BOISE: Winter is Coming!
The Winter heating season is already underway; for many in the Northwest this year means even higher energy costs. Heating costs can make up 45% of your Winter energy bill. Hefty energy bills don’t have to dampen your holiday season however! Here are some great tips to help you save on staying warm during the cold months.
First, do an energy audit. You can do this yourself by taking a look at your energy bill and thinking of ways that you can cut back on non-heat related costs. This may be as simple as unplugging electronics that aren’t in use, or turning off lights in rooms that you’re not going to be using.
Set the thermostat at 68 when you are home; even lower if you are not going to be home. Don’t let it slip below 58 degrees if you live in a really cold area. By just setting the temperature a little lower for a few hours a day you can save over 10% on your bill in most cases.
Set the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees to cut back on heat lost to the environment. Heating water can account up to 18% of your energy bill so it’s good to insulate your water heater and also any pipes that carry hot water as well.
Seal up air leaks. Use a candle to test windows for drafts. If you find a draft you can seal the edges of windows with caulking or spray foam depending on the size of the leak. Also consider under door sweeps for exterior doors.
Window glass can be a big reason your home loses heat. Clear windows on the South side of your home to let as much natural light and heat in as possible. If you don’t have double paned windows, you can also keep drapes closed or use a window insulation kit to help keep cold air from coming in from the outside.
Don’t hesitate to contact a local handyman or home service provider to ask them for advice on improving your home efficiency, in some cases they will have tips that can help, or you can even hire them to come and fix the issues for you.
Saving pennies can make sense in the long run! Don’t get all heated up over high energy bills this Winter!
2013 Economic Real Estate Outlook for the Treasure Valley
Idaho ranked 20th Best Business Tax Environment in the US for 2012. While not in the ‘top ten’ that is a significant improvement over previous years. I predicted that over the next several years, States that are more fiscally responsible and more tax friendly will start to see more development and migration. I believe Boise will start feeling that benefit this year as we have already seen the commercial growth to encompass that trend.
Available housing inventory is very low currently as new development has been lagging, which may drive prices up short term on existing homes in some markets . An average market will have up to six months of inventory, we are less than three. Eventually new housing developments will start to come available and will ease the current situation. Over the remaining part of 2013 however we will continue to see a lower level of available inventory. Within 18 months the problem should adjust as more new developments come out of planning to fruition and some home owners, who previously were just a little under water, will now be able to list and sell. We are experiencing that currently.
I anticipate rural land values to start a recovery in 2013. Whether it will it be as sharp as the housing value correction of 2012 remains to be seen, more than likely it will be a slower but hopefully steady pace.
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Boise Plumbers: Keeping You Safe!!
After a number of health concerns some areas of the nation are starting to force the use of backflow devices on homes. Cases of local people getting extremely sick from the water in their homes and high pathogen counts in water systems is never good for anyone.
State Program Status: A list of the areas that are on board with protecting our Drinking water.
Protecting the Health and Safety of the Boise Community is what our Boise Plumbers do every day. Also Public awareness for our valued Boise citizens is the priority that all Plumbers in Boise take serious. No matter what your plumbing needs may be call 2 Thumbs Up Plumbing & Remodeling today for the best plumbing services in the Treasure Valley!
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Fight Back Against Allergies!
As Spring Time is in full swing here in the Treasure Valley many allergy sufferers are already having to deal with the pains and troubles that come along with it. Pollen, dust, and allergens can wreak havoc even on those who usually don’t have problems.
At our last Boise Builders Group meeting Karl Beynun presented us with his amazing new venture in air purification and sanitation – the Hyla system! The appearance of this compact device can be deceptive as one might not think one little machine could do so much, but great things come in small packages!
The Hyla system works by using water to purify the air, not a filter that can easily become clogged or need to be replaced. When the water has done it’s job, simply empty it out and you’re ready to go again! This amazing device can complete circulate and purify the air in the average home in under an hour and can also be used as a vacuum for stubborn carpet messes or on upholstery! In addition it can be used to balance the humidity in your home and when used as a cleaner is able to pick up dust mite and dander that other machines miss!
Our group was thoroughly impressed by Karl’s presentation and we think you will be too! Don’t suffer with dirty air that could be making you sick – contact Karl today! (208) 830-0051
New Homeowner Tips: Maintenace
Being a new homeowner is an exciting time in your life
; getting your new home in order is without a doubt one of your biggest focuses after the paperwork and moving is done. Getting the furniture in place and decorating, hanging photos, all these things will no doubt create a whirlwind of energy around you as you settle in.
But it shouldn’t stop there – although it may be less thrilling, it is also up to you to have a plan in mind for your new homes routine maintenance in the coming months.Besides the usual cleaning and taking care of things like carpets and dusting there are a number of things you can do to help maintain your home for years of comfort to come.
Here are some good maintenance tips to keep in mind:
• In late summer or early fall give all your systems( air condiditioning, heating, plumbing) a good inspection.
• Be sure to change air filters at least every three months.(maybe more if you are in the more dusty parts of Idaho!)
• Clean the filters and dust screens on any freezers or refridgerators frequently.
• If you have a gas furnace, keep your pilot light burning during the summer to help keep the furnace dry and prevent corrosion.
• If there is a noise, there could be a problem. Worn washers or loose parts in your faucets can be the source of noisy pipes. It’s good to make sure all washers and parts are tight and in good working order to help reduce vibration that can lead to leaks later on.
• Every four to six years, paint gutters that are not made of aluminum or vinyl to help prevent rust.
• Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure to cut back on pest problems.
• Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. An annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels.
• Vacuum the clothes dryer’s exhaust duct at least once a year. If the duct is plastic, replace it. Rigid sheet-metal ducting is best.
These are just a few suggestions. Our experienced home service professionals are more than glad to answer any questions you might have about specific parts of your home. Don’t hesitate to drop us a line here or join us on Facebook to get answers to your home maintenance questions and see what the Boise Builders Group can do for you!
Get Your Home in Boise Ready for Old Man Winter
Now is the time of year to start thinking about preparing your home for winter, because as temperatures begin to dip, your home will require maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape through the winter.
Here are some good things to think about in getting ready for the long cold winter ahead!
1) Furnace Inspection
- Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts.
- Stock up on furnace filters and change them monthly.
- Consider switching out your thermostat for a programmable thermostat.
- If your home is heated by a hot-water radiator, bleed the valves by opening them slightly and when water appears, close them.
- Remove all flammable material from the area surrounding your furnace.
2) Get the Fireplace Ready
- Cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out rodents and birds.
- If the chimney hasn’t been cleaned for a while, call a chimney sweep to remove soot and creosote.
- Buy firewood or chop wood. Store it in a dry place away from the exterior of your home.
- Inspect the fireplace damper for proper opening and closing.
- Check the mortar between bricks and tuckpoint, if necessary.
3) Prevent Plumbing Freezes
- Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.
- Drain all garden hoses.
- Insulate exposed plumbing pipes.
- Drain air conditioner pipes and, if your AC has a water shut-off valve, turn it off.
- If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, set to at least 55 degrees.
- Have any problem areas looked at by a quality Boise Plumber.
These things may seem like common knowledge, but you know what they say about an ounce of prevention…
Still have questions or concerns? Take a look at our directory of Boise home service experts to find the right home professional to fit your specific need! All of our members are trusted and experienced service providers for all household needs big or small!
Bugs in Boise? We Can Help!
Capitol Pest Management is a native Boise company with 12+ years of experience in keeping your home and family safe from common pests.
Our staff is considerably knowledgeable and experienced in treating all types of pests typical to the Boise area; and are dedicated to doing so while offering a level of customer service 2nd to none.
Our Methods: Recognizing that the purpose of pest control is to protect your home and family Capitol considers safety and comfort a priority when treating your property. Because every property is unique we thoroughly inspect the area of your home to determine what pests are present and what measures are required to safely and successfully treat the problem.
Effective pest control often requires the use of pesticide products which should always be taken seriously and only applied by professionals who have a working knowledge of these products.
At Capitol Pest Management our technicians are educated with extensive knowledge of the pest control products we use. They are trained to recognize when to use these products, when not to use them and how to properly and safely apply them when required.
As a company we are also diligent in choosing the most environmentally and family friendly products available. We understand that that the methods and products used to protect your home and family must not present unnecessary safety or comfort issues. The products Capitol chooses to utilize are EPA approved and will not pollute the area of application. Rest assured that the only lasting change to the environment of your home will be the lack of those pesky pests.
Don’t suffer with bugs! From immediate solutions to long-term pest management we can help you with all your pest control needs in Boise!
Call Capitol Pest Management – (208)368.9855
Boise Air Conditioning Services
Just because summer time is drawing to a close doesn’t mean that you don’t need to take care of that trusty A/C unit! Get ready for winter by having your air conditioner serviced or repaired. The Treasure Valley air conditioning experts at Airpro can make sure that your air conditioning is running properly and ready for the long cold winter ahead.
Speaking of winter – now is the best time to make sure your home heating is ready for the chilly months ahead! Airpro also offers the best Boise area home heating service and installation. We can make sure that you’re nice and cozy warm throughout the Idaho winter season. Our prices are great and our trained and experienced technicians have the skills to get the job done right.
Contact AIRPRO in Boise today for all of your home cooling and heating needs in Idaho! We specialize in installation, repair, and servicing cooling and heating equipment as well as home air quality issues!
Call Airpro: 208-853-6556
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Home Appliance Service Open House
Don’t Miss This Great Boise Gathering!
Please join us on September 23rd, 11am – 2pm for Home Appliance Service’s Open House!
Boise Chamber of Commerce will be on hand, as well as a representative of Boise City Council! We are located on the NW corner of 5mile and Executive. There will be refreshments, door prizes and lots of fun! Ribbon cutting at 11am.
Home Appliance Service Inc is your number one source for quality appliance repair and servicing in Boise Idaho’s Treasure Valley! We can help you save that old washer or appliance and save cash at the same time!
Does your home in Boise need help?
The Boise Builders Group is a collective effort on the part of today’s leading Treasure Valley home service professionals. Helping you build a better home for yourself and the ones you love is our passion!
Whether you have a leaking roof in Boise, or need carpet installed in Nampa – no matter what your home service need might be – we have an expert that can help you! More than just services for your home we also can connect you to other professionals as well like CPAs in Boise and great sources for Boise Health Insurance and more!
We’re off to a great start, but this is just the beginning! Are you a quality home service provider in the greater Boise area looking to connect with other exceptional home service companies in the valley? The Boise Builder Group still has a few spots open in our members list – contact us and let us know who you are and what you do; we’ll get right back to you with more info.