Tips for Refreshing Your Home with Paint Color
For many people, the onset of spring and summer is the ideal time to take on a home improvement project. Paint is a popular choice for those looking to freshen up their space, given that it is an easy, economical activity and a fun way to make a dramatic difference.
In fact, painting tops spring home improvement wish lists, according to the 2012 Spring Home Improvement Survey by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). With seven of 10 homeowners planning home improvement projects, nearly half (49 percent) cite painting as the most- desired need. They say that bedrooms and bathrooms are the first targets for fresh paint (both at 29 percent), followed by living or family rooms (28 percent). To help people jump start spring endeavors with low- cost project ideas and tips, NARI and Sherwin-Williams are launching National Painting Week on April 16. “People are looking for more cost-saving ways to enhance their spaces,” says NARI chairman Paul Zuch, certified remodeler. “Some of the most dramatic transformations are projects like resurfacing cabinets or changing kitchen or bathroom hardware, as well as painting the interior or exterior of your home.” With today’s technologies at your fingertips, determining the right paint color is easy and anyone can be their own interior decorator.
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Window manufacturer Pella points to these signs that old windows need to be replaced: * They’re difficult to open or
close. * You can feel air leaking in or out around them.
* Condensation or fogging occurs on or between glass panes. * You can see chipping, dete-
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and you avoid it because of the difficulty. * It’s difficult or impossible to find replacement parts for the old windows. The Efficient Windows Col-
Replacing older skylights with more energy efficient models, and pairing them with decor enhancing blinds, is a cost effective and attractive home upgrade.
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Windows Recent research shows that skylights and vertical win-
dows can work well together to effectively daylight a home while contributing to heating and cooling energy savings. Like skylights, windows have vastly improved in energy efficiency over the past few decades. Leaky, inefficient win- dows can be a major source of heat loss in a home, boost- ing energy bills and decreasing the comfort level indoors.
laborative (www.efficientwin- dows.org
) site also provides extensive information on select- ing both windows and skylights, including fact sheets and computer simulations for typical houses using a variety of windows in a number of U.S. cities.
Heating, ventilation and air cooling
Furnaces and air conditioning units are among the most important parts of your home’s infrastructure; they’re directly responsible for the comfort level and air quality inside your home. They’re also among the more costly items to repair or replace. So how do you know when it’s time to replace part of
your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) sys- tem? EnergyStar.gov
offers these guidelines:
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