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Preventative Maintenance On Your Home

It’s a corollary of Murphy’s Law: When you are least able to afford a major expense, something big is bound to break down. The solution: Take preventive action before a breakdown turns into an emergency. To help you plan ahead, we give you an overview of what to expect for six major items. (Note: Total cost is for a 2,000-square-foot home or to install a single unit.)

Does the condition of the “moving parts” of your home effect value?  Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com for your value questions.

FURNACE/BOILER

Expected life: Boiler, 13 to 21 years; furnace, 15 to 20 years.

Total cost: Forced-air furnace, $1,693 to $2,020; split system, $1,604 to $2,290; oil boiler, $2,773 to $3,069.

It’s time if: You need frequent repairs or have rising energy bills, rooms that are consistently too hot or cold, humidity problems, or excessive noise. If your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old, an energy-efficient replacement will cut your utility bills.

Where to start: Use search tools at the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (http://www.acca.org) and Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (http://www.phccweb.org).

Read more at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/home/sns-201302211800–tms–kplngmpctnkm-a20130308-20130308,0,5453154.story

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The Cost of Living Comfortably

Only four decades ago, there were almost no airconditioners in Australian households. Now they’re in two out of every three.

”More people are using airconditioning more frequently, and they’re putting them in more rooms of their houses,” says Yolande Strengers from RMIT’s Centre for Design.

She says that this remarkable colonisation is not only about the technology, but also about the way we’ve adapted to it. Now, our buildings are designed for airconditioning. Many houses no longer include features such as eaves or cross-ventilation that help you get along without it. And in our offices, we’ve become accustomed to dressing the same way all year round.

All those things contribute to a change in our expectations of indoor comfort. And the shift is happening in a way that ratchets up our energy consumption.

Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisalserv.com for your questions regarding energy efficiency = value?

Typically, green groups and governments try to reduce energy and water use by providing information and rebates, and hoping we’ll make rational decisions in response. There’s another way of thinking about these issues – one that doesn’t view them as matters of individual choice but, rather, as social practices.

One of the most influential thinkers in this field is Elizabeth Shove, from Lancaster University. In her book, Comfort, Cleanliness and Convenience: the Social Organisation of Normality, she wrote that much environmentally significant consumption is invisible, bound up in our daily routines.

Professor Shove analysed trends in the way we use heating and cooling, the frequency of showering and laundering, and the proliferation of time-saving gadgets and habits. She found they’d changed radically, and that many of our new expectations involved higher resource consumption (although that isn’t inevitable).

At RMIT, Dr Strengers leads a research area called Beyond Behaviour Change. ”The standard message is that you can just go on as you are, but turn your lights off and change your shower head,” she says. ”But while we’ve been saying that, the general international trend is that the resource intensity of a lot of domestic practices is still going up.”

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1 Way of 24 Ways to Save Energy Now

#24 the last of the series

Consider a cool roof – Cool roofing material are graded by their capacity to reflect light.  The coolest roofs have a so-called reflectance of up to 65%.  Which means they just absorb 35% of the sun’s energy.  Cool roofs give homeowners an average summertime energy savings of nearly 50 cents per square foot.

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