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2019 Remodeling Resolutions

Posted On: December 28, 2018

              New Years Blog 2019               

  

 

2019 HOME REMODELING NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS!!

We all make New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe we want to lose a few pounds, stop a bad habit, help others more…etc. whatever your resolution, have you considered making a Home Remodeling New Year Resolution? What should your #1 priority be in the upcoming new year? SAFETY of course!! It always seems in the colder months we hear tragic stories of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. These tragedies can be avoided by these simple steps.

  1. Replace carbon monoxide detectors after 5 years.
  2. Replace fire/smoke detectors after 10 years.

   

 CO alarms do not last forever. The detecting components will lose their effectiveness after 5 to 7 years and may no longer detect carbon monoxide. First Alerts website states: After 5 years any detector should be replaced with a new CO alarm. 

  •  Smoke detectors that are 10 years old are near the end of their service life and should be replaced. A smoke detector constantly monitors the air 24 hours a day. At the end of 10 years, it has gone through over 3.5 million monitoring cycles. After this much use, components may become less reliable. This means that as the detector gets older, the potential for failing to detect a fire increases. Replacing them after 10 years reduces this possibility. My detectors are wired into my electrical system. Do I need to replace them as often as battery-operated detectors? Yes. Both types of detectors are equally affected by age.

 

Along with safety should go SECURITY. Maybe this is the year, a security system is an option for your home. There are many security companies who will install and maintain a system for you, as well as DIY security systems which are available. Even digital locks can add to your home’s security, as well as motion sensor lighting and security cameras. All components can be purchased and maintained through a reputable home security company or again you can install yourself. Simplisafe is an example of a very easy to use security system you can install yourself…ADT is an example of a company-based security system that will be installed and monitored through said company. Each can be personalized to fit your own individual security needs.

   

After Safety what home remodeling new year resolution can you come up with? ENERGY EFFICIENCY of course! Making sure your home is using the least possible amount of energy will help to lower your bills in the new year. New energy star rated doors and windows, low flushing toilets, water conserving shower heads and faucets, programmable thermostat’s, replacing old incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs, adding insulation, upgrading to energy star certified appliances, installing a storm door, and probably the least known unplugging unused battery chargers, are all potential ways to cut the cost of your energy bill.

 

            

 

So this year if a trip to the gym or the latest fad diet aren’t that appealing, try a New Year Resolution that will benefit your home!

 

 

 

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HOLIDAY LIGHTING BLOG

Posted On: December 05, 2018

December 5, 2018

IT’S THE HOLIDAY SEASON!!

Deck the Halls…Light up the Tree…Fa la la la la Holiday Hoopla is upon us!! It’s time to talk about trendy lighting for your home and exterior illumination that will light up Santa’s way!! But those candles in the window and lights on the tree, can add up to an energy bill you weren’t expecting! Time to think about updating the Holiday Décor.

For EXTERIOR ILLUMINATION consider friendly lighting. LED can last about 100,00 hours not to mention the incredible energy savings passed on to you!

            

And with the technology expanding so rapidly you can now use the power of the sun for your holiday exterior illumination! Making your home more Eco green and Elf friendly! Spread cheer this Yuletide Season and save $ using a renewable source of energy!

              

Styles in both lighting sources range from lanterns, to illuminated globes, to twinkle lights in the pathway, to foliage covers for trees or small bushes!

AND NOW ONTO INTERIOR ILLUMINATION!!!

While we want our homes to be warm and cozy with a soft inviting atmosphere during the holiday season, we need to remember the fire hazard that can come from forgotten candles, lights that are too hot on a real tree, or even candle lights in the windows that are on 24 hours a day too close to curtains. You can avoid holiday hazards by using cool burning LED candle lights that only turn on when the sun sets, cool burning LED lights for your tree, and the best yet, flameless flickering battery remote controlled candles that look just like real candles. These candles provide a soft warm glow but are safe to leave on. They are available in small tea lights that can be inserted into colored holders, or large standalone pillar candles, and now taper candles for your holiday table!! Worry free interior illumination!

         

We here at Loebrich Contracting wish everyone a Safe and  Blessed Holiday Season and a Very Merry Christmas!

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