Five Things to Know About Quartz Countertops

By on 2-14-2020 in Home Improvement

quartz countertopsPlanning to remodel the house with quartz countertops? We all know that quartz makes it the best countertop stone for the home. However, it essential to see the stone well before having it installed all over the house. So, here we are with five things you don’t know about quartz countertops.

1. They Aren’t Solid As You Expect Them To Be: Quartz is generally not durable. So in order for it to become more durable for your countertops, other materials are mixed in with it. 10% of the volume of quartz is a cement-based binder. And the rest of the 90% is crushed up marble, natural stone, granite, and industrial waste. 

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Energy Efficient AC Systems

By on 1-23-2020 in Energy Efficiency

There has been a lot of talk recently about the importance of energy efficient AC systems. These systems cannot only make your home much more comfortable, but also save a lot on your utility bill. These systems are specially built with all of the latest technology to perform at a peak level. And the good thing is, they do not cost much more money than the older systems which are much less efficient. So whether you have a new system or an old system you should consider an inspection to make sure your system is performing at its best.

AC Repair ServiceThere are many companies that can perform free inspections to check the energy efficiency of your system. Eggert Cooling and Heating is a company  that performs AC inspections at little or no cost. Hiring a reputable company, even if it cost you a little bit for the inspection, can save you a lot of money in the future in terms of operating cost or a system failure. Make sure you do your research and talk to your neighbors, and only hire a company with a good reputation for fair pricing!

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How to Increase Storage Space in Your Garage?

By on 1-13-2020 in Home Improvement

The garage is the most overlooked area of any house. Still, it is the important portion as you stack a lot of stuff in it, such as seasonal things and more. It is the only place where you can dump items and forget about them. But long term stacking can lead to limited space for your car and may make your garage look messy. So here we are with ideas to keep your garage organized and add space to it.

Garage Cabinets: If you still do not have cabinets in the garage and have been stacking stuff in boxes, you should invest in garage cabinets to make it look more organized.

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Questions to Ask Your Home Remodeling Contractor

By on 1-01-2020 in Home Improvement

Home Remodeling ContractorAre you planning to remodel your home soon? Home remodeling is a very important and big decision to make for every homeowner. It costs a lot of money, effort and time. If you know the right questions to ask your home remodeling contractor then you can avoid any unnecessary frustration. Even before the work starts, you better discuss with your contractor everything you want to know about the project. Here are some of the questions you might want to consider asking your contractor:

What is the cost of home remodeling?

One of the most frequent issues that homeowners had to face when remodeling their house is not being aware of all the costs attributed to remodeling. Sometimes they will be surprised with such a huge price tag that they weren’t even aware of when they started remodeling the house. Even before you begin the project, make sure you ask your contractor about all the costs. It is best to have a contract that you can sign so that you won’t have to be surprised by charges and fees that will come out only after the project is finished.

How long will it take to remodel your house?

Some people think that home remodeling is quick – much quicker than building an entire house. While that is true, it doesn’t mean that the process is done within hours or just a few days. So to have the right expectations, better ask your contractor how long they would need to remodel your house.

Do you have to be present and supervise the remodeling process?

For most homeowners, life goes on even while they are remodeling their house. If this is the same case with you, for instance, you still have to go to work while they are remodeling your house, then you better ask your contractor whether it is best to be present and supervise the remodeling progress or if they can just do it for you even if you are not around.

Effective Decluttering Tips for Your Home

By on 12-23-2019 in Cleaning Tips and Tools

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Do you always try to clean all the time and organize all the things that you have your house but simply feel like the space still lacks? Do you love shopping and buying new things even those that you rarely or never used at all? If so, perhaps this is the reason your home is already cluttered up. If this is the case, then these effective decluttering tips for your home might be helpful for you.

Decluttering means removing all the things that you rarely use or do not use at all in your house. When this is done properly and regularly, and also if you do it with the right discipline, you will be surprised by how much space the clutter is actually taking up your house. You can save so much space to make room for new things that you actually want to use in your house. There will also be more room for the activities that you want to do with your family.

If you are living in a cluttered home, then you must be struggling with space issues. You might be dealing with lack of space including living space, working space, and more. Sometimes this may take a toll on your family, especially if you have children who would rather live in a house that has a lot of space for them to play or do the things that they love to do.

If you are already living in a cluttered home, it is best to start cleaning up and organizing your things. Start disposing of the things but you rarely use so that you can already create space in your house. Furthermore, by disposing of the things that you do not use, you might be able to find items that you never thought or remembered that you had and you can already use today. You might also be able to sell some of the items for you to make money. If the things that you find are still usable but you don’t actually want to use them you can always donate them.

How To Clean Kitchen Countertops

By on 12-08-2019 in Cleaning Tips and Tools

The kitchen countertop is versatile in its usage. There is so much you can do with the countertop; for instance, you can do your homework, drop your stuff, and more. Therefore, it is essential to keep them neat and clean. Here is a quick guide to help you maintain the shine of the countertop and keep them clean all the time. 

Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen remodelling can be very expensive. Even when you’re just replacing countertops, prices can build up depending on the size and condition of your kitchen. So to make sure you’re not spending too much on the cost of a kitchen remodel, try learning more about how to clean kitchen countertops by checking out these tips below: 

1. Wipe it every day: The thumb rule of keeping the countertop clean is to wipe the stains as they appear. In case you have a busy schedule, you can at least wipe it before you go to bed.

2. Baking soda and vinegar: For a tough stain, use baking soda and vinegar but use either of them at a time as their combination can damage the lamination of the countertops. Sprinkle some baking soda on the tough stain. You can also add a spoon of baking soda in 30 ml of water and sprinkle the solution on the stains. Let it rest for five to ten minutes and wipe it with a cloth. Similarly, pour vinegar on tough stains and let it sit for some time and then wipe it off.

3. Dish Washing Liquid: For daily cleaning and wiping, use dishwashing liquid. Pour the solution directly on the stain or mix it with water for easy cleaning.

4. Never Scrub: If you want to ensure the shine and appeal of the countertop. Never scrub its surface, and the damage thus caused may cause additional expenses. The surface of the countertop, once damaged, may require resealing and professional help.

Your kitchen will shine if you keep the countertops neat and clean. Daily wiping is the right way to keep them fresh throughout the day.

Solar Water Heater

By on 12-02-2019 in Energy Efficiency

Solar Water HeaterWater heating costs take up a chunk of the price you see on your monthly energy bill. Many homeowners still use electric water heaters so they can enjoy hot water straight from the faucet on demand. After all, who would enjoy a chilly and cold bath after a long day’s work? Thankfully, a more cost-effective option is now available in the form of the solar water heater.

Using solar power, this type of water heater is a great investment that pays for itself over time. Within just a few years, you can enjoy huge returns from your solar investment because you’re saving a lot of money from reduced power costs.

A solar water heater may or may not work at night. Because it uses solar energy which is sourced from sunlight, this type of water heater can work continuously during the daytime. If you want to keep having heated water using solar at night or on cloudy days, you may ask your solar contractor about solar batteries.

The concept is the same with solar PV systems – a solar battery can store the excess energy you’re getting throughout the day so you may use it come night time. Note that there are many kinds of solar hot water products available on the market. To maximize its benefits and for a longer-lasting efficiency, it is best to get this solar product and service from a licensed contractor.

Especially when you have a large household or a place of business that requires plenty of warm water all the time, switching to solar for your water heating needs is definitely a great opportunity that you wouldn’t want to miss. Reach out to your local solar contractor for assistance and they will help you determine the best type of solar water heating system for your property.