7 Useful Heating and Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips

Split system air conditioner

The weather is getting warmer, which means it is almost time to switch on your handy-dandy air conditioner. But before you do that, make sure it is still in good, working condition.

To avoid expensive HVAC repair, it is essential to conduct regular inspections and maintenance on your heating and air conditioning units. With the proper care, a new heating and air conditioning unit has a lifespan of between 12 and 15 years.

Seven Useful Heating and Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips

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Things to Do Before Buying a Condo

Buying a condominium

If you are thinking about buying a condo, there are some real benefits. Some people have called condos a hybrid between a house and an apartment. If you want to own your own place but are not interested in dealing with landscaping or building maintenance, a condo may be just right for you. There are some things you should consider before buying a condo.

  1. You get convenience when you get a condo. Most condo complexes are situated in more urban areas. They are often built close to restaurants, shops and other places of interest. They are often put within walking distance from all of these things. If you are really interested in certain neighborhoods, sometimes the only option is to buy a condo as none of the houses are available for sale. As an additional perk, many condo co Continue reading
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5 Common Causes of Structural Electrical Fires and How to Prevent Them

Electrical wiring

Each year, $1.5 billion in property damage is caused by electrical fires. It was estimated that in 2011 alone, 47,700 of the home structure fires reported to fire departments could be linked to electrical failure or malfunction. Not all fires can be prevented, but structural electrical fires are one of the easiest to take preventative measures against.

The following are five of the leading causes of structural electrical fires and steps you can take to prevent them in your home and office.

  1. Light fixtures are one of the most common causes of electrical fires. Roughly half of all non-confined electrical home structure fires that occurred in the U.S. between 2007 and 2011 involved lighting or electrical distribution as the igniting equipment. Of the home structure fires caused by lighting equi Continue reading
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3 American Vacation Home Destinations

Real estate

Summer is coming — where are YOU going on to go on vacation with your family? If you’re like most Americans, chances are you’re looking to take a beach vacation. But with the price of airline tickets, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and activities, a family vacation can end up costing you a small mortgage. So instead of hitting the beach and dropping a small fortune, why not invest in beach real estate and invest in a beach property instead? Unlike costly hotels, beach properties can offer you a consistent escape that will be both affordable and offer you and your family the comforts of home.
If you’re thinking of investing in beach real estate for sale, consider the following three locations:

The Jersey Shore
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New Environmentally Responsible Roofing Materials for Residential and Commercial Use

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Did you know that the materials you choose for your roof replacement can have an impact on the environment? That installing a reflective roof can reduce cooling costs in the summer and help you save big on your energy bills? That you can still get rebates for installing solar panels on your roof? With more and more environmentally responsible residential and commercial roofing options available, it’s easier than ever to go green, save money and stay cool. If you’re looking for roofing solutions, it’s time to schedule a consultation with a roofing contractor who can advise you on the best choices for your home.

Environmentally responsible roofing materials
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Remodeling Your Kitchen? Now You Can Get Ecofriendly Cabinetry and Materials

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Remodeling your kitchen is a big decision, and one that requires careful planning. If you decide to go with custom cabinetry, you should consult wth an expert firm of installers, who will be able to give you the best advice on the most functional and stylish kitchens available. You should pick an installer based on their commitment to quality and reliability. The best firms will combine exceptional craftsmanship and the latest technologies, with a choice of materials, such as maple, pine, birch, oak, hickory, beech, cherry or walnut, silver maple, alder and bamboo. And best of all, you can now go green with eco-friendly cabinetry with formaldehyde-free wood, glue and finishes.

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Debunking the Myths About Metal Roofing

Residential metal roofs

There are a number of options when it comes to your home’s exterior. As an especially vital and vulnerable part of the house, your roof needs to be strong, durable, and able to withstand your area’s weather.

Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used material for roofing in the United States. However, a typical metal roof will last up to seven times longer than one with asphalt shingles. In fact, a properly maintained metal roof can last over 50 years.

Metal roofing has been the victim of undeserved scorn, while asphalt shingles have ruled the industry. But before you choose a roof, make sure you have all the facts. The following is a list of three common misconceptions about metal roofs.

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Popular Commercial Roofing Materials Dissected!

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When choosing commercial roofing materials, it is important to subject them to the following litmus test:
-What is the unit weight of your material and what are the structural implications of this weight?
-Are these commercial roofing materials available in the motifs and styles that best compliment your building?
-Is your material up to fire and hazard code for your region?
-Will this material stand up to the weather conditions most commonly associated with your area?
-What warranties, costs, and use spans associated with this particular material?
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3 Ways to Prevent Water Damage to Your Basement

Foundation sealing

Do you have a leaky, wet basement? If you do, it is important to understand the causes of these leaks and how water proofing solutions can help.

The Causes:

Even though water is everywhere, here are some tips to follow in order to prevent it from getting it into your basement.

Clean your gutters!

Although your gutters line your rooftop, a clean gutter is incredibly important to inhibit water from flowing into your basement. When they overflow with leaves and other debris, water has no where to go so it pools around your foundation. Regular cleaning and maintenance will direct the water 10 feet away from the house, instead of under.

Check your soil grade

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