A typical home in the United States uses roughly 48% of its overall energy for heating and cooling purposes. Approximately 66% of homes have air conditioners, and these units tend to last for 10 to 15 years. When residential air conditioning repair is needed on a regular basis, however, it may be time to speak with a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) specialist about a new high-efficiency model.
There are common types of air conditioning repair and maintenance that are needed from time-to-time. When the weather is warmer, having sufficient cool air is obviously (more…)
Given the amount of time people spend in their bathrooms, it’s no wonder that this is a popular remodeling choice. A National Association of Home Builders survey showed that it is also the most-requested type of remodeling job. In the United States, 78% of the renovations requested are for bathroom remodels.
If you’re thinking about remodeling your master bathroom, guest bathroom, or another bathroom, you may be interested to learn what other homeowners are doing. The 2016 Houzz Bathroom Trends Study showed that 30% of its participants were having a shower remodel that expanded this space by at least 50%. Different types of shower models were on the list for 87% of the homeowners re (more…)
When it comes to taking care of the ac unit, it is important to remember that prevention is always the best measure, and usually makes for a cheaper, and longer lasting fix, unless it is a goal to totally replace a unit. Sometimes homeowners might not know when to call in a professional to have their ac units looked at. Here are three times when it is worth the money to have someone come in and review the unit, from basic tune-ups, to major problems that could get worse over time.
AC Units Should Be Reviewed After Every Summer Season
It goes without saying that some places will continue to use an air conditioner even after the summer season has passed. However, it is always in a homeowner? (more…)
Taking a kitchen from bland to bravo doesn?t have to cost an arm and a leg. The heart of the home can be reborn with some simple changes that can really transform drab into fab. With almost 80% of all renovation work focusing of the kitchen, it really is one of the most sought after renovations, just pipped at the post by bathroom renovations which account for
81% of all remodeling work. Here are some tips to ensure that you create the ultimate
kitchen renovation makeover.
Illuminating the Subject
The lighting in your kitchen can make all the difference to how your kitchen looks and feels. Brighter lighting with warm tones can make your kitchen feel bigger and help to bring the outdoors indoors. A kitchen renovation makeover can really be brought to life with the right lighting to c (more…)
Raccoons can be cute in movies and on TV, but they aren’t so adorable when they make their way inside your home. If they find easy access to food and shelter, they’ll move right in and decide to stay — most likely in your attic or another safe, secluded spot. Think these masked intruders have invaded your house? Read on for some answers to your FARQs (that’s frequently asked raccoon questions).
What makes raccoons pick certain homes over others?
The first thing that will attract raccoons and other critters is food availability. Easy-to-open garbage cans, bird feeders, pet feed, or a garden can be your downfall. After the raccoons make sure they can get regular meals, they’ll start looking for openings to your home. They can squeeze through holes as little as four inches or so, which means t (more…)
Home remodeling is a big business in the United States. For some, they buy a house in an area they like and then transform the house into what they really wanted. For others, they remodel the house as their family dynamic changes. Still others choose to remodel simply to get something fresh and new.
Regardless of the reason, remodeling is a big business as more and more home owners are taking the opportunity to turn their home into something better ad more suited to their needs and preferences. According to a recent study, the bathroom is the most remodeled room, followed closely by the kitchen.
The bathroom and kitchen also provide the greatest return on investment when selling a house. Remodeling the kitchen or bathroom prior to selling can increase the sale price by thousands of dollars.
Have you avoided your garden DIY list this year? You are likely not alone. Many homeowners plan to update or clean up their gardens at the first sign of warm weather. Yet, many fail to actually do this. Other DIY responsibilities get in the way, or you simply do not know where to begin. Gardening takes some amount of knowledge. Without this knowledge, you are simply guessing at what might work and what might not work. Remember the following tips as you prepare to finally tackle that garden task.
Just jump in
The more that you put off your gardening project, the longer it will take. You will always find excuses to put it off. If your main excuse is lack of knowledge, you need to take the first step to start somewhere. Begin reading gardening webpages. Subscribe to a couple of (more…)
Keeping a home at the right temperature is a costly investment in certain houses. Many older homes still have either the original or outdated HVAC systems. One study found that nearly 20 percent of homes built during the 1980s have HVAC systems older than 20 years old. Having older systems can lead to huge bills during the month. Poorly functioning HVAC systems soon go out entirely, often at the worst moments. You’ll want to have a new HVAC unit installed before an old system spirals out of control. It’s understandable to be unaware of how far HVAC units have come. In this post, you will learn four benefits associated with energy efficient HVAC systems.
Are you looking for a modern kitchen design? Whether you’ve just purchased a new home that needs renovating, or are updating an existing home, you probably want to have a modern kitchen design.
Given the number of hours that people spend in their kitchens, it’s not surprising that they want this space to be beautiful and functional. It’s amazing how being surrounded by new cabinets, counters, and appliances can make a significant difference in a person’s state-of-mind.
While being in an attractive and workable space is its own reward, remodeling can also bring a solid return on a homeowner’s investment. Even a minor kitchen remodel can bring a 82.7% return!
On average, homeowners will spend about a third of their budget (more…)
Using too much energy leads to increasingly high monthly bills. No homeowner wants to see their money go solely to energy costs. However, it’s easy to wonder how to go about making your home more efficient. Understanding how to increase the efficiency of your home leads to less energy consumption. You will find ideas ranging from small changes to larger projects. All of these tips will help you save a lot of money per month. Here are four tips for making your home more energy efficient.
Air Conditioning Replacement
One of the most common sources of energy loss in a home is the air conditioner. This device is made to properly control the temperature within your home. Adjusting the temperature of a home can cost a lot of money without the right AC unit. An air conditioning replacement gives you (more…)
Do It Yourself Repair
Do you enjoy keeping your home at a reasonable temperature, regardless of the weather outdoors? Are you looking for a way to do so? If the answers to these questions are yes, consider calling up an HVAC company to see if they can install an HVAC system in your house. Not having an HVAC system [...]
Every single year, a large number of homeowners will call on a professional to come to their homes and to help them with water leak repair. This water leak repair process is incredibly important because it can help save you money if you do it right, but if done incorrectly, it can easily cost you. [...]
Every single year a large number of American homeowners will get involved in a renovation that involves making major changes to their house. These renovations can include making changed to the kitchen, altering the bathroom, and even landscaping jobs that can change the outside features of their home. While some people believe it is fun [...]