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We updated this article in September 2022 to make sure all recommendations, vetted by The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab, were in stock and showed accurate prices. We added new picks from Ikea, Ashley and Nurture&.

Recliner chairs are the epitome of comfort. But if the bulky eyesore in the corner of your grandpa’s living room comes to mind, then think again. These days, there are tons of stylish recliners that are anything but. Comfort should always be top of mind, but the right recliner serves many purposes: parents can use the rocking feature to put their babies to sleep, kids can plug their devices into the hidden USB outlets and seniors can find relief from back pain with massagers. There’s truly a great option for every need, budget and comfort level.

The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab evaluates all sorts of furniture, from standard couches to sleeper sofas to sectionals. For this article, our Lab pros researched best-selling recliners online, analyzing features like fabrication, reclining abilities (manual vs. power) and size. Plus, we recently worked with over 4,000 survey panelists who shared over 90,000 data points about their own sofas with us, and we were able to apply their feedback when making our best recliner picks. The following recliner chairs have unique features or are from popular furniture brands that received rave reviews from our panelists. Here are the best recliner chairs online now:

Our top picks:

Keep reading for a helpful shopping guide, but first, here’s everything you need to know about our best recliner chair picks.

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Fully recovering a home or business affected by water damage requires additional services beyond water mitigation. Water damage can produce mold, destroy personal items, cripple a home’s foundation, and short-circuit electrical outlets. Once the cleanup process begins, signs of additional water damage complications may appear. Immediate action is necessary to return a home to normal and reduce any detrimental effects caused by water damage. 

Here are 4 signs to look for when considering the next steps following water mitigation. 

A musty odor in the basement- Basements are known to emit strange odors. Following water damage, a musty, earthy smell could be mold developing. Basements are often below ground level, so they are prone to the accumulation of excess moisture, a mold breeding ground. Mold can grow in unchecked water in just under two days. After destroying one material the mold will move on to the adjacent one, damaging entire homes or buildings. Idle water can also contain harmful bacteria and raw sewage. If mold is developing, immediately contacting a mold remediation specialist will be paramount in recovering a water-damaged home. Here is more information on how to spot mold or mildew and the best course of action for removal. 

Structural damage- Since most building materials are porous, they absorb excess water through cracks and pores. If flooded water is not removed quickly, it can create defects in a building’s foundation. Over time this excess water will weaken the entire structure of a home. Most homeowners don’t notice foundational cracks until they’re visible throughout the walls of their homes. Immediately hiring a foundation repair specialist after the excess water is eliminated, will minimize foundation damage. It’s imperative to ensure a building is dried as quickly as possible. The longer water sits, the more extensive the damage will become.

Doors and windows that don’t work correctly- Occasionally, after a home has had extensive water damage, there may be gaps in windows and doors. These gaps are the result of a home’s foundation shifting. Window and door gaps will cost a homeowner a lot over time. Aside from causing foundation problems, they allow air to leak out of a home causing HVAC units to run more often and increasing utility costs. Foundation repair professionals will be required if gaps are prevalent in the doors and windows of a water-damaged building. 

Damp flooring- The floor of a water-damaged home or business is irreparable. Carpeting, floorboards, and laminate flooring all easily absorb water. Additionally, flooring will bend and crack when it is over-saturated. Like all water-damaged areas, mold will likely develop, providing health concerns. Replacing flooring can be a hassle, but for the safety of all occupants, anything that touches floodwater must be removed. Once the floor is opened and returned to concrete, this surface will need to be cleaned, disinfected, and treated to ensure all moisture and bacteria are eliminated. Doing this before installing new flooring is instrumental in maintaining a safe environment.   

Home is a safe haven, and water damage has the potential to turn a safe haven into a stressor.

The silver lining is this presents the opportunity to upgrade a home. Instead of restoring a home to the way it was before the damage, this is a chance to enhance the home and create something new. Large projects like replacement flooring can revitalize an entire home causing homeowners to develop new remodeling ideas.  

Recovering from water damage requires homeowners to be proactive. Hiring professionals to handle water damage complications is the 1st step toward recovery.        

Finding a restoration company that handles both flood mitigation and restoration is essential. Companies that provide these multiple services can help their customers recover from weather damage faster. If flooded water is removed from the home quickly, it will not develop excess mold or structural damage, making recovery a cinch.   

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This story was updated in September 2022 to confirm that all products were available, add a newly tested air freshener from Febreze to our picks, expand our testing notes and answer frequently asked questions about air fresheners.

A home can be spick and span, but if it doesn’t smell clean, it doesn’t feel clean. You know what it’s like to leave and come home only to smell the garlic you sauteed at dinner or the bacon you made for breakfast. And if you smell it, your guests will too. While an air purifier can help remove these odors, a good air freshener is an easy, inexpensive way to help banish lingering aromas and make your home feel more inviting. In Good Housekeeping consumer surveys, respondents tell us they want a home that smells clean and fresh. A good air freshener should do just that, as well as eliminate — not just cover up — odors without being too overpowering or fading too soon.

The Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab tests of hundreds of cleaning products year-round, including those that claim to get smells out of microwaves, washing machines, fabrics, carpets, pet and cooking zones and more. Plus, they research and develop lots of tips to help freshen the air in your home. When we test air fresheners, we evaluate them both in the Lab and at home to better simulate real-life conditions. We assess the intensity of the scent initially and over time, monitor how long they last (especially if they claim to work for weeks or months) and evaluate ease of use. We also check for any leakage or damage to surrounding surfaces as well as any specific performance claims the product makes. Below are the best air fresheners to buy in 2022.

Our top picks:

Read on to learn more details about our product recommendations, how we test air fresheners and answers to questions about which last the longest and what to consider when buying an air freshener, plus why you should trust our Good Housekeeping reviews.

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    We updated this article in September 2022 to add more information about each product, added a new pick for oven windows, more information about how we test oven cleaners and answers to frequently asked questions.

    If your oven isn’t self-cleaning, tackling it can be one of the toughest chores in the kitchen, especially if you haven’t been wiping up spills immediately. However, the right oven cleaner can make this task effortless.

    At the Good Housekeeping Institute we test hundreds of cleaning products each year, putting together guides for the best stainless steel cleaners, grill cleaners, oven cleaners and more, to tackle all of your cooking messes. Many oven cleaners also double as grill cleaners so we test them by applying layers of barbecue sauce onto oven and grill grates and allowing it to burn. Then, we evaluate how quickly, thoroughly and easily it cleans and how neat or messy each cleaning product is to use. We also assess the label for completeness of the directions and any required safety precautions based on the ingredients.

    Our top picks:

    Take note: Most appliance manufacturers do not recommend using oven cleaners to clean your self-cleaning oven — doing so can damage the interior or even void your appliance’s warranty. Even if the oven cleaner label says it’s safe to use, it’s always best to follow your oven manufacturer’s recommendations. Instead, use a wet sponge to wipe up spills as soon as they happen (and make sure your oven is at a safe temperature to reach inside) to minimize the messes your self-cleaning oven will have to clean up later. A sprinkle of baking soda — which is safe to use on self-cleaning oven interiors — can help loosen stuck-on deposits.

    You can read more about our expert picked oven cleaners, how we test oven cleaners and more below. You might also be interested in our guides for how to clean your oven, how to clean your toaster oven or how to clean your microwave oven and the best grill cleaners.

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    While there are many forms of home heating available these days, gas is still the most common type. But common doesn’t mean basic. Beyond producing steady, reliable heat, a well-maintained gas furnace can last for decades. And when it comes time to replace yours, the latest models are new and improved; today’s furnaces are more efficient than ever before.

    If you’re ready to upgrade your current model, or just warming up to the idea of a gas furnace in your home, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here, YORK® Product Manager Tom Tasker and Dan DiClerico, Director of the Home Improvement & Outdoor Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, share everything you need to know.

    Gas furnaces can help you save money

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home, typically making up about 29% of your utility bill. To ease the pain of that percentage, consider the fact that heating with natural gas costs just less than half of heating with electricity.

    YP9C 98% Modulating Gas Furnace
    YP9C 98% Modulating Gas Furnace
    YP9C 98% Modulating Gas Furnace

    It can also be more efficient; gas furnaces like the YP9C 98% Modulating Gas Furnace from YORK® can heat your home faster. “It’s simply a matter of how hot the air is that comes out of your registers,” Tasker explains. “For electric heaters, that temperature is about 96 degrees. For a gas furnace, the temperature coming out of the register is between 120 and 140 degrees.”

    YORK® furnaces are designed to be precise when it comes to hitting your comfort zone. “YP9C furnaces are one of the only true modulating furnaces on the market, modulating from 35% to 100% in 1% increments depending on the demand of the home at the time,” Tasker says. “This means that the homeowner gets exactly the amount of heat they need when they need it, whether it’s a cool fall morning or the coldest night of the year.”

    A qualified contractor can help you find the best furnace for your home

    With output as high as 130,000 BTUh, most single-family homes can be heated by one YP9C furnace, but choosing the right size is crucial. “If it’s too small, it won’t generate enough heat for the home,” DiClerico explains. “If it’s too big, it will cycle on and off more frequently, which is inefficient and puts extra wear and tear on the system.”

    Both DiClerico and Tasker highly suggest hiring a reliable contractor who will do all the necessary load calculations based on the latest industry standards. When sizing your furnace, they’ll consider the climate, number of windows, amount of insulation, square footage, number of floors and more variables.

    Gas furnaces are super safe when maintained properly and serviced regularly

    Furnaces have safety devices that ensure they’ll always operate properly, but yearly maintenance is recommended to keep them in optimal condition.

    “The best thing a homeowner can do is change the filters on a regular basis,” Tasker says. “Your service professional will clean the blower motor, evaporator coil, and flame sensor, and check for fault codes or other conditions to ensure that your furnace is ready to keep you warm through the winter.”

    And now would be a great time to schedule a visit. “Furnace technicians tend to be busiest during the winter, when heating equipment fails,” DiClerico explains. “Take advantage of their downtime by scheduling your tune-up during the summer.”

    If you have gas-burning appliances, like a furnace, stove, generator or water heater, it’s also important to place working carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. “For maximum protection, install a carbon monoxide detector on each living level, in the basement, and near (but not inside) an attached garage,” DiClerico advises.

    Once you’ve done that, you can rest easy — especially because YORK® furnaces are one of the quietest options available.

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    Spotted lanternfly bugs have increasingly become an issue for homeowners over the last few years, but the 2022 breeding season is gearing up to make this invasive species more of a national crisis. If you live across the eastern seaboard of the United States or in burgeoning areas of the Midwest, there’s a good chance you’ll see the brilliantly vibrant wings of the spotted lanternfly among your yard or garden this fall.

    As we move closer to the start of the holiday season, the average spotted lanternfly is working to establish a breeding ground for thousands of new bugs to emerge later in the year — and everything from crops to potted houseplants and established garden beds can play host to them.

    According to materials published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), late September and October will see spotted lanternflies creating these breeding spots rather sneakily — all while feeding on plants in and around your home. “Spotted lanternfly populations can increase quickly, and it’s not uncommon for an area to become overwhelmed with them in seemingly no time at all,” explains David Coyle, Ph.D., assistant professor of forest health and invasive species at Clemson University and a South Carolina State Extension specialist.

    “Plants or anything else underneath spotted lanternfly feeding areas often get coated with a sticky substance known as ‘honeydew,’ a sweet-sounding name for bug poop. This attracts wasps and flies, and is often colonized by a black mold,” adds Coyle. “For this reason, large populations of this insect are best controlled quickly.”

    They may not pose a threat to your physical health (or that of your pets!) but bug specialists like Coyle are imploring Americans to work to stem the spread of lanternfly bugs. Native to Asia, spotted lanternfly bugs were first sighted in Pennsylvania in 2014 — they’ve since spread in great numbers to 14 different states, according to the USDA. These states include:

    • Connecticut
    • Delaware
    • Indiana
    • Maryland
    • Massachusetts
    • Michigan
    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • North Carolina
    • Ohio
    • Pennsylvania
    • Rhode Island
    • Virginia
    • West Virginia

    Impacted residents can view an interactive spotted lanternfly spread map courtesy of New York State Integrated Pest Management.

    Agricultural officials in each of these states have established quarantine zones for spotted lanternfly spread and are encouraging locals to kill these bugs after they’ve been first sighted. An added bonus — killing these pests will ensure your gardens, houseplants, patio furniture and other belongings stay free of infestations of thousands of spotted lanternfly nymphs this fall.

    How do I get rid of spotted lanternfly bugs?

    There are two potential solutions for dealing with spotted lanternflies on your property: Immediate removal with an approved insecticide or securing egg masses for analysis by local entomologists, Coyle advises.

    “Egg masses can be scraped off whatever they’re on by using a plastic card or a knife; these masses should be scraped into a plastic bag or receptacle containing rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer, and should be immediately discarded,” Coyle says. “You can also smash these egg masses, to be certain; they can be tough, so don’t be afraid to apply some pressure. You’ll see it burst open after a proper squishing.”

    If you’re quick enough, experts say you may be able to physically squish grown adult lanternflies, too. This is an excellent strategy if you’ve noticed a small cluster in your garden or yard outside this fall.

    While it might be tempting to come up with a DIY bug spray to deal with spotted lanternflies on your property, Coyle says these mixtures don’t effectively kill the species — and may exacerbate the problem altogether.

    Does vinegar, dish soap or other DIY solutions kill spotted lanternflies?

    The short answer? No. For a larger infestation, especially one within the interiors of the home in question, you should call a licensed professional to come and apply a top-strength insecticide after the bugs have been spotted.

    DIY remedies targeted toward spotted lanternflies may severely damage the plants or crops they are used on, as well as pets in and around your home. “When a pesticide is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency, that means it’s undergone extensive testing, and we know how to apply it effectively and safely,” Coyle adds.

    There may be state agriculture regulations on which kinds of pesticides you may use to target spotted lanternflies — after all, these toxic materials can also impact beneficial pollinators and other non-invasive bug species.

    “There are insecticides available with labels that list ornamental trees as an allowed site,” as noted in materials published by PennState Extensions. “It’s legal to use them on ornamental trees, including Ailanthus altissima, to try to kill insects including the spotted lanternfly. You can check your garden center to see what they offer.”

    The bottom line:

    It’s important for homeowners in the eastern United States to be vigilant about the spread of spotted lanternflies this fall — and to take action if they appear on your property.

    Experts say it’s likely that an infestation is on its way if you’ve noticed that your houseplants or garden items ooze or weep an unusual solution, and produce a fermented odor; or if there’s a visible buildup of honeydew on plants and the ground beneath them. Plus, mold can also be a sign that spotted lanternflies are attempting to breed thousands of new pests on your property.

    Regardless if you’ve been successful in killing or removing spotted lanternflies in the past, try to keep the following tips published by the USDA in mind as we enter the fall season:

    1. As you prepare your outdoor spaces for winter, check any furniture or items for spotted lanternfly egg masses, especially before you bring them indoors.
    2. Scrape any eggs into a plastic, enclosed bag that’s thoroughly coated in hand sanitizer, then zip it shut and dispose of it immediately.
    3. Take a second look at any trees or plants on your property for signs of the spotted lanternfly, particularly during dusk and at night when the insects are known to gather in large groups on tree trunks and in plant stems.
    4. Scan any exterior smooth surfaces, including trees, brick and stone for any egg masses as well.
    5. Report any sightings or egg removal by using the USDA’s reporting directory to relay information to your local agricultural board.

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    If you’ve been shopping for furniture or home accessories for your small apartment or large space, Amazon, Ikea, West Elm and Wayfair might be at the top of your list. While there are so many decorating choices needed to make a home feel as comfortable and personalized as possible, you shouldn’t miss out on the amazing transformation that comes with picking the right rug. Whether you’re looking for ways to upgrade your living room, elevate your bedroom or dress up a dining area, we’re sharing the best places to buy rugs online and in-person.

    If you’re on the hunt for a plush, bold, colorful, large, round or neutral-based area rug or runner, there are so many retailers (popular and undercover) that have durable, affordable and long-lasting styles you’ll love for your space (including machine-washable picks). These days, it’s not difficult to find carpet and mats featuring florals, modern geometric prints and more. The options are truly endless, especially when you have a list of places that bring you only the best designs possible.

    So browse through this roundup to find your ideal retailer to shop from. While most are budget-friendly, some may be more expensive. And if you’re struggling with the design process, here’s how to choose the perfect rug size for your living room, using tips and tricks from HGTV’s Help I Wrecked My House designer, Jasmine Roth.

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    When the leaves shift from green to orange and you begin to pack away swimsuits in favor of chunky sweaters, it’s time to give your living room a little refresh, too. While your porch or stoop begs for pumpkins and rustic wreaths, interiors call for rich textures, saturated tones, and spicy scents that bring to mind crackling fires and freshly baked apple pies.

    For tips on how to bring the welcoming energy of the season into your interiors, we tapped Louisiana-based interior designer Lance Thomas. From quick and easy arrangements to plush and welcoming living room decor, each of his ideas will help you savor the season.

    Rotate fabrics to bring on the cozy

    stack of fall pillows with blankets

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    “Textures are the first thing I would swap out,” says Thomas. “Crisp and cool linen throws can be replaced with heavier cable knits and wools.”

    Stock up on a selection of affordable and comfy blankets in complementary colors and patterns (like solid ochre and a simple plaid) and fold them neatly in a basket by your sofa. The move adds a touch of texture without feeling weighty.

    Switch up your home’s signature scent

    When making a summer-to-fall transition, Thomas suggests you lean into the impact scent can have on your home. “Swap out candle fragrances seasonally,” he suggests. At this point in the year, “Sea salt candles have reached the end of their burn and it’s time to bring in muskier leather and black pepper fragrances to cozy up the space.”

    Bring in the colors of the season

    Yes, fall leaves are a trusty go-to. But they’re not your only options for color palette fodder. “This year, I’m feeling inspired by fall cocktails for my home accessories and paints,” says Thomas. “The deep, sexy red of mulled wine, golden hues of a barrel-aged whiskey, and muted green of a pear martini, to name a few.”

    Classics like the cinnamon and pumpkin tones of seasonal spiced lattes will also never go out of style. To add a little bit of edge, set off all those warm tones with a moody navy area rug in a plush pile, a deep velvet armchair, or an overstuffed ottoman that invites putting your feet up.

    Turn to dried flowers to beat any heat

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    As a designer based in the South, Thomas understands the plight of loving fall but not actually feeling those crispy temperatures until the final days of the year. Whether you’re facing the same latitude issue, or simply experiencing an unseasonably warm October up North, Thomas suggests making the longer growing season work to your advantage.

    “Our location allows beautiful botanicals to extend their stay in the garden,” he says. “My go-to is saving all our fresh hydrangeas well after they have dried up and using them for fall arrangements. Dried florals are the perfect decor for getting in the autumn spirit when it still feels like summer outside.”

    Think outside the pumpkin patch

    Some people love to go all in on Halloween cobwebs and Thanksgiving cornucopias but don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to holiday themes. “Incorporate seasonal fruits, which are a bit less on the nose than a pumpkin,” suggests Thomas.

    Some equally festive, but more unexpected, options for living room mantles or window sills include mottled Asian pears, vibrant persimmons, dusky purple figs, and even orange and red peppers.

    Celebrate the season

    autumn berries

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    When fall holidays do roll around, choose simple, elegant elements that remind you and your guests what the season is all about — warmth, togetherness, and appreciation for the beauty of nature.

    “Avoid overworking arrangements and decor,” says Thomas. “It should look effortless. Simply cut a branch, for example, and stick it in a vase of water. Show the intention, not the labor.”

    To make the most of this beautifully simple philosophy, seek out vases, jugs, and vessels with narrow openings, which helps hold a single branch or a few stems upright.

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    Winter is right around the corner in much of the world, bringing frustratingly dry and staticky air along with it. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix: Setting up a humidifier.

    Whether you opt for single-room appliances or a whole-home system, humidifiers increase moisture levels in the air, making the room feel warmer and your skin feel more hydrated.

    To further break down the benefits of humidifiers — and explain how to get the most out of yours — we turned to YORK® Product Manager, Catherine McMurray, and Dan DiClerico, Director of the Home Improvement & Outdoor Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute.

    Here’s what they had to say about finding the perfect option for your space.

    There is an ideal humidity for health and comfort

    The temperature and comfort level of your home are directly affected by the amount of humidity in the air — and, although the perfect level ultimately comes down to personal preference, it typically falls between 30% and 50%, advises McMurray. For reference, she adds, “the average humidity in the Sahara Desert is 25%, while the average in the Amazon rainforest is 85%.”

    Finding the right balance isn’t just about making your home more comfortable. There are health issues to consider, too. “When the humidity level in your home is too high, it can lead to mold growth and other allergens,” DiClerico says. “Conversely, when the air is too dry, it can cause itchy eyes, sore throats, and cracked skin.”

    Insufficient humidity can also make you feel colder, tempting you to turn the thermostat higher than necessary — and leading to a higher heating bill.

    Not all humidifiers are created equal

    If the word “humidifier” brings to mind small portable units, you may be missing out the benefits of more powerful options like those from YORK®, which can help maintain a comfortable humidity level throughout your entire home.

    “The YORK® whole-house humidifiers tie into the home’s existing forced-air system and add moisture to the air as needed,” DiClerico says. “These systems are great because they condition the entire home, not just one room or area.”

    If you’re not sure if your home is compatible with this type of unit, know that YORK® offers a few different options that work in both older and newer homes. “The Whole House Bypass Humidifier relies on the furnace blower motor to send humidity out to the home, and requires a bypass duct be installed,” McMurray explains. “This style of humidifier requires that the furnace is running in order to operate.”

    The Whole House Fan Powered Humidifier also needs the furnace to run to push the humidity out to the home, but it has higher humidification capacity due to increased airflow from the built-in fan, and works with your home’s existing HVAC system ducting.

    If your home doesn’t have a furnace, McMurray suggests a Large Capacity Whole House Steam Humidifier. “These can be installed to either discharge directly into a room or to rely on an air handler blower to push the humidified air through the home,” she says. Since it has its own heating element, this model doesn’t need to rely on heat from a furnace or hot water connection.

    Bonus: All three of these powerful systems come with a 5-year parts limited warranty to ensure years of durability — and they’re backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal.

    It’s not just about humidity; air quality matters, too

    Beyond installing an effective humidifier, you might want to invest in an Energy Recovery Ventilator. Often referred to as ERVs, these fresh-air exchange systems manage the transfer of heat and moisture between incoming and outgoing airstreams. That helps maintain optimal humidity levels throughout the year, while also improving indoor air quality.

    “Modern homes have tighter seals, which is great for efficiency but can cause the air to become stale and increase indoor air pollution,” McMurray explains. “[Having] an ERV is like opening a window, except you don’t have to wait for the perfect fall day to do so.”

    This system removes stale, contaminated indoor air and replaces it with fresh, conditioned, and filtered outdoor air for maximum comfort and improved health.

    Bottom line: Updating your home with a whole-house humidifier and fresh-air system will maximum comfort, health and efficiency not just during the winter months, but throughout the year.

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    York 18 GPD Whole House Fan Powered Humidifier

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    York Energy Recovery Ventilator

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    Installing gym flooring in your home is a great way to create a space where you can work out in comfort and privacy. A good quality gym floor will protect your equipment, keep you safe and help you to achieve the best workout results possible. In this article, we will provide an ultimate guide to installing gym flooring in your home. We will discuss the different types of gym flooring available, as well as the installation process itself. So whether you are looking to install gym flooring for the first time or are simply interested in learning more about the process, read on for all the information you need!

    What Gym Flooring is, and Why You Need it in Your Home Gym

    Gym flooring is a specialized type of flooring that is used in places where people will be working out. It is made from a tough and durable material that can handle a lot of wear and tear. This is important, as gym flooring needs to be able to withstand the constant pounding of weights and machines, as well as the sweat and dirt of people working out. Gym flooring is also slip-resistant, which helps to keep you safe while you are working out.

    So why do you need gym flooring in your home gym? Simply put, because it is the best way to protect your investment. A good quality gym floor can help to extend the life of your equipment, while also keeping you safe while you work out. Not only that, but a good gym floor can also help you to achieve better workout results. This is because a good gym floor will be able to absorb the shock of exercise, which can help to reduce muscle fatigue and joint pain.

    How a Gym Floor Can Enhance Your Workouts

    Gym floors are a vital part of most gyms. Without a good floor, your gym experience can be hampered. That’s why it’s essential to choose a durable gym floor. When choosing a gym floor, there are several factors to consider. For starters, you want something that will absorb shock well. A good gym floor should have shock-absorbing properties that can help to reduce muscle fatigue and joint pain. This can help you to achieve better results from your workouts.

    Additionally, a good gym floor can also help to keep you safe while you work out. It is slip-resistant, which means that you are less likely to fall and injure yourself. It’s also important to consider what type of material the floor is made out of. This will make your floor easier to clean, which will help you to maintain the cleanliness of your gym.

    If you are thinking about getting a new floor for the gym, it’s not just the look that matters. A good floor protects your equipment and makes sure the equipment lasts longer. It’s the same reason why you don’t want to use an old dirty carpet on your gym equipment. It is likely that any floor can handle the wear and tear of equipment, but the right floor will extend the life of your gym equipment, keeping it in your business longer.

    What Types of Gym Flooring are Available?

    There are a few different types of gym flooring available on the market, each with its own unique set of benefits. The most common types of gym flooring include:

    • PVC Flooring: PVC gym flooring is one of the most popular options available, thanks to its combination of durability and affordability. PVC flooring is made from polyvinyl chloride, a tough plastic material that is resistant to scratches and tears. It is also easy to clean and relatively affordable compared to other types of gym flooring.
    • Rubber Flooring: Rubber gym flooring is another popular option, thanks to its combination of durability and comfort. Rubber is a tough and elastic material that can withstand a lot of wear and tear without cracking or tearing. It also provides some cushioning, which makes it more comfortable to work out on than other types of hard surfaces.
    • Foam Flooring: Foam gym mats are a good option for those looking for a cushioned surface to work out on. Foam is soft and elastic, which helps to protect your joints from the impact of exercise. It also absorbs sweat and dirt, helping to keep your workout area clean and hygienic.

    Gym Flooring Installation Process

    The installation process for gym flooring is relatively simple, and can be completed in a few hours. Here are the steps you will need to follow:

    1. Measure the Area: The first step is to measure the area where you will be installing your gym flooring. This will help you to determine how much flooring you will need to purchase.
    2. Prepare the Area: Next, you will need to prepare the area where you will be installing your gym flooring. This includes removing any furniture or other objects from the area, as well as cleaning and levelling the surface.
    3. Install the Gym Flooring: Now it’s time to install your gym flooring! Start by laying out your flooring in the desired location, then use a sharp knife or scissors to cut it to size. Once it is cut to size, simply peel off the adhesive backing and stick it to the surface. Make sure to press firmly in order to ensure a good bond.
    4. Enjoy Your New Gym Flooring: That’s it! Once your gym flooring is installed, you’re ready to start working out. Enjoy your new, safe and durable workout surface! If you’re still unsure, there are plenty of instructional videos and articles online that can help you through the process.
    5. Maintain Your Gym Flooring: In order to keep your gym flooring in good condition, it is important to clean it regularly. Use a damp mop or cloth to remove dirt and debris, and be sure to vacuum regularly as well.

    Final Thoughts

    So, to conclude, if you are planning on setting up a home gym, then be sure to consider investing in some good quality gym flooring. It will protect your equipment, make your workouts more comfortable and enjoyable, and most importantly, it will help to extend the life of your gym equipment. Thanks for reading!

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