Fixing leaks or gutter issues now can save you problems down the road.
The winter storms that hit us here in the Philadelphia area brought heavy snowfall, high winds and below-freezing temperatures. Many homes endured harsh conditions, and now it’s time to address any problems the winter storm created before they get worse and cost thousands in repairs or replacement.
You should thoroughly inspect your home after the winter storm for common damages, as fixing them ahead of time helps avoid bigger problems later.
Roofing and gutters Continue reading
What Happens When the Bedroom Doors Are Closed
In homes with a single central return-air grille, return air often struggles to find its way back to the furnace. The result: room-to-room pressure imbalances that lead to uneven room temperatures, comfort complaints, higher energy costs, and even moisture problems in walls and ceilings.
When a furnace comes on, heated air is pushed through supply ducts to registers in each heated room in a house. If the forced-air system is properly designed, the house includes return-air ducts to convey air back to the furnace to be heated again, in a kind of continuous loop.
While most HVAC contractors install ducts and registers to deliver conditioned air to every room in a house, they often neglect to provide an adequate return-air path from each room back to the furnace. Most rooms don’t have a return-air grille; instead, there’s often just a single large return-air grille in the living room or a central hallway to serve the whole house. Continue reading
It’s official, winter is here, the leaves have fallen and so has the snow, plenty of it! Here’s a short list of some maintenance to consider as you ready your home for the winter. As always, be safe, if you’re not certain about doing it call a professional.
• Change out your HVAC filter. Do this at least at the start of every new season. Depending on the filter manufacturer’s recommendation, perhaps more often. A dirty filter can cause your furnace to be deprived of air flow and work harder to heat less.
• Replace the batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, and check to make sure these are all in working order.
• Drain your exterior hose and faucet. Water left in those lines can freeze causing the pipes to burst. Continue reading
Hello to All! Water is a precious commodity and getting more precious every year. Fortunately, installing a variety of cutting-edge new products in your home can significantly reduce the amount of water you use. Keep reading below to learn about some of these options. And check out the EPA’s Water Efficiency Resolutions for 2015
Reduce Water Usage at Home
In years past, water was a relatively inexpensive commodity for homeowners in the U.S. and few people paid attention to the cost and their own usage. However, the price of residential water service in the U.S. is rising. The average monthly cost of water for a family of four using 100 gallons per person per day climbed 6 percent this year. READ MORE
Remodeling has become one of America’s favorite pastimes. Whether you are remodeling your kitchen, adding a new addition, or putting in a sunroom, remodeling can be an enjoyable experience and a great way to increase the value of your single largest asset. One of the most exciting aspects of remodeling is planning the project. Not only is planning fun, it is also very important to the success of the job. Unfortunately, however, there are a number of problems that can occur when making changes to your home. But with some foresight and some common sense, you can eliminate most of these potential problems before they have the chance to take root. These are the ten biggest mistakes made by homeowners when they undertake a remodeling project:
#1. Hiring the Wrong Contractor
Home automation is “The Internet of Things”…The way that all of our devices and appliances will be networked together to provide us with a seamless control over all aspects of our home and more. Home automation has been around from many decades in terms of lighting and simple appliance control, and only recently has technology caught up for the idea of the interconnected world, allowing full control of your home from anywhere, to become a reality. With home automation, you dictate how a device should react, when it should react, and why it should react. Continue reading
Spring is around the corner and as the days get longer and weather gets warmer you’ll soon be thinking about outdoor projects. And perhaps you might have thought about adding a pond or water feature. There’s no doubt the primary driver for homeowners to add a pond to their landscape is to create a place of beauty and relaxation where they can escape this hectic world. Another benefit is increasing their home’s living space by adding an outdoor living room around the water garden.
By replacing some or all of your lawn with a pond or water feature, you can conserve energy, save money, support the environment and have a beautiful place to relax! Continue reading
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Trends & Tips
Issue 14 – January 2014
Below are a few DIY maintenance projects to help you save some money. If you are unsure on how to do an item, please contact a professional.
Dryer Vents: Cleaning out your dryer vent duct yearly and making sure it is only as long as it needs to be will help your clothes dry faster and reduce a fire hazard. First, pull your dryer out from the wall, disconnect the duct from the dryer and vacuum it out. If you had a lot of slack in the duct after pulling it out, then trim the duct length so that it’s just long enough for you to pull the dryer a few feet out from the wall. Be careful not to crimp the duct pushing it back in.
Refrigerator Coils: You should clean off the coils on your refrigerator at least twice a year. Continue reading