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A Dozen Ways to Tell Your Home Needs New Siding

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Changing your home’s siding is the single biggest impact you can make to the look of your exterior.  It’s a transformation that’s impossible NOT to notice.  But how do you now when this project is needed?  Here’s our list of the most common times siding needs to be updated.

1) Hail Damage-Siding acts as your home’s protective skin.  Hail damage can compromise siding’s protective qualities and is a reason that it’s often necessary to replace siding after a hail storm occurs.

2) Outdated Color-If you’ve ever driven past one of those “We Buy Ugly Houses” billboards and felt personally attacked, it’s a strong indicator that it’s time for new siding.

3) You Want to Live Maintenance Free-It can be bothersome (and expensive!) having to paint and stain your siding repeatedly.  Why not switch to something that requires less attention?

4) Current Siding Has Dry Rot -Dry rot is a fungus that is fed through moisture that causes wood to disintegrate.  In addition to being an eye sore, dry rot makes a home’s siding much weaker than it should be and therefore, unable to properly protect your home from mother nature.

5) Damage by Wildlife- If your home’s siding has been flawed due to insects or woodpeckers that see it as a good place to raise a ruckus, swapping out siding for something less animal friendly (and high maintenance!) is the way to go.

6) You’ve added onto Your Home-This one’s simple.  No explanation needed.

7) You’re paying a Small Fortune for Heating & Cooling- Oftentimes when you hear mention of insulation, your first thought is your home’s attic.  But don’t forget that there’s insulation in your home’s walls.  High heating & cooling costs can signal that your insulation is subpar.  If you’re insulating, changing out siding at the same time can be a natural fit.

8) Siding is Cracked- If siding is cracked, it can allow water to infiltrate the underlayment which can cause a problem over time.  If only a few pieces are cracked, you may be able to replace only them.  However, if most of the house is cracked, replacing all siding is the ideal solution.

9) Siding is Loose- Siding cannot properly protect your home if it is loose.  If this issue is widespread, address as soon as possible with new siding.  If it’s limited to a few small areas, you may be able to get away with addressing only those spots.

10) Peeled Interior Paint & Wallpaper-A sign that siding is allowing moisture in can be peeled interior paint and wallpaper.  Ignoring this problem can lead to widespread interior problems.

11) Overly Faded Siding- This is a common indictor that siding is nearing the end of its lifespan.

12) Bubbles in the Siding-The bubbles weren’t in the siding when it was installed and they shouldn’t be there now!  Bubbles are evidence that water has become trapped in the siding and that it can’t properly function to protect your home.

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. We proudly carry SeasonGuard Steel Siding, James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding, CenterLock Vinyl Siding and many more!! Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free siding in-home estimate!

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Why Is There Always Mold Growing In My Bathroom?

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What is usually a windowless, warm, moist space in your home that tends to have mold or mildew growing in it? That’s right, it’s your bathroom. We want you to know that you are not alone on having a recurring issue with mold and mildew in your bathrooms. What you really need to know is how to clean it properly and how to get it from coming back! The number one reason that mold is found most commonly in your bathroom is that it is the perfect environment for it to grow. The amount of water used in your bathroom from showering and washing your hands, creates wet surfaces that if not completely dried properly will inhibit the growth of mold. Below, we are going to discuss where mold likes to hang out in your bathroom and how to get rid of it.

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Mold in the shower

You often find the most mold in your bathroom in your shower and bathtub area. Did you know that the grime from your body oils and soap scum are a favorite treat for mold to feed on? If you want a non-toxic mold remover product for your shower, combine ½ cups of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup of warm water in spray bottle. Spray it generously on all of your shower surfaces and let it sit for an hour to penetrate. Then scrub it with a stiff bristled brush and hot water. You should only make this concoction when you are ready to use it because hydrogen peroxide loses its potency over time. If you feel the need to use bleach, mix equal parts of bleach and water and do the same process of spraying on the surfaces. Make sure to keep it away from any linen to avoid discoloration and also, turn on the fan to avoid breathing in toxic fumes.

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Mold on objects in your bathroom

Are you one of those shower junkies that has every single body wash, facial cleaner and loofa that comes out at Target? If so, you should know that one of molds favorite places to hang out are on bottles and items that are frequently getting wet in your shower. The more items that you have in your shower just increase the chances of water being trapped in undesired areas creating a mold paradise. Store your items higher up in your shower to avoid being soaked by the water and possibly only bring them in when you shower and remove them after.

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Reduce the humidity

To prevent mold from growing in your bathroom the humidity levels in there should be below 55%. Many households do not have adequate ventilation in their bathrooms with under-performing fans causing the growth of mold. You need to make sure that you turn the bathroom fan on before you get in the shower and keep it on for roughly 10 minutes after to ensure the steam is removed from the air. Best tips to avoid mold coming back in your bathroom

  • Spray your shower area a few times a week with homemade cleaner
  • Run your bathroom fans regularly
  • Shake your curtain when you are done showering to remove access water
  • Hang up your towels to dry evenly

Lindus Construction is a full-service remodeling company specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Decking, Home Remodeling & New Construction. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 for a free no obligation estimate or check us out on our new website at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into 830 WCCO every Saturday from 9a-10a with Denny Long & Andy Lindus for our Home Improvement Show.

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Why Bamboo?

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Bamboo is one of the most sustainable resources on the planet and is becoming increasingly popular for flooring and cabinetry in homes. Unlike trees, bamboo is a grass that grows to maturity for harvesting in roughly seven years. Therefore, it is more readily available than hardwood which can take decades to reach its harvesting peak.  Bamboo is known for its durability and sturdiness making, it an ideal medium to use for cabinets and flooring.  Bamboo possesses a natural hue that will warm any area. Its grain is also distinctly linear so it can be installed either vertical or horizontal. Many homeowners are drawn to bamboo for their home improvement projects because it is such a renewable, green, product that will bring quality and beauty to your home. We recently installed bamboo cabinets in our main floor bathroom and to say that we are happy with the look and outcome would be an understatement. Here are some of the features and benefits of using bamboo for your next home improvement project.

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The Finish

Bamboo offers beautiful markings that would be covered up if you applied a darker stain. The natural color of bamboo is so appealing that most people would not even consider staining it. The use of a clear coat will still allow the grain of the distinctively linear markings to show through. Bamboo will vary slightly in color, which some homeowners feel is aesthetically appealing because of its uniqueness.

 

Custom or Ready-to-Assemble?

Bamboo cabinets are available in RTA (ready-to-assemble) units as well as custom-built. If you are a seasoned DIY’er type of homeowner, tackling the RTA option might be right up your alley, but if you want to leave it up to the professionals contact your local contractor to have them custom made for your home.

 

Stability

Bamboo is a great medium to use in a kitchen area because it is dimensionally stable, meaning it doesn’t swell and contract as much as its wood counterpart which can be seen as an advantage where moisture levels are present, such as in your kitchen area from cooking.

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Cost

Many people think bamboo cabinets are outrageously expensive, but they are relatively similar in price to their solid wood counterparts. The price will obviously vary on the options that you select, as well as the manufacturer of the product and if you DIY or have in done for you. You must keep in mind that the quality you are receiving by installing bamboo cabinets is much higher than standard cabinets.

Lindus Construction / Midwest Leafguard are ready to help with your next cabinet makeover in your home. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 to set up a free no-obligation estimate or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday morning for our home improvement show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

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Pros & Cons of Home Heating Systems

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Every home in the Midwest has some sort of home heating system for the cooler temperatures that we face during the fall & winter seasons. Residential home heating systems can range from piping hot water throughout your home, to blowing air or even using heat from the earth. We are going to discuss some of the most popular systems and the advantages and disadvantages of both.

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Forced Air

The most common type of heating & cooling systems on the market

  • Moves throughout your home through ductwork and registers and is heated in the furnace.
  • The air is heated using various fuel sources such as natural gas, propane, electricity or oil.

Advantages/disadvantages of this system

Forced air systems are the only heat distribution system that also can be used for cooling purposes. It also allows the air to be filtered, humidified or dehumidified. This type of system is less expensive than other options on the market. The only disadvantages of this system are that the moving air throughout your home can distribute allergens more freely, requires ductwork that takes up space and can sometimes be a little loud.

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Radiant Heat

Widely known to provide the most comfortable heat in a residential home and comes in a variety of options from a pot belly stove or in-floor heating.

  • Radiant heat is the process of direct transfer of heat from a hot to a cold surface through embedded tubing in the floor directly below the surface.
  • Radiant heat can be fueled by hot water heated by a boiler that is fueled by natural gas, propane, oil or electricity.

Advantages/disadvantages of this system

Radiant heat provides an even, comfortable heat and are quite energy efficient. A disadvantage is that they take longer to heat up, since the surrounding materials must warm, they can be expensive to install, air conditioning would require separate ductwork and if a problem arises, accessing the hidden piping can be difficult.

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Hot Water Baseboard

Baseboard systems are similar to radiant heat because they use hot water that is heated by a boiler to heat space by radiation and convection.

  • The water is heated and then piped to baseboard units mounted along the walls.
  • The boiler can be fueled by natural gas, propane, electricity or oil.

Advantages/disadvantages of this system

Baseboard systems are very energy efficient & quiet. Disadvantages are they are slow at increasing the temperature in your home and you must keep items such as furniture and drapes away from the units.

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Geothermal

The newest heating & cooling technology on the market today is geothermal.

  • Heat is taken from the earth by use of ground loop pipes and deposited into your home.
  • The EPA says that a geothermal heat pump can save you 30 to 70 percent on home heating and 20 to 50 percent on cooling over conventional systems.

Advantages/disadvantages of this system

Geothermal advantages are that they have a very good lifespan, usually around 25+ years for inside components and 100+ years for the ground loop. They are very quiet and have minimal maintenance costs. They also add a lot of value to your property. Disadvantages of geothermal heat is the increased upfront initial cost to have it installed which are usually two to three times those of conventional systems. If you don’t hire a qualified contractor who uses proper installation techniques, your system may not last as long.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

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Top Reasons Why Your Roof Could Be Leaking!

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If your roof has started to leak, you should not underestimate the severity of damage it can cause to your home. If you are unsure of the magnitude of a leak in your roof, make sure to call your local professional contractor who will be able to give you a solution to your problem. Here are some reasons that your roof may be leaking into your home.

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Flashing

Flashing is the thin metal sheet; strip, angle or fitting that covers a seam or transition point in a roof. Flashing is the most common area of your roof to leak. With the harsh weather in the Midwest, it is easily damaged or corroded over time. The flashing on your home could also be poorly installed or of a lower quality than you thought you were having installed.

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Skylights

Having skylights really adds ambiance and natural light to your home, but when not built or installed properly, it can cause more of a headache than bliss. If you have a skylight that is older a problem with a leak is almost inevitable. If you notice that the downhill slope of your skylight is filling with water more easily, you will be dealing with a leak in the near future.

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Shingle Damage

Your roof most likely is not top of mind if it’s functioning properly, but you have to remember that your roof will not last forever. How many years has it been since your roof was installed? Roofs that were built 30 years ago were made of much different and less durable materials, than what is used today. Old shingles will start to crack causing your roof to leak.

 

Chimney

Your chimney creates a huge hold in your roof and it also collects water on the surface, which can trickle down and get into the smallest cracks. The leading cause of chimney leaking is failed flashing. Water can pool at the base of your chimney and having pooling water on your roof is never a good thing.

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Plumbing

Common plumbing issues arise when having to drill holes in your roof. Plumbing vent pipes, exhaust flues for appliances, attic vents and ventilation ducts are among the most common necessities that have to exit through your roof. Cracked or worn flashing around these pipes and flues are the most common leak source on your roof when it comes to plumbing.

Lindus Construction offers both asphalt and metal roofing options. In 2011, we were named the #1 Roofer in the United States by GAF, which is North America’s largest manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate today. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects.

 

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Transform Your Garage into the Workshop You Always Wanted

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Today many garages have evolved from more than just a parking place for your car, but a junk pile for your home. Organizing your garage and making it a multi-purpose area seems to be an ongoing trend. What about turning your garage into the workshop you always wanted? Here are the steps needed to make your dreams a reality.

Lighting

Most garages do not have the ample light required for a workshop and are probably very dark. If you will be working with power tools, it is a necessity to ensure proper lighting. Inadequate lighting can hurt the quality of your work. 4-foot instant-on bulb fixtures with reflectors work well in a garage as well as hanging shop lights that can drop down from above your workbench to ample light. Purchasing a portable work light will come in very handy as well.

 

 

 

 

Storing your tools

Now that you can see your surroundings with your increased lighting, where to properly store your tools is the next question. Few things in life are as frustrating as spending an hour looking for the tool you need for a project that is only going to take 10 minutes. Tools are an expensive investment and you want to make sure your investment is organized and is able to be locked up if needed. You should consider a roller cabinet and chest combo that is a minimum of 16 inches deep and 26 inches wide. I would also recommend installing drawer mats to keep your tools from sliding around and banging into one another. For your larger power tools, creating a shelving unit designated for each specific tool is a great way to keep everything ready to use at a moment’s notice.

Flooring

A regular garage floor is not the ideal surface for a workshop because they can become slippery and stain very easily. Upgrading your floor to an epoxy finish or modular tiles will give you the extra grip you are looking for. If your budget does not allow this type of flooring, look for restaurant grade rubber mats that you can put in your most used areas.

 

 

 

Comfort

What man doesn’t like the perfect temperature in his workspace? Most garages are not insulated so taking the extra step to warm in the winter and cool in the summer is a must for your new workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

Entertainment

What workshop would be complete without a mini fridge and some tunes to make your next hobby project as successful as possible? Did you know that you can run your MP3 player or smart phone through DEWALT’s new radios? Make sure to purchase one on your next visit to your home improvement store.

Lindus Construction is a full-service remodeling company specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Decking, Home Remodeling & New Construction. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 for a free no obligation estimate or check us out on our new website at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into 830 WCCO every Saturday from 9a-10a with Denny Long & Andy Lindus for our Home Improvement Show.

 

 

Prepare Your Furnace Now for the Winter Months

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October is now upon us and some of the temperatures this week have been closer to summer weather than fall. Don’t be fooled; fall air will become more of a reality this next week and the time has come to take a look at your home heating system and make sure it is in perfect working order for the winter months ahead.  The best way to stay ahead of the cold weather is by having an annual HVAC system inspection to make sure your unit is running safely and efficiently.  There are many maintenance items that you can do on your own before having to hire a professional and we are discussing those below.

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1. Replacing the air filter

You should replace your furnace air filter monthly during the colder months, if not monthly than at least every three months. Having a dirty air filter in your furnace slows down the flow of air, making your furnace run that much harder. If you have a buildup of dust on your filter it can lead to expensive emergency repairs when ignored.

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2. Clean out your ducts & air vents

You want to ensure that there is no airflow blockage in your ducts and vents. Use and extension hose on your vacuum or shopvac to clear any debris or blockages. Go around your home and make sure all of your vents are free of furniture covering them, boxes, toys etc.  Again, if your furnace is blocked it has to work harder and your warm air will not circulate properly throughout your home.

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3. Clean the furnace burners

During the summer months dust can buildup on your furnace burners so check to insure they are free of debris. Also check for any signs of misalignment of the burners or if they have become rusted.

 

4. Oil up your furnace blower

The motor of your furnace blower plays a large role in how your heating system functions properly. You should make sure that you oil this part once a year, and make not if you hear any unusual noises when you furnace is started up.

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5. Is your thermostat operating properly?

If your thermostat is not functioning properly, it could affect the way your heating system works. You need to turn on your thermostat and evaluate how it responds. If it does not start up immediately, you could have a problem. If you have not upgraded to the modern technology of a programmable thermostat and are still using the manually controlled ones, you should consider an upgrade. If you do upgrade to a programmable one insure you get a “set-back” thermostat that allows you to control the heat by turning it back when you are gone and having it start warming up again before you arrive home. This will also allow you to save money on your energy bill by using less heat when you are away.

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6. Beat the rush and schedule your appointment early!

It happens every year here at our business, in the fall our schedule books up weeks out for install due to the demand and you always get a few people who are shocked we are that busy. Living in the Midwest seasons matter when it comes to the timeliness of having work completed at your home and that is no different for the HVAC companies. If you are like most of us you know that you need to get your furnace cleaned, but keep putting it off because of the nice days that are thrown our way in the fall. Don’t wait! Call now and set up an appointment to beat the rush before you are on a waiting list.

Lindus Construction is a full-service remodeling company specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Decking, Home Remodeling & New Construction. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 for a free no obligation estimate or check us out on our new website at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into 830 WCCO every Saturday from 9a-10a with Denny Long & Andy Lindus for our Home Improvement Show.

 

 

 

 

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Your Attic Ventilation Could Be Ruining Your Home

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The main purposes of attic ventilation are to provide comfort to your home, help protect against damage to materials and the structure of your home and to help reduce energy consumption during all four seasons here in the Midwest. During the warmer months, ventilation helps keep your attic cool and in the winter months, it reduces moisture keeping your attic dry and preventing ice dams. Proper attic ventilation in your home allows the flow of outside air through your attic, protecting your efficiency of the insulation and helps lower the temps in your living space. The U.S. Federal Housing Administration recommends a minimum of at least 1 square foot of attic ventilation for every 300 square feet of attic space. This amount should be divided equally between intake and exhaust ventilation allowing proper air flow.

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What Damage Can Happen with Improper Ventilation?

  • Damage to your siding,  interior paint and wallpaper
  • Warping, cracking or breaking down of wood framing
  • Premature aging of your roofing system
  • Roof deck warping & rooting
  • Mildew & mold growth
  • Buckling of shingles and felt

In the winter, when using household appliances such as your shower, bathtub or cooking ranges can contribute to excess moisture build-up which will allow moisture to condense and fall, soaking your insulation putting you at risk for mold. In the winter, ice and snow on your roof will melt and run down the deck to the cooler eaves of your roof. This runoff can re-freeze, creating what is called an ice dam that can force water to back up under your shingles, causing water to leak into your home. If you roof is properly ventilated, it will reduce the amount of melting that occurs, therefore reducing ice dams that could form.

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Balanced Systems Will Provide Optimal Air Flow

A properly designed ventilation system requires balance and that balance is achieved in two ways airflow & intake.

  • Airflow capacity must be balanced between intake and exhaust vents. Half of the vent area must be high in the attic, with the other half lower in the attic. Without this balance the area of effective ventilation is limited to the lesser of the two vent areas. If 75% of your venting is high and only 25% low, the ventilation is limited to the air moving through the lower vents.
  • The vents that are placed high must act as exhaust vents, while the low vents act as intake vents. That placement will assure continuous air flow moving the right direction.

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Different Types of Vents

Ridge Vents – these are the most economical and effective kind of attic vents. They run the entire length of the roof peak and are typically covered with shingles so they blend into the roofline. These types of vents work effectively all year round and ventilate your space evenly providing a large volume of air flow.

Soffit Vents – are most commonly used in tandem with ridge vents. They can be installed above or below your gutter system. These types of vents keep your attic dry in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Gable Vents – are installed on the exterior attic walls providing air circulation during extreme temperatures and humidity. These types of vents are designed to add interesting accents to the exterior of you home. They come in a variety of shapes and are covered with a mesh screen backing that keeps out insects.

Turbine Vents – are wind-driven that are installed along the face of the roof. When the wind blows, the turbine spins and draws air from your attic. These vents can remove large quantities of humid air at a time. These are often used in conjunction with soffit venting systems to allow adequate air circulation.

Lindus Construction is the #1 Master Elite™ GAF roofer in the Midwest, which is North America’s largest manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.comto schedule a free in-home estimate today. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects.

 

Are Your Energy Bills Really High? Take a Look at your Water Heater!

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When you think of where all you energy dollars go every month you most likely think of lighting, your appliances, your air conditioning unit and let’s not forget your heater, but we tend to overlook the expense of heating our water in relation to our energy consumption. Did you know that 25% of your energy dollars goes towards heating the water in your home for your daily needs such as showers, laundry and using your dishwasher? Water heaters have come a long way in the last decade and today’s models are much more energy efficient than the one in your Grandparents’ basement. If you feel your energy bills are on the rise, consider taking a look at your water heater and upgrading to a more efficient model. In the simplest terms think of your water heater like a car’s gas mileage. Some cars get 15 miles to the gallon while others get 40 on the same gallon of gas. Don’t just consider the initial price of purchasing a new water heater, think of how much it costs to operate and you could save hundreds of dollars.

There are three main factors to consider when in the market for a new water heater and those are:

  • Fuel
  • Water Storage
  • Function

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What type of fuel….gas or electric?!

One of the first decisions you will have to make is whether you want to purchase an electric or gas water heater. Check to see what type of water heater you have now might help make your mind of regarding which type because you may only have a natural gas outlet or and electric outlet available so you don’t buy the wrong one. Here are the biggest differences between the two fuels.

Gas

  • Must be safely vented to the outdoors
  • Can require a slightly larger upfront cost
  • Usually will cost less to operate
  • Is not affected by power outages
  • Increased safety

 

Electric

  • Usually costs less than gas water heaters
  • Heats up your water quickly
  • Offers high energy factor ratings
  • Very easy to maintain

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Water Storage…conventional or tankless?

So what is the difference between the two? Conventional tank water heaters store water in an insulated tank until it is needed. Tankless units do not store water, but rather heat it by running it through coils.

Conventional

  • More economical
  • 20 to 80 gallon capacity ranges
  • Can we placed in a closet, garage or basement
  • Do your homework because efficiency varies between different models & brands

 

Tankless

  • Can be a larger upfront investment
  • Installed on a wall, freeing up space
  • Can reduce energy consumption by as much as 30%
  • Can run out of hot water during heavier usage
  • Must be ventilated

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Function – What type of capacity?

It is very important that you select a water heater that provides enough hot water for your home because purchasing one that is undersized will have to work harder and have shorter lifespan. If you purchase a conventional water heater, you can determine your proper capacity based on the number of bathrooms and bedrooms in your home.

 

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Number of Bedrooms 1       2        3 2        3     4     5 3        4      5    6
Minimum Tank Size 20/30/40 50/50/50/60 50/60/60/80

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Additional features to look for:

  • Self-cleaning – water heaters with this feature automatically fight lime and sediment buildup
  • Recovery Speed – If you have a tendency to use a lot of hot water look for a model with a fast recovery speed.
  • Automatic Shutoff Valve – will prevent fires by shutting off the flow of gas if there is movement in the ground or the gas flow experiences a sudden increase.

Lindus Construction is a full-service remodeling company specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Decking, Home Remodeling & New Construction. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 for a free no obligation estimate or check us out on our new website at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into 830 WCCO every Saturday from 9a-10a with Denny Long & Andy Lindus for our Home Improvement Show.

 

 

 

Dorm Room Digs & How To Make The Most of Your New Space

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That time of year has quickly come upon us again and the kids will be going back to school. Some of you may be sending your kids off to college and with that is a whole new array of experiences and let’s not forget their first dorm room. Don’t let them worry that their new “small” space has to be cramped. They can still have a stylish and organized space for studying, sleeping and relaxing. Here are some ideas to maximize their new space and make the best of it.


Figure out the best layout

Once you have arrived at your new stomping grounds, take a minute to assess the layout of your room. By simply moving one piece of furniture to the other side of the room you can make a drastic difference. Turning your bed into a daybed will allow additional space under.

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Multi-purpose items

Having multifunctional furniture in your dorm room is one of the best ideas that you can have. Think of having a futon in your room that is used for crash studying parties and then your friends can fold it out to spend the night. Cube stools can be used as hidden storage areas.

 


Loft the bed

Having your bed on the floor takes up a lot of space that could be used for many other purposes. You can purchase bed-lofting kits at a home improvement store or sometimes even find them at the campus store. Some colleges even allow you to rent them for the school year. A lofted bed will have your bed at the height as the upper bed on a bunk bed opening up the floor space below it where you could put your desk area, dresser, bookshelves or added storage.

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Go vertical with storage

You already know your horizontal space is going to be limited, but not necessarily your vertical space. This is where cool plastic colored storage containers can come into play. You can keep your floors open and clutter free by stacking your colorful storage containers all the way to the ceiling in a stylish way.

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Add a divider for increased privacy

Even though you may really like your new roommate, having your own space is also important for boundaries and giving yourself a sense of privacy. A creative way to do this is using a cubed open bookshelf that both of you can put stuff in as your room divider. If you think that will take up too much space, consider adding floor-to-ceiling curtains that you can draw shut when you need some peace and quiet.

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