Archive for October, 2018

How to Save Money With Ecofriendly Home Technology

The Facts About Home Energy Bills

Energy bills are something every American living in a home has to worry about, whether you rent or own. They take up a sizable chunk of annual income with the average household spending $2,200 a year on those alone. Up to 50% of that annual cost goes towards heating and cooling, which is why that is one of the best places to start when trying to cut back on energy costs in your home. With the right ecofriendly home technology you can not only save money, but become more environmentally conscious.

Installing Heating and Cooling Technology

Did you know that an improperly installed heating and cooling system can reduce the efficiency of the system by 30%? Also, incorrect refrigerant levels in these systems can lower it by another 5 to 20%. That’s why the first order of business is to make sure you allow a professional to install your new Learn more ...

Water Purification Why Do I Need a Water Softener?

We all know that wonderful, refreshing feeling of drinking a nice, cold glass of water. And how easy is it to get? For most of us, all we have to do is walk up to the cooler, or open a bottle of water, or turn on the tap…and voila! Fresh, clean water is right there for us to enjoy.

Home water systems are a main source of fresh, clean drinking water. In fact, a home water treatment unit in in use in 4 out of 10 American homes, as reported by the Water Quality Association.

But what exactly do home water systems do? Of course, they produce cleaner water and purer water. This is important, because much of the available water is considered “hard”. This term indicates that there are high levels of magnesium and calcium in the water, and is the answer to the question “why do I need a water softener?”.

Hard water is present in an estimated 80% of the country and, for the reasons stated above, this water needs to be softened. Home water systems help with homes that may need

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ICF Concrete Provides Strength and Stability to All Construction Projects

First patented in 1966 by Canadian contractor, Werner Gregori, ICF concrete, or insulated concrete form, is reinforced concrete that includes thermal installation. It is used as a permanent foundation for building construction, especially in walls, floors, and roofs. There are many efficiency benefits to ICF concrete when used for decking and outdoor projects as well, weight much less while also including superior insulation capabilities.

Affordable and Efficient Building Materials

ICF concrete is also much more affordable in home construction. When used for basement and foundation is costs about 40% less than standard concrete. Luckily, ICF walls, floors, and foundations provide improved insulation and energy efficiency due to the insulation factor in the materials. Additionally, whether it is the concrete being mixed and poured, or the blocked being laid and stacked, the ICF materia

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Design Projects Decorating with Rope Trim Moldings

One of the most exciting aspects of home decorating is the use of the various materials that give a space its ultimate finishing touches. These can be small finishing touches, such as a lamp or a picture frame.

But it is also possible to have more extensive design choices. One of the most sophisticated and popular choices to achieve this effect is carved wood trim, or molding.

Nothing finishes a room like molding. Molding details in design styles such as rope trim molding, pearl molding, chair rail, Victorian and more add style, warmth, finish and especially value, to a property.

Custom architectural wood carving is a traditional and classic choice…but not the only choice, by any stretch of the imagination! Rope trim molding is a very classic choice, also, with a slightly contemporary “twist” (no pun intended!).

Also available, in addition to rope trim molding, are large corbels, small corbels, fluted molding and resin crown molding, just to name a few. Let’s

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3 Things to Consider When Replacing Your Roof

Of all the many parts of a house, the roof is one of the most important. Not only does a roof keep out the elements, it represents nearly half (40 percent) of a home’s visual exterior and with such a high percentage, it plays a key role in a house’s overall aesthetics.

With a roof playing such an important role for a house, it’s important to keep it looking at and performing at its best. When it comes to roof replacement, there are many things to consider, whether you opt for self-repair or allow roofers to do the job.

Low-cost options

One option for roof replacement is simply putting new roofing shingles over the old ones or reroofing. This option does eliminate some of costs associated with roof replacement and is a good idea if there are no major issues with your roof. Homes are allowed two layers of asphalt shingles and 80 percent of homes are covered with asphalt roofing shingles. Asphalt roofing shingles are long lasting, with a lifespan of anywhere from 20 to

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