What are some of the biggest changes you are seeing in the window industry? We see the continued growth of homeowners who want greater access to the outdoors with large spans of glass, as well as larger windows and doors. There’s also a new trend toward mid-range products, as opposed the high-priced windows and doors, with an emphasis on greater Continue Reading
Anyone who’s ever looked into making a minor repair on their air conditioner or furnace will tell you: HVAC units are complicated! Compressors, motors, fans, drain lines—there’s a lot going on in your home’s system. Today we talked to HVAC repairman Chris Tinney, to address the more technical side of repairs and find out more about some exciting new products Continue Reading
Even if you aren’t considering a roof replacement right now, sometimes the weather has other ideas in store. When storms strike, they often take their toll on your roof—and repairs can range anywhere from replacing a few shingles to an entirely new roof. Today, we talked with Magie Nunn, of New Braunfels Roof Repair and Leak Experts in New Braunfels, Continue Reading
What are some of the biggest changes you are seeing in the solar industry? In the past couple of years, we saw some record-breaking growth—but 2016 was by far the biggest year yet for solar. The amount of solar power installed in the U.S. is expected to nearly triple in size by 2022, and pricing on systems continues to drop—solar Continue Reading
When you decide to install new windows, you have tons of companies to choose from. But most of the time those offerings break down into two kinds: large window dealers and independent installers. Today we talk to Billy Vaughan, the co-owner of B&B Custom Renovations in Fairfax, Virginia, about the benefits of relying on a local contractor for your windows replacement Continue Reading
You can have the most highly rated system around, but unless it’s sized correctly for your home—and installed with the right ducting system—it may not be running as efficiently as it could. That can wind up raising your cooling bills and causing other problems down the line. Today we talked to Roland Bazan, the owner of Roland Bazan Heating & Air Continue Reading
The vast majority of roofers are honest and do good work, but every once in a while, homeowners get hooked by “storm chasers,” roofing contractors who come in after a major weather event to fix homes that were damaged by recent storms. These roofers can’t always be trusted to do the job right—and sometimes they aren’t available for fixes if Continue Reading
What are some of the biggest changes you are seeing in the home automation industry? This year, we can expect the trend of voice control to grow. Being able to control the entire home with a voice command opens the door to more convenience and it will become a control mechanism that homeowners will rely on—and even expect—in 2017. Whether Continue Reading
What’s the main thing you wished customers understood about the home tech industry? We’re excited for customers to understand that home tech can be for everyone. There’s a misconception that it’s extremely expensive to automate your home, but that’s not the case! We’ve approached the smart home with simplicity for the consumer as a top priority. The smart home should Continue Reading
Rick Leonard is the founder of Heritage Building and Renovation, a Montgomery County, MD firm that designs and builds renovations and additions, and specializes in turn-of-the-century bungalows and Victorian homes. Since he has more than thirty years of expert experience, we asked him for his advice on working with a contractor—including how to save time and money, as well as ways to ensure the Continue Reading
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