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2 PORTSMOUTH LIVING
BY ROBERT LEVEY
BY THE RICES
Meghan and Chris Rice
love their home, especially
now that they have
been joined by kids,
Lennon and James, ages
6 and 4, respectively.
“The first home we
bought in Portsmouth
was in Atlantic Heights,
and we loved the neighborhood,
but we quickly
outgrew it once we had our kids,” she
says. “When we were selling our first
home, we knew we wanted to stay in
Portsmouth because we felt it was a
great place to raise our kids with so
many opportunities, great culture and
Natives of Nashua, although they
did not meet until they were adults,
Meghan says she got an apartment in
Portsmouth 14 years ago after graduating
from UNH with an undergraduate
degree in Psychology. Chris joined her
soon thereafter. She then earned an
MEd in Elementary Education from
Franklin Pierce and and now works for
New Heights, a local non-profit that
provides experiential education programs
in STEAM and Adventure for
As for why they love their current
home so much, Rice says it all starts
with their neighborhood with “a special
shout-out to the Holly Lane crew.”
In the summer, we will all meet up at
the neighborhood playground, which
is a total hidden gem, or we will have
family Barbecues,” she says. “In the
winter, we keep each other sane by
having sledding dates at the huge hill in
the back of the neighborhood whenever
school is canceled.”
This coming winter, the Rices will be
joined by their black Lab named Willow,
who just turned 1 on August 2nd.
“The kids are insisting that we throw
a party for her and make her a cake,”
says Meghan, who notes Willow has
a great friend in Buster whom she
describes as “a humongous English
Willow and Buster are best friends
and spend as much time together as
possible in our yard or next door,” she
This year, we ventured
up to Hermit Island in
Maine for two nights.
It was a magical place
and our campsites were
right on the Casco Bay.
says. “Buster will actually come to our
door to get Willow.”
As for family excursions, Meghan
says Chris has been teaching all of them
how to camp. Last year, they started
an annual summer camping trip
“It’s 6 families that participate,”
she explains. “Last year, we started
small and got sites next to each
other at Pawtuckaway for one
night. This year, we ventured up
to Hermit Island in Maine for
two nights. It was a magical place
and our campsites were right on
the Casco Bay. During the day we
explored and played at the beach. At
night, we hung out by the campfire
and made s’mores. I highly recommend
this campsite--just bring all the bug
When not heading out on camping
adventures, Meghan says the family
has plenty to do locally, too. Lennon,
who will be a first grader at New
Franklin School, loves reading and art.
“She had an amazing first year at
school and we adore the New Franklin
“In the winter, we keep
each other sane by
having sledding dates at
the huge hill in the back
of the neighborhood
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Community,” says Meghan. “The
staff and families truly make it such
a special place.”
Outside of school, Lennon participates
in gymnastics, ballet and
“Currently Lennon is growing her
hair really long so she can donate 8
inches to an organization that makes
wigs for children,”
5 in October,
James is in Pre-
K at Seacoast
is where both
when they were
4 months old.
James is obsessed
Newest member of the family Willow!
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SEPTEMBER 2018 5
We love everything Portsmouth has to offer...
Having fun at Willow’s birthday party!
with Star Wars, loves to ride his bike
“Both kids always participate in
swim lessons at the Peirce Island pool
during the summer, and they are free
for Portsmouth residents,” she adds.
For Meghan, barre and yoga is a
huge part of her life.
“I take classes regularly at Barre &
Soul in downtown Portsmouth,” she
says. “It’s a great workout, but it’s also
a lovely community of women.”
Chris is and always has been a
“Chris has a background in skateboard
and snowboard retail, but
decided to change paths a few years
ago and is now the Head Groundskeeper
at South Cemetery.”
Regardless of where they are in
Portsmouth, Meghan says they are
happy to be here.
We love everything Portsmouth
has to offer,” she says. “We feel lucky
to live here.”
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SEPTEMBER 2018 7
H E L L O B E A U T I F U L
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Inspiring students on the Seacoast to
maximize their potential for nearly
forty years, Portsmouth Christian
Academy recently received a second
national award from The Christian Education
Charitable Trust (CECT) to fund
an Outdoor Classroom on the Bellamy
The $50,000 matching grant from
CECT, a division of the Tennesseebased
Maclellan Foundation, follows
an initial round of start-up funding
awarded in 2016 that enabled PCA to
launch an innovative STEM program to
monitor the waterfront’s health.
In its first year, the Environmental
Stewardship Pilot Project provided
hands-on learning opportunities for
PCA students in preschool through
Grade 12 and contributed in a meaningful
way to active research at the University
“Students were eager to take what
they had learned in class about testing
water quality and try carrying out the
testing for themselves,” says junior high
science teacher Jennifer Will. “They also
had a lot of fun using magnifiers to examine
the plankton found in the river.”
She says 6th graders made their own
Secchi disks in class and then took them
to the dock to measure the turbidity
of the water. While there, they made
observations about tide and measured
the water’s depth at different times of
“During their study of ecosystems, 7th
graders enjoyed going out by the river
and making observations about the
different types of plant and animal life
in the area,” she adds.
PCA Robotics Teacher and IT Director
Michael Shevenell led a cadre
of students who were instrumental
in the technical configuration of the
“A key aspect of this initiative has
been student learning through activities
related to the Bellamy River Estuary,”
he says. ”There were five Upper School
students and 3 Lower School students
who were involved in the engineering
aspects of this initiative.”
The Upper School students were
instrumental in the configuration of the
Waterfront Research Station. While the
building itself was a prebuilt unit, Mr.
Shevenell says a number of modifications
were necessary to support the installation
of the solar panels and instrumentation
of the project.
“The students were involved in moving,
unpacking, measuring and assembling
of the solar panel units as well as
the mounting of the electronics to control
the battery charger, control panel
and inverter to power the building,” he
The Lower School students were
involved in the ‘sensor packaging’
initiative in which several commercially
available sensors were integrated into a
package that will eventually be deployed
in the estuary. The goal of this initiative
was to design and fabricate a packaging
system that was low cost and retained
the benefits of protecting the equipment
“A creative approach using discarded
packing Styrofoam to house the sensors
was developed,” adds Shevenell. “The
students developed a number of packaging
prototypes, learning strengths and
weaknesses of their design and fabrication
approaches with each iteration.”
This second grant from the Maclellan
Foundation will make it possible for PCA
to build on the success of the project by:
• Establishing PCA as an Official
Oyster Research Site
• Equipping the junior high and high school
science labs to support water testing;
• Expanding application of solar panels used to
power the waterfront Research Station
• Providing ADA compliant access to
• Offering additional educational programming,
summer camp opportunities, and extracurricular
activities that make use of PCA’s unique
location on the Bellamy River.
Curriculum will be adapted at the
Upper School to make the most of
the grant, including opportunities for
Marine Biology students to learn how
to construct and nurture a reef site on a
tidal river. AP Chemistry students will
learn how to analyze water for nitrates,
turbidity, and other chemicals.
Located just minutes northwest of Portsmouth,
NH on a fifty-acre riverfront
campus, PCA is a dually accredited, independent,
college-preparatory, day school
where young people from preschool
to Grade 12 are challenged to thrive
academically and grow as servant-leaders
prepared to impact the world for good.
For more information, visit pcaschool.org.
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SEPTEMBER 2018 9
September | 2018
Every Week in Portsmouth
Dover Chamber of Commerce
Portsmouth City Hall
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
SKETCHING IN THE GALLERY
Artists young and old are invited to grab a pencil
and paper and sketch in our beautiful Balcony
Gallery at Discover Portsmouth. Use the inspiration
of the four local artists, Amy Brnger, Donna
Harkins, Sydney Bella Sparrow, and Pamela duLong
Williams, all on display in “Seacoast Masters
Today,” to create your own masterpiece. On select
Saturdays, local artists will be in the gallery to work
with you and provide insight into the artwork.
COST FREE and open to all ages
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
PASSEGGIATA: WALK OF WINE
Wine Director Joe Comforti is hosting a PASSEG-
GIATA: WALK OF WINE in Portsmouth! Come taste
over 50 Italian & World Wines with samples from
our catering menus.
COST $40 General Admission
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
5TH ANNUAL JOHN PAUL JONES JUBILEE
& SILENT AUCTION
Eat, Drink, Bid! A Fundraiser for the John Paul Paul
Jones House and Portsmouth Historical Society.
Hors d’oeuvres from the best Seacoast restaurants
and wines from private vineyards. Smooth
sounds of live jazz by Dry Martini. Fine wine raffle
and more than 75 stellar silent auction items! All
proceeds to benefit Portsmouth Historical Society
& John Paul Jones House.
COST $30 for Members / $40 for Non-
Members - Buy your tickets by August 31 for
an Early Bird Discount $25 for Members / $35
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
ISLES OF SHOALS -
9TH ANNUAL GOSPORT REGATTA
@Isles of Shoals
An open sailing race from Portsmouth Harbor to
Gosport Harbor at the Isles of Shoals. Spectators
are welcomed to enjoy the sailing competition
from the deck of the M/V Thomas Laighton, Isles
of Shoals Steamship Company (ISSCO). Join us on
Star Island after the race for regatta festivities for
the whole family – including the award ceremony,
delicious barbecue, live music, a kite festival,
games and activities for children. Announcing an
OVERNIGHT option! Enjoy the race day festivities
then spend the night on Star Island.
COST Adult day ticket $65. See website for
details on overnight lodging and to register.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
TOUR OF GERTRUDE FISKE
@Wentworth by the Sea Country Club
Visitors to Discover Portsmouth are invited to a
special gallery tour of Gertrude Fiske: American
Master. Join our exhibition curator or curator
trained guides on an in-depth look at the remarkable
art of Gertrude Fiske. Lunchtime Exhibition
tours have limited space.TIME 12pm-12:45pm
COST Free and open to all ages - Private
tours are also available upon request for a fee.
Please call (603) 436-8433 for more information.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
SEACOAST CANCER 5K
@Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, NH
One of the region’s largest fundraising events,
it’s a celebration of life and the lifesaving work of
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Seacoast Cancer
Center. The Seacoast Cancer 5K is a positive
experience from beginning to end, with hundreds
of neighbors, friends and family lining the route to
cheer. And at the start/finish line, you’ll find music,
food and activities for the kids. Best of all, every
dollar raised supports cancer care right here in our
COST $35 same day registration fee.
Or register online $25
PAPA WHEELIES SHOP
This is our No Drop Weekly road group ride.
We encourage riders of all abilities to come
ride with us. We’ll work on group riding &
pace line skills and just set a goal to have a
great safe ride. We will ride anywhere
from 20-30 miles.
TUESDAYS ON THE TERRACE
@Strawberry Banke Museum
Enjoy the historic landscape of the 10-acre
living history museum with live music on the
terrace of the visitors center. Food and
beverages are available from Figtree Kitchen
Cafe, including beer and wine.
BOARD GAME NIGHT
@Diversions Puzzles & Games
Join us and you can find new games to learn
and play! We have a constantly updated game
library which you may pick games from to
play or you can bring your favorites from
NHAA PLEIN AIR 2018
@New Hampshire Art Association
Coordinated by NHAA artist Lennie Mullaney,
Tuesday morning plein air events are free
and open to all artists or photographers,
including non-members of NHAA.
STORY TIME WITH THE
ANIMALS AT THE NHSPCA
For Ages 2 to 5: Story Time with the Animals
is held every Thursday morning at 10:30 in
the Humane Education classroom. Children
listen to a story about an animal, color a
picture of an animal and visit the animals in
the classroom. No registration is required.
COST A donation of $5 is suggested
WEEKLY RUNNING GROUP
Join us at one of our store locations for a
casual group run - we run year-round!
All levels and all speeds welcome!
Runs are 4-6 miles Thursdays.
FREE PIZZA FRIDAY
(2 SLICES PER JUMPER)
@Blitz Air Park
Indoor amusement center offering
wall-to-wall trampolines, theme nights,
an arcade and a toddler room.
COST $15 per person plus $3 for
re-usable Blitz Grip Socks (if you
don’t have a pair)
WEEKLY RUNNING GROUP
Join us at one of our store locations for a
casual group run - we run year-round!
All levels and all speeds welcome!
Runs are 4-8 miles Saturdays.
SALSA IN THE PARK
Salsa in the Park offers an opportunity to
dance outside in the summer months,
free of charge.
OPEN HOUSE AT PORTSMOUTH
@Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse
Visitors get to climb to the lantern room to
enjoy the magnificent view and to see the
fourth-order Fresnel lens up close.
COST $2 - $4
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Headquartered in Portsmouth, Seacoast Mental
Health Center (SMHC) has addressed the mental
health needs of local residents since 1963, a fact particularly
pertinent in September, which is National Suicide
Prevention Awareness Month.
“This is a month that puts a spotlight on what we
do, who we serve and why mental health services are
needed,” says Jay Couture, executive director.
the second leading
cause of death in
NH for youth ages
10-24, SMHC is
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prevention in health and behavioral healthcare systems,”
says Driscoll. “The program provides a specific set of
tools and strategies to identify warning signs and what
to do if someone exhibits them.” She says the organizational
belief behind Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths
for individuals under care within health and behavioral
health systems are preventable. “It presents a bold goal
and an aspirational challenge,” she adds. “Zero Suicide
assists us with transforming our practices and bringing
us to new levels of prevention.”
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According to Couture, recent highlights include
Master’s level staff in the Child, Adolescent, and Family
Services department trained in MATCH, which stands
for Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with
Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems.
MATCH is comprised of 33 modules – safety planning,
relaxation practices, understanding symptoms, praise,
rewards, etc.– that represent treatment components frequently
found in cognitive behavioral therapy protocols
for depression, anxiety including post-traumatic stress,
and behavioral parent training for disruptive behavior.
At SMHC, this model is combined with a child progress
and outcome monitoring system called Treatment
Response Assessment for Children (TRAC).
“This is an evidence-based service that enables us to
meet diverse needs,” says Couture. “With 1 in 4 children
in New Hampshire living with a diagnosable mental
illness and the opioid crisis creating changes in many
family systems, the need for services like MATCH has
never been greater.
SMHC also provides Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
Services, which are in high demand across the state. Designed
for adults, these services include the evidencedbase
practice of Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring
Disorders (ITCOD) and an outpatient Medication
Assisted Treatment program (Suboxone). To better meet
the needs of clients, SMHC has initiated a transportation
service for its Addiction Services clients.
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SEPTEMBER 2018 13
BACK TO SCHOOL WITH
BY ROBERT LEVEY
So your child is nervous about going to school and
you are wondering what you can do as a parent to
help him/her get past the nerves?
The answer to how you support your child depends on
where he/she is at developmentally. For younger kids in
elementary school, it is all about setting up opportunities
to get them back into the school year groove. Most
schools provide plenty of these opportunities for kindergarten.
They offer play dates at the school playground
throughout the summer for the incoming students and
“When my daughter entered kindergarten, this was
helpful to calm both of our nerves,” says Meghan Rice,
assistant director at New Heights, which provides experiential
learning opportunities for kids, grades 3 and
up, on the greater Seacoast. “We were able to meet her
teacher, classmates and other school staff--and playing on
the playground with your friends is fun so hopefully that
translates into school is fun.”
Rice says one tip is to practice your families’ morning
school routine prior to school actually starting. Whether
you drive, walk, or ride bikes, she says to do this a few
times leading up to school.
“More kids, more experiences, more
successes, more failures – a child doesn’t
know what he or she doesn’t know.”
“Just the act of creating a routine will ease the child’s
nerves--they want to know what to expect,” she says.
She says to also ask your child what he/she is nervous
about and then talk through some solutions. If they are
nervous about making friends, she says to remind them
how in past situations they have made friends.
“Whatever their concern, give them the tools to work
If your child is in middle school or high school, their
nerves will typically stem from social or academic concerns.
Again, it is best to talk to your child about their
concerns and then give them tools to set them up for success.
If they are worried about academics, then talk about
staying after for extra help, setting up quiet study hours,
or utilizing online resources.
“No matter the age of your child, if they are having
severe, debilitating anxiety then set them up to talk to a
therapist,” she says.
According to Rice, activities such as those offered at
New Heights, which include STEM and adventure, are
specifically designed to address the needs of a wide array
They provide social interaction, new experiences, and
how to be in a group of peers,” she says.
“Programs like ours offer the component of failing and
making mistakes in a safe environment. Failure is part of
life and being able to move on from it is important.”
According to Rice, one critical role of youth development
programs, or parents and caregivers for that matter, is to help
children identify and understand their strengths as an individual
or in a group.
“When they finally do go to school, you want them to have
confidence in their abilities,” she says. “You want them to find
their passion, something they are really good at to help them
feel more secure at school.”
According to Tracey Tucker, executive director at New
Heights, one takeaway for parents or caregivers is the importance
of emotional empathy within kids and the role supervised,
structured activities can play to affect such an outcome.
“Anytime a child engages in an activity, it exposes them
to something new,” she says. “More kids, more experiences,
more successes, more failures--a child doesn’t know what he
or she doesn’t know.”
For parents still worried about their child and any overt
anxiety, Tucker says it is important to recognize that it is a
normal part of life for a kid.
“Kids are going to be anxious from time to time,” she says.
“It helps if the parents don’t get anxious as well--just stay
In addition to staying calm, Tucker and Rice both emphasize
“Talk to your kids,” says Tucker. “You won’t know what’s
going on if you don’t ask.”
September 29 and 30
Saturday 10am-10pm | Sunday 1pm-5:30pm
Maritime Folk Festival
Every September, dozens of folk and sea music
performers bring maritime folk music and song to
downtown Portsmouth, NH. The 19th annual festival
showcases music from the US, British Isles and Canada at
venues in the Market Square area. Performers in 2018
include David Jones, The Johnson Girls, Tim Eriksen,
Anayis Wright, Craig Edwards, Ken Schatz and more.
Singing in the streets, in the pubs
and special gathering places!
All events FREE - donations appreciated | www.pmffest.org
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SEPTEMBER 2018 15
TOP 10 RECOMMENDATIONS
for Improving Your Home’s Value with Realtor Barbara Dunkle
CONTRIBUTED BY BARBARA DUNKLE
According to realtor Barbara
Dunkle, there are ten things
you can do today to improve
the value of your home.
1 | UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN
EVERY 7-10 YEARS. Current trends
are clean and fresh with coastal styles,
bright whites and soft gray tones.
People appreciate a kitchen that is
welcoming and in keeping with these
trends. If you can’t afford a total renovation
with a kitchen designer, simple
and affordable edits can be done by
changing the color of the walls, adding
new hardware on cabinets, painting
existing cabinets from dark wood to
white or gray, new granite or Quartz
counters, new appliances or possibly
adding new light fixtures. You don’t
have to break the bank to liven up your
2 | UPDATE YOUR BATHROOMS.
Another area in which people look to
see some sense of style is in the bathrooms.
Having tile from the 1960’s
all over the walls tells a buyer that
upgrading your home has not been a
priority. Remove tiles found on walls
and use painted beadboard or shiplap
to cover them. Carrera marble on
floors and counters bring brightness to
the room. New fixtures and lights will
enhance the style of the home.
3 | PAINT. Interior walls should
be painted with a neutral palette that
is pleasing to all audiences. Having a
painting schedule for the entire home
inside & out will show the house has
been well maintained throughout the
years. It will always look new & fresh.
4 | MAINTENANCE. Regular maintenance/repairs
as needed allow the
homeowner to stay ahead of useful life
on appliances, heating system, irrigation,
rotting of trim, etc.
5 | FLOORS. Hardwood floors are
beautiful to have throughout a home.
Remove old carpeting and install
wood. If you currently have hardwood,
it is important to maintain the beauty
of these floors by realizing when it is
time to have the floors sanded again
and brought back to life. This is especially
important if children and pets
live in the home with you. If you love
carpet, replace every 5 to 10 years.
6 | LANDSCAPING. Maintain
the landscaping by replacing dead
shrubs, trimming back those that are
outgrown or adding new beds and
gardens as the budget allows. Seeing a
well landscaped yard tells a buyer that
there’s been some pride in ownership.
7 | DRIVEWAY. Keep the driveway
looking new by sealcoating or repairing
large cracks or upgrade by adding
8 | COOLING. More and more
people are looking for homes that already
have air conditioning installed in
the home. If you have the duct work in
place, this is a simple addition that will
provide great value. If the duct work
is not there, splits can be installed in
rooms as needed.
9 | DRY BASEMENT. There’s nothing
worse than a wet basement to cause
concern for a new buyer. Be sure to
have functioning sump pumps or bring
in an expert to find a total solution for
any water penetration.
10 | GENERATOR. With power
outages becoming a more common
occurrence, people appreciate that a
generator is already installed.
In addition to these tips, Dunkle
commented on the local housing
market, which she describes as “robust,”
fueled by low interest rates, high
demand and limited inventory on a
“While some areas around the
nation are seeing some noticeable
changes in these housing trends as interest
rates creep up, the NH Seacoast
continues to thrive,” she says. “More
and more people are discovering that
the Seacoast is a hidden gem with
beautiful beaches along the 18 miles of
She says many buyers are coming
to this area for the quality of lifestyle
either as second home buyers or outof-staters
looking to take advantage of
the NH Income tax-free status.
“Those of us who already live here
appreciate the quaint village charm of
New Castle, fine dining and cultural
experience in iconic Portsmouth or the
laid back beach lifestyle that Hampton
and Rye have to offer,” she says. “Locals
tend to stay in the area and house
hop closer to the beaches or town
depending on their priorities.”
For those hoping to buy, she says you
have to act fast.
“The secret is out – the NH seacoast
is the place to be,” she says.
Dunkle has more than 20 years of luxury real estate experience
and most recently served as Managing Broker for Carey
& Giampa’s Rye Office prior to joining Bean Group in January
2013. As an associate of Bean Group Platinum, Barbara
provides exceptional service to clients who have come an
unparalleled real estate experience.
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FOR YOUR HOME
CONTRIBUTED BY BETSY MURRAY
Every season brings a different
array of household issues with
which we must contend in New
England. During excessive rain storms,
your basement could become flooded.
During the hot and humid weather, the
AC needs to work hard to keep your
Many homeowners, though, miss the
fact that they need to adequately weatherproof
their homes to avoid potentially
awful conditions. If ignored, this could
mean complicated and expensive consequences
for your home.
WHAT IS WEATHERPROOFING?
“Weatherproofing” refers to helping
your home better maintain its temperature,
such as heating system improvements,
attic and wall caulking, insulation,
and weather-stripping. There are
several small changes you can make
that may result in significant savings
and can help protect your home’s value.
Weatherproofing is an excellent way
to keep your home safe and comfortable
for all inhabitants. Without proper
weatherproofing in place, you could
suffer from costly utility bills and your
home can decrease in value due to damage
to the structural foundation of your
During heavy rains, weatherproofing
can prevent mold and mildew from
growing in your home and create a
safer and ideal atmosphere for your
family. Without weatherproofing, small
issues can turn into major concerns.
You want to put these protective and
preventive measures in place to address
the current issues and prevent them
Are you ready to weatherproof your
home as we begin to enter the fall
Here are the best steps to take in
every area of your house to make sure
your entire home is energy-efficient
and protected from the elements
throughout the year.
are essential in New
Take some time to clean them and give
them some TLC, which can improve
performance and also help to save
money. Cleaning improves how well
they function and also keeps the indoor
air as healthy as possible.
One way to clean your blades is with an
old pillowcase. Make sure to clean the
fans every few months to keep them in
great working condition. As fall comes,
it is a great time to clean your air conditioning
unit. You can then remove the
clean air conditioning unit, wrap it with
a durable cover to prevent dirt and dust.
When you need the air conditioning
the following summer, it will be ready
to go and in tip top condition.
UPGRADE YOUR WINDOWS
Windows are a common source of
drafts and leaks, especially if your home
has any single-pane windows. Older
windows are not as energy-efficient
and can make your home interiors feel
uncomfortable. A decision to upgrade
the windows of your home can be one
of the best investments you make, especially
if you know your old windows are
a spot of energy loss in your home.
The Department of Energy advises
that your replacement windows be
designed to maximize energy efficiency
in your home. The Energy-Star rating
is essential when picking windows
for your home. Another feature for
energy-efficient windows is glazing,
which helps minimize solar heat gain.
It is recommended to have professional
installation to make sure that windows
are airtight against their frames to prevent
any future leaks. While replacing
windows can be a costly upgrade, they
will be cost effective over time as they
protect your home in all seasons and
will reflect in your utility bills.
In addition to bringing warmth and
style to your home, paint protects your
home from nature’s elements. Paint can
be sensitive to sunlight and moisture
and can begin to breakdown. In humid
weather, paint can expand and crack. In
the cold season, moisture can seep into
paint and cause the growth of mildew
A fresh coat of paint for your home
can assist in weather-stripping. If you
want a cooler atmosphere, paint your
home with light colors. Dark colors absorb
sunlight better while light bounces
off lighter colors more easily.
INSTALL NEW OUTLETS
Another key area that may be neglected
are gaps and leaks around your
power outlets of your home. Electrical
boxes may have small holes where air
can leave or enter. This creates an draft
inside your home. This seems small
until you think of all of the electrical
outlets that you may have around your
Hot or cold air can enter your home
through these outlets, which leads to
loss of energy and discomfort in your
home. Moisture is also a threat and may
seep in and enter outlets during rainy
weather. To prevent and insulate the
surrounding area of the outlet, foam
gaskets can be a great solution. This is
a basic, low cost solution and has a great
return in your utility bills.
You may have to spend some money,
time and resources to achieve a sufficiently
weatherproofed home, but all
of these will pay for themselves in the
long run. Weatherproofing your home
is a wise investment with rewards you
can reap year round.
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