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5 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

  1. Change Furnace Filters – Yes it’s easy to forget, but it’s important to replace or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy demand. Here’s a worry-saving tip: Mark a monthly check on your calendar.
  2. Dodge the Draft(s) – According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5 to 30 percent of your energy use. Start simple and adopt that old Great Depression fixture—the draft snake, which you can easily make yourself.
  3. Mind That Thermostat – For every degree you lower the thermostat during heating season, you’ll save between 1 and 3 percent of your heating bill. Make it easier with a programmable thermostat. They are widely available for as little as $50, and the average family will save $180 a year with one.
  4. Use Caulking and Weatherstripping – Simple leaks can sap home energy efficiency by 5 to 30 percent a year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That means it pays to seal up gaps with caulking and weather stripping.
  5. Insulate your pipies – Pay less for hot water by insulating pipes. That can also help decrease the chance of pipes freezing, which can be disastrous. Check to see if your pipes are warm to the touch. If so, they are good candidates for insulation. (Use the same method to determine if your hot water heater would benefit from some insulation.)

New Football Season…New flat screen Televison!

Nothing triggers an itch for a new TV quite like the start of a new football season! Once you’ve found the screen of your dreams, make sure you take the appropriate steps to install it. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, call in the professionals. We perform an assessment of whats going on behind the wall. There could be pipes, wires, or other important utilities that you definitely don’t want to disturb. Additionally, there are various types of substrates behind the drywall (stone, plaster& lathe, concrete, wood, etc). These variables, along with the size and weight of the TV, need to be taken into account when determining the correct drill and anchor system to safely install your new TV.

A popular request is to “hide the wires” in the wall. In order to be able to do this, the wall must be hallow. Rittenhouse Handyman can determine this using various methods including a special camera called a borescope. A device called a fishing tape is used to pull the wires from behind the TV to behind a media console. We have specialized experienced technicians who will get it right the first time, guaranteed. Check out our flat rates for these services and trust Rittenhouse Handyman to install your television this Football Season! Go EAGLES!

Bring on the Spring!

Spring is the best time of year to tackle the nagging household problems brought on by Winter. Don’t carry those worries into summer! We suggest having all gaps and cracks around doors and windows checked, along with replacing AC filters and any plumbing fixtures that have gone bad.

Water damaged drywall? Let’s make sure we identify the source of the leak and address that first. Asses for mold then repair or replace the drywall accordingly. Of course, any wall hangings, filter changes, plumbing fixture repairs or upgrades can be rolled into our “To do” list while on-site.

We offer a general labor rate and flat rates for more specific projects. At Rittenhouse Handyman, we pride ourselves on 100% customer satisfaction.