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4 Simple Projects to Improve Your Home Over the Weekend

There’s nothing better than turning a lazy weekend at home into a productive one–especially if you can reap the benefits! With the easy weekend projects for your home we’ve listed below, you’ll be able to quickly accomplish some small home improvements that will have a big impact.

Small Changes, Big Impact

 

Read on for some great ideas on how you can improve your home without having to invest a lot of time or effort. In fact, most of these simple projects can be done easily in just one day. So you can go ahead and sneak a couple projects this coming weekend to really revamp your home.

 

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Need a home comfort makeover? If you reside in the  Vacaville area, you can reap the benefits of rebates on a new HVAC system, equipment, and repairs and maintenance. Call us today to find out more details on our financial incentives: 707-416-0845.

Should I Upgrade My HVAC System?

Most home HVAC systems are built to last for over 10 years or more, yet, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you shouldn’t replace your system prior to the ten-year mark. Many changes and innovations to HVAC systems have occurred over the past decade and because of this, it may be wise to consider upgrading your system sooner than you anticipated.

Ranging from better home energy efficiency to the exciting integration of smart devices, there are several reasons, listed below, why you may consider upgrading your current system to a new one. It is important to understand that even though your A/C and furnace may not need to be upgraded at the same time, it’s might be in your best interest to go ahead and replace both. With a completely new system, you can save on costs in the long run, and you can rest assured that all mechanisms will work together seamlessly.

Better Energy Efficiency

If you own an older HVAC system, the chances are high that it is no longer very energy efficient, which can end up costing a significant amount of money towards your home’s heating and cooling bills.  Generally, systems that are over 10 years old are most likely to waste energy more than a newer model. If you don’t have a system that meets Energy Star standards, then you may want to consider an upgrade. Not only will you be saving money on energy costs, you’ll be wasting less energy overall, which is also great for the environment!

Improved Indoor Air Quality

An HVAC system doesn’t just cool and heat your home, it is also responsible for managing the quality of your home’s indoor air by providing good ventilation and proper humidity levels throughout your house. It also helps to filter airborne pollutants, such a dust and allergens, out of your home’s indoor air. An older system may have trouble maintaining proper indoor air quality within the home. And many older systems aren’t compatible with other accessories such as air purifiers and more advanced ventilators that can help keep your home’s air extra clean.

More Security

An older HVAC system certainly consumes more energy than most newer models, but it is also at a greater risk for needing repairs or worse—a total breakdown. If a system has not been properly maintenanced or serviced over its lifespan (and we recommend at least once annually), then it is at even higher risk for problems. Having a professional trained technician monitor refrigerant lines, inspect ductwork, repair steam traps, cleaning coils, as well as other routine tasks ensure that your HVAC system has a healthy and efficient lifespan.

Choose Top Quality for Better Indoor Air Quality

At Solano, we offer the Suisun City and surrounding Solano County areas with the very best in heating and air conditioning service, repairs and installations, AND we are also the leading provider of indoor air quality services. If you’re in need of an HVAC upgrade, or would like some more information to determine whether your home has proper indoor air quality , give the experts at Solano a call. 707-416-0845.

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Spring Cleaning Made Easy

Many homeowners find the idea of spring cleaning too daunting to even get started. But the truth is that spring cleaning doesn’t have to be difficult. There are simple ways that you can work toward making your home a cleaner, healthier space for you and your family. Check out our easy guide to spring cleaning below to help you get started.

Easy Guide to Spring Cleaning

If the thought of spring cleaning makes you uncomfortable, then the guide below is just for you. In this graphic, we’ve broken down some simple steps that you can take to start your spring cleaning:

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4 Signs You May Need Help with Winter Home Maintenance

While some individuals hire outside help for all of their maintenance needs, others enjoy spending time working on DIY home improvement projects around the house. When it comes to winter maintenance, some projects can start to get a little tricky. In this post, we will go over just a few signs that you may need to call in a pro to help you with your winter maintenance projects.

Signs That You Need to Call a Home Improvement Professional

Here are just a few signs that you may need to call in a professional for help with your winter maintenance:

  1. The winter maintenance project has become overwhelming!

If the winter maintenance tasks you need to complete are starting to overwhelm you, it may be time to call for help. Even if you like taking on DIY home improvement projects, sometimes these projects can start to feel frustrating or overwhelming when added to your normal work and home responsibilities. Save yourself the hassle and headache of an overwhelming project by hiring someone to complete the task.

  1. You don’t have the time to finish the project.

If you have winter maintenance projects that you need to complete, but you can’t seem to find the time to dedicate to them, then you may want to hire help. Lack of time can cause homeowners to rush through a project, which can lead to costly mistakes and even safety issues. In addition, unfinished maintenance projects can create an unsafe home environment. Not to mention that they may never be finished up, leaving your home open to damage from the elements.

  1. You don’t have the right equipment for the maintenance task.

Many winter maintenance projects require specific equipment or tools to complete. Unless you have a well-stocked toolbox or a garage full of maintenance equipment, you may not have everything you need to complete the project. For homeowners who are unable to borrow tools from a neighbor or rent the equipment from a home improvement store may want to hire a professional. The up-front cost of hired help will be less than the investment of new equipment, plus you don’t have to spend your time completing the project.

  1. You do not have the knowledge or expertise to complete the project.

It’s important to know what you can handle and what is beyond your skillset. Though you may like the challenge of complex home improvement projects, some winter maintenance tasks may very well be beyond your scope of knowledge or experience. When it comes to projects like this, it’s important that you call in an expert so that your project is completed right the first time. This helps you avoid any damage or costly repairs later on.

Need help with your winter HVAC maintenance? Spring is just around the corner, and this is the perfect time to make sure that your HVAC system has survived the winter and is ready to get you through until next winter. Call us today for a professional HVAC tune-up or repair: (707) 416-0845.

3 Reasons You Should Invest in Weatherproofing

Most homeowners want to create a comfortable, relaxing, and safe environment for themselves and their loved ones. That can only happen if you ensure that no matter what condition it is outside, it will not affect your comfort or safety inside. The best way to make sure you stay safe and comfortable year-round is by weatherproofing your home.

Why You Should Invest in Weatherproofing

Don’t take our word for it. Below are 3 of the top reasons why you need to invest in weatherproofing for your home:

  1. Weatherproofing can save you money.

Doors and windows with cracks and poorly insulated ductwork can lead to air leaks. Any time the cool or warm air from your house escapes, you are wasting energy, which can add up in heating and cooling costs over time. Not to mention, these leaks make your HVAC system work harder to keep you comfortable. This can cause breakdowns and malfunctions that require costly repairs. Weatherproofing helps you seal up these leaks and stop wasting energy (and money) when you use your heater or AC.

  1. It can help you improve home comfort.

Have you ever felt a draft in your home? How about overpowering humidity? When the outdoor elements start to creep into your home, it can be difficult for you to get comfortable and stay that way. Weatherproofing helps you keep air and moisture from outside from getting into your comfortable home environment and wreaking havoc. By sealing up your doors and windows, insulating your ductwork, and investing in window treatments, you can help keep your family comfortable no matter what the weather is outside.

  1. Weatherproofing helps protect your home from damage.

Let’s face it, the weather isn’t always kind to your home. Between seasonal changes in temperature, inclement weather, and humidity (or lack thereof), the weather can start to take a toll on the outside of your home. The best way to protect your home from weather damage is by weatherproofing your home and keeping up with routine maintenance. The better you take care of your home, the better it will be able to take care of you.

DIY Weatherproofing Tips

Now that you know why it’s so important to invest in weatherproofing, you can use the simple tips below to get started:

  • Use a caulk gun to seal up any holes or cracks that you find around windows and doors.
  • For small insulation areas, use expanding foam insulation, which can be purchased at your local home improvement store.
  • Weather stripping is easy to install and works to effectively stop drafts.
  • You can install rubber or metal door sweeps to block outdoor air from entering your home.
  • If you have an attic, use an attic stair cover to seal your attic space.
  • Use screens, drapes, curtains, and storm windows to help protect air and moisture from entering your windows and regulate temperature.

Want to find other ways to boost your home energy efficiency? The HVAC experts at Solano would be happy to help you find the right energy-efficient HVAC system and products to meet your specific home comfort needs. Call us today to learn more about our quality HVAC products and services: (707) 416-0845.