McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

Keep Out the Chill: 5 Ways to Winterize Your Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Wed, Oct 25, 2017

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a long-time CNY resident, or have only experienced a couple of winters here. All it takes is experiencing one winter to know that this season is no joke. Temperatures can drop rapidly, and the snow can start flying with little notice. With unpredictable winters come necessary preparations—especially when it comes to your home. Check out our list below to make sure your home will be warm and cozy all season long, so you can count down the days until summer in comfort.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, home maintenance

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist: Complete These To-Dos Before Cold Weather Hits

Posted by Brian Ciota on Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Even if you’re not a fan of the Game of Thrones book and TV series, you’ve likely heard the phrase “Winter is coming” thrown around a time or two. In the series, it serves as a family motto, but for those of us living in CNY, it’s also a fact: whether we like it or not, winter is coming, and with it comes cold temperatures and heavy snowfall.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Repair and Maintenance, home maintenance

How Spray Foam Insulation Can Reduce Your Energy Costs

Posted by Mark Waite on Tue, Aug 16, 2011

Insulating our homes is essential for Central New York residents. With our very cold winters and hot summers, insulation is a sure way to save on energy costs.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Tax Credits

How Skylights Can Reduce Your Energy Costs

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 28, 2011

Many homeowners can save on their energy bills by incorporating some very basic elements of passive solar building design into their remodeling plans.

The key to passive solar heating is to take advantage of the local climate. One way you can improve the efficiency of your home is by installing skylights and south facing windows. Skylights allow heat from the sun to enter the home during the day.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Designs, Energy Star, Tax Credits, Skylights

The Latest on Lighting: Compact Fluorescent and LED Lights

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 7, 2011

Lighting is important to every project we build. Our clients, both residential and commercial, often ask us about new energy saving lighting products, especially since in the near future consumers will no longer be able to purchase incandescent lights.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Lighting, Energy Star

Go Green: Energy Saving and "Green" Products for Your Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 22, 2011

Homeowners often ask us how they can save energy and about products that are eco-friendly.  You don’t have to go to extremes to reduce your carbon footprint. Some simple lifestyle changes and consumer choices will help you to save money and conserve the environment.  

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Topics: National Association of Home Builders, Energy Efficiency, Green Products, Energy Star, Tax Credits

Bathroom Remodel: Shopping for the Essentials

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 28, 2010

Over the years, we’ve worked with homeowners on many bathroom remodeling projects helping create attractive, functional living spaces by listening to their ideas and defining a work plan. 

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Topics: Certifications, Lead Paint Safety, Community Service, Energy Efficiency, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Lighting, Bathrooms, Designs

Soaking Up the Sun: Solar Water Heating Systems

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 30, 2010

Home owners often ask me about technologies that can be installed in their homes to reduce both energy costs and their carbon footprint. Installing a solar water heating system is definitely an affordable way to "go green."

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Topics: Green Building, Energy Efficiency, Home Remodeling, Cost vs. Value, Tax Credits

Let There Be Light! The Facts about Skylights and Sun Tunnels

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 16, 2010

Skylights and sun tunnels provide daylight and warmth to a home, especially in dark rooms with small or few windows. New designs now give homeowners a wide variety of options for adding natural light and ventilation. No leak skylights have now replaced the dripping units of the 1960s and the acrylic bubbles of the 1980s. Today's skylights have added layers of water protection and better flashing design. New glazes help to improve energy efficiency. Venting can be done at the touch of a button.

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Topics: Green Building, Energy Efficiency, Energy Star, Skylights