House Call Company Blog: Archive for the ‘Home Improvement’ Category

Waiting doesn’t make it better!

Friday, August 31st, 2018

When I was younger I would drive my car until the wheels fell off. I would never dream of doing that now, I want to make sure my family is safe and I want time to make the right buying decision and consider all my options. Funny, I still have customers call me when they need a new unit right now​.

That’s just bad for everyone.

When you are hot and miserable you aren’t as likely to make a good decision, or have time to consider all your options. It’s not always the price you pay today, but how much that AC unit is going to cost to run for the next 15 years.

Now you have one more reason to do the right thing…Trade in your older, inefficient air conditioner while it is still working and you could make a big difference in your home and in your community.

Right now, when you trade in that old working AC it will be donated to Youth Challenge. This will help them in many ways. Your unit will be sent to the Youth Challenge Thrift Store where it will be reconditioned and then sold to help someone less fortunate, all the proceeds go to help Youth Challenge and you get a nice charitable tax deduction. They take the broken ACs too!

So start saving money today on your energy bills, and save money on your taxes next year…All while helping out a great organization and the community.

Still not convinced, how about 0% interest for 5 years.

Call 757 398 1820 to schedule your appointment service@housecallcompany.com

 

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Remember, Insulation Is Important All Year Long

Monday, September 5th, 2016

We know that a lot of homeowners are unhappy with the amount of money that they pay to heat and/or cool their homes. Too often, though, people just accept this as the way things are, particularly when their HVAC systems seem to be working just fine. One common cause of low efficiency in both summer and winter, though, has little to do with these systems themselves, and more to do with the system that is your home.

We’re talking about your insulation in Portsmouth, VA, and you need to know for certain that it is sufficient. When you allow our technicians the opportunity to inspect and, if necessary, replace or supplement your insulation, you need have no doubt about it. Contact us any time to schedule service.

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House Call Company Provides Tips to Prepare Your Home this Fall Season

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

With the holidays approaching, we encourage homeowners to equip their home for one of the most active seasons. Given the cooler weather and increased foot traffic, it’s important to ensure the inside and outside of your home is in tip-top condition.

Here are a few fall maintenance tasks to help prepare your home:HCC-Fall_Infographic_Blog_Image

  1. Add germicidal lights – The cold and flu season is coming. Protect your home’s air with easy to install and highly effective germicidal lights. Don’t let these viruses have free rein in your home.
  2. Eliminate drafts – Reduce energy bills by removing drafts around windows, siding, and joints. Seal any potential air leaks with caulk or ask a professional for help.
  3. Check your humidifier – To keep your home’s humidity at its proper level – between 40 to 60 percent – you may need to add moisture when it gets too dry. Proper humidification protects wood floors, instruments, art and furniture from dry air.
  4. Improve air purification – When you use the right purification system in your home, you can effectively remove pollutants from disrupting your indoor air quality.
  5. Inspect your heating system – Before the harsh weather comes, be sure to get your heating system inspected or replaced. It’s beneficial to make an appointment before the busy season, so you can schedule a time that’s convenient for you.

We’ve assembled additional suggestions in a Fall Maintenance infographic providing do-it-yourself tips and professional guidance to keep your home warm and cozy this season! We will continue holding our EcoEd learning series at our Chesapeake Square Mall location should you want to stop by for tutorials! For more details, call us at 757-349-3403!

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Top Four Ways to Reinvest in Your Home This Tax Season

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

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Paint a Room

For the cost of an inexpensive gallon of paint, you will be able to freshen a room with just a little bit of elbow grease. If you think you might be putting your house on the market sometime soon, painting the space in neutral colors will be more appealing to home-buyers. If you’re not looking to move, a new coat of paint in a color of your choice will personalize the room and drastically update the space for a fraction of the cost of a remodel.

Revamp a Bathroom

According to the 2014 South Atlantic Cost vs Value Report by Remodeling.com, a mid-range bathroom remodel can recoup almost 73 percent of the costs invested! Improvements like replacing light fixtures with LED lighting, adding ceramic tile and installing a dual flush toilet will revive the space while improving the value of the home.

Add Curb Appeal

While changing your home’s siding will give it a new look as well as add value, it isn’t the first step to improving curb appeal. Rather, use your funds wisely by pressure washing the exterior, tidying up the lawn and adding colorful plants and swapping your dated mailbox with an upscale version. Small updates will go a long way!

Make Energy Efficient Updates

When doing home improvements, choosing more energy efficient options make a big difference on utility bills. Replacing the five most frequently used light fixtures in a home with ENERGY STAR® qualified lighting can save about $65 each year in energy costs. Additionally, installing geothermal heating and cooling systems will deliver great comfort at a reasonable price, as they are the most efficient and comfortable systems available.

A home is likely one of the biggest assets a person can have. As such, it makes financial sense to take good care of it! Call us to see how we can help!

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Top Five Tips to Improve the Comfort Level of Your Home

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

The cooler weather in Hampton Roads has many homeowners looking for ways to improve the comfort of their home. Luckily, our experts have compiled a list of the top five tips to improve a home’s comfort level this season.

  1. Air Seal and Insulate the AtticFamily sitting in living room smiling

    Did you know that over 40 percent of energy loss is through the attic? Your home has dozens of holes allowing air to escape. Air sealing all penetrations to the attic and adding insulation keeps the heat you are paying for inside the home.

  2. Seal and Insulate Ductwork

    A home performance contractor can help assess the home to discover issues that may make it drafty and uncomfortable. One of the biggest energy wasters is duct work leakage. Having well-sealed and insulated duct work is essential to the efficiency of a home’s heating and cooling systems.

  3. Improve Heating and Cooling Systems

    The age and condition of a furnace or air conditioner can impact its efficiency. Installing a unit that allows the air to evenly distribute throughout the house is crucial to creating a comfortable home.

  4. Replace Windows

    New windows can make your home more comfortable and quieter, while offering substantial energy efficiency and savings. Since 80 percent of a window is made of glass, a significant amount of heating and cooling savings comes from improved glass performance, according to Window World®.

  5. Utilize Do-it-Yourself Tactics

    Homeowners can improve the comfort level of their home through a variety of DIY projects. For example, weather-stripping and/or caulking all areas of noticeable leaks around windows and doors with a draft; or installing plastic thermal covering on windows. It can be a simple project like opening up drapes and shades on sunny days or a larger project like changing the color of the home’s exterior to one that doesn’t absorb solar heat.

When looking to improve the comfort of your home, working with a trained professional is the best approach. They can provide you with recommendations based on a careful analysis of your home and can help you get answers to your questions.

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