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Celebrating 50 Years of Earth Day!

Did you know that April 22nd marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day?  As we adapt to the restrictions of social distancing, one thing we can celebrate is our shrinking carbon footprint. During this newfound journey, we are here to serve our clients today and tomorrow building energy-efficient homes designed to soak in natural light and ventilation. Modular construction maximizes the use of building materials and utilizes waste to energy practices which means far less waste in landfills.  A tighter building envelope combined with the insulation package we include in each home means greater energy efficiency and savings for the homeowner. Our homes are better for the families living in them and for our environment. What are some easy ways to reduce that carbon footprint even more?  Continue to reduce and consolidate trips to the store. Pick up needed items for neighbors and alternate trips to the store with friends. Wash and carry your own reusable shopping bags a

Fall Maintenance Musts

As Fall is underway, Connecticut Valley Homes offers these Fall maintenance musts to uphold the quality of your home:

  1. Check the Exterior Paint - If paint is peeling this may indicate an issue with protection of the siding, which could be damaging to the house. 
  2. Clean the Gutters - Clogged gutters are one of the biggest reasons for ice dams. 
  3. Caulk Windows - Sealing windows will prevent heat from escaping from them. Openings in the structure of your home can also cause water to enter, which can freeze causing cracks and sometimes mold. 
  4. Get Up On the Roof - Inspect your roof for loose or missing shingles, so you can replace what is necessary. It's always best to make small repairs than to deal with a leaking roof in the freezing cold dead of winter.   
  5. Prepare Heating Systems - Make sure heating systems are serviced. They will operate more efficiently and last longer when properly serviced. 
  6. Seal the Driveway - This will help with extending the life of the asphalt long past the winter months. 
  7. Reverse Ceiling Fan - Change the direction of the ceiling fans to force hot air down from the ceiling to where people actually are.
  8. Cover Air Conditioners - Vacuum out the internal pieces of these cooling machines and cover with appropriate covers to prevent rusting. Do not leave air conditioners in the windows during the Winter months. 
  9. Prepare Yard Equipment - Clean yard equipment before storing it for the Winter. Also, make sure all Winter equipment is prepare and ready to go come time to utilize. 
  10. Prepare the Deck - Store all Summer furniture indoors during the Winter months to preserve their life. Also, remove soil from any planters so that pots do not crack.

Sources: Bob Vila


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