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Attic Renovations That Give You a Big Return on Investment

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Whether you are selling your home now, planning to in the future, or are just looking to increase the value of your home, you can do so with relatively simple attic renovations.

One of the most recommended upgrades for attics is finishing the space so that it can be an additional useable and livable area in your home. Doing so can increase the value of your home, giving you an excellent return on investment.

  1. Finished Attic

There are many things you can do with a finished attic. Depending on the size and shape of the room you have to work with, a finished attic could act as an additional office, playroom, man cave, sitting area, or living room.

  • Attic Bedroom

Renovating your attic into another bedroom is an excellent way to use the space and get a big return on your investment. Another finished bedroom is always a perk when it comes to the value of your home, and a creative use of attic space as another bedroom is a great seller.

  • Efficiency Apartment

If you really want a huge return on your investment, go the extra mile when renovating your attic and add a bathroom and even a kitchenette to the space. In doing so, you are creating a second complete living space that can be used as an efficiency apartment. The extra bathroom and kitchen area will add extra value to your home and is extremely useful as well.

 

  1. Smaller Projects with Big Payback

If you’re wanting to make some changes to your attic but are not wanting to complete a project as big as finishing the space and making it another living space, or if your attic is not large enough for another room, there are other options.

  • Attic Insulation

Redoing the insulation in your attic and using Energy Star rated insulation products can increase the efficiency of your home, which can save you a lot of money in heating and cooling costs. The more energy efficient your home is, the more money you save.

Approximately 40% of home energy loss occurs through the roof of your home. You can cut this down exponentially by properly insulating unused attic space. Make sure to add insulation not only along the attic ceiling and walls, but also along the floor to seal off the attic from the living areas of your home.

  • Attic Fans

Another way to save a lot of money with a small renovation is to add an attic fan for home cooling. These fans circulate and disperse cooled air throughout your home, and in most climates can reduce the need to run your air conditioning systems.

All of these attic renovations can provide you with a large return on your investment. Finishing your attic and converting it into a usable living space can greatly increase the value of your home, and energy saving smaller renovations can save you a lot of money on heating and cooling.

Another helpful tip from Choice Home Inspection Services; call us for all of your home inspection needs (770) 490-6911.

 

Easy And Safe Gas Furnace Repairs That You Can Do

A lot of people consider the furnace as one of their home’s most important piece of equipment, which is very much true most especially during cold winter months, when getting some heat intake is very important. Additionally this is the very reason why knowing how to fix your furnace in case some problems arise can be very invaluable. Below are some easy and safe gas furnace repairs that you can do.

If your furnace keeps on turning on and off, this is usually just a simple problem with the unit’s heat anticipator. To start repairing, simply locate your thermostat and open it. When you open the box, you will see inside a small disk that is located in the middle. Take a good look at the disc. You will see that it has a number of calibration notches. Take a closer look and you will find the word “LONGER” on it. Then, try to find a small handle that touches a wire. Once you locate that small handle, turn it towards the word “LONGER”.

After completing the steps, turn on your furnace and let it run for a few hours. If it runs without turning off, then you’re done. However, if the furnace is still turning on and off, just repeat the steps given above. Continue doing so until the problem stops.

Shutdown Problems

This problem is also an easy one, which is similar to the first problem. All you have to do is remove your unit’s thermostat cover, then follow the said steps in the first problem. But, in this case, what you have to do is turn the clockwise to “SHORTER”, instead of moving it toward “LONGER”. This should fix your problem. If it doesn’t just repeat the steps until you get it working.

No Heat Generation

If your unit is not generating heat, then the problem is most probably the pilot
light. Try checking out your pilot light and see if it is turned on or if it is out. If you find it to be out, then you would have to relight it. In case you do not know how to relight it, simply consult your unit’s manual or contact your manufacturer. This is a relatively easy task that you can do by simply following some simple instructions.

No Air

If your unit is running but doesn’t blow any air, it is probably a belt that needs to be replaced. First, you should turn off the power of your unit. Also, you should turn off the gas from the gas valve which is serving your furnace. Then, remove the door of your furnace cabinet so you can have access to your blower. When you have full access, check out the number that is stamped on the belt of your furnace. Then, go to your local shop and get an exact replacement of the belt. Once you’ve got the replacement belt, then go back to your furnace cabinet and install the new belt. Generally, you can just slip it on your motor’s smaller pulley then put it on your motor’s blower pulley.

Try rotating the blower pulley using your hand, while you hold the belt in place. Be careful from having your fingers caught though. If you get this right, you should be able to get the belt right in place. If it looks a little too tight, then you may need to adjust the motor mount so there can be more slack in the fixture. After adjusting, try to retighten the tension again, once you have the belt in the right place. It would be better to check your manufacturer’s specifications regarding the proper tension needed for your unit. Generally, your belt should deflect at least about an inch whenever you press it down.

If you have any problems or questions please contact Choice Home Inspections at (770) 490-6911.

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Solar Energy

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Solar energy in its simplest term refers to the energy generated by the sun.  That energy can be harnessed and used to perform different tasks.  It is not harmful and the equipment it uses is very environmentally friendly.  If we compare solar energy with electrical energy, then solar energy is very cost effective and beneficial for home use.  You can easily reduce your electric bill by using solar energy in your home.

Solar Energy Bulbs

There are special types of solar-energy bulbs available.  The bulbs have special sensors that sense darkness and will turn on automatically.  There is no need to turn on the solar-energy bulbs manually.  If the sensor detects light the bulbs will turn off automatically.  The use of solar-energy bulbs is easy.  Just purchase them from the local store, install them, and they are ready to use.

A Clean Energy Source

Solar energy will not pollute the environment.  It is a clean energy source and is environmentally friendly.

Comparing solar-energy systems versus electrically-generated energy systems, the solar-energy systems are very easy to maintain.  As we all know, solar energy is energy generated from the sun; so, there is no need to buy fuel for refilling the system.  There is some maintenance required but not as much as an electrical system requires.

A solar-energy system works autonomously.  No foreign energy sources are required for running the system.  If the electric-energy power outsource is damaged, then your house system will not be affected due to damaging weather because of the independent solar system.

If we can be of service or if you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Choice Home Inspection Services at 770-490-6911.  Or email or text us:  http://chisvc.com/contact-us