21 October 2015
If you've ever had to deal with sudden water damage, such as from a burst pipe, then you proabably know how much of a relief it was to find that your homeowner's insurance would cover at least part of the costs of repair and restoration. But water damage from a slow leak is a different animal, and depending on your actions, you could find yourself footing the whole bill. At issue is the amount of time that you knew about the leak and what you did to stop it.
6 October 2015
As anyone living in a cold climate knows, heating your home in wintertime can cost a small fortune. Yet it's still possible to keep yourself cozy and warm without breaking the bank. If you would like to learn more about economizing on your energy costs, read on. This article will offer three simple tactics for more efficient heating. Ensure that your electrical outlets are insulated. Most people have never stopped to consider that electrical outlets offer an easy way for cold air to get into your house.
18 September 2015
When you work on renovations in your home, you will most likely end up with a variety of materials you tore down. This could be anything from drywall and concrete, to carpeting and other flooring materials. Many of these items can be recycled, which helps the environment and keeps you from taking up space in your trash can or dumpster. Here are three materials that can be recycled. Concrete If your home renovation project includes breaking up concrete, such as a concrete driveway, pathway on the side of your house, or a concrete patio, those scraps should be saved and recycled.
1 September 2015
Radiant heating is a fantastic way to make your home more comfortable in the winter, especially because it can provide you with quite a few benefits versus traditional heating methods. A radiant heating system typically requires that electrical panels or pads are installed underneath your floors or behind your walls, which cause those surfaces to heat up. You should utilize radiant heat if you want a healthier home and lower utility costs.
17 August 2015
Stringing lights along your home's exterior can be a great way to spread holiday cheer. If you are planning on creating your biggest and brightest holiday light display yet, it's important that you take the time to make sure your electrical system is up to the challenge. Here are three things you can do to ensure your holiday light display is both spectacular and safe. 1. Invest in LED lights for your home's exterior.
31 July 2015
Just because you recently had a new heating system installed does not mean you can sit back and forget about it. If you want to keep the system running as efficiently as possible, don't neglect regular maintenance. In addition, there are some upgrades or additions you should consider to reduce the amount of time your system is running. This keeps your system from working too hard to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.
20 July 2015
Do you rely on a well on your property to provide water? Has it stopped pumping water? While water wells are typically reliable water sources, there are a few instances in which a well may stop working. Most of the time, the problem is a simple fix. Sometimes, though, a non-working well may indicate a much more serious problem. Here are a few reasons why your well may not be working and how to troubleshoot them:
1 July 2015
Your furnace is one of the most important parts of your home, mostly because it is responsible for many of the comforts that you enjoy while in your home. Choosing to replace your furnace is a very big decision, but you will want to do so in order to ensure that your home is energy efficient and has good indoor air quality. Energy Efficiency One of the biggest reasons to consider replacing your furnace is to ensure that you are not using more energy than necessary to heat your home.
18 June 2015
If you are planning to make some exterior home improvements, some materials are easier to care for than others are. Follow the tips below, and you will have less work to do in the future keeping everything maintained. Vinyl Siding Vinyl siding is beneficial in many ways, and especially if you live in an area that gets extreme weather conditions. This is because vinyl siding is manufactured to withstand subzero temperatures, as well as the hottest summer temperatures.
6 June 2015
When winter is coming, is your garage door ready? In many homes, the garage door is the main entry into the home. This means daily use, along with the attendant wear and tear, is common. You don't want to be troubleshooting a broken door on a freezing January morning, so make sure all is well during the mild days of fall. Stay on Track Whether you have a manual or automatic opener, the simplest but most effective way to avoid winter problems is to take care of your door tracks.