Welcome to the new year, homeowners. We hope that this new year brings new opportunities for you and your loved ones. We have a couple of tips below so you can begin this year with a good start regarding safety, style, and the future of your home. We’ll be looking at issues such as home odors, fire safety, and health hazards that’s prevalent in every home.
Lead Paint in Your Home
One of the first things homeowners should do to improve the safety of their home is test for harmful odors and gases that are released into the air. If your home was built before 1978, you should test for lead in the paint around your home. During the wear and tear of owning a home (small children can easily ingest the lead while playing), the harmful particles can be released unknowingly leaving your family at risk of inhaling contaminated air.
Radon The Harmful Odor
According the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, one in every fifteen homes in America has escalated levels of radon in their home. Radon, a small, odorless gas with extremely small radioactive particles that get trapped in your lungs, caused over 20,000 lung cancer deaths in US last year. It comes into the home via soil under the basement of your home. You can purchase Radon test kits at your local hardware store or call in professionals to help you.
Fire Hazard Free Bathrooms
A recent trend found in homes in the last couple of years, especially in colder states like Minnesota, is space heaters in the bathrooms. While this keep you warm, it is a major potential fire hazard. We have a couple of solutions that will keep you warm while reducing the risk for an accident. First, to keep your toes warm you can install heated bathroom tile (though this is more expensive option). Second, consider installing a small wall heater that will increase the amount of heat released into the bathroom. Finally, while it doesn’t solve the problem of feet on cold tile, installing a tankless water heater will get your bathroom water hot fast, which will minimize the amount of time spent waiting for the shower to heat up. If you’re considering a new bathroom remodel get a free quote today!
Keep Your Dryer Lint Free
Most homeowners are pretty diligent about cleaning out lint from the trap door within their dryer, but many neglect cleaning out lint from behind dryer or within the ducts and vents. Dryer lint is highly combustible; the U.S. Fire Administration reported that dryer lint causes around 15,000 building fires every year.
Homeowners can save money annually by switching their home lighting and using LED light bulbs. As LED lights get increasingly more affordable, the time has never been better to switch your home lighting to LED. The ALA (American Lighting Association) recently released a report comparing LED lighting to incandescent lighting. They found that LED light bulbs are 4X more reliable, cost efficient, and environmentally friendly.
With LED wattage considerably lower than an incandescent bulb, the excess amount of energy needed to power other light bulbs transfers into savings once LED light bulbs are installed. LED lighting uses one fifth of the energy of a typical light bulb. According to Xcel Energy, the typical Minnesota homeowner (with an average “light-on time” of 5 hours per day) could save over $40.00 each month by switching to LED lighting. LED lighting is considerably more cost efficient than if you were to use both Incandescent and CFL bulbs.
LED lights also can be used outside for Christmas light decorations, or a garage flood/safety light. Quit stressing out about lights being left on! Don’t worry anymore about a high-energy bill, call Homestyle Builder to make sure your home is a lean, green, low-wattage, LED-lit energy efficient machine!
In the LED lighting world, the technology is progressing so rapidly LED lights are becoming cost efficient for everyone. The technological energy revolution has not only paved the way for energy efficient LED lights to save homeowners large quantities of money on their energy bills, it now gives homeowners the capacity to recreate the look and feel of both modern and vintage lighting styles in their home.
LED lighting fixtures come in a variety of color temperatures allowing the homeowner to decide the color of light that the bulbs in the home will be emitting. To recreate the warm yellow look of traditional incandescent lighting, homeowners should consider LED’s with a color temperature from 2500K to 3000K. For a more modern look, LED light in the 5000K-6000K color temperature range should work great for homeowners. LED lighting allows each home to attain the style of light they desire offering a color temperature range so vast consumers can buy any style of lighting they so desire. From LED’s with the warm light of a small candle to LED’s with a crisp blue light like the sun on a cool morning, there isn’t any other lighting style with such a vast color range.
The color of light isn’t the only thing that LED’s have to attribute their style too. New LED Filament bulb designs allow LED lights to take on the look and shape of pretty much any light bulb style throughout history! From the typical shape of an incandescent light bulb, to minuscule outdoor Christmas Lights, even a modern-day crystal chandelier, there is no light bulb, or lighting fixture, that new LED light bulb technology cannot replicate. LED lighting technology even goes so far to offer LED lighting in bulbs that have been coated with different translucent paints to replicate vintage, and yes, even the original “Edison style”, light bulbs.
Call Homestyle Builder today to get the LED lighting style you desire for your home! Your home, your style.
Why Hire Homestyle Builder Inc?
If you are looking for an affordable, reliable, and experienced custom home builder and designer, look no further than Homestyle Builder Inc.
Homestyle Builder is an approved builder for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Home Loan Guaranty Program and the Specially Adapted Housing Grants (Builder ID # 1745). We also are a member in good standing with the National Association of Remodelers, have an A+ rating with the BBB & over 30 years experience in our industry. Finally, we are of course licensed with the state of Minnesota, our license number is GC#: BC-639217.
If you’re interested in a custom home solution, or ADA design, please note that ADA Compatibility does not have to be outwardly noticeable. Just because you’re looking for a custom home solution doesn’t mean you need to have long ramps on the outside of the home. Recently we built a home for a man with ALS. Our clients did not want it to look like the home of a handicapped person. The home was designed to be set further into the foundation, so that the slight upward grade in the front sidewalk was barely noticeable. He was able to enter and exit the house through all main level doors without steps or ramps. All hallways, doors and stairways were designed to accommodate a wheel chair or help if needed. The Master bath had a roll up sink, roll in shower and an electronic Bidet.
Whatever your style is, we can build it! Call us today at 612-223-7818