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Energy Savers: Designing and Remodeling a Home

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Designing and Remodeling a Home

Before you design a new home or remodel an existing one, you should consider investing in its energy efficiency. You’ll save energy and money in the long run. It’s also a good time to invest in a renewable energy system that will provide your home with electricity, water heating, or space heating and cooling.

If you’d like to design an energy-efficient home, no matter what type of design, you should use what’s called the whole-house systems approach.

If you’re remodeling a home, conduct an energy audit to help you determine what energy efficiency improvements should and can be made to your home.

Learn how to optimize energy efficiency with the following home designs and construction techniques:

  • Advanced House (Wall) Framing Techniques

    Reduce lumber use and waste—improving energy efficiency—in the construction of a traditional wood-framed house.

  • Earth-sheltered Homes

    Incorporate earth into their structure and design for durability and energy efficiency.

  • Log Homes

    Use wooden logs to provide structure and insulation.

  • Manufactured Homes

    Feature energy-efficient options for new homes and improvements for older homes.

  • Passive Solar Homes

    Take advantage of climatic conditions, especially the sun, for heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.

  • Straw Bale Homes

    Use straw bales to provide all or part of their structure and insulation.

  • Zero Energy Homes

    Produce more energy than they use.

You should also explore your options for financing an energy-efficient home or improvements.

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Energy Savers: Designing and Remodeling a Home

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Handyman getting the job done in Sarasota Fl 941-270-2677

Handyman $20.00/hr for new customers*(some restrictions apply)

At Timothy Parks Construction, Inc, we pride ourselves on a strong tradition of providing top-notch handyman services and 100% customer satisfaction on any job, big or small. Serving Englewood, FL for over 29 years, we have established a reputation as a competent and trustworthy company. We are licensed, insured, experienced, and most importantly, dedicated to our clients assuring the highest standard of quality.

Our wide range of handyman services includes, but is not limited to:

  • Landscaping
  • Home Additions
  • Home Renovations
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing
  • Painting
  • Flooring
Handyman Outside the House
Handyman Inside The House
Handyman Odd Jobs
  • Decks & Porches repaired by this handyman
  • Doorbell Installation by this handyman
  • Doors and Windows Installed by this handyman
  • Fences installed and repaired by this handyman
  • Gutter Guards installed and repaired by this handyman
  • Gutters cleaned, repaired and installed by this handyman
  • House Numbers and Flags installed by this handyman
  • Locks & Deadbolts installed by this handyman
  • Leaf Removal any time of the year by this handyman
  • Mailboxes and Posts installed and repaired by this handyman
  • Porch and Flood Lights installed and repaired by this handyman
  • Pressure Washing Decks, Sidewalks, & Siding installed and repaired by this handyman
  • Shutters Repaired & Installed by this handyman
  • Siding installed and repaired by this handyman
  • Storage Shed Assembly and repairs by this handyman
  • Storm Doors and Storm Windows installed and repaired by this handyman
  • Trimming Trees & Hedges by this handyman
  • Weather Stripping installed and repaired by this handyman
  • Yard Furniture Assembly and repaired by this handyman

 

Call today for a for quote on your next interior painting project in Sarasota 941-270-2677

Call today for a for quote on your next interior painting project in Sarasota 941-270-2677

Dryer Vent Cleaning Orlando FL Call 863-455-9097 – Cause Fire Hazards if not cleaned on a regular basis.

Dryer Vent Cleaning – How to Get Lint Out of Your Dryer Vents

Unlike the dishwasher or clothes washing machine, the dryer needs a little ongoing maintenance to keep it in safe, proper working condition. How does a clothes dryer work? The way your dryer works is pretty simple – it spins clothes around in hot air while an exhaust vent sends damp air outside. A round, flexible exhaust tube connects to the back of your dryer and then to a duct in the wall that leads somewhere outside — so all the hot, moist air coming out of the dryer ends up outside. As your heated clothes tumble in the hot air, lint (tiny bits of the cotton or other fibers that make up your clothing) comes off the fabric and most of it gets caught in the lint trap as the exhaust air passes through it. The lint trap is usually accessed either inside the dryer door or on top of the dryer — it usually looks like a plastic or wire screen. Whatever gets past the lint trap goes out the exhaust vent and duct and either clings to the sides of the tube (it is wet with condensation and can be sticky) or blows out the exhaust vent outside.

 


Dryer Vent Problems – How do you know when to clean your dryer vents and ducts?

Since your dryer has to blow exhaust air out through the ducts, the shorter the ductwork the better. The total recommended length is normally less than 25 feet from the back of your dryer to the outside vent cover — that’s with a straight running exhaust duct. If you have bends and turns, it should be an even shorted distance. The more turns and the further the distance, the harder your dryer must work to move exhaust air and loose lint — and the harder your dryer works and the longer it runs, the sooner it will wear out and have to be replaced or repaired. If your dryer has clogged vents and ducts, there are usually a few signs you’ll see:

Hurricane Preparedness, Roof Leaks and Roof Repairs in Sarasota, FL 24 Hr a Day!

Buy supplies early to prepare for the storm. When the storm threatens, lines will be long and supplies short

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Hurricane Shutters Installation and Sales in Sarasota Fl 941-270-2677

Hurricane Armor is a flexible hurricane wind and water protection system that exceeds all the Florida Building Code and HVHZ criteria for small and large missile impact. It also blocks the wind and rain pressure from the windows and doors that cause the most common problem in a storm – water damage. Hurricane Armor manufactures this flexible wind and water abatement system for all types of structures large and small. Hurrciane Armor logo The Hurricane Armor system offers a comprehensive solution at a fraction of the cost of other commonly used protection systems. Call Timothy Parks your Factory Authorized Hurricane Armor Dealer about Miami-Dade approved products also.

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Fax: 941-270-1809 Main Office

Markets Served: Sarasota FL, Orlando FL, Tampa Bay Fl

Cape Coral, FL Sarasota, FL
Bonita Shores, FL Ellenton, FL
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Palm Harbor, FL Anna Maria, FL
Winter Garden, FL Holmes Beach, FL
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Dunedin, FL Davenport, FL
Lake Wales, FL Bonita Springs, FL
Venice, FL Clermont, FL
Gasparilla, FL Oldsmar, FL
Oviedo, FL Haines City, FL

FEMA: Evacuation Plans

 

When community evacuations become necessary, local officials provide information to the public through the media. In some circumstances, other warning methods, such as sirens or telephone calls, also are used. Additionally, there may be circumstances under which you and your family feel threatened or endangered and you need to leave your home, school, or workplace to avoid these situations.

The amount of time you have to leave will depend on the hazard. If the event is a weather condition, such as a hurricane that can be monitored, you might have a day or two to get ready. However, many disasters allow no time for people to gather even the most basic necessities, which is why planning ahead is essential.

Evacuation: More Common than You Realize

Evacuations are more common than many people realize. Hundreds of times each year, transportation and industrial accidents release harmful substances, forcing thousands of people to leave their homes. Fires and floods cause evacuations even more frequently. Almost every year, people along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts evacuate in the face of approaching hurricanes.

Ask local authorities about emergency evacuation routes and see if maps may are available with evacuation routes marked.

FEMA: Evacuation Plans

Buy supplies early to prepare for the storm. When the storm threatens, lines will be long and supplies short

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The Fundamentals of Roofing Remodeling

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The Fundamentals of Roofing Remodeling

Energy Conservation & Sustainability

Windows don’t always require replacement in order to see and feel big results in reducing energy usage; however, energy conservation and sustainability is one of the primary reasons for replacing windows that are considered to be obsolete, particularly replacing single-glazed sashes with double-glazed sashes. Currently, most manufacturers’ warranties for replacement windows are from 2 to 10 years; however, historic wood windows with minimal maintenance have a performance life of 60 to 100 years. Retaining and repairing existing windows also conserves embodied energy (i.e. the sum of the energy required to extract raw materials, manufacture, transport, and install building products). Replacement window materials – primarily aluminum, vinyl, and glass possess some of the highest levels of embodied energy of all building materials.

Older windows are renewable and repairable; however, newer thermal windows are not repairable and once the dual glazing seals are broken, they must be totally replaced. While the advantages

of double-paned windows are well known, a properly

weather-stripped, single-glazed sash window can greatly reduce or eliminate air, noise and air infiltration (where most energy is lost). The cost of weather stripping is nominal when compared to the price of replacement windows.

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Energy Savers: Attic Insulation

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Attic Insulation 

Properly insulating and air sealing your attic will help reduce your energy bills. Attics are often one of the easiest places in a house to insulate, especially if you’d like to add insulation.

Before insulating or deciding whether to add insulation to your attic, first see our information about adding insulation to an existing house or selecting insulation for new home construction if you haven’t already.

Warning: if you think you have vermiculite insulation in your attic, there’s a chance it could contain asbestos. Don’t disturb it. Only insulation contractors certified to handle and remove asbestos should deal with vermiculite insulation.

Attic Insulation Techniques

logo_pink_is_green Loose-fill or batt insulation is typically installed in an attic. Although installation costs may vary, loose-fill insulation is usually less expensive to install than batt insulation. When installed properly, loose-fill insulation also usually provides better coverage.

Before installing any type of insulation in your attic, follow these steps:

  • Seal all attic-to-home air leaks. Most insulation does not stop airflow.

  • Duct exhaust fans to the outside. Use a tightly constructed box to cover fan housing on attic side. Seal around the duct where it exits the box. Seal the perimeter of the box to the drywall on attic side.

  • Cover openings—such as dropped ceilings, soffits, and bulkheads—into attic area with plywood and seal to the attic side of the ceiling.

  • Seal around chimney and framing with a high-temperature caulk or furnace cement.

            • At the tops of interior walls, use long-life caulk to seal the smaller gaps and holes. Use expanding foam or strips of rigid foam board insulation for the larger gaps.

Garage Storage

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Garage Storage

Where can we put all that stuff in the garage? I remember a comedy routine by the late George Carlin where he ranted for 20 minutes about ” all that stuff we all accumulate” very funny.. Anyway, thought I would share some ideas on garage storage. Not that mine is pristine by any stretch but I have found a lot of extra storage by suspending shelving, bikes, tools etc. from the ceiling. Most ceiling heights in the garage are well over 8 feet tall and provide a ton of storage that usually isn’t getting utilized. The walls are filled up with lawn tools and the floor is usually occupied with a little bit of everything, but all that space above our heads is just collecting spiders and webs.
The home centers have a lot of mounting hardware that can be used to suspend bikes, tools, coolers, spare pieces of wood or pipe, you name it. You can screw them right into the rafters for the ceiling with some 2-1/2″ wood screws. Make sure anything suspended above the garage door does not prevent the door from opening and closing properly.
If you need help finding a place for your “stuff” or would like some additional ideas on home maintenance, please visit us at www.tprci.com