Real Life Reasons Your Home Needs a Generator

Real Life Reasons Your Home Needs a Generator

Ready or not, here comes the colder weather.  As the months turn, the days get shorter, the nights get longer, and the chances of encountering a blustery winter storm get higher and higher.  Many people do not have a generator in their home, because they feel the power will never truly be out long enough to need one. Or, they don’t understand the consequences of being without when the weather gets bad.  If you don’t have a generator in your home, here are a few real-life reasons you need one. If the power goes out during the winter months, your pipes could freeze. As the temperature drops outside the temperature inside of your home drops as well. That’s why you have a reliable heating system in place. However, if your power goes out when the temperature outside is below zero, you’re going to notice the temperature inside dropping pretty quickly

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Brighten Your Home with Landscape Lighting

Brighten Your Home with Landscape Lighting

There’s nothing more welcoming than driving up to a well-lit home in the middle of a dark night.  It’s as if everything and everyone is asleep, but the home is still waiting up for you. And, not only is a well-lit home more welcoming, it is also safe. If you are looking to create a welcoming, safe, well-lit home you are going to want to invest in landscape lighting to achieve your goals.  Here we will go over a few of our favorite landscape lighting options. Spotlighting Spotlighting is the most common and most simple form of landscape lighting you can install on your home.  All it takes is a few spotlights staked into the ground aimed at the prominent features of your home. Typically spotlighting is directed towards the front face of the house, the garage, or a flagpole if the home has one. Moonlighting Moonlighting is one of

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Choosing the Right Bathtub for Your Bathroom

Choosing the Right Bathtub for Your Bathroom

If you are in the middle of a bathroom remodel, chances are you are going to need a plumber to help you with the installation of your new bathtub. However, before you call in the professionals you need to choose the bathtub you want. The bathtubs below are some of our favorites to use AND to install! Check them out! Classic Garden Bathtubs If you love a good, long, soak at the end of a long day then you can never go wrong with a classic garden bathtub. The garden-style bathtub can be purchased in a number of varieties, shapes, and sizes. Traditional garden bathtubs are rectangular in shape and are generally installed along a wall in a bathroom with a tile surround.  Modern style garden tubs, however, are ovular and stand alone, away from the wall. No matter which style of garden bathtub you choose, you won’t be disappointed!

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3 Causes for a Running Toilet

It’s the middle of the night and you pop up in bed, wide-awake from the sound of running water.  At first, you think you left the faucet on after brushing your teeth, but you quickly realize that all of the sinks are dry—the sound of running water is coming from the toilet. But, why? Finding your toilet running can be a cause for stress. Here are three possible causes for the sounds you are hearing. The Flapper Valve is Torn At the bottom of your toilet tank is a rubber flap.  That rubber flap is an inexpensive piece of equipment that helps to regulate the water in your toilet as it fills.  Over time that flapper valve wears down causing it to crack and break. When that happens your toilet doesn’t know when to stop cycling water and it keeps on running.   If you find your flapper valve is

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Lighting Styles You’ll Love in Your Living Space

Lighting Styles You’ll Love in Your Living Space

If there is one thing new homeowners love it’s a living space with great lighting. And, although natural light is the top choice…it’s not always possible. And, a well-lit space is just as important at night as it is during the day, so natural lighting isn’t always the answer.  For that reason, we have a list of the best lighting options for your living space to help you bring brightness into your home. Ceiling Fans Ceiling fans are one of the most popular options for living space lighting. Furthermore, in rooms with multiple windows, they might be the best option.  Ceiling fans provide circulation of air and can even help to provide cooling in the summer or circulate heat in the winter. Many people steer clear of ceiling fans because they feel as though they will not fit in with their design. However, we are pleased to let you know

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What is Geothermal Energy?

What is Geothermal Energy?

If you are trying to find a new heating and cooling solution for your home, chances are you have come across a geothermal option.  Although it’s popular and widely offered, many opt for more traditional forms of heating and cooling, simply because they don’t understand what geothermal means. So, before you go making a big decision that will cost you big bucks, here is a quick lesson on geothermal energy. Let’s begin by breaking down the words. GEO: A Greek word that means earth THERMAL: of relating to, or caused by heat ENERGY: usable power Therefore, GEOTHERMAL= EARTH HEAT and POWER Throughout the year, the ground beneath your home where the pipes are laid maintains a consistent temperature. When you choose to install a geothermal energy system in your home pipes are laid below the surface that harnesses that consistent temperature to heat and cool your home. In the winter,

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Standard vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Standard vs. Tankless Water Heaters

If you love taking a hot, steamy shower after a long day you’re going to need a water heater. An essential appliance that most people overlook, water heaters are something that we would be lost without. But, if you are looking to upgrade or replace your water filter you are probably facing the decision of standard vs. tankless. So, which do you choose? Standard water heaters operate by using a large water tank and heating coils.  Water enters the tank through cold water valves and is heated using a series of coils at the middle and bottom of the tank set by an internal thermometer. Then, the hot water is released through the hot water outlet. Generally, standard water heaters cost anywhere from $300-$1000 depending on the size, model and features you desire. On average they last between 8-12 years.  Although standard water heaters are most common and extremely effective,

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The Top Kitchen Faucet Features

The Top Kitchen Faucet Features

Stinky, grimy, messy. Doing the dishes after dinner is no fun at all. But, with a sink and faucet that looks good and has great features, the job gets a little easier. If you are remodeling your kitchen or installing a new sink, it’s time spring for a faucet that will make your time spent in the kitchen even more enjoyable. And, on that topic, here are some of our favorite trends right now! One-Touch Turn On You’ve definitely seen the commercials where the mom with her hands full of paint trays, dirt filled cups and dishes turns on the sink with the light touch of her wrist. Most likely as the commercial ends you are thinking “I need one of those!” Well, we think you do too! One-touch sinks are incredibly efficient. If you can easily turn on your sink by using a body part that hasn’t touched raw

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Does your Home Need a Sump Pump?

Does your Home Need a Sump Pump?

We all know that Spring means rain, and unfortunately, rain means flooded basements.  All too often throughout the months of March, April, and May you hear stories of homeowners having to refinish their entire basements or throw out beloved belongings because their basement flooded.  If you are a new homeowner or have recently moved to a new home these stories can be terrifying.  You might even be left wondering if you need a sump pump yourself.  If that sounds like you, here are some indications that making the investment in a sump pump will pay off in the long run. Here is the answer to the question: Does your Home Need a Sump Pump? Your Basement has a History of Flooding If you live in a low-lying area, it is very likely that your basement has a history of flooding. And, if it does that is the first sign you will

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How To Know if Your Cooling System Needs Help This Summer

How To Know if Your Cooling System Needs Help This Summer

The summer months are coming, and if that means one thing, it means that things are going to get hot.  In the warmest months of the year, there is nothing worse than going to turn on the air conditioning and realizing that it doesn’t work.  Not only will you be frustrated about having to call a repair team, but you will also be uncomfortable with the amount of excess heat that builds up in your home. Before summer arrives to look for these signs that your cooling system might be in need of maintenance. Your Air Conditioning is Constantly Running Generally when it warms up outside you are able to set your thermostat to a temperature that you would like your air conditioning system to maintain inside of your home.  Once you do that and your air conditioning runs long enough to reach that temperature, the unit will shut off. 

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