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When you are looking for a business or a home, you probably notice different HVAC systems available. HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) refers to the technology used to control the temperature and quality of air in your space. At first, you probably did not pay much attention; however, each HVAC system has its own sets of pros and cons. It is especially important for you to consider if you are looking to invest in your own HVAC system in a space without one currently. To help, here are the top systems and their benefits and cons:
Forced air uses a furnace or a heat pump to warm and filter the air in your home. It is then spread throughout your home with ductwork. These highly efficient machines can eliminate dust and allergens in your home; however, using ducts and vents means uneven air distribution. Some rooms may be colder or warmer than others. The filters need to be changed regularly to prevent the allergens that have been filtered from reentering the atmosphere. Lastly, this is one of the loudest HVAC system available. While they are considerably efficient and do not waste energy, they can be noisy when the fan pushes the air through the vents.
Pressure Gravity Air
Pressure gravity is a hybrid natural ventilation system. A machine will suck cool, clean air from the outside into the building while a passive natural ventilator to allow the hot air to exit the building via the roof exhaust. The vents that bring the air into the building are located low around the building’s walls and can easily be accessed for maintenance.
Radiant floor heating is an extremely reliable system. Where some system can go bad after just two to three years after installation, radiant floor heating can last as long as thirty-five plus years. It is very efficient and can save you money when looking to heat your home. Unlike forced air, radiant floor HVAC systems are quiet and do not use a blower or fan; however, installation is pricey due to the need to rip up your current flooring.
Before purchasing an HVAC system, research which is best for you. Determine how long you will be a resident at the location, your demand for even air control, and even if the sound may bother you. These all can play major roles in choosing the proper HVAC system.
Do you like things that sparkle? How about adding your own sense of glam to the kitchen by creating a custom, showstopping backsplash from glass tiles. Experiment with color and patterns when installing glass tiles. In a small kitchen, even a small glass tile while behind the kitchen stove can bring loads of personality to the space while not overwhelming the decor.
You know that special dishware you have been collecting for years that you only bring out on holidays? You can implement it into your kitchen’s decor by displaying the collection on an open shelving unit. Do something different by putting your collection on display in front of the kitchen window on a built-in shelf. Just imagine how beautiful your dishware will look when the sun hits it.
Like any other room in your house, you can add accessories in your kitchen design. You can create an art gallery right in your kitchen by dedicating a wall to a mix of different prints and framed artwork then add pops of color to your kitchen furniture. For instance, bright red tables at your kitchen table make the environment feel fun and lighthearted.
Color on the Wall
Apply a bright and cheery color on your kitchen walls for a contemporary look. Colors like kiwi green or muted yellow are ultra-modern and exciting. Not to mention, bright colors can make your kitchen look bigger.
Bold Window Treatments
Steer clear from your standard white roman shades and opt for something festive. Bold window treatments featuring a vibrant textile is likely to be an attention grabber.
Of course, your small kitchen needs to be super functional so that you can get the most out of it. Use pot racks to hang your pots and pans since cabinet space may be limited. A tool basket to hold your cooking utensils can also be stylish and functional. Additionally, you can glam up your kitchen with countertop storage solutions that add to the overall while incorporating functional elements for your small space.
What are your thoughts on the ideas we listed? Have you implemented any of them in your home? Let us know your thoughts below in the comment section.
Your roof is a vital part of your home’s structural integrity. If your roof begins to leak and goes unattended for too long, it can open a plethora of more unwanted and expensive problems. If you are considering replacing your roof, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. Well, have no fear, we are here to help. Here, you can find some of the most frequently asked questions about roofing.
How Long Should a New Roof System Last?
Typically, roofs are marketed as thirty years shingles–however, most roofing system last twenty to twenty-five years with proper care. Different shingles can offer different life expectancy. Wood shake roofs are known to last for longer times than fiber cement shingles while asphalt shingles or composition roofs can last less time than fiber cement shingles.
What Roofing Shingles Are Best for My Roof?
A determining factor to this question is what are you looking for out of your roof shingles? Consider if your home experiences high wind. You should also determine how long you are planning on living in your home while one of the most important factors for most individuals is cost.
What if My New Roofing System Leaks After Installation?
Do not panic! Contact your contractor or the people who took care of your installation. Let them know exactly what is going on so they can address the issue, and remember that this is why it is best to go through a company that has reliable reviews and warranties.
Full Roof Replacement Verses Re-Cover the Existing Roof System
It is best to get a couple of roofing professionals’ opinions. If your roof is relatively new, you may be able to recover a bad area; however, roofing professionals will look at where the leak is and the extent of it, the moisture infiltration it has had on the insulation layer, and if it has jeopardized the structural integrity of the home.
Can I Replace My Roof Myself?
If you consider yourself a good handyman around the house, you may be able to tackle this project. This is a very labor-intensive job and can be physically demanding. If you are questioning your ability to do it, it may be best to hire a professional. As we discussed prior, a contractor will know how to troubleshoot situations that may occur after installation. This is the main concern that you will have when doing your own work.
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LVP has come a long way over the years. Now being the fast grossing floor in the industry, this versatile option has many beautiful planks available that can replicate wood or tile. It is an excellent solution for rooms that you want hardwood, but the application would not work. While functionality, affordability, and durability can all be determining factors in your flooring, we want to help give you a better understanding of LVP and see if it is best suited for your needs. Let’s take a look!
LVP is one of the most versatile floors on the market. It has proven itself in many applications and has passed the test of time. LVP can be installed in any room in your home. It is great for children, heavy traffic, aesthetics, and much more!
Adding hardwood flooring is a luxurious upgrade that homeowners absolutely love. The authentic nature is a timeless remedy that can transform any space. Not to mention, hardwood is highly praised for its raw beauty and elegance that it can bring to any atmosphere. While functionality, affordability, and durability can all be determining factors in your flooring, we want to help give you a better understanding of hardwood and see if it is best suited for your needs. Let’s take a look!
Remember that not all hardwoods are the same. With engineered and solid floors, you may be able to get away with a little more in the right application. Make sure to check with your flooring representative to see if hardwood will work in your home. For more insight on different flooring types, make sure to subscribe and check out more of our series!