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Pros And Cons Of A Geothermal Heating System

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pros And Cons Of A Geothermal Heating System

If you are looking for a heating system for your home, using a geothermal heating pump is a great option. While this does require more of a complex installation process, you also benefit in a variety of ways. It is good to know both the pros and cons so you can decide if this is the best heating system for you. Pro: You can get both heating and cooling One of the top benefits to a geothermal heating system is that this pump can actually provide both heating and cooling. While the heating pump is often associated with heating in your home, you can use it for the reverse purpose and cool off the inside of your home. This helps save money by not having to install a separate cooling system. Con: It is expensive to install While you will save money on a monthly basis and have lower energy costs than many other heating systems, the installation is another story. It does cost more to buy a geothermal heating pump and especially to pay for the labor costs. There is a lot of deep ground drilling which tends to increase the overall cost of installation. Compare the initial costs to how much you will save each month to decide if it is worth it to you. Pro: The heating system is eco-friendly Another benefit to using geothermal heat in your home is that it is friendly to the environment. No carbon is used when getting power from deep within the earth’s surface, and no harsh chemicals are used either. The pump helps to heat up the inside of your home by absorbing heat in the ground’s surface, then pushing it through vents in your home to heat it up properly. Con: Installation can be convenient The installation process is not only more expensive, but it can be inconvenient when you are living in the home that needs the installation. Since a lot of digging underground needs to be done, you might not be able to live in your home, or you may hear a lot of loud noises in your home during the day. It might take a while to install the heat pump, often longer than a central heating and cooling system. Pro: You can get this system anywhere Regardless of where you live, you should be able to get a geothermal heating system. There are no restrictions based on what utilities are nearby or what energy sources you need. Since the earth’s natural resources are used, city and rural areas should both have access to this heating system. For more information, talk to a professional like TODDCO,...

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Three Ways to Extend the Life of Your Commercial Roof

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways to Extend the Life of Your Commercial Roof

As a business owner, keeping your profits high has a lot to do with your ability to keep your costs low. You can work toward this goal by increasing the lifespan of your commercial roof. The longer the roof lasts, the less money you will likely have to spend. Make sure you know how to increase the lifespan of your roof. Keep the Roof Clean Work hard to keep the roof clean. Leaves, dust, dirt, and other debris can collect on the roof. In excess, this raises a number of concerns. First, debris can attract pests. Certain animals find a debris collection of something such as leaves to be an ideal spot for a nest. Pests can eat away at the wiring and other materials on the roof, causing substantial damage. Secondly, excessive debris collection raises the risk of clogging the gutters. When debris rests in the gutters, water can’t properly flow off and away from the roof. This ultimately causes it to pool and increases the likelihood of a roof leak. Repair Issues Promptly In some cases, roof damage is inevitable. However, you play the most important role when it comes to determining how significant the damage is. The most important thing to remember about roof damage is that it is often progressive.  Consider a small hole in the seam of the roof, for example. Over time, moisture will seep into the small entry and loosen up the surrounding roofing materials, which will cause the hole to expand. Eliminating this issue involves repairing the small hole right away. Always make it a point to repair any damage promptly. Perform Gutter Inspections It’s also important to perform gutter inspections. Pooling water isn’t just the quickest path to roof damage; it’s also a path to damage in the internal spaces of your building. When your gutters aren’t functioning efficiently, water won’t properly drain away. Consider inspecting the gutters at least once every season. When checking the gutters, it’s important not only to look for debris collection but also to ensure that the gutters aren’t showing any signs of wear, such as punctures, bends, or other physical damage. This type of physical damage can also prevent proper water flow and lead to pooling. Make sure you are working to protect your roof. If you have an in-house facilities manager, they should be able to easily perform some of these steps for you. However, if you don’t, a commercial roofing professional such as Danny Odom & Son Roofing can also...

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3 Ways Your Roofing Material Can Affect Your Yearly Budget

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways Your Roofing Material Can Affect Your Yearly Budget

As a homeowner, you probably have a section of the budget dedicated to home improvement and upkeep. Roof replacement can put quite a strain on this budget, so you may be tempted to simply buy the cheapest roofing material you can find when your roof needs replacing. However, choosing a more durable and greener roofing material can actually confer long range benefits on your budget in future years. Here are three ways in which your budget may improve if you choose a green roofing material, such as naturally reflective tile or metal or even a “green roof” or rooftop garden. 1. Roof repairs and replacements  Although the initial cost of replacing an asphalt roof with metal or tile can seem prohibitive, you may find that you will actually save money overall during the life of the roof if you choose one of these durable materials. This is because asphalt roofs need to be replaced every twenty-five years or so, and more durable roofs can last several times as long. Even the cheap variety of metal roof, known as tin roofing, can last twice as long as an asphalt roof. In addition, these materials are likely to suffer less wear and tear in normal circumstances than asphalt roofing could be expected to do. One reason for this is that metal roofing and tile are more durable than shingles, and another is that they’re naturally reflective, meaning that they don’t suffer from thermal shock like asphalt shingles do. 2. Air conditioning bills  One of the great reasons to install a cool roof on your home is that it will help reduce air conditioning bills while keeping your home cool. A large proportion of the heat your home accumulates during the day comes through the roof. In fact, many homeowners find that they save over one-fifth on their air conditioning bills throughout the year with a cooler roof. In addition to simply installing a reflective roofing material, you can make your roof naturally cooler by using a reflective barrier, an attic fan, and shade, as well as by making the surface even more reflective with a cool roof coating. 3. Tax credits  Because the federal government is trying to encourage homeowners and businesses to build green structures, you may find that when you install a cool roof you become eligible for a tax credit or other government subsidy. Unlike the air-conditioning savings and the roof repair savings, this is a one-time offer. However, you may be able to find multiple offers that are available in your area. If you want to be able to plan on this, you should look up the relevant grants before you decide which type of roofing to install. They may specify a certain type of roofing material or a certain product that you have to use to be eligible.  These are only three of the benefits you’ll find if you install a cool roof. Increased summer comfort, reduced air conditioning repair bills, and other benefits may apply as...

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Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Through Attic Hatch Insulation

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Through Attic Hatch Insulation

While maintaining a nice warm home is a comforting part of winter, the related energy expenses can cause a lot of stress. Fortunately, it isn’t as hard as you might think to lower your heating bills. If you would like to learn more about preparing your home for winter, read on. This article will teach you how to keep your energy bills down by eliminating one common cause of heat leaks: your attic hatch. Step 1: Eliminate gaps around the frame. Some sort of decorative trim is usually installed around the border of most attic hatches. The purpose of this trim is to improve the appearance of the hatch’s frame when viewed from below. Unfortunately, in fulfilling this function, it often masks a common problem: large gaps between the hatch frame and the ceiling around it. Remove a portion of your trim so that you can inspect whether or not the perimeter of the frame has been insulated. If not, you’ll want to remove all of the trim to correct the problem. All you’ll need to insulate gaps with a width of 1″ or less is a tube of acrylic caulk. If the gap’s width is greater than 1″, seal it up through the application of spray foam. Step 2: Ensure the hatch sits flush against the top of the frame. The hatch cover is attached to the frame on the attic side. In most cases, it is comprised of nothing more than a piece of plywood secured by a hinge to the frame. Over time, due to its exposure to wide fluctuations in temperature and moisture levels, this plywood is susceptible to becoming warped and misshapen. The problem here is that a warped hatch cover can no longer sit flush against the frame. In other words, there will be numerous gaps that allow hot air to escape upward into your attic. Fortunately, you can stop this type of heat leak by affixing lengths of weatherstripping to the top of your frame. The idea here is that the compressible weatherstripping will ensure a tight seal, even if the hatch cover itself is somewhat warped. Step 3: Attach insulation to the top of the hatch cover. As you can probably imagine, the plywood out of which your hatch cover is made doesn’t exactly offer a ton of insulation on its own. Installing rigid foam insulation to the top of the cover is therefore a great way to reduce the amount of heat migrating upward through that thin board. All you have to do is cut the insulation to size and use wood glue to attach it–foil side down–to the top of the hatch cover. Contact a business, such as Tracy’s Insulation, Inc., for more...

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A Few Surveying Terms You Should Know

Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Few Surveying Terms You Should Know

Surveying is a profession that has been around for thousands of years. Kings and other rulers would hire surveyors to divide up the land belonging to the king so that people could occupy and work the land. In the United States, at least three countries—France, England, and Spain—divided up land in different parts of the U.S before it became part of the United States. Thus, depending on how long ago the boundaries to your property were defined, you may come across terms that are no longer in common use.  Arpent The arpent is a unit of measurement used by the French centuries ago. Thus, you don’t have to worry about it unless you live in Louisiana. Because many of the early land grants were given using these old French units. An arpent equals about 192 feet. Many properties are measured in square arpents, which equal about .845 acres. In any case, if your property documents have dimensions measured in arpents, any surveyor worth his salt should be able to explain the dimensions of your property in terms that you should understand.   Furlong Many old units of measurement had to do with working property. For example, the furlong is actually a corruption of the term “furrow long,” which was a standardized unit of measurement, which more or less indicated how long oxen could pull a plow before they needed to be rested. In today’s terms, a furlong is 220 yards long. You may see furlongs used in property deeds that were drawn up in the English colonies.  Labor The American Southwest was originally settled by the Spanish, so some of the original land grants were given in Spanish terms. A labor is a relatively large piece of land, which in today’s terms is equal to about 177.4 acres.  Hectare A hectare is not an old unit of measurement, but it is a term you should be familiar with. As people switch over to the metric system, acres and other older measures will be replaced with metric terms. A hectare equals 10,000 square feet.  The above terms are just a sampling of the types of terms that can come up in property deeds. If you look at a deed for a piece of land that you are thinking about purchasing, and you are having a hard time understanding the terms on the property, you should contact a land surveyor to explain the terms to you. Also, if it has been a long time since your property was last surveyed, you should have a surveyor locate the original markers that designate the boundaries of your property to make sure everything lines up the way it...

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How To Install Recessed Lights Above A Shower In A Drywall Ceiling

Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Install Recessed Lights Above A Shower In A Drywall Ceiling

If you want to improve the lighting in your shower, consider installing a recessed light. A recessed light, also called a downlight, sits slightly inside a ceiling or wall to accentuate an area. However, the light must meet building codes in your area, so find out what fixtures are acceptable. Here are some tips to install recessed lights in a drywall ceiling above a shower. Prepare to Work For this project, you need: work gloves safety glasses pencil or chalk masking tape plastic or drop cloth slotted screwdriver (optional) stud finder voltage tester dry wall saw electrical tape wire strippers wire nuts insulation-contact recessed light Choose a power source the light fixture. An existing power source, such as another light or outlet, makes the installation process easier, since all you have to do is run a cable to it. Turn off the power to the room from the breaker panel. Run a voltage tester over the breaker box to ensure no current exists. Place masking tape, over the drain, and lay drop cloths or plastic in the surrounding area to make cleaning drywall debris easier.  Cut the Hole If you have an attic, check the attic space above the shower to prevent cutting into pipes or wires, and to locate studs. If you don’t have an attic, use the stud finder to detect joists, and mark their location on the ceiling with chalk or a pencil. Position the template that is included with the light fixture in between the joists, and trace the shape with pencil or chalk. Cut the hole with the saw, but avoid cutting to deep so you won’t cut wires. If you have attic access, cut the hole from the attic. Install the Light Knock out the junction box hole on the fixture. Strip about a fourth of an inch of wiring on the fixture with the wire strippers, then run the cable from the power source to the fixture; inserting it in the hole on the fixture. Twist the matching colored wires together, and secure them with wire nuts. Place electrical tape around the wire nuts, so they fit snuggly in the junction box. Mount the junction box on the closest joist; being certain to allow clearance for the light. Set the light in the hole; taking care not to twist wires. Press the clips with the screwdriver until you hear a click. If the fixture has springs,insert clips into the notch, and move the light back and forth. ​Turn on the light to test for proper operation. If you don’t trust your skill, or you need new wiring installed, contact an electrician. Visit http://attaboyservices.com/ for more...

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The Advantages Of Storm Fixtures

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Advantages Of Storm Fixtures

If you are going to invest in window replacement for your residential property, you should definitely consider storm fixtures. Storm fixtures basically look just like normal fixtures, except they are reinforced in every aspect. While they might be designed to withstand the most severe weather conditions and even natural disasters, they are suitable for homes in all climates. This article will explain some of the benefits of storm windows. You will see that no matter where you live, storm windows can be very beneficial. Extra Strength The first great thing about storm windows is the extra strength. While they are built to withstand gale force winds, homeowners with large families and young children will appreciate having windows that can withstand everyday wear and tear caused by normal usage. Furthermore, storm windows are usually constructed out of reinforced vinyl or similar materials. These are basically bulletproof materials, so you don’t need to worry about scratches on the inside or outside. Storm windows have tempered glass panes for added strength. Tempered glass is less likely to break because it is designed to be a little more flexible. Even if it does shatter, it breaks into round pebbles that aren’t as sharp as normal glass shards. Energy Efficiency Many people are also attracted to storm windows because of the energy efficiency they can add to the building. Storm windows have different levels on insulation, as reflected in their R-value rating. Be sure to choose a product that has a R-value that matches your regional requirements. You can invest in triple, and even quadruple, paned windows for extra insulation and protection. The space between each window pane is filled with argon gas to help with the solar insulation. Storm Windows Come in All Styles It is also very important to know that storm windows can be found in just about any color or style. Whether you want fixed, casement, sliding or bay windows, you should be able to find a storm window option to fit your property and style. Also, you can alternate between storm fixtures and standard fixtures throughout your house. You don’t need a storm fixture on every single window. For instance, you might not need storm fixtures on windows that are under a patio or the side of the house that receives less sunlight. Since storm fixtures are marginally more expensive, this is a great way to save money on your overall costs. It is easy to see why so many homeowners, no matter where they live and how mild the climate is, are choosing storm...

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What Are Some Tasks Required Of A Property Manager?

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Are Some Tasks Required Of A Property Manager?

If you own property, you might want to hire someone to help manage it for you. It helps to know more about the tasks required be a property manager so you know what skills to look for.  Selecting New Tenants and Handling Move-Outs The first big job that a property manager is required to do is select new tenants when a unit becomes available and deal with tenants who decide to move out. With new tenants, the property manager will find tenants through different means, run background checks and credit checks, and verify the financial and employment information on the individual’s application. They will select the tenant, prepare the lease, provide a tour, and collect the rent and deposit. When someone wants to move out, the property manager is often required to handle this paperwork, whether it means collecting the final deposit or issuing their deposit back if the unit is still in good condition. The will also handle evictions. Collecting and Adjusting Rent Handling rent for the tenants is also something a property manager is required to do. They will first set the rent amount, which is often done with the help of the property owner. However, there may come times when rent needs to be adjusted for certain tenants, such as when their lease is up and they switch to a month-to-month arrangement or during annual increases, which does happen with some properties. The property manager also needs to collect rent in a timely manner from all tenants and issue notices if the tenants do not pay their rent on time. Overseeing Property Maintenance and Repairs While the property manager likely doesn’t do the repairs themselves, they will need to supervise and oversee certain repairs. If a tenant has a broken stove, they will inform the property manager, who will then make sure the maintenance staff tends to it in a timely manner. They will need to check back in with the tenant to make sure the stove is now working properly. Routine maintenance in units and homes, as well as the property site itself, should also be managed by the property manager, from pest control to routine plumbing and electrical inspections. Handling Disputes Between Tenants The tenants might occasionally have issues with each other, whether from the smell of smoke, barking dogs, or pests that are coming from a unit that isn’t as clean as it should be. The property manager will need to address these issues in an attempt to come to a compromise.  If you think hiring a property manager is the best choice for your property, contact a local management company like Advanced Property...

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Why You Need A Bathtub In Your Home

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Need A Bathtub In Your Home

When you are planning your new home construction, experts will advise you to pay particular attention to the bathroom, both for your comfort and to help ensure a healthy resale value. Part of creating a “perfect” bathroom is including a bathtub. A tub, although not usually necessary for proper hygiene, makes your bathroom more attractive to many people. A shower does not address all the needs of your family or the needs of potential buyers. Opting out of having your contractor install a bathtub can be a big mistake. Mental Benefits After a hard day at work or a personal crisis, people often yearn to “go home and take a long hot bath.” You have probably yearned to do the same thing. Baths relax you, and so improve your mental condition. Studies have shown that a hot bath can make you feel less lonely. If you add lavender oil to the mix, you can improve your mood and actually feel more positive about the future. If you are trying to plan a home that is a restful haven, you need to include a bathtub.  Physical Benefits Baths improve your physical condition as well. Taking one will result in better circulation by taking stress off of your heart and allowing it to work better and more efficiently. After a bath, you may fall asleep faster and sleep better. Studies have also shown that taking baths can lower your blood pressure. Lukewarm baths followed by a good moisturizer can improve the condition of your skin.  In all, baths can significantly improve your health. Family Members Being tubless is a serious drawback if you have seniors in the home. As we age, we often lose mobility and have issues with balance and muscle stiffness. You can add safety features to a tub, such as a handrail or seat, that make it easier for seniors to bathe. Some people simply cannot stand long enough to take a shower. You can also consider adding a walk-in tub to help any elderly members of your family. Parents may also prefer to bathe their children in a tub rather than a shower. Resale Value Real estate experts recommend that you have at least one bathtub in your home to appeal to possible buyers simply because many people want the option to take either bath or a shower or they have physical issues that require a tub. When you limit their choices, you may discourage them from purchasing your home when you are ready to sell.  When you design your new bathroom, you should include a tub for numerous reasons, including your mental and physical health. Tubs can be friendlier than showers to some seniors or people with physical ailments. In addition, bathrooms are considered one of the most important rooms to influence resale value. Having your custom home builder add a tub to your bathroom makes your home a better...

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Heating And AC Service: The Vital Yet Lesser Known Aspects Of Plumbing Repair

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Heating And AC Service: The Vital Yet Lesser Known Aspects Of Plumbing Repair

When most people think of plumbing repair, they think of broken pipes or sewer and drain cleaning. However, plumbing services may also be required for heating and AC repairs and installations. Pipes are not only used for moving water, but also for transporting the dangerous and volatile chemicals such as fuels and refrigerants that are used to heat and cool your home. Plumbers play an important role in keeping the water flowing and also keeping your family safe and comfortable. Heating repair Gas line repair The type of plumbing services required in heating depends on the type of heat source used. Gas furnaces need expert skill in ensuring the integrity of the pipes that carry natural gas to the furnace. Gas pipe and fittings must meet specific specifications to minimize the possibility of a gas leak. Unlike water leaks, which can cause major flooding damage to a home, a natural gas leak can cause an explosion that is capable of destroying an entire house. For this reason, gas pipe repairs should only be attempted by professionals. Boiler repair Individual homes or older buildings with multiple units or sections may be heated by boilers, which heat water that is transferred to radiators, baseboard heating units, or radiant flooring pipes to heat individual areas. Boiler parts may require repair or replacement, as well as the water lines that carry hot water to various areas of a home or institution and the fuel pipe lines that carry oil or natural gas to the boilers. Again, these types of repairs are best left to plumbing or HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, And Air Conditioning) contractors. AC installation and repair Installing and maintaining an air conditioning unit requires a variety of skills. One of the most important components of AC repair and installation is the proper installation and integrity of the pipes that carry the refrigerant used to cool a home or business.  Leaking refrigerant can create a variety of health, environmental, and cooling efficiency issues. While newer refrigerants are more environmentally friendly than those used previously, they can still contribute to ozone damage and cause a resulting environmental impact.  In addition, refrigerant leaks can cause AC compressors to work excessively hard, even to the point of damage to the compressor and various other parts of the unit. Energy efficiency will also suffer, resulting in warmer homes and higher electric bills. Exposure to refrigerants can also cause health issues such as nausea or headache for occupants of a home or business. While it is not a common occurrence, exposure to a significant amount of refrigerant can cause asphyxiation and death. While plumbers provide the vital services that are needed to keep the water flowing and drains running freely, plumbing services also play a vital part in the basic conveniences that make modern homes and businesses comfortable and safe. For HVAC contractors, contact a company such as A Absolute Plumbing &...

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