Home Insulation Solutions For Homeowners

home insulationInsulation is one of the many home improvement solutions available to a homeowner today. Insulation essentially means covering the extremities of the house so as to prevent any kind of impact of the outside weather on the inside environment.

Insulating materials would seal all the possible sources of air flow. Therefore, the conditioned temperature maintained by the heating and the cooling devices are not lost. Since there is no extra load on these heating and cooling devices, utility bills automatically decrease.

The ideal time to install insulation would be during its construction. However, in case that it is not possible, you can always go in for retrofit insulation. The attic is one of the major sources of heat exchange. Therefore, attic insulation makes for one of the most significant of all retrofitting procedures. Read the rest of this entry

Ladder Safety Tips For Home and Garden

Ladders are tools. Many of the basic safety rules that apply to most tools also apply to the safe use of a ladder.Various activities in homes like home decoration, home improvements, painting, storage as well as the gardening activities may require use of ladders for one or another purposes.The American Ladder Institute outlines very useful tips while using ladders of different types.

  • If you feel tired or dizzy, or are prone to losing your balance, stay off the ladder.
  • Do not use ladders in high winds or storms.
  • Wear clean slip-resistant shoes. Shoes with leather soles are not appropriate for ladder use since they are not considered sufficiently slip-resistant.
  • Before using a ladder, inspect it to confirm it is in good working condition.
  • Ladders with loose or missing parts must be rejected. Read the rest of this entry

United States:Home and Garden Industry Guide

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “United  States: Consumer Goods, Home, and Garden Industry Guide” report to their  offering.

The United  States: Consumer Goods, Home, and Garden Industry Guide is an essential  resource for top-level data and analysis covering the United States Consumer  Goods, Home, and Garden industry. It includes detailed data on market size and  segmentation, textual analysis of the key trends and competitive landscape, and  profiles of the leading companies. This incisive report provides expert analysis  with distinct chapters for Consumer Electronics, Furniture & Floor  Coverings, Gardening & Outdoor Living, Home Improvement, Homewares,  Household Appliances, Household Products, Kitchen Appliances and TV &  Video

The US gardening & outdoor living market had total revenue of $50,259  million in 2009, representing a compound annual rate of change (CARC) of -0.7%  for the period spanning 2005-2009.

The US home improvement market generated total revenues of $199.2 billion in  2009, representing a compound annual rate of change (CARC) of -0.5% for the  period spanning 2005-2009.

The homeowners and householders have been advised about a new and quality oriented trend that is emerging globally for this year and possibly for coming years ahead is to find products and services which will help reducing their overall energy consumption.

More and more people are becoming concerned about their impact on the environment. Homeowners are especially interested in means and ways in the bathroom,kitchen,garden, and general power use. People are looking for ways to reduce what they use.

Both energy and water saving devices are likely to see a strong increase in interest in the coming months as some aspects of the bathroom become more technology based. Read the rest of this entry

Weatherization & Insulation:Home Imrovement Tips

Home improvement solutions available in the market augment the overall appeal of your living space. Such solutions not only beautify the house but also heighten the efficiency and safety quotient of the house. Weatherization and insulation make for such utility- saving home improvement solutions.

Weatherization is the technique of sealing any source of air flow inside the house. This is achieved by sealing gaps that were left during the installation of weathervane, chimney or door. All the openings are completely blocked in order to make a barrier between the house and the outside environment. Read the rest of this entry

Consumer confidence is close to the lowest it’s been since the late 80’s. Home prices are dropping, foreclosures are rising, and fuel costs are high. While the news can be depressing, the impact can benefit homeowners planning home improvements. The housing slump is affecting home remodeling contractors and the home improvement stores that supply the construction materials. Many home improvement and lumber merchants are starting campaigns to mark down prices.

“This is providing the homeowner with more bargaining power and less expensive home improvement projects,” said Debra, owner of Westmoreland Contractor Referral Service. The housing slump is introducing new competition into the remodeling arena. Smaller homebuilders are actually diversifying their businesses to survive the downturn. Read the rest of this entry

A durable home that withstands natural hazards like hurricanes saves money, time, the ordeal of making repairs and, potentially, your health.

Pat Skinner, LSU AgCenter disaster preparedness specialist, said hazard resistant homes also help communities and the nation by reducing disaster costs. They help the environment, too, by reducing waste.

“Katrina, Rita and Gustav were wake-up calls for all. It’s a vivid reminder of the importance of making your home stronger, safer and smarter by including hazard-resistant improvements whenever you remodel or restore your home,” she said.

When making any improvements to your home, consider including hurricane- and flood-resistant changes. Read the rest of this entry

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