No matter how many times you’ve taken on a renovation project, the beginning can seem daunting. Below are ten tips that will help you complete your project successfully, whether you’re a first-timer or a renovation pro. If you want more information on specific projects like solar, windows, roofing or HVAC click those links for full buying guides. 1. Plan Ahead Continue Reading
Improving your home’s energy efficiency is a smart move. High-performance appliances and materials can significantly reduce your energy bills and fuel costs, making these improvements high on ROI. However, some projects have more to offer than others. Choosing an energy-efficient project requires some research, since you want to make sure your improvement makes sense economically. Additionally, it’s helpful to Continue Reading
“Does it feel hot in here to you?” If your air conditioning is on the fritz, you may find yourself asking this question a lot. Heating and air conditioning units are the silent workhorses of the home, quietly working to keep your spaces comfortable and cozy. In fact, you may not even think all that much about your HVAC unit—until Continue Reading
Home Improvement Financing Options It’s no secret that home improvement can be expensive. Depending on the type of project you’re trying to accomplish, your job could easily run five figures or more. On the more affordable side of the spectrum are simple, inexpensive projects like a new entry door or new garage door replacement, both of which average under $3,500, Continue Reading
Whether it’s a backyard pool or a set of new windows you’re saving up for, planning a remodel is exciting. But that anticipation can fade pretty quickly when you start adding up expenses. Home remodeling costs can rack up fast, especially if you haven’t adequately budgeted your project beforehand. Unexpected costs can catch you off-guard, too. Your contractor pulls up Continue Reading
Did you know that the typical American family spends close to a whopping $2,000 on home energy bills every year? Even worse, much of that is wasted through leaky windows and doors, poorly insulated attics and crawl spaces, and inefficient appliances. But there are plenty of ways you can reduce the amount of energy your home uses. These 12 tips will save Continue Reading
Whether it’s boxes of family memories, or just out-of-season clothing and holiday decor, one thing is certain. You need a safe, secure place to stash your cherished belongings. There’s always the option to store your valuables in a self-storage unit, although you might want the convenience of starting with storage space in your own home. However, basements and attics aren’t Continue Reading
If you’re looking for an alternative to conventional forced air heating, a floor heater—such as an electric baseboard radiator or electric underfloor heater—is a great choice for your hvac system. Both have their pros and cons, of course. Baseboard heaters are wall-mounted, ductless units that sit just above floors, which makes them easy to install and operate. Electric underfloor heaters, meanwhile, consist Continue Reading
If you’re anything like most homeowners, the words “chimney sweep” mostly conjures up images of Dick Van Dyke dancing across the London skyline. But chimney sweeping is actually a vital part of homeownership. Chimneys require regular cleaning to keep them safe to use. So what does cleaning entail? And how much will it cost you, after all is said and Continue Reading
Winter is coming. Before it was a catchphrase on your favorite fantasy soap opera, it was the longstanding motto of HVAC technicians everywhere. That’s because plunging temperatures and wintry weather can be rough on your heating equipment—and there’s nothing worse than waking up on a cold morning to find out your heater’s given out. And then there’s the issue of Continue Reading
HVAC information for homeowners
Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems, a mouthful more commonly referred to as HVAC (H-vack) systems, keep our homes cool in summer and warm in winter. The three components of types HVAC system include air conditioning, ventilation, and heating.
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Because these systems typically make up a large chunk of your utility bill, it’s important to make sure yours is always running as efficiently as possible. Basic HVAC maintenance includes regularly changing filters and having a professional visit one or two times per year to look for any issues. Homeowners wanting to greatly improve their system’s efficiency may also look into sealing up leaks and cracks where air is escaping, installing energy-efficient windows, and installing new units. Want more HVAC information and ideas? You’ve come to the right place.