This winter with snow, ice and colder than typical temps for the North Georgia area feels like spring may never come. For some, me for instance, the last snow/ice event was too much for my electric heat pump. Just before the motor gave its last push to heat my house, I detected a burning smell. It did not take long to discover it was my heating system and shut it off immediately. No doubt, this was the time to call in a professional.
Even though spring has not officially started, now is the time for homeowners to consider home improvements that will add comfort and value to the home. And as homeowners well know, ongoing maintenance is year round.
The unusually cold winter that we have had in North Georgia have builders and homeowners alike, thinking more about energy conservation and sustainable materials. There is a great range of affordable options that may add value to a home. Green options, such as gray water recycling systems, high-efficiency window systems are just a few available options that not only contribute to a greener environment but facilitate reduced utility bills and improve year round comfort.
One of our local builders in our Blue Ridge area is pioneering solar mounted heating and hot water systems, spray foam insulation in his personal home that is under construction. He tells me the cost is very affordable. I believe we will see future home buyers in the North Georgia market area start to demand better energy efficiency in new homes from our local builders.
Thinking about building an energy efficient vacation or retirement home, contact me, I can help.
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