Building a New Home
What do I need to know when I am building a new home?
You’ve had the vision in your head for a while. You’ve watched countless hours of HGTV. You’ve made several trips to Lowes making mental shopping lists for your future home. Now, the moment is finally here. It’s time to build your new home!
There’s a lot of work to be done, but also a lot of fun to be had as you work to build the home of your dreams. We hope to make it a little easier for you as we dive into a couple of the biggest questions people have when building a new home.
- How can you save money and energy with your HVAC?
Read about the factors that contribute to saving money and energy with your HVAC system such as the type of system, the size of the system, and additional devices and tools you can use to monitor your use.
- What kind of HVAC system do I need for my home?
Today, there are several options for your HVAC needs from traditional central heating to innovative geothermal systems. The important thing is to establish what’s important for you and your home and making a decision based on your preferences.
- Do I need different temperatures in different locations?
The idea of controlling different temperatures in different rooms is called “zone control” in the HVAC world, and if you have multiple people living in your home that have different temperature preferences or if you have some rooms that are used more often than others, zone control may be just the thing for you.
- What kind of thermostat do I choose?
Speaking of zone control, a big factor in proper zoning is having the right thermostat. Like everything else HVAC, there are a lot of different options, but one of the most exciting advancements related to controlling your HVAC system is the arrival of programmable thermostats.
- What kind of water heater do I need for my home?
Almost everyone loves a hot shower now and then, especially as we’re heading into winter. Read about the different types of water heaters, and get tips to deciding which is best for your home.
- Do I need a sump pump?
Sump pumps are considered pretty essential for homes with basements, especially depending on the type of climate and soil you’re working with. Consider the benefits and maintenance involved with a sump pump before purchasing the right one.
- What’s the best way to protect my pipes?
Leaking or bursting pipes is one of every homeowner’s worst nightmare. What starts as a small problem can quickly escalate into a lot of damage and money. Choosing the right water pipe insulation from the beginning can save you a lot of headache down the road.
- Wait. There are different types of toilets?
As strange as it sounds, yes. Turns out that people can be pretty particular when it comes to the ivory throne of the home, and it also is one of the sneaky ways that can either save you a lot of money or waste money.