Owning a home can be a great investment. However, certain issues will arise that require replacements or repairs. Considering a water heater's lifespan is approximately 10 years, you will most likely need to replace this important appliance at one point. When this appliances does finally die out, it can wreak havoc on your home. In many cases, water heaters may begin leaking and finally burst. This creates an explosion of water that leads to dangerous electrical issues, flooding, and potential mold growth.
If you are moving into a new home or simply upgrading your existing place, you might be in the market for a fresh set of appliances. After carefully considering size, color, and features, you might be ready to whip out your credit card and order a set. However, you might be taken off-guard when your friendly salesperson asks if you would like to purchase an extended warranty. Here are two reasons that you should say yes, and how it can make your life a whole lot easier down the road.
Last year, this country suffered through several polar vortexes -- with one even dropping down into the United States during July 2014. The polar vortexes brought with them record lows to many parts of the United States. With all of these cold-weather events, it may seem odd to talk about global warming, but the truth is the climate is still getting warmer. According to Business Insider, October 2014 was the hottest one ever recorded.
Early in 2014, the residents of Paris, a small town in Missouri, experienced a phenomenon called cryoseism or frost quake. Frost quakes are caused by sudden freezing temperatures and produce noises ranging from cracks to rumbles and, sometimes, loud booms. A few months later, the Casebolt family in Indiana heard loud cracks and booms inside their home, but for a different reason. They experienced truss lift, which is another phenomenon caused by extreme temperature changes during winter.
Winter is a nasty time to experience a power outage. Severe cold and icy weather can put your family at serious risk during a prolonged outage. Furthermore, due to the size and severity of major winter storms, it's not uncommon for large groups of people to be without power for days at a time. Fortunately, a standby generator can eliminate all of the risks associated with a winter power outage. Integrating a standby generator into your existing electrical wiring will cause you to take on upfront costs—however, there are a number of compelling reasons why you'll be glad you did when the next winter storm hits.
Does your heating bill send you into a state of shock? If so, now is the time for you to begin making changes to your home to bring the cost of heating your home down. In years past, my heating bill was actually more than my mortgage was. It really made getting through the winter difficult for my family. I decided to do something about the high bills. I started with insulation, then invested in some new windows, and I also changed the way that we used our utilities. You can learn everything that I did to reduce my heating bill so that you can cut your heating bill as well.