Grenada Star, Home Improvement

The “keeping up with the Joneses” mentality is giving ground to the desire for personalized design that reflects the exact needs and design aesthetic of the residents. In 2014, more people will actively embrace the role of designer in order to create a home that is truly one of a kind. Knowing when to repair or replace three of your home’s major systems – the furnace, air conditioner and water heater If your furnace, air conditioner or water heater is not working properly, you probably notice it long before you actually inspect the appliance itself. You know because those winter mornings are a little too cold, those July days are a little too hot or your morning showers are chillier than normal. All three are signs that these crucial systems are not running as efficiently as they once did.

Former ‘This Old House’ host has advice for next generation of homeowners

Steve Thomas.

That costs nothing, but changing habits. Then the next one is efficiency. Upgrading your insulation, upgrading your heating and cooling equipment, your window and so on. And finally, the top of the pyramid is renewables. So once you’ve done the first two things, you can think about renewables.

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