Though the weather in West Texas is still warm, it won't be long until we are all thinking about how to keep our homes warm.
If you have a fireplace or stove, how efficient is it, anyway?
Read further for some interesting points to help you make the most of your fireplace or stove during the upcoming cold West Texas winter.
When they're not in use, fireplaces & stoves can leak large amounts of conditioned air to the outdoors via poorly fitting dampers, joints, and air intakes.
A fireplace can induce large drafts of interior air to go up through the chimney when a fire is burning! This issue can be minimized, however, by introducing ducted outdoor combustion air and by adjusting the damper to the smallest aperture that still draws all the smoke.
Fuel use efficiencies of fireplaces and stoves vary greatly. A conventional fireplace with no doors can consume more heat than it provides. A well-designed fireplace or late-model heating stove can burn fuel and heat a house fairly efficiently.
Chimneys should be swept frequently, depending on their use, to remove accumulated creosote, tars, and ash.
In conclusion, many of us love using our wood burning fireplaces and stoves during those cold winter days on the South Plains and Permian Basin. With smart management and maintenence, these household fixtures can add the warmth and ambiance of our homes!
Homes on the South Plains and West Texas are as diverse as our State.
Part of what makes the service I provide so unique is my service area. As of September 2015, I have inspected homes in West Texas as far south as Fort Stockton, & as far north as Plainview. Yep, I'm willing to come to you! Providing Professional Home Inspections is what I do. I don't charge extra for mileage to your home inspection. Some inspectors do. I don't charge extra for larger homes with more square feet. Some inspectors do. Texas home inspectors should be licensed, and the license we hold is challenging to acquire. That doesn't mean that all home inspections are created equally. I take great pride in giving my clients the information they need to make an informed decision!
It's in your best interest to contact me before you decide to buy. Make sure you're informed and are ready to make the best choice possible!
Contact me now to schedule & purchase your inspection, & reference this blog post; you'll save an additional 10% on the cost of your inspection!
There's a big misconception out there that newly built homes are somehow superior to older homes.
Lubbock experienced a big new home construction boom in the early to mid 2000's.
Odessa & Midland experienced their own new home construction boom within the last 3 years.
With all of these homes going up, you might assume that the quality of work, craftsmanship, and quality of design have improved. However, my experience providing home inspections may say otherwise. I can't tell you how many homes that were nearly complete or already "complete" still demonstrated as many defects as any home that had been built decades before. There's a number of reasons why you should contact me to inspect your home if you're in the process of building; I know what to look for and where to look.
New does not = perfect.
New just = new problems.
If you're in the process of planning, building, or your home's complete, Call Me! I can schedule your inspection ASAP to get you the peace of mind you deserve!
Right now, the last thing we're all thinking about is our heater!
But the best course of action is having our home's HVAC system maintained regularly. This means having the A/C system serviced long before it gets hot outside. This also means having the heating system checked long before you may need to use it. Your homes HVAC system is a powerful system that makes your home comfortable, even with the worst weather just outside your door. Routine maintenance performed by a professional is key to ensuring long term performance is where it should be. A home inspection is crucial to making the most of your home and it's included systems. Don't hesitate to contact me for your home inspection. Call me! I can help provide you with the information you need to help make an educated decision!