passengers your premium is bound to be higher than normal.
  • Job title – Without  pre-judgement about your work environment heirachy, it’s important to note that certain job titles will equate to a higher premium. People who are more inclined to stay indoors with less travelling are bound to have lower price tags.
  • Driving History – One of the most important factors – If you’ve been involved in many accidents or convicted for a serious motor offence you’ll almost certainly have to pay a much higher price for your cover. No-claims bonuses can really play importance with situations such as this.
  • Drive time – The more time you spend driving your vehicle, the more chance you’ll be involved in an accident. If you can commit lower mileage on your policy, your premium will of course be lower.
  • Car type – Many people don’t seem to realise that the type of car they drive actually effects the price of your policy. Brand new, popular or even classic cars can usually cost more to insure as they are considered more vulnerable to theft or repair.  Engine size and power also affects your policy negatively.
  • Where you keep your car – If your car is secure over night, your insurance cost will be greatly improved. If you keep your car locked in a garage, you’ll pay less than someone who parks their car on the street.
  • How you pay – If you choose to pay your annual insurance policy in one lump sum rather than monthly installments, it will cost significantly less. Insurance providers will charge you interest for the privilege of spreading payments.
  • Credit rating – Your credit rating will almost certainly come into play when purchasing an insurance premium. If you are in any way a liability for the provider to take on board your business, it’s more than likely that you’ll charged for the luxury.

6 Top Teas – The real wonder drink

Based in Great Britain, all of us here at the Healthy Hideout like a good morning brew or “elevenses” to get us through the morning. Many of us typically associate tea as being a tanned coloured drink, with milk and 2 sugars, but there is more to it than this.

The dictionary describes the noun “Tea” as a black drink consumed extensively in Britain. However, if you’re not a fan of the typical tea drink, remember that there are many different types to choose from. Here are some of the Healthy Hideout’s most beneficial tea favourites:

  • White Tea – The least processed of all teas contains the highest concentration of antioxidants, which have been known to help bodies fight free radicals and even cancer. With a smooth, delicate sweet taste, white tea has also been known to help aid in weight loss.
  • Black Tea – Black tea contains less antioxidants as it is process through fermentation. As the darkest member of the tea family, black tea has the highest levels of polysaccharides – A carbohydrate shown to slow down the absorption of glucose in the body.
  • Green Tea – Kept in the original tea leaf state, the leaves are steamed by freshly boiled water before drinking. This helps to keep antioxidants locked away longer than black tea, making it a useful addition when fighting illness. Green tea extract is also used to reduce inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Oolong Tea – During processing, oolong undergoes a small amount of fermentation making it rich in polyphenol. Some research also suggested that this tea can help with metabolising fat.
  • Camomile Tea – Research suggests that intake of this tea on a regular basis promotes the release of glycine (an amino acid), releasing a slight sedative effect. This makes the tea perfect for individuals suffering from insomia, stress or anxiety.
  • Peppermint Tea – Associated as an effective way to help settle the stomach and aid digestion, whilst alleviating nauseating feelings. Peppermint is also a strong diuretic and can be used as a mild decongestant for illness. Some restaurants even use it as a “amuse-bouche” to cleanse the palate.

Why not try changing your daily tea rituals and see what effects the above have on you. All of us here at the Healthy Hideout have incorporated these wonderful teas in a our daily lives.

We’d love to hear about your tea experience?

Saving money with solar panels?

I often hear that the installation of solar panels can be expensive. So, how long will it actually take for solar panels to pay themselves off? Will I have to cover my whole roof with these futuristic looking panels?

A calculator may be able to function with just one solar panel but a car would  need several thousand. Furthermore, if the solar panels are not at the correct angle to the sun then their efficiency can quickly drop. For us, one of the biggest draws to solar power has to be the ability to generate your own electricity supply!

How do solar panels work?

A solar panel, also known as a photovoltaic panel is a collection of interconnected photovoltaic cells. Solar panels generate electricity by absorbing the energy from the suns photons. Let’s take a quick trip back to our chemistry lessons for a brief explanation as to what is happening.

The key element used is pure silicone that has been stripped of all its impurities, which makes it ideal for the transmission of electrons. These silicone plates have a neutral charge so must be combined with other elements, such as phosphorous and boron to give them a charge, which encourages electrons to flow between the two plates. Conductive wires are sandwiched between the plates. Now, the solar part of the panels comes into effect: when at the correct angle to the sun, photons from the sun bombard the solar panel and knock electrons from one plate to the other creating an electrical flow.

What is the typical cost of installing solar panels?

Tests have shown that 90% of existing solar panels will last for about 30 years. Dr Ossenbrink was quoted in 2009 saying that 40-year panels would soon be on the market. A 2009 conference predicted that installing and owning solar panels will be cost effective against grid-power for half of the homes in Europe by 2020. Unfortunately, for cloudy northern countries like the UK, “grid-parity” may not be reached until 2030. However, Derry Newman, CEO for Solarcentury recently suggested that with the large recent increase in energy prices and drop in silicone a grid-parity may be possible as early as 2013! In fact, Italy may reach “grid-parity” this year where high electricity prices and high levels of sun make for the perfect conditions for home solar power installations.

Roof Solar Panels

Solar panels for your homes roof. picture: solarpowerwindenergy.org

As popularity increases manufacturing costs are coming down, which makes this power option more desirable. Dr Ossenbrink goes so far as to say “What I would like to see is the finance sector saying solar power is a product like financing a house – except they can predict the value of the solar panel much more safely than they can predict the value of the house in a volatile market.”

“Electricity will never be given away free. Banks should offer mortgages on people’s solar panels like they do on homes – the bank should own the panel, then it would transfer to the householder when the loan has been paid off. It would be perfect for life assurances.”

The typical cost of installing and owning solar panels will range anywhere between £3,000-£20,000+ with many robust installations closer to the more expensive end. The price will vary depending on the type, size of solar installation and location.

Hong long will it take before I start seeing a net benefit of using solar panels?

Derry Newman, CEO for Solarcentury says that once grid-parity has been reached then you may be able to pay off the solar panels in 8-10 years. On the flip side, Rics suggested that given a 30 year maximum lifespan, solar panels are never likely to recoup the original £3,000-20,000 outlay.

If you are looking to save money on your homes energy bills then the best short term option may be extra cavity wall insulation and loft insulation. Cavity wall insulation may recoup its costs in as little as 3 years and extra loft insulation could pay itself back in 5 years. It looks like solar power has a bright future but maybe give it a few years for costs to come down further.

What things have you recently done to save money on your homes energy bills?

Bathroom Tips: Effective underfloor heating

Jumping out of the shower first thing on a cold morning isn’t a pleasant experience, and it can only be made worse by stepping onto an ice-cold bathroom floor. That’s partly why underfloor heating is quickly becoming the popular must-have in bathroom renovations across the UK. Here’s a few points to consider when installing your new heating system.

Some materials are far more effective at heating than others, due to the levels of conductivity, but it’s important to consider a material’s ability to store heat rather than just transmitting it. Tiled floors are very good at keeping the heat stored, but if the tiles are too thick it can take a long time to heat up. The thinner the tile, the quicker the warm-up times, but it can feel cold when barefoot if the heating system is not turned on. Carpet is comfortable regardless if the system is on, but be sure to use one with a lower tog factor otherwise the underfloor heat simply won’t get through.

Real hardwood materials warm quickly, and will continue to retain a good heat level throughout the day and feels comfy underfoot even when the system is off. It is important to note that engineered board should be used in order to prevent the board from shrinking or moving when heat is passing through. Underfloor heating can be installed under solid, natural timber flooring but be careful how you lay the heating system to avoid movement issues.

One element that shouldn’t be overlooked is running costs – Cheaper to install electric systems may seem like the wallet-friendly choice short term, only to cost a significant amount to operate on a regular basis. Water-based systems aren’t the cheapest, but running costs are far lower.

Cosy Spa Haven at Home!

I think you’ll agree that the bathroom is one of the places you can truly escape the stress of everyday life, and with multiple options becoming widely available and affordable it may be easier than you think to achieve true rest and relaxation. The bathroom is one room in the house that tends to have a lock on the door, and allows you to keep the outside world at arms length.

The most luxurious hotels and day spa retreats provide us with endless inspiration from beautiful whirlpool baths, real wood saunas and steam rooms geared to promote a true feeling of relaxation and well being. However, when it comes to deciding on your own home spa it is important to consider what you prefer the sensation of first. Do you prefer the relaxation provided by swirling water from body massage jets and bubbles or do you prefer to sweat it out in a sauna?

Be sure to allocate your space as simply and effectively as possible. Layouts that are warm, clutter-free and enclosed are best suited for true mind and body restoration rather than an open plan environment. So rather than spending your budget on knocking down structural walls and creating too much work, concentrate on a designated area and start creating your own cosy spa haven.

Log onto www.divapor.com to the full range of steam rooms, hydromassage whirlpool baths, and infrared saunas. With sizes and designs to suit all, you simply won’t be disappointed.

Source: Utopia Kitchens & Bathrooms – November 2009