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10 Remodel Ideas To Make Your Pets Happy

For some, these changes will involve large renovations, and for others,small alterations to the layout of a particular room will do the trick. If you’re thinking about making some changes to your home that your pet will love, consider the following suggestions. But first, take note: Remodels are messy and can even be dangerous for…

Posted in : Ductless heat pump, How to, Home improvement

5 Home Protection Tips You Should Know

✓ 1. Caulking & Weather-stripping Reducing leaks around windows, doors and chimneys in your home will result in considerable annual energy savings. Caulking and weatherstripping are two simple and effective air-sealing techniques that offer quick returns on investment, often one year or less. Caulk is generally used for cracks and openings between stationary house components…

Posted in : Doors, How to, Generators, Home improvement

Which Energy Upgrades Qualify for Utility Rebates?

There are significant incentives provided by our local utilities to help us make saving energy a priority. Many product categories have utility rebates available, and each utility has slightly different offers. The primary emphasis is on saving electricity. Additional goals include efficient use of natural gas or water through high efficiency equipment. While the majority…

Posted in : Heating, Cooling, How to, Tips to save money, Home improvement, Rebates

Why Are There Utility Rebates for Energy Conservation?

Our government and utilities generously fund rebates to incent our energy efficient upgrades. This is because our state has set efficiency and conservation requirements for our utilities to hit. “The total amount of savings regulated utilities expected to save in 2017 was roughly equivalent to the amount of electricity it would take to power over…

Posted in : Uncategorized, How to, Tips to save money

What They Never Told New Homeowners

  What the Inspector Didn’t See The majority of home buyers are obtaining home inspections prior to purchase and making the sale contingent upon the outcome. So how could basic home issues have been missed? The most common problems reported are ones that are typically not part of a standard inspection, or are not apparent…

Posted in : Heating, Home energy audit, Insulation, How to, Home improvement

Why Are Heating Bills Higher This Year?

  Utility Price Increases – Not the Main Culprit Every year our local utilities take price increases on gas and electric service. While this can have an impact, it is unlikely that the annual increase in cost from the utility is greater than the increase in efficiency from a newly replaced, energy efficient furnace, heat…

Posted in : Heating, Home energy audit, Insulation, How to, Home improvement

How to Rank Projects for Your Unique Home

The Doctor Is In Just as the doctor orders lab work to assess your health, and then provides specific recommendations, a certified home energy auditor comprehensively tests your home to determine weaknesses and specific solutions. The home is measured against national standards for energy efficiency and indoor air quality (BPI), and where applicable, state building…

Posted in : Home energy audit, Insulation, How to, Home improvement

Think Like a Pro When Replacing Your Heating Systems

From urgent need to thoughtful upgrade, there are many reasons to replace heating systems. Before your furnace, heat pump or boiler fails, get the inside scoop on heating replacement from our pros. Considering these four scenarios can put you in the driver’s seat to make the best decision for your home comfort needs. When It’s…

Posted in : Heating, Cooling, Ductless heat pump, Heat pump, How to, Tips to save money

Generators: Power When You Need It, Peace Of Mind When You Don’t

Powerful, Quiet, Attractive, and Simple, and that’s just a few things we say about Honeywell Generators The Pacific Northwest is no stranger to bizarre or intense weather. Windstorms, rare (but intense) snowstorms, torrential rain—we’ve seen it all. We’ve also experienced widespread power outages because of these weather phenomena, which can put a halt to everyday…

Posted in : How to, Tips to save money, Generators

How to improve air quality in a pet-friendly home

Dander — tiny pieces of skin that get sloughed off in the air — is the main culprit. For individuals with pet allergies or asthma, and even those without, too much dander in the air can worsen symptoms and increase discomfort. As pet owners, we have a responsibility to keep our indoor air quality clean…

Posted in : Heating, Cooling, How to

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