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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
Cell:  267-481-1786
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The Most Popular Green Home Features

January 7, 2015 1:15 am

(BPT) - One of the top trends driving today's housing market is the demand for energy-efficient homes. If you're looking to purchase a new home, green features can save money both now and in the future.

Buyers can expect these upgrades to remain popular in 2015:

Tight Construction
– When searching for new construction, the building process is often as important as the features included. Buyers are looking for tight construction, with no drafty holes, cracks or seams.

Low-emissive Windows
– Double-paned windows with low emissivity (low-e) are on most buyer wish lists. Some versions come equipped with advanced window coatings that retain heat during winter and release it during summer, and block UV rays that may discolor carpets and furniture.

All-over Insulation – Homebuyers are seeking extra insulation at home, including the walls, roof and flooring. Properly installed insulation that meets national code requirements will better regulate temperatures at home, so the furnace and air conditioner won’t have to run unnecessarily. The result is lower utility costs across the board and a quieter, more comfortable home.

Atmosphere-controlling Upgrades – According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, space heating accounts for 41.5 percent of an average household’s energy consumption. To combat this statistic, buyers are looking for efficient heating and cooling systems, such as a heat pump, to reduce their impact environmentally and financially.

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Brace Your Home for Frigid Weather

January 7, 2015 1:15 am

With record lows reported across the country, it’s no surprise that families will be staying indoors this winter. If you’re a homeowner, the best way to brace your home before the next wave of freezing temperatures is to control the humidity inside.

When relative humidity (RH) drops at home, moisture is pulled from anywhere it can be sourced – including people. This can cause uncomfortable issues such as dry skin and static shocks. A lack of humidity can also wreak havoc at home, causing failure of electronics, cracking of wood floors or damage of furniture. To avoid these dry air effects, add humidity back into your home with a humidifier.

Despite the initial cost, humidifiers can lower heating bills. Humidifying your home while the furnace is on creates a more comfortable atmosphere at a lower temperature. According to Energy.gov, turning down a thermostat 10-15 degrees for eight hours can reduce heating costs by up to 15 percent each year. In short, keeping your thermostat down and your humidifier on can add up to big savings.

Many homeowners have benefitted from a whole house-humidification system, which adds moisture to every room using the duct system of the furnace. Installed by an HVAC contractor, these automated systems continually monitor humidity levels to adjust moisture output based on factors such as indoor and outdoor temperature. The best part? These automated systems continually monitor humidity levels, so there will be no condensation on windows or walls.

Source: Aprilaire

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