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Home efficiency best practices.

Home efficiency best practices.

August 26, 2013 at 11:40 pm / by

The world is changing for the better. We have more ways than ever to keep our homes healthier, comfortable, updated, energy-efficient, and resale-ready!

Inside the Home:

  1. Change your HVAC filters every 3 months (calendar it).
  2. Get the chimney inspected and swept yearly. Switch to a gas-burning fireplace insert, rather than a wood-burning fireplace
  3. Remodel, upgrade, restore, renew, go green and sustainable
  4. Consider signing up for a Home Energy Assessment and Home Energy Upgrade to improve your home’s comfort, health, and home energy performance, and reduce energy bills by up to 45% (sealing vents, outlets, recessed lights, windows, hidden holes, replacing insulation, considering “right size” HVAC equipment and double-pane windows, etc.) Yes, we are doing just that for our customers. Ask Beckner Contracting Residential!

Inside the Walls:

  1. Watch for, repair, and replace damp walls, mold and mildew problem areas
  2. Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners, especially when it’s hot and humid, to reduce moisture in the air.
  3. Keep indoor humidity below 60% if possible, measured with a hygrometer available at local hardware stores. Keep the house warm in cooler weather. As the temperature falls, air is less able to hold moisture, condensing on cold surfaces, which can encourage mold growth.

Under the Floor:

  1. Upgrade ducts to increase comfort and health.
  2. Be sure crawl spaces sealed
  3. Be sure crawl spaces are well-ventilated, use fans and install vents if necessary.

Electrical Safety, Technology, Sound Systems:

  1. Double check that all outlets have face plates and baby proof any at toddler level
  2. Confirm electrical box meets code and demand.
  3. Update and integrate wireless capabilities and networking so functioning at peak.
  4. Check for dim or flickering lights, discolored wall outlets.
  5. Install ground-fault circuit interrupters in kitchen, bathrooms, laundry, garage, patio.
  6. Add ceiling speakers and wireless audio systems, bringing music to your ears and reducing cable highways throughout the house!

 Around the House:

  1. When building or replacing decks, consider using wood polymer composite boards. They contain recycled materials and require no maintenance.
  2. Repair, replace, and reduce safety and tripping hazards: dilapidated gates, fences, walkways, driveways, trellises, retaining walls, outdoor lighting, patios, etc.

Up on the Roof:

  1. Patch roof and skylight leaks ASAP
  2. Repair broken, cracked, leaking, worn out roofing and seals
  3. Remove dirt against the house, then sand, patch, paint
  4. Divert standing water from exterior of house, especially problematic for flat roofs

OK, enough with the “honey dos”! Give Beckner Contracting Residential your list and we’ll get to work!

 

 

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