January Tip of the Month

With winter finally coming, it is a great time to clean your dryer vent. Most people use their dryers more during the winter, so make sure there isn’t a clog in the line. A clogged dryer vent could lead to a fire, so be careful and clean it out. While you are cleaning, make sure there isn’t a pile of snow blocking the outdoor vent.

Another tip for January is organize your closet. Since you may be spending more time inside than out, take the time to get your closets organized.

 

Listen to Doug on WINY 1350AM

Wi-Fi Connected Flood Alarms

The average cost to repair water damage is $2,128 (1). Catch a water leak before the damage gets out of control, even if you are not home, with an Wi-Fi connected flood alarm. You can purchase one from Amazon around $55. (D-Link DCH-S160)

Place a sensor near:

  • Washing Machines
  • Sump Pumps
  • Water Heaters
  • Sink / Bathtubs
  • Dishwasher
  • Refridgerators

Do you have any suggestions for a great Wi-Fi flood alarm?

(1) – http://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/disaster-recovery/repair-water-damage/ 

November Tip of the Month

Yes it’s true, November is already here which means winter is not far away.  Check your engines this month!  We suggest that you have your generator serviced before those stormy days arrive.  Another good idea is to get your snow blower cleaned off and running to make sure it is ready for that first snow fall.
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Ready for Winter Checklist

Download the Winterization Checklist.

With winter right around the bend, its a great time to get your home ready for the cold weather. Below are Doug’s 13 tips for the winter season.

  • Check your roof for loose and missing shingles.
  • Clean your gutters and remove all the dirt and grime. You may need to clean them a few times before the snow starts falling.
  • Make sure your gutter downspouts are clear and not blocked by any landscaping changes you may have made this year.
  • While you are on a ladder, double check the light bulbs for your spotlights.
  • Remove your window AC units, just covering them or turning off does not work. Leaving a window ac installed will cause cold air to enter your home, increasing your heating bill.
  • Remove your window screens and store them for next year.
  • Check your exterior door weather stripping. You want a good seal to prevent cold air leaks.
  • Take your garden hose inside.
  • Check your dryer vent to make sure it is clear and free of obstructions.
  • Check your washer hoses and make sure there are no leaks. We suggest changing the hoses every 5 years whether it looks like it needs it or not.
  • Change your smoke detector batteries.
  • Change your filters – Water and HVAC.
  • Get your furnace serviced to give you the best efficiency possible.

Listen to Doug from WBA talk to Gary-O at WINY about his winterization tips.

Special Financing for Residential Energy-Efficient Heating System Upgrades

EnergizeCT Heating Loan Approved Contractor

Woodstock Building Associates is an Approved Energize CT Heating Loan Contractor.

0.00% APR Financing for Energy Efficiency Heating Systems

If you are a residential customer of Eversource or The United Illuminating Company (UI), you may be eligible for a low-interest loan to purchase and install an energy efficient heating system.

  • 0.00% APR financing For Residential Heating Equipment Upgrades or Conversions for life of loan*
  • Loans up to $15,000
  • Installments on your loan will be billed conveniently on your monthly electric bill
  • Low monthly payments on loan terms from 3 to 10 years which will result in a monthly payment equal to or less than your projected monthly energy savings
  • Up to 90% of the heating system equipment and installation may be financed depending on projected energy savings – the greater the savings, the lower the down payment

To learn more, contact our team by phone (860) 928-0897  or email wba@wbahomes.com

EnergizeCT Energy Loan Program

 

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Advantages of Air Conditioning Repair

Give your Air Conditioner a tune-up and keep it running all summer long. Like most mechanical equipment, an ounce of prevention goes a long way towards keeping you cool for years to come. Don’t wait until you have an issue.

Some simple steps you can take today:

  • Check the area around your Air Conditioner and make sure that it is clear and free from branches and other vegetation.
  • Change or clean your homes air filters (if you need help finding the correct sizing, give us a call).
  • Inspect your window seals and all your exterior doors for air leaks.

Did you know that changing your filter can lower the energy consumption of your Air Conditioner by 5-15%! (energysavers.gov)

What can WBA do to tune-up your Air Conditioner?

  • Check for the correct amount of refrigerant
  • Test for refrigerant leaks.
  • Check for and seal duct leakage
  • Measure air flow thru the evaporator coil
  • Verify that the cooling and heating systems cannot operate simultaneously
  • Check the accuracy of the thermostat

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a service, give our office a call (860) 928-0897.

 

Best of Houzz 2015 – Boston Area (Basements)

An exciting announcement!  For the third year in a row, Woodstock Building Associates has been awarded the “Best of Houzz” 2015 award for design!  Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design with more than 25 million monthly unique users.  You can view all the Boston area winners at the Houzz award page.

View the full press release.