Does a Radiant Barrier Reduce Energy Bills? (Yes!)

The right energy saving measures taken in your home can easily reduce your current utility bills by as much as 50%. Of all measures available, radiant barrier insulation stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Most of us have been educated on the need and purpose of insulation inside of our homes. Insulation forms a barrier that keeps heat away from the occupied or cooled sections of your home. This barrier can be in your floor and/or your walls, but in addition to these, the most effective place for insulation is above your head in your attic.

Radiant barriers are materials used for the purpose of home insulation. They are effective at stopping the transfer of radiant energy from the outside of the home to the inside during the summer months. The barriers are typically installed in the attics of homes in order to reduce heat gain during the summer months, with the result being lower energy bills.

3 Ways for Heat to Transfer

From a physics perspective, heat transfer takes three forms: conduction, radiation and convection.

Most types of insulation used in homes and office buildings – such as fiberglass blankets – are effective vis-a-vis conduction and convection types of heat transfer. However, they are ineffective at preventing radiant heat transfer.

This is where radiant barriers come in. They are a type of aluminum product which can be used in conjunction with other types of insulation materials to protect the home against high energy bills.

These barriers are installed in both commercial and residential buildings.

Types of Radiant Barrier Application

One way to apply this technology in residential situations is to spray a coat of radiant barrier # 85 inside the attic along the roof. This solution is made of insulating ceramic microspheres and pure metal (aluminum) pigment – and yet with no flammable or volatile solvents. This method can reduce radiant heat by up to 70%.

Another option is to install a barrier of aluminum foil in a way that covers the existing, traditional insulation such as fiberglass blankets, foam, or concrete blocks. The foil type of insulation is even more effective than is the spray type, reducing radiant energy by up to 97%.

Radiant barrier and energy savings go hand-in-hand. When installed properly, they can greatly contribute to reduced energy costs by saving in cooling/air conditioning costs during the summer months in a way that traditional insulation materials cannot accomplish on their own.

Should You Try To Fix A Broken Home Appliance Yourself?

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These days, everyone is looking to cut costs in any way they can.

Lots of people are doing more do it yourself type of home projects instead of hiring people to do it for them and spending money to have it done. There are some things that you should avoid doing yourself and instead hire a professional to do it for you. One of these things is appliance repair. Keep reading to learn why you should hire a professional repairman instead of doing it yourself.

Household appliances are very expensive to replace.

Instead of risking further problems with your residential appliance because you worked on it yourself, hire a service technician. Trying to do it yourself can cause more problems and you may end up having to completely replace your electronic appliance if you break it. By taking the simple step and hiring someone to do it, you can save on having to buy a new major appliance.

If you don’t know what you are doing when it comes to appliance repair, you can hurt yourself. It is not worth the money you are going to save if you do get injured. Avoid getting hurt and instead hire someone to do it for you. It doesn’t mean you can’t do it, but it does mean you are being smart about getting it fixed.

There are some things you just shouldn’t fix yourself.

Appliances are something that should be fixed by a professional service company only. Don’t risk hurting yourself or breaking your appliance any further. Both of these things can cost you more money. If you hire a repairman to fix it from the start you can avoid both of these things happening. Your appliance will be just like new once you hire a professional repairman to fix it for you.

Mold Removal – What You Should Know

Should you be concerned about mold in your home?

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What if indoor mold growth is extensive?

Mold can cause very high and persistent airborne spore exposures, that is why mold removal nyc is so important.

People exposed to high spore levels can become sensitized.

And develop allergies to mold or other health problems.

Mold growth can also damage your furnishings, such as carpets, sofas and cabinets.

Clothes and shoes in damp closets can become soiled.

In time, unchecked mold growth can cause serious damage to structure of your home.

What symptoms are commonly seen with mold exposure?

Exposure to large amounts of mold can cause health effects through inflammation, allergic response and in
some case studies infections.

Allergic reactions are often referred to as flu or hay fever like symptoms.

These are the most common health problems reported by mold exposure.

Common symptoms a person exposed to mold include:

Breathing problems, wheezing, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
Stuffy nose or sinus congestion (runny nose, sneezing, headaches, nosebleeds)
Eye irritation (burning, watery, reddened eyes)
Throat irritation (fever, dry itchy sore throat, dry persistent hacking cough)
Skin rashes, red inflammations, itchy skin
Memory loss and retention problems
Changes in behavior, mood swings
Body stiffness, muscle aches, joint pains

Truth is when it comes to mold the causes are still not fully understood.

How much mold exposure can make you sick?

It really depends because for some people even a small amount of mold spores can trigger reactions from an
asthma attack or other health related problems.

Other people the symptoms may occur only when exposure levels are much higher.

The point is you really don’t know what is considered a safe level for you.

Overall indoor mold growth is unsanitary and undesirable.

When you can see or smell mold inside your home, take steps to identify and eliminate excess moisture.

Take action to cleanup and remove mold.

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Are some molds more hazardous than others?

People with a history of allergies have different levels of sensitivity to molds.

Then there is exposure time frame, amount and types of mold which can cause people to feel ill.

The fact is mold spores are able to cause allergies.

Now certain species of molds, such as Stachybotrys chartarum may produce compounds with toxic properties,
which are called mycotoxins.

Mycotoxins are not always produced.

Whether a mold produces mycotoxins while growing in your home depends on environmental conditions.

And what the mold is growing on as well as temperature, humidity and other unknown factors.

When mycotoxins are produced they are in found in living and dead mold spores.

And may be in materials in which mold has grown.

When stachybotrys chartarum and other types of molds are growing, they have a wet slime layer which covers
the spores, which temparily stops spores from becoming airborne.

When mold dies and dries up, indoor air or physical handling can cause spores to become airborne.

Spores are easily released when moldy materials dry out, so it is better to remove mold as soon as possible.

Concrete Pathways

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Concrete paths and walkways can make your home feel more welcoming to visitors. It is a direct path from the sidewalk to your front door, or into your backyard. It is important to focus on every aspect of your home and make it feel like a welcoming place for others. Luckily, the right concrete contractor can implement a high quality concrete path in your front or backyard and turn what you were imagining into a reality.

These paths are easy to build and even easier to maintain. Many people chose to add a walkway to their lawn in order to give direction and decoration to their property. As a top quality concrete contractor service, we specialize in a wide range of services and can help you turn your home into what you want it to be.

Why Have a Path Installed On Your Property?

– it will make your property look more “complete”
If there is simply a lawn and then your home, with nothing else to fill up all of the green space, it will appear as though there is something missing from your home. A nice walkway will make your home look like it is part of the neighborhood and that you have taken the time to fill up the space you have access to.

– it welcomes others to your door
Having a path that leads from the street to your front step is definitely welcoming and will make you feel like you are part of thee neighborhood.

– it offers opportunities for decorating
Whether you use twinkly lights, lanterns or flowers to decorate the edges of your walkway, this will greatly transform the look of your property. It allows you to add something special to your property and give others a sense of who you are. The way a front lawn is decorated and maintained speaks volumes about the people living inside the home. However, if you would prefer not to decorate, a simple path still looks beautiful on any property.

AAA Concreting offers a variety of concrete contract services including paths and walkways:

– different types of concrete so that you get a unique addition to your property; modern concrete, high-strength concrete, etc. we will help you make the best, informed decision
– sealed or unsealed concrete
– finished or unfinished concrete
– full installation with the proper tools and knowledge
– minimal noise while installing and quick and efficient service.

Additional services

– concrete break and removal
– excavation
– structural reinforcing
– waterproofing
– concrete place and finish

If you are looking for a new concrete pathway, I highly recommend AAA Concreting in Sacramento. Give them a call on (916) 312-4166 to book a consultation.

A Project I Didn’t Do Myself – Hardwood Flooring

Alright, I have to admit, I skipped out on a project. This wasn’t just any project however, this was a flooring installation. Before I get started, I want to say thanks for the great service to The Flooring Pro Guys and their team. These hardwood floors couldn’t look better. And boy am I glad that I went with real hardwood.

Here is a sample of what I had installed:

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Let me tell you, when you see this spread across a large dining room, it is BEAUTIFUL! I love it more everyday I see it.

First off, I don’t know if you have studied much about installing wood floors, but I will tell you right now, it is HARD. Not only that, but moving all the furniture out of the way is back breaking type of work that I just can’t do anymore.

This is exactly the type of project that I warn you about. If your time is worth more than a project will take, sometimes it is worth it to hire out. Plus this is not a cheap project. If I mess up the install through the learning curve, the materials are not cheap. This is not a project where I want to learn from my mistakes. I do not even want to risk making the mistakes!

So that is why I found The Flooring Pro Guys to do this work. A friend recommended them originally. Their website has some good information on it if you want to find out more about them. I wholeheartedly recommend them and their team. When I called them up, they set up an appointment to do a walk through my home and give me a quote on an installation cost. The price was right so I went ahead and scheduled the installation appointment with them. It wasn’t easy picking out the type of wood we wanted. I had an idea in my mind from using Pinterest. However, because I wasn’t sure exactly what look I had in mind, I ended up going through almost all of the samples they had and still felt uneasy about my choice. Luckily, The Flooring Pro Guys were very understanding of my indecision because this is such a big investment for me. However, now that it is installed, I love it!

I am so glad that I chose real hardwood. Nothing can compete with the glorious sheen and rich texture of hardwood. I did see a few samples that were laminate that I really liked, but they don’t compare to the floor I have now. Of course I love making a bold statement when it is appropriate, but this floor blends in until someone takes a moment to stop and admire it. Then they realize the depth and beauty of hardwood. The textures, the patterns, the color, it is hard to reproduce.

As far as the installation, everything went smoothly. I highly recommend this company. If it were any easier, I would be afraid that I might have tried it myself. I don’t feel bad about hiring this team though. The quality of the installation is superb. I can walk across this floor and just admire the beauty of it all. It’s been a relief not having to do something all on my own. I was able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!

If you have been thinking about getting new floors, do it! It can totally change the whole feel of the room. If you don’t have much budget, you can go for a cheaper alternative like laminate or engineered wood, and still have the place feeling like new.

Tips On How To Install Garage Door Quickly And Safely

Installing a garage door can be a very simple procedure if you have the proper tools and some experience, at least with handiwork around your home. There are many different components to a garage door, and if you are taking out an existing one, this can also be a time-consuming process. Most people will choose to use a professional to help them install one simply because it’s easier to use a company that does this for a living. However, if you would like to save money and attempt to do this on your own, there are a few things that you need to know on how to install garage door, simple tips that can help you get this done.

 

Reasons To Install A New Garage Door

 

There are many reasons that people choose to put in a new garage door. For example, their existing one could be quite old and is no longer functioning as it once did. If it is not closing or opening all of the way, or if it is getting stuck, it is possible that you may need to replace the existing one that you have because it is simply too old to operate. You will want to take measurements of the garage door, the garage door opening, and then go to your local home improvement store to choose one that can be delivered. Once you have it, you will have to remove the existing garage door which is actually a very simple process.

 

Removing The Existing Garage Door

 

This can be difficult, and slightly dangerous, and almost always requires someone to help you remove it safely. You will need to remove the extension springs first, and is the initial step that must be done so that the tension on the springs is eliminated. This will require you to completely open the door, lock it into place using locking pliers, affixing it to each garage door track. You will then remove the cables, take off the springs, and released the pliers and move the garage door into the closed position. The torsion springs will then be removed, along with the winding bar, and then finally the tracks and the door. If there is an overhead motorized component, that will be the final step so that you can install the new garage door.

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Installing The New Garage Door

 

To install the new garage door, you are essentially doing the reverse of what was accomplished when you removed the existing door. You will want to assemble the garage door tracks, and then the rollers and existing brackets. You will need to fasten the hinges, and always use a power drill because it will be faster and allow you to firmly secure everything into the wood. Jamb brackets are added next, followed by actually installing the horizontal tracks and finally the garage door itself.

 

This basic overview of how to remove an existing garage door, and how to install garage door quickly, should give you a general idea of what needs to be done. The one that you purchase will have instructions, sometimes even including a link to a video that you can watch, so that you can follow the step-by-step procedure watching a professional do this job. However, if you would prefer using a professional to do this for you without having to worry about the dangers of working with extension and torsion springs, there is always going to be a garage door company in your area that can quickly remove an existing garage door, and replace it with a new one, for an affordable price.

The High Cost of High Value

Let’s face it, home remodeling is expensive. According to Houzz.com, a whole house remodel can cost, on average, around $200,000 to complete. The lower third of people spent about $30,000 remodeling their home, the middle third spent about $100,000 remodeling their home, and the upper third spent about $450,000 remodeling their home. These numbers kind of set you back in your seat right?

But these are just averages. These people may not have been shopping smart. That’s okay, you are not going to fall into that same trap. You need to be vigilant about controlling costs. Do what you can yourself, but realize that sometimes its smarter to hire someone else to do it. If your time is worth more than what a project costs, its probably wiser for you to hire the job out.

Realize that home improvement is an expensive hobby. When it comes to our homes, and the areas we live in, we can be pretty particular about what we want. What shade of a color we want, or whether we want stainless steel, or maybe the brand new technological gadget integration that just came out, these things add up. Not only do we have a lot of expensive choices to decide between, we also want it done right. We don’t want someone using duct tape and superglue to build our home. We want to build it right, the first time.

Remember to always keep a budget. If you don’t have a budget, your costs can spiral out of control. It is the same reason that credit card debt can get out of control. We as humans, tend to not notice the small changes adding up. We need to be strict about our budget, so that we don’t get our expectations up for a project. Don’t start looking at things outside of your budget, this will only invoke jealousy and envy. You won’t be satisfied with what you can afford, and will feel like you had to settle, which is never satisfying.

How much have you spent remodeling so far? That will be an interesting number to look at. Mine is way more than I would like to admit. However, I have reduced the cost significantly by performing the projects myself, and learning along the way. Remember, keep it fun and you will always enjoy your work!

Handy Tips to Save Huge on COOLING AND HEATING Repair Work Costs

Have you been looking for an HVAC installer Frisco? The majority of people would believe, “I understand more than enough HVAC installers near me,” but that’s about it. Apart from distance, few individuals think about other aspects when looking for HVAC specialists. However what other aspects should you check before signing a contract? Here’s a list of questions that you might wish to ask an HVAC contractor:

“What services do you provide?”


A/C installation services are only a part of what HVAC contractors do. After a couple of years, a expertly set up HVAC system might call for professional repairs and preventive maintenance too. Make sure that the professional you choose can provide a wide range of services so you don’t have to speak with and work with a number of specialists for your different HVAC service needs.

“How big is your area of service?”

If a specialist lies numerous miles away, costs may increase. They’re going to need to pay for gas, and it’s going to take a while even if you require emergency situation repair work. However, some professionals that are based in other places might have workplaces near you that can supply HVAC professional services. Request for their closest office so you can learn more about their response time. Time is of the essence with lots of HVAC emergencies.

“How much will it cost?”

A/C setup cost can easily consume a great part of your month’s salary, but a good HVAC business must be able to provide financing choices that work for you and your earnings. If price is a big deal when you’re trying to find HVAC installation Frisco, know that there are great deals of companies that might use totally free estimates. Some HVAC companies will even waive physical assessment and diagnostic charges if you pick to have them repair your HVAC system.

“Are you recognized?”

A company that’s been accredited by the
Better Business Bureau
needs to constantly self-evaluate. The company needs to make an effort to resolve all customer complaints if there are any. They have to create and preserve trust within their consumer group. They need to constantly be readily available for consumer assistance. HVAC companies do not have to get BBB accredited, but it’s going to assist you a lot if they do.

“Do you have accredited and trained experts?”

Needless to say, you require to leave your system to the HVAC installer Frisco pros. Companies who work with only certified and experienced service technicians will be able to offer you a service guarantee.

Air Repair Pros is based in Frisco, TX, but they have workplaces and offer professional HVAC installation service in The Colony, Flower Mound, Addison, Hebron and other cities outside of the state. They know whatever there is to know about

how to install HVAC systems
. They provide a vast array of HVAC services and provide financing options that can be helpful for those who require a little bit more time to spend for an unforeseen HVAC emergency service. They’re the very best professional HVAC installer Frisco, one that can supply complete HVAC services under a 100% client fulfillment guarantee.


How to Find Professional HVAC Specialists

How can you find certified HVAC professionals in Frisco TX? This short post will inform you the steps in finding qualified, accredited, and highly proficient HVAC specialists for your air condition repair service requirements.

If you’re on the lookout for an HVAC service provider in Frisco TX, the initial step is to get a short list of all the contractors you’re thinking about. This list may be comprised of service providers that appear on your online “HVAC specialists near me” search, or service providers that your friends and family have actually recommended, and even service providers that you’ve heard or seen in a commercial ad.

Your list would probably consist of some 2 or 3 local HVAC contractors. However, for those who are thinking about more than 5, the next step is to narrow this note down. The best method to do so is to inspect which of these air condition repair work contractors are accredited, accredited, qualified, and trained. Ultimately, you just want the very best HVAC repair service provider who has a good track record and qualifications to their name.

To be certified in Texas, a professional who offers air conditioner repair service must have at least 4 years of A/C servicing knowledge. Also, they must have been supervised by a licensed HVAC technician.

Getting this accreditation gives an HVAC professional an edge over others. It is proof of the skills, knowledge, and knowledge that come from the close and careful mentoring of a licensed HVAC expert. Certified technicians are also better equipped to take on bigger projects because of their practical skills and exposure.

As a house owner or a commercial entrepreneur, hiring a certified air conditioner repair service provider can give you some much-needed peace of mind. These are professionals who can give you guarantees or offer you insurance.

The next step is to check HVAC specialist reviews online. Most licensed local HVAC contractors may already have tens or hundreds of online testimonials, so this shouldn’t be a problem. Look for reviews on both ends of the spectrum.

Look for positive reviews from people who are satisfied with the a/c repair service to see what the strengths of the contractors are. Look for negative reviews to see what else the contractors have to improve.

However, as with any business, things change and they sometimes change for the better. Look at the most recent testimonials only and don’t bother with those that were made a few years back. Older reviews may not accurately reflect the strengths and weaknesses of a certain contractor has.

If you’re in Frisco TX,
Air Repair Pros is the best option. With their base office located in the heart of Frisco, they can offer fast, reliable, and efficient cooling repair service for residents and commercial local business owner in and around the area.

Their highly-skilled contractors, outstanding after-sales service, and reasonable service costs are a combination that’s hard to beat. There could be hundreds of HVAC contractors in Frisco TX, but there is no other that can offer what

Air Repair Pros can offer to their customers.