Part of keeping your house a home means paying monthly bills. Considering that, many of these bills go to keeping your home heated and cooled. In fact, statistics show that heating and cooling make up for about 48% of all energy used within a typical home. Therefore, it’s understandable to want tips that help keep your heating and cooling bills low. With that in mind, here are six smart ways to save money on home cooling costs.
- Have a Professional Check for Duct Leaks
Many homes utilize a system of air ducts. These ducts allow air to travel freely throughout a home. However, improperly installed ducts and equipment are often expensive to operate. One study found that improperly installed heating and cooling equipment reduces the efficiency of these systems by nearly 30%. If a system isn’t efficiently installed, it will likely need to remain in operation more often. Therefore, this leads to increased heating and cooling bills.
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There are many times when home owners are required to spend a great deal of time, money, and energy maintaining their properties. From the wood windows in older homes to vinyl windows in newer homes to roofing, siding, and other interior and exterior parts, there are a number of items that need to be maintained to protect the value of of a home.
How Long Do Windows Last in Locations Where Winters Are Very Severe?
Depending on the value of the window, there are many different amounts of time that a window can last. Although there are some high end windows that come with lifetime warranties, there are also many less expensive models that are only guaranteed for 10 years. With that said, it is important to make sure that any property owner invests in the highest quality products in an effort to have windows with longer warranties. If you cannot afford the highest quality of window products, it is even more important that you follow through on any and all manufacturer instru (more…)
Being a homeowner can be an immensely joyful experience. Having a home you can call your own puts you in touch with a number of opportunities to improve your quality of life and have all the amenities and luxuries you want on hand. Being a homeowner also brings a number of responsibilities. You would definitely be responsible for the safety, security, and well-being of your family members and there is a lot you can do in these areas as well to bring about marked improvements. While a lot of homeowners waste no time to outfit their homes with advanced burglary prevention systems, cameras, and fire safety measures, it is often the small things that remain neglected. Air quality inside your home is definitely something you should think about and this is where priming and painting can become a major issue. A lot of these products have harsh chemicals and can give off emissions that can harm your family with long-term exposure. Understanding what are VOCs and opting for low VOC paint can de (more…)
Every homeowner has a room that acts as the centerpiece of their house. It may be your entertainment room with gorgeous leather couches and the best flat screen television the market has to offer, or your garage full of huge toolboxes with their contents immaculately organized. Or, if you are a fan of hosting parties, baking up a frenzy in the holidays, or just having a top of the line room to serve as the hub of activity in your house, you may choose to focus your home remodeling efforts on your kitchen.
Kitchen remodels can be quick, DIY projects that are finished in a Saturday afternoon, or deeply involved commitments that require construction and contractors. No matter how dedicated you are to your kitchen upgrade (or how deep your pockets are), here are three quick kitchen refreshers that have a high aesthetic and functional yield with relatively low efforts and costs.
What happens when you buy the perfect house, the one that you’ve seen in your dreams since you were a child. You think that it’s perfect, everything you could want in a home. Yet little by little you begin to notice marks on the celling in the basement. Just slight water stains, but they’re there looming over your head like a scarlet letter. Can you just ignore these things? Can you pretend like there isn’t a leak in your crawlspace? And if you cannot, is crawl space waterproofing something that you can look into and have done? Is waterproofing something difficult? Or is it something that is vital to both your home and your health? Let it be known, that crawl space waterproofing is in fact something that you can handle, and it is also something that will keep you and your family healthy through the duration of living in your dream home.
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Roof replacement feels like a daunting, overwhelming experience. There are a lot of decisions to make and options to choose. You have to find the right residential roofing contractors, research your replacement options and pick a new look for your home. The roof is usually about 40% of a home’s visible exterior, and that makes it a huge part of how your property looks overall.
Roof Replacement Options
Approximately four out of five American homes, or about 75%, are covered with roof shingles. This is a very typical roof material, and odds are good that it’s what you have currently. Asphalt shingles, the most common type of shingles, have a lifespan of 20 to 50 years depending on weather conditions.
Though shingles are the most common material in residential roofing, they’re not the only option. Metal roofing can last for up to 30 years before it needs to be replaced. There are lots of sty (more…)
From installing windows to replacing your doors to adding vinyl siding onto your home, there are many areas of home maintenance that cannot be forgotten about or overlooked. After all, the integrity of your home is an important thing and spending money to keep your home in good shape will even actually save you money in the long run, as it is less likely that you will need to be conducting repairs on any sort of frequent basis. Being a home owner comes with many responsibilities, and the upkeep of your home is just one of them (though a very important one, there is no doubt about it at all).
The quality of your windows matters more than many people first realize when they are in the process of installing windows. When installing windows, however, you want to make sure that you are choosing the right kind of windows for the installing windows process, (more…)
Squirrel removal, squirrels in the attic, mice in the attic, and rodent removal are all serious issues that people will deal with. Now, it is important to note that this is not life or death serious but it is certainly no joke. A rodent infestation can do damage to food on top of spreading potential diseases. So get help with rodent control if you need it.
Rodent Removal Is A Problem Across The Country
In the past couple of years, data suggest that the number of rat-related animal nuisance calls have spiked. In Chicago alone, there has been an increase in these calls of nearly 61%. Keep in mind that in San Francisco this number rose by 174% and in New York City it rose by nearly 129%. Therefore, there are plenty of people that need help with their rodent removal process.
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The decision about paint for the nursery for your first child is a fun and an important decision. Studies show that the color of a nursery can help create a peaceful environment. And while painting a porch a bright color may help you create a welcoming atmosphere, a bright color may not be the best paint for the nursery. A few accents of bright color may work, but they are not suitable for an overall wall color.
Any time you get ready to select a paint color, you literally have a rainbow of possible selections. Understanding the space and the purpose of a space, however, can help you make the best decision about your color choice. Once you have made the decisions about color, it is time to find the professional skills needed. Understanding paint coverage, for instance, allows you to accurately predict how much paint you need to purchase. Likewise, understanding the ideal treatment for har (more…)
It’s understandable for many people who want to avoid germs to stay inside. Unfortunately, this often does much more harm than good. Many office managers are unaware that air quality in closed spaces can sometimes be 500% worse than outdoors. If you want to ensure your employees in working in a healthy environment, it’s time to hire a cleaning service. With that in mind, here are five benefits of hiring a professional cleaning service for your office.
- Fewer Costs Associated with Sick Days
Workers taking sick days is costlier than you might think. Statistics show that nearly 50 million days of work are lost each year due to the common cold. Imagine what your company could work on if you had healthy employees throughout the year. Unfortunately, this isn’t a reality for employees working in unclean offices. Therefore, companies end up paying employees to take sick days for work that has to be delegated to others or handled on another day.
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Do It Yourself Repair
These are the kind of days when the investment in the residential wedding installation is worth it. Sitting nice and warm inside, you are able to enjoy looking out through the new picture windows out at the cold and snowy day. The vinyl replacement windows, that you are you found from one of the bet [...]
There’s an excellent chance that you and your family have several home improvement projects on your list. Since you enjoy entertaining, you may be thinking about updating or otherwise revitalizing your backyard with landscaping and other amenities. According to the 2014 Houzz Spring Landscaping Trends Study, a large percentage of their participants responded that backyards [...]
The saying “so long as there’s a roof over your head” is one that is always taking figuratively. That is until there is an actual leak in your roof that leads you down the path of needing roof repair. Then, your saying suddenly becomes more literal than anyone wants to deal with. When you buy [...]