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Topic: Energy efficiency

Brian Broe asked:

Jul 25, 2018

Archer Dyason answered:

Oct 25, 2018

I think the solar panels can be fitted at the other places too like on the terrace. If you can have much space in front of your house, you can utilize it with the swimming pool in your yard Which will help to make your home look beautiful and also help to increase the value of that property. For those, who wish to have a swimming pool in their yard, can take help of this site to contact professionals and have glass pool fencing near your swimming pool.

Jan 11, 2018

Gene Lewis answered:

Oct 20, 2018

A good way to add value to your house is to do home improvement. Many renovation and home additions add value to the house. Also, painting by interior painting San Jose is a good way to add value to the house. One of the simplest and most cost-effective improvement is house painting. Low-maintenance landscaping also adds value when you sell your house.

Brian Broe asked:

Jul 25, 2018

In addition to the other advice already provided, know that a Solar Assessment will be necessary. The system has a method of showing what shadowning of the panels happens during ALL times of the year, during ALL hours of daylight. That is how your Solar company will be able to tell you how much they will produce, the payback ROI, etc. They will probably be able to tell you visually which location to consider, and then do the assessment for what ever location is most favorable on your property. They should also be able to tell you that if you cut down certain trees, how it will improve your solar capabilities. Hope that helps!

This unique array below had to also take into account how the multiple rooflines shadowed the panels at certain times of day and certain times of year.

Brian Broe asked:

Jul 25, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

We would suggest getting a ground mount system, not only does this allow you to place your array in a prime location but it will also save you the hassle of removing them down the road when the roof needs replaced.  Any solar provider should be able to show you the difference in production with a roof vs ground array. Good luck.

Brian Broe asked:

Jul 25, 2018
Jul 25, 2018

Hi Brian, 

Yes in those cases a ground mounted solar array may be your best option. You can site the solar in a more ideal location for sun access. There is typically some added cost involved in a ground mount vs. a roof mount. 

Feb 23, 2018
Jun 12, 2018

Based on the information found via the internet, I believe the difference in siding materials depends a lot on where you live and what kind of climate you experience year round for your location. I'm including a link here that shows what one inventive father did with his children to promote education in understanding their climate of California. It's a very good way of finding out the semantics of a product while spending quality time bonding with your children. Best of all, he's done the difficult work of figuring out which materials stand up to severe climate changes for you!

http://www.3ghomeimprovements.com/2017/06/james-hardie-fiber-cement-vs-lp-smartside-vs-insulated-vinyl-siding/

Jul 6, 2017

Scott Nelson answered:

Jun 5, 2018

Installing ductless system is the best way to cool down a hot room. An HVAC system is mainly designed for providing and maintaining thermal comfort and maintaining indoor air quality. Refer to ductless AC installation NJ professionals to help you choose the best equipment to make your home a comfortable place to live in.

Feb 23, 2018

Jeff Ainslie of Ainslie Group PRO answered:

Apr 19, 2018

Hardi™ is a fibre-cement product and the LP product is a chip-board/resin composite. The Hardi™ comes both finished and unfinished, the LP is unfinished and must be painted with a high quality exterior coating that meets the demands and longevity requirements of the region in which it is utilized. Finished Product warranties vary based on the above variables.

Feb 23, 2018
Apr 17, 2018

LP is a woodbased product, where Hardi Plank is a fiber cement. They ar both very similar in cost here in the midwest. LP Smartsiding if fairly new the market as well. 

Feb 26, 2018
Apr 13, 2018

Pamela, there are a lot of window replacement options on the market. It's important to have a window which is designed for your region in the U.S. here is a chart by energy star which contains this info: https://www.energystar.gov/products/building_products/residential_windows_doors_and_skylights/key_product_criteria

If one is in your area, see if a local business manufactures windows tailored for your portion of the U.S. Avoid builder grade replacements, and try to work with companies which have been in business for 30+ years who can stand behind the warranties they provide. Always read the fine print, and make sure a remodeler will warranty the installation.

Jan 11, 2018

Camilo Uribe answered:

Mar 22, 2018

You might want to look into AB2299 for the state of California. Add additional living area and raise the value 160k-400K to all R1 Properties. We build these for a living and are seeing a 2% return rate on your investment.

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