Breathe Easy: How to Keep The Air in Your House Clean
When older homes were constructed, they had lots and lots of natural ventilation, also known as drafts. Older homes provided as many as six to eight air changes every hour, meaning that the home was so drafty that all the air inside was exchanged with outside air that many times in an hour. While this made it helpful to breathe easy, it wasn’t so great for your carbon footprint.
Today, new homes are built and maintained tighter. Installing new windows, increasing insulation, and sealing with caulk is just a few Money Pit adventures aimed at keeping drafts out.
How to clean your dryer ductwork.
According to the US Fire Administration, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated five deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property damage. Failure to clean the dryer is the leading cause.
The most efficient and safest dryer ducts are the 4-inch rigid metal ones. The smooth interior of these pipes reduces air flow drag and lint buildup. The flexible white plastic hoses are inefficient and a fire hazard; they become brittle from the heat.
When Should You Replace Your Furnace?
No one wants the furnace to break down during winter. Here are the obvious and subtle signs to watch for before your furnace goes out.
With a change in the calendar comes an inevitable change in the weather. As colder air creeps in, you’ll want to be sure your furnace is up to the challenge. Of course, not all household breakdowns come with warning signs; but your furnace could be warning you it’s time for a replacement.Here are the key signs to watch out for:
Is there a perfect temperature to set your thermostat?
The right thermostat settings can do wonders for your energy costs. ConsumerEnergyCenter.org reports that you can save up to five percent in heating costs for every degree you lower your thermostat between 60 and 70 degrees. Many people find that setting the thermostat to 68 degrees in the winter provides a comfortable home environment and keeps heating costs under control. At the night, or during the day when everyone is away, the temperature can be set to 6-10 degrees cooler to provide more savings.
How To Adjust Water Heater Temperatures
If you've noticed the water temperature in your shower isn't as hot as it once was, it may be a problem with your water heater. To solve this problem adjust the temperature on your home's water heater. With these easy to follow steps you'll be able to enjoy your morning shower again.
Is your House Holiday Safe?
It's that time of year again to deck the halls. In fact, many homes are already decked out for the season, a fun and festive tradition we all enjoy. As many as 76% of Americans celebrate the holidays by decorating their homes. Unfortunately, this time of year is also fraught with safety hazards galore and many find themselves in the emergency room for injuries suffered from decorating mishaps. As a result, here are a few friendly safety tips to help you and yours have a happy and safe holiday .
Exterior Winter Home Maintenance Tips
Trim trees and remove dead branches so they do not damage your home or injure someone if they fall.
Keep gutters clear of leaves, sticks, and other debris. Make sure downspouts direct away from the foundation.
Handrails and Steps
Repair steps and handrails inside and outside to ensure safety and prevent slipping or falling.
Check for water leaks and fix problems immediately. Learn how to shut off your water and know where your pipes are located in case they do freeze; you may be able to prevent water damage.
Don't Get Stuck
with Frozen Pipes
For many parts of the country, the holidays bring cold temperatures along with festive celebrations. Frozen pipes that burst and cause water damage can put a damper on holiday merriment and can cost thousands of dollars in repair as well as hours of your precious holiday vacation time. Here are a few tips that may help you avoid frozen pipes – and frustration – this winter:
When it gets really really cold, remember your plumbing pipes
Plumbing pipes can freeze during times of extreme or prolonged cold temperatures. Thankfully, that doesn't happen very often here Charleston! But on the infrequent occasion when it does get really really cold here, you'll want to be alert and prepared.
Fall Maintenance Musts
Use these ten easy fall maintenance projects to keep your house in peak condition through the winter.
Check for Peeling Paint
Inspect the exterior to see if any paint is deteriorated, peeling or blistering on the siding (for those who have wood siding), trim, railings and door/window frames. Even if you have fiber cement siding, you can still have wood railings and trim and those are susceptible to wood rot over time if not well protected from the weather with a good coat of paint. Repair any wood rot you see to ensure that the area is weather tight since water can seep thru wood rot and into your house (this is very common at door and window frames).
Buying a brand new house?
economy is booming and it’s a great time to buy a newly built home. Are you
building from scratch or, are you purchasing a home that’s just about
finished? In either case, you may be on
the fence as to whether you should spend the extra dollars to have a home
inspection. It’s new construction after all, what could be wrong? And there’s a
one year builder’s warranty -- you’ll surely be able to identify any repair
needs while living in the house. Plus, your builder has an excellent reputation
for quality construction.