When considering home HVAC heating and cooling options, homeowners will find two popular choices - a heat pump system and a furnace heater - each with advantages and installation considerations. There are several factors that impact selecting a heat pump versus a furnace, including the higher up-front cost of a heat pump, higher energy costs to operate a furnace over time, lower maintenance costs for heat pumps, and heat pumps tend to have a longer lifespan than furnaces. Learn about heat pumps and furnaces and considerations that could impact which type of HVAC system you install.
High moisture levels in a home can lead to potentially serious health issues, including asthma, allergies, and various other respiratory illnesses that are triggered by mold, dust mites, peeling lead paint, and pests. If you’ve noticed water leaks or stains, rotting woods, musty odors, rusting or corrosion, and excessive condensation, understanding how to lower humidity in a house is crucial. Learn about ways to reduce high humidity levels.
Finishing the basement floor is a good way to enhance the aesthetic appeal and comfort of a basement, making it a more desirable space to work, play, or relax. Basement flooring material options include epoxy, paint, concrete stain, sheet vinyl, vinyl plank, ceramic tile, rubber flooring, carpet tile, engineered wood, and cork - each with pros and cons. Learn about the different basement flooring material options and the positives and negatives of each.
When torrential rains dump nearly a foot of water in a large basement window well within a 30-minute period, you need to act fast to prevent major damage. Learn how a homeowner responded to this situation to prevent extensive damage, and actions taken to prevent future flooding, including installation of a sump pump in the light well.
When planning a bathroom installation as part of a basement finishing project, there are many flooring types to select from. All options should be able to handle frequent moisture, temperature changes, high humidity levels, be a non-slip surface, and be easy to clean. Common bathroom flooring materials include ceramic, porcelain, vinyl, waterproof laminate flooring, linoleum, concrete, natural stone, cork, bamboo, and terrazzo - each with pros and cons. Learn about different flooring options for your finished basement bathroom installation or upcoming bathroom remodel.
According to the Remodeling 2023 Cost vs. Value Report, projects like a minor kitchen remodel can offer a return on investment of more than 85 percent. And choosing appliances, fixtures, and materials that are more sustainable and energy-efficient than the previous units can not only help the environment, but could also attract more buyers should you want to sell your home. For example, upgrading to a more efficient faucet and dishwasher can enhance the functionality and aesthetics of a kitchen, as well as help reduce household water use by 30 percent. Learn ideas for your upcoming basement kitchen or kitchenette installation and how to include sustainable material and fixtures that could yield energy and cost savings.
Choosing a kitchen countertop material for a kitchen remodel - or a basement finishing project with a kitchen or kitchenette - that best suits the way you use your kitchen is just as important as how the material looks. Considerations when selecting a kitchen countertop material should include the integral strength of the material; durability against heat, spills, and stains; how easy is it to clean; sealing requirements; and longevity. Possible kitchen countertop materials include quartz, granite, laminate, marble, butcher block, soapstone, terrazzo, and stainless steel. Learn about characteristics of countertop materials for your kitchen - or basement kitchen or kitchenette - installation to determine which best suits your needs.
Adding a walk-in shower to your bathroom as part of a basement remodeling project can make a bathroom look bigger, make it more accessible, provide more flexibility for a bathroom design, and yield a higher return on investment. Get walk-in shower design ideas for your bathroom remodeling project.
The toilet fill valve is one of two main components inside the toilet tank. If the fill valve is worn, damaged, or not operating properly, it could cause a leak from the toilet tank base or lead to the toilet continually filling. By replacing the fill valve assembly, you can reduce wasted water and lower utility bills. Learn how to identify if a toilet fill valve is malfunctioning and steps to follow when replacing the part.
Installing basement wall insulation and basement ceiling insulation as part of a basement finishing project can help walls keep heat in a basement during cold months and prevent heat from entering a basement in warmer months. Before insulating basement walls, there are important tasks that should be completed and considerations that can prevent future damage to your finished basement. Learn about basement insulation types and considerations when installing insulation materials.