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Cool Information On Air Conditioners

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

It might surprise you to know that buying a bigger room air-conditioning unit won't necessarily make you feel more comfortable during the hot summer months. In fact, a room air conditioner that's too big for the area it is supposed to cool will perform less efficiently and less effectively than a smaller, properly sized unit. This is because room units work better if they run for relatively long periods of time than if they are continually, switching off and on. Longer run times allow air conditioners to maintain a more constant room temperature. Running longer also allows them to remove a larger amount of moisture from the air, which lowers humidity and, more importantly, makes you feel more comfortable.

Sizing is equally important for central air-conditioning systems, which need to be sized by professionals. If you have a central air system in your home, set the fan to shut off at the same time as the cooling unit (compressor). In other words, don't use the system's central fan to provide circulation, but instead use circulating fans in individual rooms.

Cooling Tips

  • Whole-house fans help cool your home by pulling cool air through the house and exhausting warm air through the attic. They are effective when operated at night and when the outside air is cooler than the inside.
  • Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The less difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
  • Don't set your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and, therefore, unnecessary expense.
  • Set the fan speed on high except in very humid weather. When it's humid, set the fan speed on low. You'll get better cooling, and slower air movement through the cooling equipment allows it to remove more moisture from the air, resulting in greater comfort.
  • Consider using an interior fan in conjunction with your window air conditioner to spread the cooled air more effectively through your home without greatly increasing your power use.
  • Don't place lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
  • Plant trees or shrubs to shade air-conditioning units but not to block the airflow. A unit operating in the shade uses as much as 10% less electricity than the same one operating in the sun.

For more information, contact us at 215-576-8666!

Tips on Fireplaces

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

When you cozy up next to a crackling fire on a cold winter day, you probably don't realize that your fireplace is one of the most inefficient heat sources you can possibly use. It literally sends your energy dollars right up the chimney along with volumes of warm air. A roaring fire can exhaust as much as 24,000 cubic feet of air per hour to the outside, which must be replaced by cold air coming into the house from the outside. Your heating system must warm up this air, which is then exhausted through your chimney. If you use your conventional fireplace while your central heating system is on, these tips can help reduce energy losses.

Fireplace Tips
  • If you never use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue.
  • Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is going. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a 48-inch window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney.
  • When you use the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox (if provided) or open the nearest window slightly, approximately 1 inch, and close doors leading into the room. Lower the thermostat setting to between 50 and 55F.
  • Install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warmed air back into the room.
  • Check the seal on the flue damper and make it as snug as possible.
  • Add caulking around the fireplace hearth.
  • Use grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cool room air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room.

Appliance Credit Like Cash For Clunkers

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Did you hear about the Cash For Clunkers program that's modified for appliances?

It's expected that sometime this fall, you will be able to get tax credits for energy efficient washers, dryers, fridges, dishwashers, etc. They have not unleashed the details of the program yet- but if you're thinking about purchasing appliances, try to hold off until you hear more about the program!

More info can be found here: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/JustOneThing/story?id=8413543.

Lovely Home In Abington For Sale!

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

2334 Triebel Road

Abington, PA 19001

Charming 2 Story Home On Lovely Street

 

 

 

View This Home's Website & Visual Tour at: www.2334TriebelRd.com!

Charming & Immaculate Home In Heart Of Abington; Must See Inside Beautiful How Deep & Surprisingly Large, Open Layout; More Great Pics On Visual Tour! Front Yard w/Mature Dogwood; Spacious L Shaped LR w/Hdwd Under Carpet & Brick FP; Large EIK w/Loads of Cabinets; Charming DR w/Hdwd Flrs & Dbl Doors To Close Off From Rest Of Home, Crown Molding & Chair Rails; Super Large Fam Rm Addition In Rear of Home w/Brick FP w/Raised Hearth, Built-In Shelving For Ample Storage, Hdwd Flrs, Chair Rail & Crown Molding; Main Flr Office Can Be Used AS Bdrm Or Den; Main Flr Laundry; Full Bath w/CT Flr & Walls & Convenient Main Bdrm Round Out First Flr; 2 Large Bdrms Upstairs w/Overhead Lighting & Loads Of Storage; Full Hall Bath w/CT Surround; Spacious Hallway w/Extra Storage; Large Rear Yard w/Walk-Around Patio Great For Parties & Gatherings; Partially Fenced Yard w/Shed On Concrete Pad; Long Driveway w/Plenty Of Parking; Home Has Been Pre-Inspected, See Reports Online; Don’t Miss Out On This Spacious Home!

To view this home, call us at 215-576-8666!

What Your Home Is Worth

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Are you wondering what, exactly, your home is worth? You'd be surprised to know it's not just about pulling comparable sales to simply spit out a number.

In this New World of Real Estate, it's more about analyzing market data, considering local trends, and determining a range of value based upon a home's condition.

These days, it takes more than just curb appeal to sell your home. Buyers are more savvy than ever. They are concerned about utility costs, the age of the roof and major mechanical systems, and want updated, tidy homes.

To find out what your home is work in this market, go to www.MyMontgomeryCountyHouseValue.com, and tell us more about your home. We can send you a market snapshot of your area and comparables to provide you with a range of value for your home.

If you have specific questions, feel free to call us at 215-576-8666!

Should You Have The Air Ducts In Your Home Cleaned

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Most people are now aware that indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern and increased visibility. Many companies are marketing products and services intended to improve the quality of your indoor air. You have probably seen an advertisement, received a coupon in the mail, or been approached directly by a company offering to clean your air ducts as a means of improving your home's indoor air quality. These services typically -- but not always -- range in cost from $450 to $1,000 per heating and cooling system, depending on the services offered, the size of the system to be cleaned, system accessibility, climatic region, and level of contamination.

Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.

If not properly installed, maintained, and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home's living space. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them. If you decide to have your heating and cooling system cleaned, it is important to make sure the service provider agrees to clean all components of the system and is qualified to do so. Failure to clean a component of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus negating any potential benefits. Methods of duct cleaning vary, although standards have been established by industry associations concerned with air duct cleaning. Typically, a service provider will use specialized tools to dislodge dirt and other debris in ducts, then vacuum them out with a high-powered vacuum cleaner.

In addition, the service provider may propose applying chemical biocides, designed to kill microbiological contaminants, to the inside of the duct work and to other system components. Some service providers may also suggest applying chemical treatments (sealants or other encapsulants) to seal or cover the inside surfaces of the air ducts and equipment housings because they believe the sealant will control mold growth or prevent the release of dirt particles or fibers from ducts. These practices have yet to be fully researched and you should be fully informed before deciding to permit the use of biocides or sealants in your air ducts. They should only be applied, if at all, after the system has been properly cleaned of all visible dust or debris.

For more information on this topic, call us at 215-576-8666!

Client Appreciation Night at Phillies

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

On August 19th 2009, my Team and I at Cardano Realtors celebrated our 15th annual Client Appreciation night. Over 600 of our fun Raving Fans Clients came out to celebrate. They brought friends to introduce to us, so they can also receive first class real estate consulting that everyone deserves, not just a traditional agent.

Thanks to all of the clients who attended and brought a friend. We enjoyed hosting the event and seeing all of you!!

 

 

Title Insurance Questions, Answered

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Who Pays For Title Policy Insurance?

  • This depends on your local custom.
  • It can differ from county to county, but it is also negotiable in the purchase offer.
  • Sometimes sellers and buyers split the fee for the owner's policy.
  • Typically, the buyer pays for the lender's coverage.

How Long Are Title Policies Good For?

Forever, theoretically. If you are planning to resell the property within a couple years, ask your title company about "binder" coverage. Most companies will sell you a binder policy for 10% more. A binder is good for two years, often can be extended beyond that time, and the fee charged for the new buyer's policy will be the difference between what you bought the property for and the price at which it sold. In other words, you will get a credit for the amount of coverage you purchased under your own Owner's Title policy.

How Often Are Title Policy Insurance Premiums Paid?

Once. The fee is due when you buy. You will never pay it again. Title policy insurance is the best insurance policy you can ever buy.

To learn more about how title insurance and other closing costs work, call us at 215-576-8666.

Taken from: http://homebuying.about.com/od/homeshopping/qt/TitleInsurance.htm

Steps To A Quicker Home Sale

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Is the paint on the house itself fading or chipping?  Is the color outdates or too personal?  Is mildew or mold growing anywhere?  If the house needs painting, choose a neutral color.  White, cram (not yellow) and light grays are good colors for appealing to most people.  Use contrasting colors for shutters: black, rich brown, and medium gray are all good. (One note about gray : avoid blue-based gray; it usually turns out looking like you painted your house blue which is something you do not want to do for resale purposes!)  Doors and molding may match the house or may match the shutters depending on the amount of contrast created.  If you want some ideas for paint combinations, go look at 3 or 4 model home communities that cost $20,000 - $50,000 more than your neighborhood and copy one of them.  One last note on painting: always give the front door and door trim a fresh coat of paint or stain even if you paint nothing else.  Buyers stand at the front door waiting to get in; give them a good first impression.

            If your house was painted recently or if it is a non-painted surface but is dirty, have it pressure-washed.  Also pressure-wash mildewed wooden decks and even sidewalks and driveways that may have oil stains.  Have it professionally done or do it yourself using a solution of 2 gallons of water, 2 cups of chlorine bleach, 1 cup of powdered detergent, and 1 cup of powdered dish washing detergent.  Caution: to prevent damage to shrubs or grass, wet surrounding areas thoroughly before cleaning as well as rinsing the greenery of all cleaning solution afterwards.

For more ideas on staging and prepping your home to sell, contact Diane at 215-576-8666!

Builders Call For Tax Credit Extension

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

To help create jobs and set the stage for a strong recovery, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today called on Congress to extend and enhance the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit due to expire on December 1.

Specifically, NAHB is asking Congress to extend the home buyer tax credit program through November 30, 2010 and make it available to all buyers of principal residences.

"If Congress acts to extend the tax credit program, it would spur 383,000 additional home sales, including 80,000 housing starts, creating nearly 350,000 jobs over the coming year," said NAHB Chairman Joe Robson, a home builder from Tulsa, Okla. "That's good for the economy and good for America."

Although there have been some signs of economic stabilization in recent weeks, the unemployment rate is rapidly approaching double-digits. Without a concerted focus on the housing sector, which comprises more than 15 percent of the GDP, any hope for a recovery could fade.

Taken from: http://albanyherald.com/Main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=431&ArticleID=5299

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Abington PA 19001
Office: 215-576-8666
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