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Solar panels used for residential projects generally come in a standard size, which meets the needs for most homeowners because they fit on most roof sizes and produce enough energy to considerably lower the electric bill each month. Of course, if your roof is irregularly sized, your solar contractor may be able to help you find alternately sized solar panels… Read more
New England might be in a region of the US less prone to sunlight ‚ but that doesn’t preclude it from being a great place for homeowners to install solar panels. As of the end of 2018, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) ranked the state seventh in the country — nearly 11 percent of the state’s energy comes from… Read more
If you notice your home is not heating properly, or your heating bill has recently increased, you may need to examine your furnace and flue. Your furnace’s exhaust stack, also known as the flue, vents fumes and carbon monoxide safely away from your home’s interior as you heat your home. Over time, the galvanized metal will rust and corrode. If… Read more
For many homeowners, the potential of their home—in addition to its location or price—is one of the reasons they purchased it. Whether it’s the dream to expand the kitchen or build a covered patio, home-buyers rarely look at a home and see it as perfect or complete. There’s just always potential for something more. But what about the potential for their… Read more
Maintaining a secure and safe home is paramount for any and all homeowners seeking to improve their home safety. While best security practices encompass an entire home, windows play a pivotal and essential role since they are by their nature more vulnerable than a wall. Home window safety begins with selecting specific window styles and glazing types and extends into… Read more
There are many reasons why you might want to create a sound barrier in your home. Your home may reside on a busy street or intersection, or you may notice noise leaking from one room into another. If you are looking for increased privacy, quiet, and comfort inside of your home, there are ways to create a soundproof barrier using… Read more
When surveying homeowners, we often hear that ahead of a solar power home improvement project, people are often misinformed about how to determine the right amount of solar panels for their home. And that’s likely because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. In fact, if anyone is providing that kind of solution, there is likely some underlying assumption or set of assumptions… Read more
New windows add value to your home and can add energy efficiency. A window replacement is also sometimes necessary after a storm. Whether you’re replacing a broken window or upgrading your windows for increased home value, it’s important to know what to expect during the installation project. Acquiring Windows Permits Check with your local building department to find out if a permit is… Read more
When it comes to home improvement projects, a roof replacement tends to feel like one of the most overwhelming. Even if there are no major issues and it’s just time for a roof replacement, your roof is your first line of defense against the elements—and it’s also one of the more costly updates you can make to your home. To… Read more
The Arizona Supreme Court has made it much more affordable for homeowners to turn to solar paneling to power their homes. In a recent ruling that affects anyone leasing solar panels in 2019 and beyond, the court “spared tens of thousands of homeowners who lease rooftop solar panels from paying property taxes to the state on that equipment,” according to… Read more