A well-lit home is an essential part of the overall look and feel of a home’s design. It can make the difference between a welcoming home and a home that guests may feel uncomfortable entering. Lighting a small dark room properly can help it seem bigger and more inviting, while the proper lighting in a large room can help it feel warm and cozy. There are many different shapes and sizes of lighting accents that can be used throughout the house, recessed lighting is one type that can add big appeal and value to your house while being cost effective. Recessed lighting or also known as “can” lights are fixtures installed in the ceiling (or walls) flush with sheetrock and are beneficial because they are easy to install, attractive,and energy efficient.
Are you looking to enhance your holiday decorations by using lighting? One in ten homes will decorate with lights this holiday season, if you are going to be one of those homes make sure to plan ahead when preparing your holiday decorations. Use the following tips to help ensure your holiday lights are safely displayed to prevent injury as well as fire hazards.
It’s been a few years since Superstorm Sandy swept through New Jersey and the Toms River area, yet NJ and other tri-state homeowners who live near the shoreline shouldn’t be too quick to forget the lessons the hurricane left in her wake. Most notably the very real issues that reside with power outages, both those that linger and those that repeat as energy companies struggle to get a handle on the situation. Hurricane power in the North Atlantic has already doubled since 1980 and meteorologists advise everyone to take better precautions before the storm. One of the best way of doing so is by installing a home generator.
Standby home generators are an amazing investment that provides families with immediate peace of mind. But it’s important to note that they go beyond being simply emotionally or mentally worthwhile and can help some significant financial losses that are caused by prolonged power outages.
Who doesn’t want a remote control to work their toilet? Although we don’t have flying cars or hover-boards like Marty McFly experienced when visiting the future, in the iconic Back to the Future Parts II and III, we do have other really innovative technologies like the smart phone, robotic vacuum, and even a self-cleaning, remote control electronic toilet.
The newest bathroom luxury is designed to meet every modern day convenience anyone could ever want or need. From energy efficiency to hygiene maintenance the benefits are clear:
Low voltage light systems are a simple improvement that can have a huge impact on the beauty and curb appeal of your home post-sunset, in addition to aiding with the safety and security of your property. Low voltage lighting can be installed along walkways, driveways, and steps, or directed towards or hidden within trees and garden spaces. And with only three components — the transformer, the fixtures, and a low-voltage electrical cable connecting the two — installing low voltage lighting systems is a breeze.
Electrical Safety in the home is one of those things today that we often overlook. Electricity powers almost everything in the modern home, from the toaster oven to the high-definition television screen. But while we often take it for granted there are hidden dangers that every family and home owner must be aware of.
The following are 5 home electrical safety tips everyone should know:
There are a ton of ways to improve your home’s aesthetics, use, comfort, and energy-efficiency, but it’s a rare thing to have an item that can do all of the above. Ceiling fans can. If you’re wavering on whether or not to add a ceiling fan to one or more of your rooms, consider the following 5 benefits of ceiling fans you need to know about:
1. Reduced energy costs. While a ceiling fan can’t technically lower a room’s temperature, what it does is create a wind-chill effect (when rotating counter-clockwise) that makes a room feel colder than it actually is. This allows homeowners to use less of their AC while still enjoying a comfortable room. During winter, rotating the fan’s blades to circulate clockwise enables the fan to circulate warm air more effectively to reduce the use of a home furnace.
Has your electrical panel been sending you warning signals? Is it worth an electrical panel upgrade and replacing your old electrical panel? Do you find yourself taking another long walk to the metal box because the breakers have tripped again? Electrical fires have devastating effects on lives and property. If you own an older home, your panel may be outdated. With 53,000 houses destroyed in electrical fires yearly, the threat antiquated electrical panels pose to your safety and peace of mind is a serious one. Practicing prevention is the only way to properly address the issue.
Are you looking to make your home more energy efficient and save on your electric bill? Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t have to be a huge home improvement project. Implementing just a few small and smart steps can make your home more efficient, which will reduce your energy costs and reduce your home’s impact on the environment. Curious? Here are four easy steps on how to make your home energy efficient: