(BPT) - Moving to a new home can call for the coordination of a lot of details. That's especially true if you're a do-it-yourselfer who's renting a truck rather than hiring a moving company. Though the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the average American changes homes 11.4 times in a lifetime, many of us never take time to think about the potential safety hazards involved. Usually we're way more focused on the challenges of figuring out all the logistics, packing up our possessi
(BPT) - The heat will certainly be on this winter. With winter storms hitting many parts of the country early in the winter season, furnaces are plugging away, causing heating bills across the country to increase. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the typical U.S. family spends at least $2,200 per year on energy bills - with nearly half of that going toward heating and cooling. To help homeowners combat the cost of heating a home during the winter months, Vale
(BPT) - When you place a plastic beverage container in a recycling bin, you are an important part of the product's life cycle, helping that packaging to be used to make something new, over and over again. An astounding 70 percent of what people toss in the trash is actually recyclable, but very few people recycle as often as they should. What exactly happens to plastic beverage bottles that you put in a recycling bin? They are collected, sorted and ground into plastic flakes.
(BPT) - When temperatures get below freezing, people with seasonal allergies to grass, tree and weed pollens get well-deserved relief from their symptoms. But if you're still sneezing and blowing your nose when winter descends, you might have indoor allergies. The problem for many allergy sufferers is figuring out what, exactly, is causing their symptoms. Why? Most allergy sufferers develop similar symptoms no matter what allergen they're reacting to. When you have a stuffy o
(BPT) - Nationwide, temperatures have begun to dip as we prepare for winter storms. Whether your town is prone to nor'easters or milder winter temperatures, it is important to be prepared for what winter brings. This year's colder weather has already brought an increase in the number of carbon monoxide (CO) incidents across the country. While this poisonous gas can impact individuals at any time of the year, 50 percent of CO poisonings occur between November and February, acc
The answer depends on where you live and what properties are already existing in your home. Radiant barriers are designed to block the sun rays from being absorbed by your home. This can be confused with thinking it has R-value, or it as a type of insulation. Radiant barriers do not insulate your home, it reflects heat waves. This is why they are placed in your attic. Radiant barriers are ideal for warm weather climates. Climates where homes are designed to cool inhabitants w
In the last blog we talked about ways to increase effiveness and efficiency of your DHP. We continue with the discussion here with not just ways to use your DHP, but things to keep in mind and understand about your DHP. 6. Know your zones and live zonally It is very likely that your DHP can provide efficient heating and cooling to more than just the room in which it is located. The total area served by the DHP is called the "effective zone". In general, a larger effective zo
This month we talk about 10 ways to operate your DHP optimally for efficient and effective use in both new construction, and existing homes. We do put DHPs in all our new homes, but we also encourage people to put them in their exisiting homes (our owner and staff included). So this is part one, in a two series part of the best ways to use your DHP... 1. Read the manual You should familiarize yourself with the owner's manual for your DHP (ductless heat pump) which contains mo