IN Great Valley Spring 2020 - Page 12

HOME IMPROVEMENTS HVAC HOME IMPROVEMENT GUIDE As the final snowflakes melt away, it’s time to start thinking spring. Most of us start our spring-cleaning checklist by sweeping out the garage or uncovering stored patio furniture. But the real cleaning should start from the inside. It is critical to give attention to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, or HVAC, to ensure comfort inside your home. Follow the checklist below to give your home the boost it needs before spring sets in. • Check and replace filters – Changing the filters in your furnace and air conditioner about every three months (depending on your filter type) keeps the air in your home clean and allows for your system to continue to run efficiently. Be sure to first turn off equipment before replacing anything. • Dust and wash bathroom fans – Clean exhaust fans help with bathroom odor and keep moisture out, preventing against mold and mildew. To clean, remove the bathroom fan cover from the ceiling and wash with warm, soapy water and allow to dry completely. Be sure the electricity to the fan is off before you dust the fan blades. • Drain and air out dehumidifier (if applicable) – Dehumidifiers have several health benefits for your family, including reducing allergens such as dust mites, mold, and mildew. Empty and clean the water collection tank with warm, soapy water and vacuum the intake and exhaust grills to keep your dehumidifier running clean. • Remove plants around the air conditioning unit – Allow for maximum airflow around your air conditioner unit by clearing any encroaching weeds or plants, keeping a two- foot radius around the system. • Install a programmable thermostat – If you’re in the market for a new thermostat, consider a programmable one. These thermostats increase your home’s efficiency, offer cost savings through adjustable timing and consistent temperatures throughout the house, and optimize your HVAC system. If all else fails, put your trust in the hands of a professional who will ensure that your HVAC system is ready for spring. 10 724.942.0940 TO ADVERTISE  icmags.com completely waterproof and three times as bright as a normal TV, so they can be viewed even in strong direct sunlight. KITCHEN CUISINE Whether your cooking style is Chicken Cordon Bleu, or just some great Pad Thai take-out from the corner restaurant, you need a place to prepare your meals that’s fun, organized and feels like home. Even in today’s hectic lifestyle, you’ll probably spend a significant amount of time each day in your kitchen. Though it’s a significant investment to update your kitchen, it’s a worthwhile endeavor from both a personal standpoint and a financial one. HGTV.com estimates that a kitchen remodel can offer returns that are upwards of 100% on the resale of your house. You can give your kitchen a whole new look in any style from ultra‑contemporary to French country. Your designer and builder can assist you with computer-aided design (CAD) to help you envision your dream. Some new trends in the kitchen include spacious farm sinks that offer tons of space for food prep. Clean, white subway tile can match virtually any décor, making it a popular choice for backsplashes. Recycled glass tiles can be found in any color for a look that’s great for your kitchen and great for the environment as well. Mosaic tiles are frequently used and can be laid in customized patterns for a uniquely personal look. Although cherry wood cabinets are popular, there’s a trend toward white cabinets. Cherry will give your kitchen a warm feel, while white cabinets will brighten the space and have a clean appearance. As for flooring, natural stone and travertine are extremely popular right now. After the stone is sealed, it’s an easy-care option for homeowners and offers a lot of longevity. It’s not just about the look you want to achieve in your kitchen, it’s also about the way it makes you, your family and your friends feel when you’re there.   ■