Did you know that more than half of all energy costs in an average American home can be attributed to heating and cooling? This U.S. Energy Information Administration statistic applies to homes that even have the best water heaters, and HVAC systems.
The reason for this is that whether you have a gas water heater, or an electric water heater, your system has to work hard to heat the water in your home during the winter time. Similarly, you will find that in the summertime, your HVAC unit doubles its efforts to cool your home.
With the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicting a hot and sticky summer, you may want to call an AC service and repair company to take a look at your unit.
One of the main reasons an AC unit or Continue reading “How to Get Maximum Efficiency Out of Your Home’s Cooling System”
Are your windows getting old? If so, you’re not alone. For many homeowners in the United States, residential window repair and replacement are a must for a variety of reasons. As our windows age, they break down and let in drafts, moisture, pests, pollen, and unfiltered light. Windows that are over 10 or 15 years old are especially susceptible to these issues.
If you have older windows in your home, residential window repair may not be enough — you may need entirely new commercial grade windows for your home. Why make the switch? Check out these advantages of having new windows below:
1. Stronger windows: Home window repair, e Continue reading “Three Reasons to Skip Residential Window Repair and Get a Replacement Instead”
Whether you’re starting a new business or relocating to a new facility, one of the most important things you need to take into consideration is having adequate fire suppression systems in place at your business’s location. Failing to have the right fire protection equipment in place will not only result in fines, but also puts you, your employees, and your facility in danger.
If you want to make sure that your place of business is properly secured, here are a few of the best pieces of advice right from the fire protection handbook.
Readily Available Fire Extinguishers.
Every commercial building needs to have fire extinguishers readily available throughout the building at spots where they’re easy to access, according to the Continue reading “Three Workplace Fire Safety Tips You Need to Know”
Cheap garage kits are a great way to build a carport to store numerous items such as a car, RV, boat, or even bikes. Steel carports are a great way to go because they are much stronger than aluminum carports and although metal building prices may be higher it is worth it to build a metal or steel carport. By using steel when using cheap garage kits is important because steel is one element that can be recycled over and over without any loss to its quality. Over 18 million homes can be powered for one year with the amount of energy that is saved by recycling steel.
When storing a boat, one should definitely keep it out of the sun because the UV rays can do serious damage to a Continue reading “Cheap Kits for Building a Garage or Carport”
Bathrooms are small areas that make mobility nearly impossible, especially for individuals who already have trouble getting around. As a result, if you or someone you know has mobility issues, it is important to design a handicapped bathroom. There are several important ideas for bathroom remodeling to consider, as each one will help create a more handicap accessible bathroom.
– Raise the height of all the fixtures. One of the best ways to create a more handicap accessible bathroom is to raise the height of the sink and toilet. For example, many handicapped bathrooms have toilets that are 17-19 inches from the floor to the seat rim, while most standard toilets are Continue reading “Two Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Handicap Accessible”
Renting apartments and lofts continues to be one of the more popular living choices for Americans. Currently, approximately 35% of Americans rent their living space. This is because renting allows a degree of flexibility and freedom that owning a home doesn’t provide.
There are also many unexpected financial benefits that come with living in a loft or luxury apartment — just take a look.
Here are the top four reasons why renting a luxury apartment is a good decision for your finances:
1. Renting allows you freedom from homeowners’ debt: Did you know that people who rent vs. own save as much as $560 each month? When you rent a luxury Continue reading “Why a Luxury Apartment is a Better Financial Choice Than You Might Think”
The numbers are in, and as Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports, the U.S. housing market finally seems to be back on stable, albeit tentative, footing. That, as you might imagine, means good things across the board for homeowners looking to finally sell their condo or house and move on to greener pastures.
Even with the housing recovery, you shouldn’t assume that offloading your home or condos for sale is going to be easy. Home buyers are still looking for homes with great interior design, verdant lawns, and that “je ne sais pas” that puts your house above all of their other options. With these home staging tips, you can up the “wow factor” of your home and make it far more likely to sell at the price you want.
Continue reading “Three Home Staging Tips You Can Use to Sell Your Home Fast”
When considering a roof replacement, most homeowners who live in warmer climates make the mistake of prioritizing the entire cost of the project over the selected roofing materials types. This can cause them to purchase in inferior types of roofing materials that won’t absorb heat as well nor last as long. Basically, these types of roofing won’t provide the same return-on-investment.
Homeowners living in warmer areas should consider replacing their roofs with one of these types of roofing materials.
Slate is great because it’s durable, aesthetically pleasing, and low maintenance. Thanks to its many light, earth tones, it naturally reflects light and absorbs heat well. There Continue reading “Three Types of Roofing That Work Well in Hotter Climates”
When we think about home repair, we often think of major parts of the house that everyone sees: the roof and siding on the outside, and the fixtures, appliances, and other aesthetic features of the home. However, one thing that many homeowners do not consider until it is too late is home foundation repair. Home foundation repairs are necessary when leaks, cracks, and other problems with the foundation and basement of a home are present. Basement leaks when it rains or when sump pump repairs are required can be costly if the solutions are put off until later. Here are some reasons why basements and home foundations require repairs:
1. Leaks can cost you serious money. If you notice water Continue reading “Want to Prevent Basement Flooding and Mold Damage? Get Your Home Foundation Repaired”