In this episode, we’re making Chelsea’s mid-century home smart and energy-efficient.
We recently wrapped up work on her hall bathroom, and it was a complete overhaul. Be sure to check out that project here! Now, we’re another step closer to completing Chelsea’s house and making her home her own.
New Heating and Cooling Unit
Our friend Don Hembree, from Hembree Heating & Air, helped us find a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for Chelsea’s home. She upgraded to an American Standard Platinum 20 SEER unit.
With this HVAC system, Chelsea will save up to 25-30% on her energy bill. Best of all, she can control the temperature of her home with any mobile device, like her smartphone and tablet.
That’s perfect for this mother of three, who needs things to be fast and convenient!
Installing insulation in the attic and crawlspace will help keep Chelsea’s house comfortable and energy-efficient. We used the ROCKWOOL R-30 ComfortBatt insulation in both areas of the home. (This is an affiliate link. If you purchase this product, we will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.)
Stone wool is made from spinning molten rock and minerals with steel slag, giving it a cotton-candy-like wool texture. It’s competitive with traditional fiberglass because it is both fire and mildew-resistant.
The flexibility of mineral wool ensures that its R-value — the measure of how well it resists the conductive flow of heat — is achieved and maintained!
Installing Smart Technology
Adding smart technology to Chelsea’s home makes life around the house a little easier — and safer! This Leviton Smart Wi-Fi Outlet doesn’t need a hub like many smart outlets do and is compatible with Alexa and other voice assistants.
It’s also great for convenience when coming home after dark. Simply log on to the app and turn the lights on before you get home!
A dimmer switch that pairs with it connects to the outlet, making it a three-way switch that’s even more convenient for Chelsea’s home!
Chelsea also upgraded her sprinkler system to smart technology. This Rain Bird Irrigation Controller is simple to program, quick to install and controlled by her smartphone. It also connects to Wi-Fi and has water-saving features to tailor to Chelsea’s watering schedule for her yard.
Finally, Chelsea installed a new Level Bolt smart lock. Its motor is concealed inside the door and adapts to the exterior hardware of the existing lock. It can be controlled with your phone or manually!
We’ve made some great progress on Chelsea’s mid-century home over the past few months. Now her home is more energy-efficient and functional thanks to the smart technology installed.
With all of these projects we tackled, Chelsea will save more money on her energy bills as well as have access to her home’s features when she is away or at home.
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