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What Is RESNET® and Why Does It Matter?

Posted by John Holahan on Jan 27, 2020 12:30:00 PM

Sometimes buying a new home feels a little bit like a big bowl of alphabet soup. You’re exposed to acronyms that you don’t run into anywhere else. You have to deal with PITI (Principle/Interest/Taxes/Insurance) on your mortgage loan. You may find yourself comparing HVAC (Heating Venting Air Conditioning) systems. In a lot of cases, you’ll find yourself in a relationship with an HOA (Home Owners Association). There’s one acronym, however, you may not be familiar with that can make a big difference when building your new Poconos home. What is RESNET® and why does it matter?

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Poconos Homes

How to Prepare Your Poconos Home for Summer

Posted by John Holahan on May 15, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Most of us are ready for summer when it finally rolls around. We love the slower pace and warmer weather. And there are so many outdoor activities to enjoy around the Poconos region. While you may be really ready to enjoy summer, you'll want to make sure your home is ready as well. That's particularly true if you happen to own a vacation home in the Poconos that may have been empty for a while. Even if you’ve been here all year long, it’s a good idea to do some simple maintenance to ensure your home is safe and comfortable. Here are a few tips on how to prepare your Poconos home for summer.

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Topics: Poconos Custom Home Design, Poconos Lifestyle, Energy Efficiency

How to Prepare Your Poconos Home for Spring Rain

Posted by John Holahan on Apr 24, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Many of us grew up reciting the old rhyme: “April showers bring May flowers.” It was a gentle reminder that the leaden skies of early spring actually bring hidden benefits and make places such as the Poconos a beautiful place to explore and live. For instance, all that water makes the Poconos region a great place to enjoy water sports. But those rains can also bring other less desirable results for unsuspecting homeowners. Here are some tips for preparing your Poconos home for spring rain.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Poconos Homes

How to Care for a New Home You Just Moved Into

Posted by John Holahan on Mar 23, 2018 7:00:00 AM

There’s something special about moving into a brand new home that nobody has ever lived in before. Everything looks great, works great, and feels great. So how can you keep everything looking like new? Here are a few tips on how to care for a new home you just moved into.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Poconos Homes

Energy Efficiency Options that Save You Money

Posted by John Holahan on Apr 30, 2017 7:00:00 AM

If you’re considering remodeling your Poconos home you’ll probably want to think about what you can do to make your home more energy-efficient. After all, energy saved is money in your pocket. And choosing remodeling strategies that help your home become more energy efficient helps preserve the beautiful environment around you—which is probably one of the things that attracted you to the Poconos in the first place.

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Topics: Poconos Custom Home Design, Energy Efficiency

Why Indoor Air Quality Matters for Your Home

Posted by John Holahan on Apr 12, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Over the past 20 years or so there has been an increasing interest in building homes that are easier on the environment.  We’ve thought about it a lot ourselves and have even written about it on occasion.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Poconos Homes

Little Details That Make a Big Difference in Your Poconos Home

Posted by John Holahan on Feb 10, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got til its gone.

—Joni Mitchell

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Topics: HVAC, plumbing, Energy Efficiency, Poconos Homes

How to Make Your Poconos Home Instantly Smart!

Posted by John Holahan on Jan 23, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Smart homes are no longer a thing of the future or something that only “Tech-savvy” homeowners enjoy. Smart devices are everywhere and can make everyday life easier, more convenient, and even more fun. There’s more good news. In addition to being more affordable than ever before, they are also easier to install and to use.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Poconos Homes

5 Tips for Creating an Energy Efficient Home

Posted by John Holahan on Jan 13, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Your Is saving energy really that big a deal for your Poconos-area home? According to the Department of Energy, what you’re probably paying to heat and cool your home is pretty significant. A quick look at energy.gov indicates that, “heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes.” With that in mind, here are five tips for creating an energy-efficient home in the Poconos.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Poconos Homes

Important Numbers For Your Poconos Home—Understanding the HERS Index

Posted by John Holahan on Dec 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

We keep track of a lot of numbers these days. We’re constantly reminded to check our credit scores. There are fitness devices and applications that help us keep track of how many steps we’ve taken each day and what our blood pressure is. We get reminders about how much data our smart phones have used. But as homeowners, there are some numbers that we should be keeping track of that impact our comfort—and the amount of energy our houses are using.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Poconos Homes

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