Spring cleaning doesn’t just involve cleaning out the inside of your house. Making sure your house is in good shape for summer and the coming year is a great way to identify and stop any maintenance problems from popping up in the future. Below, we will discuss 10 home maintenance projects you can work on in the spring to keep your house in good working condition.
You know that ventilation in your home is important not only for the health and resiliency of your roof and attic, but you and your family as well. But do you know the difference between active and passive roof ventilation, and which one is right for you?
Ventilation methods can be either active or passive ventilation; however, under each type of ventilation, there are many subcategories, which makes deciding what type to get challenging. In the following article, we will try and narrow them down for you and explain each type of ventilation system, so that you can decide which is best for you and your home.
Does your home feel hotter than usual even if you turn on the air conditioner? If that’s the case, try checking the temperature in your attic. Hot air can accumulate in that space, affecting the entire house and causing temperatures to rise.
So how do you fix this? One solution is to invest in an attic fan. These electrical exhaust systems are installed on your roof or gable and are designed to expel hot air trapped in your attic. Once the warm air is removed, the fan pulls cool and dry air from your living space.
When was the last time you aired out your garage? Not many people realize that an attached garage poses numerous health risks, increasing the levels of benzene and other harmful gases in your home. To prevent this, consider installing a garage exhaust fan as soon as possible.
The benefits of top-quality garage exhaust fans
Exhaust fans specially designed for your garage can effectively improve the area’s air quality. These systems circulate the air inside a garage, drawing in cooler, fresher air while eliminating the fumes.
Usually, when people think of air pollution, they think of bustling cities with thousands of cars and smokestacks polluting the outside air. But what if the air inside your home that you’re breathing every day may be just as harmful?
Indoor air pollution has been a rising concern for people as we discover that many things in our home and many things we do may be contributing to an unhealthy home environment. Also, as we move towards better-insulated homes, we seal ourselves and the indoor air pollutants in, exacerbating the problem. In this blog post, we’ll list some easy home remedies that you can implement to improve the air quality inside your home.
Nobody likes a hot, stuffy house, so in the summer months, people usually use air conditioning. However, whole house fans have become popular because they’re more environmentally friendly, no longer noisy, and cheaper to operate than AC, while still being effective at cooling down your home. Plus, whole house fans circulate the air in your home, replacing the hot, polluted indoor air with fresh air from the outdoors, making your home a healthier environment for you and its other occupants to live and breathe in.
Furthermore, if you think a whole house fan would benefit you, you can always use it as a supplement to your air conditioning. This means that you can enjoy the benefits of both AC and whole house fans, for example, on hot summer days when the outside air is about the same temperature as the inside air you can run your AC, then at night when outdoor temperatures go down you can switch on your whole house fan to naturally cool your house and replace the indoor air with the fresh, clean outdoor air.
A whole house fan can be a fantastic way to cool your home without relying on air conditioning, but some who have never experienced modern whole house fans believe they can be quite noisy. There have been several discussions on noisy, loud fans that sound like a broken helicopter. However, this is frequently due to an antiquated whole-house fan or other factors, such as a poor installation.
Noise is usually the most obvious sign that your fan is getting old. Older whole house fans are noisier than newer models. If your fan noise level is bothering you, replace it with a new model, like the Quiet Cool models available from Wholehousefan.com.
Indoor air pollutants are a rising concern for people all over the country. Indoor air pollutants can come from almost anything: furnishings, air fresheners, building materials, central heating, and cooling systems, gas stoves, excess moisture, outdoor sources, and much more.
While traditionally we think of air pollution being bad outdoors in cities, regardless of where you live, you could be exposing yourself and others to polluted indoor air. Plus, you spend a majority of your time inside your home, so if your home is polluted, it means you might be breathing more polluted air than you are breathing in clean air. On top of all of this, we are always trying to save money by insulating our homes to save heat and energy during the winter, which further traps the pollutants, potentially making the problem worse.
Therefore, you must ask yourself: what can I do about indoor air pollutants?
Attics are often an afterthought when it comes to caring for your home; however, keeping your attic in good shape is essential to saving money on heating, cooling, and costly repairs, especially in the winter. Having poor ventilation in your attic can be especially detrimental to your home in the winter (and the summer, but that’s another post).
Below we will discuss how to identify whether your attic shows any signs that it needs more ventilation, and what you can do to improve it.
Solar panels are becoming more affordable every year, making many people wonder if it’s the right option for them. As fossil fuels become more expensive and their negative impact on the environment becomes more clear, renewable energy — like solar energy — seems more practical and ethical for people. With solar energy, not only do you support a healthy planet, but you save money on utilities too.
Solar panels are usually placed on the rooftop of your home or (if your property is big enough) in an open space. The solar panels use the sunlight’s energy to generate electricity and reduce the homeowner’s usage of electricity from the grid. Any excess energy the solar panels produce gets sent back to the grid or get stored in a solar power battery.
Below we’ll discuss ten different ways you can use solar power in your home.
Rising rates of inflation mean that winter this year may be particularly costly. Retail and grocery stores have already hiked up their prices to match the increasing inflation, and are likely going to continue doing so, at least in the short term. The next big industries that are believed to increase their prices to match inflation are utility companies. HVAC companies are expected to begin increasing their prices in 2022 as inflation continues to rise, which could mean bigger utility bills for people everywhere.
Luckily, some have seen this coming, and figured out how they can prepare for the incoming winter to reduce bills and save money. Below are 5 simple ways you can combat utility cost inflation in the coming year.
Staying warm this winter is going to be more expensive than ever for most homeowners. Almost half of American households that use natural gas to heat their homes are expected to spend 30% than they did last winter, according to the Winter Fuels Outlook 2021 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Those who use electricity are projected to spend an average of 6% on heat, and the minority of people that use propane and heating oil could see increases in spending up to 54%.