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Tips to manage your home in the heatwave

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By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

Our recent spell of good weather is certainly welcome but it does lead to some practical problems in the home.

With the mercury rising to 30 degrees in some areas and night time temperatures ‘dropping’ to only 19 degrees, we find ourselves doing everything in our power to try and stay cool.

With weather advisory warnings in place for high temperatures, we have all found our homes are heating up!
While we are quite happy to fork out our well-earned Euro for that foreign trip to the sun to bake in the Mediterranean heat, we now find ourselves in the unusual position of the good weather visiting us for a change!

While it is easy to enjoy the sunshine from the swimming pool in Portugal or the beach in Spain it is a different story when walking into your hot house at home.

Unfortunately, the large majority of us don’t have the luxury of air-conditioned homes as much of the new building technologies we have experienced revolve around heating our homes. We now find ourselves looking for ways to cool them down!

While the natural reaction is to open the windows, it is recommended to keep windows, blinds and curtains closed as this will keep the hot air out. If opening them, make sure to do so at opposite ends of the house to create an airflow throughout.

To circulate cool air inside, fill up some bowls with water and ice and place them in different areas of the house - in front of a fan works best if you have one.

Another simple but effective option is to cook outside. Use the BBQ as the oven generates heat inside the house.

Trying to get to sleep at night can be particularly difficult in soaring temperatures. Here is a novel tip to help you catch those z’s; consider freezing your bedcovers before going to bed!

It may sound daft but give it a try; strip the sheets, place in a bag and pop them in the freezer. When it is time to hit the pillow, simply put them back on and they will be nice and cool!

Also, try taking a cold shower before bed.

Any halogen light bulbs in the house will also create additional heat, so consider replacing with LED lights.

Open the attic hatch to keep the house as ventilated as possible, allowing heat to escape through the roof.

And finally turn off any appliances, like the TV, when not in use. Electrical appliances can give off a surprising quantity of heat, particularly while charging.

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Fire and safety tips at Christmas

By John Healy of Healy Insurances Christmas is a busy time of the year and it can be easy to become complacent when it comes to fire and home safety. Fire and safety hazards can be minimised by taking some basic precautions. Only buy festive lighting marked with a CE mark. Switch off all festive […]

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By John Healy of Healy Insurances

Christmas is a busy time of the year and it can be easy to become complacent when it comes to fire and home safety. Fire and safety hazards can be minimised by taking some basic precautions.

Only buy festive lighting marked with a CE mark.
Switch off all festive lights when unattended.
Use only one extension cord – do not double up on extension cords.
Do not use outdoor lights indoors.
Ensure your real Christmas tree is a safe distance from any open flames and be wary of candles.
Review leads and plugs for fraying and replace if needed.
Check smoke detectors are in working order. A fire blanket is a good investment for any home.
If you are away from your home over Christmas consider a timer switch for lights and do not advertise that your home is vacant on social media. Thefts occur at Christmas time too unfortunately.

If your home is to be unoccupied for a longer period, inform your insurers, drain the water system so that freezing of pipes cannot occur and ask a friend or relation to check your home daily.

Please check on the well-being of any neighbours who are alone over the Christmas period. Stay safe and have a peaceful, relaxing and happy Christmas.

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Fexco to hire additional 150 staff as it returns to growth

A Killorglin-based firm is set to add at least 150 new roles in Ireland by the end of 2023. Fexco announced today (Thursday) that it was actively recruiting for roles in areas including software engineering, technology, sales, marketing, and customer success. Following a challenging 2020, Fexco has completed restructuring and the company is back to […]

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A Killorglin-based firm is set to add at least 150 new roles in Ireland by the end of 2023.

Fexco announced today (Thursday) that it was actively recruiting for roles in areas including software engineering, technology, sales, marketing, and customer success.

Following a challenging 2020, Fexco has completed restructuring and the company is back to operating profitably in the final quarter of 2021.

In 2020, the Fexco team grew customer numbers, expanded into new markets and developed innovative technology solutions.

The company employs over 2,300 people and is a global leader in the financial payments and fintech sector, with over $17bn in transactions processed on its systems each year.

“As travel and the economy recover, these actions will build on the current recovery in our business as Fexco returns to profitability in the final quarter of 2021. This recovery is attributable to the hard work and resilience of our employees across the globe and gives us a very optimistic outlook for 2022,” Managing Director of Fexco Group, Neil Hosty, said.

“Fexco is a proud and strong Irish family-owned business with global impact celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.”

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