Sources of HVAC in a Home

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Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, its what HVAC stands for to those of you that did not know what people were talking about when you heard the acronym.  Let’s take a dive into what some of the options are when it comes to heating and cooling your home in Kentucky.

Electric Air Conditioning. Electric air conditioning uses, well, electricity to cool your home.  It does so by using a refrigerant and a sort of science that pulls the warm air from the indoors and pushes it outside.

Gas Air Conditioning. Gas air conditioning uses, you guess it, gas to cool your home.  Deciding between gas and electric for your AC system is one you will look at several factors for making the decision.  Check out the average pricing from the utility companies that service the home.  Also, safety is a consideration with gas and the hazard that comes with it. Another factor is efficiency, which plays a role along with pricing.

Heat Pump.  Heat pumps are a part of your AC unit that are used instead of having a furnace in your home.   To heat your home, the heat pump will pull heat from the outdoors and use it inside your home.  It is used to transfer heat, rather than make it.  Heat pumps can also source heat through a geothermal process through the ground.

Furnace. Furnaces use forced air heating.  This essentially uses signals from the thermostat to ignite heat in the furnace to then distribute throughout the home.  You can find furnaces in a closet of a home, in the attic, basement or even a crawlspace if the space allows for it.  These can be gas or electric powered.  You can see the paragraph above on “Gas Air Conditioning” to see some factors comparing the two energy sources.

For Central Kentucky, these are the main sources of heating and cooling that you may see when searching for a home to purchase.  There are certainly other options out there such as baseboard heating and window units. This should get you familiar with what a few of the terms mean when you’re reading about the details of a home.

If you would like more information on HVAC systems, check out local HVAC company websites or even give them a call to get a better understanding.  They are the experts in this field-not me-I just wanted to scratch the surface a bit to get you started! 🙂 Here are a few recommended local HVAC companies:

Noel Clayton Heating & Cooling

Armor Facilities Heating & Air

Fayette Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning

Wade Hatchell Heating & Cooling

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10 Tips for Designing Your Home Office

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I chose to share this article from HGTV because it is pretty relevant considering a lot of  us are working at home these days!

Whether your home office is designated space for running a business, your remote workspace or simply a nook for paying bills and organizing your schedule, you deserve more than a metal desk and extra chair stuffed into a spare corner. Why? An office that reflects the design and comfort of the rest of your home is a place you’ll want to burn the midnight oil.

1. Location, Location, Location

You’ll likely spend many hours in your home office, so don’t stiff yourself on space (e.g. squishing a tiny desk into a windowless closet to preserve the rarely-used guest room).

Also, consider traffic flow and your ability to withstand distractions. Do you work best in the thick of activity, or should your office be tucked away in a quiet space? If clients will be stopping by, a private space with ample seating is a must.

2. Don’t Sacrifice Form for Function

Your desk, shelves and storage should serve you, not the other way around. Consider your workflow and what items you need at your fingertips before investing in furniture, and then look for pieces that are both beautiful and functional.
Home office furniture should complement other rooms in your house instead of screaming “soulless cubicle.” If your home has traditional decor, warm wood and soft, comfy chairs or a loveseat are ideal if you have the space. A contemporary home office can feature artistic pieces or modern metal furniture.

3. Invest in a Great Chair

You spend hours parked in your office chair; a beautiful, ergonomically correct, comfortable seat is worth every dime.

4. Paint the Walls a Color You Love

Forget “office beige”: You need a color that gets your work motor humming. For some people, that’s a bright, cheery color like orange or lime green. Others need a calming shade like botanical green or sea foam blue to perform. Find out more about how certain colors can affect your mood.

5. Give Yourself a View

Position the desk where you can stare at something more interesting than a blank wall (even if you do love the color) when you glance up from the computer. A window’s natural light is ideal, but if you’re in a windowless space, hang a pretty picture above the desk, or position your chair to face the door.

6. Choose Homey Accessories

Unless you’re going for a contemporary look, choose extras that enhance the comfy feeling of your home office, like a pretty mug for a pencil holder, trendy notepads and sticky notes, and a decorative waste basket. Wrap your bulletin board in a gorgeous fabric, and hide utilitarian bookshelves behind curtains made from the same material. Hang inspirational prints on the walls, whether that’s simply your kids’ framed artwork or a classic painting.

7. Organize Vertically and Horizontally

Many home offices aren’t swimming in square footage, so using space efficiently is imperative.
Hang floating shelves on the walls to get papers and office equipment off the desk, and use vertical file folders on the desk to keep important papers within arm’s reach. Are you a stacker or a filer? If you tend to make piles, get a nice basket to tame your mail, notes and papers. If you prefer a clean desktop, designate one drawer for your “to-do” papers. Wooden or metal cube storage is a fun alternative to bookshelves, since each space can be used for books, knickknacks or baskets of odds-and-ends.

8. Master Your Technology

There’s not much you can do to beautify the computer, printer and phone, but you can hide unsightly cords. Start by making sure your equipment is close to outlets and easy to access if you need to unplug. Encase cords on the desk in a fabric cord cover, and feed the cords into a desk grommet, a plastic or metal cap that helps guide cords through a hole in the desk and hides them underneath. Tame the cord jungle on the floor with cord winders, tubing, or a wire organizer that’s attached to the desk and lifts the cords off the floor.

9. Let There Be Light

Here’s a bright idea: make sure your office has plenty of light to cut down on eye strain and headaches. Position the computer monitor so there’s no glare from a window or overhead light, and put a small lamp on the desk for task lighting.

10. Inspire Yourself

Set up a mini-shrine — a few cherished knickknacks, a piece of framed art, a special photo on your desk — that motivates you to create and/or get the work done so you can get out of there. A print of Paris can channel your inner muse, or a photo of your children might remind you that you’re doing it all for them.

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Thinking about Buying Real Estate?

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Buying a home is an important transaction you make, and usually one of the biggest.  Most people do not really know what to expect when getting into the process of purchasing a home.  Here is a resource to follow to help guide you along the steps of purchasing a home.  This is a great thing for first-time homebuyers, as well, as they begin their journey.  Remember, your process may differ a bit from this guide, but it will give you an idea of how things generally go.

                                               Click here to view the printable document for your home buying journey.



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