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When you own a home, it seems like there are always little things you need to fix. But how often are you including regular HVAC repairs in those plans? For most people, they don’t think about HVAC repairs until their system is already broken. But if you did regular maintenance on these systems, you could prevent the more costly repairs down the road.
Keep up on air conditioner repairs.
It may seem counterproductive, because you have to spend money, but the money that you spend on AC repair will save you money in the long run. If y (more…)
There are a number of floor materials and floor patterns to choose from when building or remodeling a home. From hardwood floors and carpet textures to ceramic tile and stone, floor types can truly make a difference in the look and layout of your home. The kind of floor materials people use varies. It of course depends on the homeowner’s tastes and needs. Generally, however, hardwood floor types are very popular in the United States. A recent houzz survey has found that about one third of all participants have hardwood floors in their homes. Another survey found that overall, 47% of those p (more…)
Unless you’re one of those cool folks in Australia who have built their home or business below ground, chances are you have windows to contend with. Windows are great for letting in natural light, but they also expose your property to onlookers or potential burglars and can account for up to a 25% loss of heat in the winter due to drafts. If you’re one of the 28 million Americans looking into updating or purchasing new window treatments for your property, we broke down some popular choices below to help best meet your needs:
Curtains are probably your cheapest option as well as the most flexible choice in terms of installment and style. We particularly are a fan of blackout (more…)
When redesigning a room, it can be easy to become overwhelmed about where to start. Do you start with thinking about wall colors? Flooring? Accessories? If you are going for a look that is both comfortable and sleek, starting your redesign around a great piece of modern leather furniture is a great strategy. Modern leather furniture can be both a statement piece within a room or part of an overall look for elegant but comfortable style. To learn more about modern home furniture and why it can be a great design inspiration for your home, keep reading.
1) Know the Basics If you want to incorporate modern leather furniture into your home, it’s good to know some basics about modern furniture. The term modern furniture refers to pieces made from the late 19th century on and that (more…)
When summer hits, living without an air conditioner can be agony. (Which is probably why 2/3 of U.S. homes have one!) It’s important to know how to keep your machine in tip-top shape, lest you find yourself caught in the blazing heat without a breeze of relief. Here are some things to remember when buying/maintaining your AC.
Air conditioners (and related equipment) were responsible for an estimated 7,400 U.S. house fires in 2010. Proper air conditioning maintenance can prevent damage to your air conditioning unit and, more importantly, your home. Find an AC repair service near you to schedule routine maintenance checkups and learn about (more…)
Well water filtration systems are a bigger deal than you might think. Here are just a few of the reasons why.
- About 15% of the U.S. relies on well water for its drinking water, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s a lot of people who use wells for drinking water. Though it might not sound like much, that’s about 47,835,000 people. Although some of these homes can get by without well water filter systems, most of them do need some form of water purification, otherwise they may be drinking contaminated water.
- Contaminated well water can cause serious health problems. Without well water filtration, families who rely on (more…)
During the hottest days of the summer, it’s common for the air outside to be sweltering and steamy. All this extra moisture in the air just makes the heat feel even more uncomfortable, often causing you to sweat more and feel sticky no matter what.
That’s why you especially want your home’s indoor air to be cool and dry during these times in order to stay comfortable all summer long. To make this possible, you should be keeping your indoor humidity level lower than 60%, and preferably between 30 and 50%.
Is your home too humid for comfort? Fear not: there are a few things you can do to remove moisture from your indoor air. All it takes is knowing home to program your heating and cooling systems properly. To learn more, take a look at this simple, easy list of 3 natural ways to (more…)
Massachusetts is one of the top-ten solar generators in the nation. In fact, in 2014 Massachusetts solar installers created 308 megawatts of new solar electric capacity, to make the state the fourth largest producer of new solar energy nationwide. Overall, the state has the sixth largest installed solar capacity.
If you’re considering a residential solar energy system for your home, then here are some fascinating facts and solar systems in Massachusetts.
- A study by the Solar Foundation found that almost 175,000 people work in the solar energy industry in 2015, a 20% increase since the year prior. And in Massachusetts, about 9,400 people work for 377 solar energy companies.
- State (more…)
Now more than ever, it’s very common for Americans to wear several professional hats and work more than one job. This serves as a testament to the drive and hard working spirit Americans are known for. However, burning the candle on both ends can get tiring after a wall — literally, and no one wants to become a jack of all trades yet a master of none, right?
Perhaps no one understands this sentiment better than landlords. It’s common for landlords or property owners to work another job — or multiple jobs — all while striving to fulfill their responsibilities as a landlord and meet the needs of their tenants. Maintaining this balance can be extremely difficult, stressful, and even expensive.
However, rental management services, such as those offered by the (more…)
Summer is a time of warm weather, family cookouts, baseball games — and, of course, pests. Everything from honeybees and hornets to rats and raccoons can plague a household, so it’s important to keep some common household pest control tips in mind throughout the season.
If you want to keep your home free of bugs, birds, and anything else that doesn’t belong, keep these three general household pest control tips in mind:
1. Limit access to your home for pests. The first step in dealing with pests is making sure that they don’t have a way to get into your home. Make sure that your windows have screens on them, so flies and other insects don’t get in when you have the windows open. If your roof needs repair, make sure to do this in order to keep rodents and other pests (more…)
Do It Yourself Repair
An devastating hail storm last spring is giving you the opportunity to replace some most of the windows in your home. You have some depreciation costs that have accumulated over the last 20 years, but you know that any money that you put in will be a good investment. Home windows are an important part [...]
As seasons change, it’s important to think about the status of your windows. In fact, statistics gathered from Spring 2016 found that nearly 31 million people throughout the United States reported living in a household that had either purchased drapes, blinds, or another type of window treatment within the past year. Considering that, it’s important [...]
A home’s roof is one of the most important components of the entire design. Without a roof that is sturdy and made with quality materials, it could leak and fail to provide insulation to the rest of the house. Roofs require regular maintenance, inspections, and replacements. In addition to regular maintenance, it is also important [...]