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Hottest home upgrades of 2016

Sloan Newman | 08/05/2016 | Posted in Windows, Plumbing, Gas fireplace

Since when did “keeping up the Joneses” get such a bad rep? The most popular home features (yes, including those owned by your trendy neighbors) are popular for a reason—they make life easier, better, or simply more beautiful. Are you ready to make an upgrade to your home, but not sure where to start? We have a few ideas.

It’s time to go programmable.

Let your thermostat do the work for you—just sit back, relax, and enjoy the warm or cool air. Honeywell offers an extensive line of programmable thermostats to meet any budget and technology preference.

Take the Prestige IAQ 3.0 for instance. This sleek thermostat is offered in a variety of frame styles and features an infinite number of background colors to match your interior décor. After all, no one said utilitarian and beautiful were mutually exclusive.

If simplicity is what you seek, check out the Honeywell Pro 4000. This simple 5-2 day programmable thermostat will keep you comfortable without breaking the bank. Check out Washington Energy Service’s full selection of programmable thermostats here.

Think windows.

New windows make a big difference not only for curb appeal, but also for your home’s overall energy efficiency. Vinyl windows in particular can help eliminate drafts so your home’s heating and cooling system doesn’t work harder than it needs to. Plus, you won’t see that pesky condensation between panes—a telltale sign that it’s time for new windows.

Not sure if your windows are ready for replacement? Check out this blog post that features tips and advice about how and when to upgrade your windows.

Warm up to gas fireplace inserts.

There’s nothing better than curling up in front of a fire and inhaling smoke, right? We didn’t think so. If you love the ambiance and warmth of a fire, but could do without the logs, soot, and smoke, a gas fireplace insert might be just the right upgrade for your home. Washington Energy Services offers Archgard gas fireplace inserts that fit right inside your existing wood fireplace. With its beautiful, sleek designs, realistic embers, and cozy warmth, you’ll wonder why you didn’t install one sooner.

Wash away that old sink.

Between doing dishes, washing your hands, or lathering up the dog, we’d be willing to bet that you spend a considerable amount of time at your kitchen sink. Is it a sight to behold, or a sight… that’s just old? You’d be surprised how much a new sink can elevate the overall look of a kitchen. If your sink is a little worse for the wear or simply doesn’t fit your style preferences, check out your local kitchen and bath showrooms. Whether you want to fuse rustic and modern with an apron sink, or keep it minimalist and metallic with stainless steel, investing in a sink is a quick way to up your kitchen game.

Countertops are tops.

This one goes without saying—countertops are a big deal. Upgrading from laminate to quartz, granite, or another type of stone is perhaps the most transformative change you can make to your kitchen. And with advances in technology, you can achieve a ‘wow’ factor even if you’re on a budget. If selling your home is on the horizon, upgrading from laminate is definitely an investment that will positively impact the bottom line.

These are just a few of the hottest home upgrades to consider in 2016 and beyond. WES has the products and expertise to help you pursue even more upgrades to make your home great… and as a side bonus, to keep up with the Joneses.

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