Here in the United States and in truly so many other places all around the world, the lighting that we use matters tremendously. In fact, up to 11% of all energy use comes from the use of lighting in residential buildings alone. Even more impressive is the fact that more than 15% of all energy use (around 18%, to be more exact) comes from the use of lighting in various commercial buildings all throughout the country. This means that around 22% of all the energy used over the course of a year in this country will be used for the purposes of lighting and lighting alone, according to data that has been gathered by the Department of Energy.
Lighting has really and truly changed the ways in which we live, there is certainly no doubting this fact. It has made life easier, in that we can work for longer, even after the sun has set, and go about our daily tasks with ease. It has also made life safer. For instance, many a parking garage must be lit, as is mandated by law, for all hours of (more…)
What is Radon Gas and What Should You Do About It?
Radon gas is a colorless and odorless gas that is radioactive and could potentially be a problem in your home. This gas can cause cancer if people are exposed to too much of it for too long. It’s generally best to have your home tested for radon and find out what radon mitigation tactics are currently at work in your home. If it turns out that you don’t have any kind of radon mitigation in place and you do have unsafe levels of radon in your home, then you will want to contact a radon mitigation company. They can help you with things such as sump pump installation or other forms of radon abatement.
How to Test Your Home for Radon
There are a few different ways that you can test your home for radon. If you want to do it yourself you can purchase short term and long term tests from hardware stores or online. The short term tests can take anywhere from 2 to 90 days while the long term tests take more than 90. You c (more…)
If your business is in need of having concrete laid or needs industrial concrete repair, then chances are you are on the market for a concrete company. You also probably want the best work you can get for your money. If this sounds like you then keep reading for some tips on how to choose the right concrete company for you.
Consider Your Budget
How much can you afford to spend on concrete? This is an important factor that you should have figured out before you begin the searching process. It will help you to eliminate any companies who are above, or too far below, your budget. Different companies will charge different amounts for labor and the amount of concrete used.
Do Some Research
Doing research on the concrete companies that you are considering is a wise decision. It’s easy to find reviews for businesses online, so you can make sure that the company you c (more…)
When it comes to homeownership, one of the most important things a home owner can do for their home is to keep the foundation in good shape.
When it comes to foundation repair, the options available depend on where you live and the conditions of the area where your property lies. With those two factors in mind, here are several options for foundation repair and to avoid foundation failure and foundation problems:
- Steel piers: Foundation repair has been revolutionized by steel piers, which take less time to install and don’t disturb your property as much when compared to concrete. When it comes to installation, steel piers have become more technical and much easier to install since there is data to back up their effectiveness. A pier and beam foundation consists of joists that are usually spaced anywhere from 18 inches to 12 feet apart.
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There’s nothing better than looking out your front windows on a bright, sunny day to take in the view, see the birds nesting in the trees and the squirrels scurrying through your yard. Or maybe you like gazing through the windows on a rainy day, watching the raindrops hit the windows and slowly trickle down.
While there are plenty of options available when it comes to choosing windows, perhaps just as important are the shades or drapes you choose for your windows. Whatever you pick is going to determine the amount of light that streams in through your windows.
When it comes to distinguishing blinds from shades and drapes, here’s what you should know. Blinds are typically made of harder materials such as wood, shades are made of softer materials such as silk and cotton. Blinds also have slats that open and close to allow for more or less light to come through. Shades on the other hand are made on a continuous roll and adjustments for light can be made up and down.
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Choosing the right Chicago custom window treatments is actually quite a bit more important than the average person might realize, and, fortunately, there are a good number of window treatments to choose from all throughout the country. Though your standard window shades are by and large the most popular form of window treatments here in the United States, everything from layered shutters and interior shutters to heavier window draperies can be found. And the industry for window draperies and other such window treatments is a thriving one, here in the United States and all throughout many other places of this world as well.
In fact, the industry for blind and shade manufacturing has been on the rise over the course of recent years. In fact, this is reflected by data that was gathered between the years of 2013 and 2018. Between these years, a growth of a full 2% was seen in the industry of blind and shade manufacturing. In the years that are to come, this number is only likely to co (more…)
Here in the United States, buying and selling homes is quite the common process. After all, people are looking to move all of the time, and for so many different reasons. For one thing, people sometimes are looking to move to another part of the country, either for work or to find a place to settle down and begin their families. For others, moving from one house to the next is a great way to upgrade their overall living conditions.
For some people, there will be incentive to sell your house fast, something that can come about for a number of reasons. Fortunately, there are home buyers out there who will be looking to buy homes fast. If you find yourself thinking that you “need to sell my house fast,” consider companies that advertise we buy houses in Huntsville. Companies advertising we buy houses near Huntsville are likely to be able to buy your home quickly, as such companies t (more…)
Here in the United States, heating and cooling costs can be quite high indeed. In fact, every and all residential contractors are all too likely to know this, as the use of heating and cooling systems can generate a tremendous amount of energy. In fact, it is far from uncommon for typical heating and cooling systems and their usage to take up as much as half of the typical energy bill here in the United States. Fortunately, there are many ways that residential contractors can provide HVAC services that reduce these total energy costs – especially the ones that are generated by heating and cooling services – quite dramatically indeed.
For instance, regular HVAC maintenance is an absolute must for all heating and cooling systems, and something that all residential contractors will implore you not to avoid. For one, you’ll need to change the filter on your air conditioning system at least once over the course of every three months, or else your risk the build up of contaminants in th (more…)
There are many millions of houses in the United States, and they are united by one common factor: having a foundation. A fine foundation will keep a house secure, dry, and stable for many years to come, and several different models exist across the nation. Texas homes built within the last 50 years, for example, tend to be built upon slab foundation models. A certified geologist on staff may determine which type of foundation is most secure based on local fault lines, because earthquakes may damage certain foundation types more than others. Foundation failure is often the result of a badly built foundation or flooding, and foundation repair services may have to be called. Foundation repair may involve reinforcing the walls of very old basements, for example, or foundation repair may take measures against water flooding into a basement. What is there to know about different foundation models, and (more…)
The advent of air conditioning has made a number of areas around the United States more comfortable places to live. It has been estimated that around the nation, two-thirds of all homes have it. One issue many people have is that while they love to use air conditioning to keep their home cool, it can cost a lot. Air conditioning companies recommend doing the following things to reduce the amount of energy used to cool a home:
- Get better insulation. One problem a lot of older homes have is that they have insulation that does little to keep cool and warm air inside a house. Rather, people end up doing more than keeping their own home cool but they end up paying to cool the area outside of the house as well. There are things that can be done to stop this. Putting in new windows and adding seals to doors can reduce the amount of cold air you let into your neighborhood. This is a simple problem to diagnose, you do not have to be an expert in AC repair services. All you need (more…)
Do It Yourself Repair
Humanity has always needed energy for work, and for much of history, this energy was derived from human and animal labor. Blacksmiths made tools and weapons, and oxen and horses plowed fields and towed wagons and carts. By the 1800s, the Industrial Revolution changed that, and steam power became the standard, powering factories and ships [...]
When people often think of rats, their thoughts are not always positive. Some speculated that rising rat population in New York City, Washington, DC, and Houston were indications of an upcoming “ratpocalypse.” This was written about in Newsweek in 2017. Fearing damage from animals, the mere sight of the unwanted rodents leaves many calling for [...]
Home inspections shouldn’t be a chore. They’re actually a great way to feel more secure in your new place! Think about the last time you settled into a new apartment and found a few things that weren’t on the up and up. You might have had to take some photos and send them to the [...]