Home Maintenance Tips

Originally posted on MMcRealty's Blog:

house-cartoon(1)Protect Your Home Year-Round with These 8 Maintenance Tips
Whether you’re a new homeowner or an experienced do-it-yourselfer around the house, these handy tips will help protect your investment year-round.

Safety first – Replace the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s also a good time to make sure that any fire extinguishers in your home are in working order.

Look up – Inspect your attic and roof for leaks, missing shingles and ventilation issues. It’s also a good idea to check on the chimney, as well as attic fans and vents.

In the bathroom – Inspect grout and caulk around bathtubs, sinks and showers. Get rid of cracked grout and replace missing grout. Seal tile grout. Discolored and mildewed caulk should be cleaned and might need to be replaced with new caulk.

In the kitchen – Clean appliances, including refrigerator coils and underneath the range hood. Remove…

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Indoor Air Pollution and Your Health

Originally posted on Dr. Charles Best Blog:

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The quality of the air inside the home or office can significantly impact one’s health. Many people are aware that breathing outdoor air pollutants (ozone, particulate matter, diesel fumes, carbon monoxide among others) increases the likelihood of developing serious health problems, such as asthma, heart disease and cancer. However, many of us do not realize that the air inside our home can be up to 10 times dirtier than outdoor air.

Indoor air pollution refers to air pollutants that occur inside buildings or other enclosed spaces. Examples of indoor air pollutants include dust, fibers, smoke, bio-aerosols, radon, pesticides, asbestos, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. Some sources, including building materials, furnishings and household products like cleaning sprays and air fresheners, release high concentrations of pollutants. High pollutant concentrations can remain in the air for long durations, increasing the potential for serious health problems and illnesses.

Evidence has proven that…

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Great HVAC Ideas From People Who Know All About It

Originally posted on Independent Heating and Cooling:

Dealing with HVAC trouble can be a frightening scenario for anyone who is unfamiliar with the best ways to identify reputable, qualified contractors. The most important thing a homeowner can do is to educate themselves thoroughly on the process before any needs arise. The article below can help everyone do just that.

Before you hire anyone to do any work on your HVAC, be sure to get a written estimate which has itemized costs listed on it. This will ensure that comparing one contractor to another will be simple as you can see what one offers that another doesn’t, or what price they’re charging for the same items.

Clean your permanent air filters or replace disposable ones every single month. If you have the choice, an electrostatic is the best option on the market today. Be sure to turn off your unit before you change the filter as it should…

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Thinking About a Remodel? Consider Going Green!

Originally posted on The Daily Lending Patriot:

Every home seems to have a never-ending remodeling list. As you consider tackling your next project, it usually pays off if you also think about helping the environment.

Green remodeling can last longer, utilize recycled materials and typically end up saving you money in the long run. Below are several environment-friendly ideas that will have your neighbors green with envy.

1. Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are a shallow depressions in your yard planted with native shrubs and flowers. When there is a large rainfall, all the water rushes along roadways picking up dirt and pollutants along their way to drainage systems and eventually rivers and streams.

Rain gardens catch water run-off, which reduces the street flooding and makes for cleaner water sources.

2. Reclaimed Hardwoods

Using reclaimed wood is all of the rage right now – and it’s easy to see why. Reclaimed wood helps the environment by being recycled…

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Is Your Home Older Than Its Years?

Originally posted on Lehigh Valley Home Dreams:

By: Lara Edge

Would you throw away $20,000? You are if you’re letting your home age faster than it should. Here’s a simple maintenance strategy to keep your home young.

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You know how Dr. Oz says that if you keep your body fit and your mind nimble, you’re likely younger than your chronological years? The same principle applies to your house.

An out-of-shape house is older than its years and could lose 10% of its appraised value, says Mack Strickland, an appraiser and real estate agent in Chester, Va. That’s a $15,000-$20,000 adjustment for the average home.

But good maintenance can even add value. A study out of the University of Connecticut and Syracuse University finds that regular maintenance increases the value of a home by about 1% each year.

So if you’ve been deferring maintenance, or just need a good strategy to stay on top of it, here’s the…

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Can Ceiling Fans Help Save Energy?

Originally posted on St. Louis HVAC Company, Premier Lennox Dealer, Air Conditioner Repair:

With rising energy costs, homeowners try to do everything they can to cut down on the energy consumption.

do-ceiling-fans-save-money-hvac-tipsHeating and cooling costs constitute a large part of domestic energy bills. Factually speaking, about 50% of an average household bill is contributed by the HVAC system. HVAC experts are often asked whether the use of ceiling fans during summers can help reduce energy consumption. So, in this post, our HVAC experts will try to answer this question, and offer some other simple energy saving tips.

HVAC experts believe that ceiling fans can certainly help save energy, if they are used in the right way. To find out ways to use ceiling fans in a way that can help save some energy, it is important that homeowners understand the functioning and purpose of ceiling fans. Unlike air conditioners, ceiling fans do not cool the air; they simply circulate or move the…

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