Filed under: Air Quality, HVAC system, Moisture Control, Ventilation
(BPT) – You pride yourself on keeping a clean home. The laundry is washed, the dishes are dry and the den where the children built their pillow fort has been restored to sanity. You’ve been vigilant about cleaning up the messes you can see, but what about the messes you can’t? What are you doing to improve the air quality in your home?
Filed under: Energy Efficiency, Green Home Remodeling, Green Living, Green Remodeling, HVAC system, Lighting, Skylights, Solar Energy, Water Heater, Windows
(BPT) – Forget wondering who’s the fairest; when it comes to choosing home improvements that make your home look good – from the curb and to potential buyers – it may make more sense to ask “Who’s the greenest of them all.” Sustainable home improvements not only help reduce utility costs and boost owner satisfaction with their homes, they also make a house more appealing to potential buyers.
Filed under: Energy Efficiency, Heating & Cooling, Home Improvement, HVAC system, Skylights, Windows
(ARA) – Maintenance and improvement are both essential realities of home ownership. From windows and skylights to gas ranges and front doors, everything in your home will eventually need some work. But how do you know when something simply needs repair, or merits being replaced?
Filed under: Air Quality, Energy Efficiency, Green Living, Green Remodeling, Heating & Cooling, HVAC system
(ARA) – When the winter winds start to howl, it’s a natural response to want to close your home up tightly. To stay warm and avoid wasting energy, you close the windows – or even seal them with window film — find ways to stop air from leaking in through cracks and under doors, and then put your heating system to work. But when those instincts kick in, remember that what you’re doing is sealing air inside your home.
Filed under: Attic, Budget-friendly, Energy Efficiency, Green Remodeling, Heating & Cooling, Insulation, Radiant Barrier, Weatherproofing
Many homeowners think of sealing doors and windows to make their home more energy efficient but did you know that majority of energy loss is through the attic? Your attic can become very hot during the summer and may even get up to as high as 165 degrees Fahrenheit. This high heat can work its way to the rest of your home that forces your cooling system to work harder and consequently your utility bills will rise. If you are planning a home improvement project, a radiant barrier is a great way of increasing the energy efficiency of your home and saving on your energy bills in the summer as well as in the winter.
Filed under: Energy Efficiency, Green Home Remodeling, Heating & Cooling, Home Automation, Lighting
(ARA) – Who wouldn’t like an extra set of hands around the house? Or some help with basic everyday activities such as keeping your home comfortable? And if that extra help could also make your home more energy efficient – reducing your utility bills – wouldn’t that be an added bonus?
Filed under: Energy Efficiency, Heating & Cooling, Home Remodeling, Home Renovation, Ventilation
(ARA) – If you’re looking to purchase or remodel a home, you likely are building a long list of “must-haves,” “must-dos” and “must-includes” for your new space. There’s no question the housing market is in a different place than it was as recently as five years ago. Of course, a tough economy has been the prevailing factor, but other things – an aging population and a tough job market – are influencing how people are living today and possibly into the future. If you’re like most home seekers and remodelers, you may find that your requirements fall in line with these five growing trends:
Filed under: Air Quality, Energy Efficiency, Heating & Cooling, Insulation, Winterization
(ARA) – OK, so humans don’t really hibernate, but when those bone-chilling northern winds arrive and snow starts to pile up against the door, we all tend to prefer the climate-controlled comfort of our own homes. And like all creatures, great and small, who endure the hardships of winter, we must prepare.
Filed under: Air Quality, Budget-friendly, Energy Efficiency, Heating & Cooling
(ARA) – You may find the economic climate less than balmy right now, but that doesn’t mean the climate inside your home can’t be comfortable.