How to Install a Smart Thermostat

Winter is here and with it comes an increase in energy costs. One way to cut down on those costs is to install a smart thermostat.

What is a smart thermostat?

Whereas a typical room thermostat just lets you change the temperature in your home using a dial or control panel, a smart thermostat gives you full control over your home’s heating.

Smart thermostats allow you to manage your home’s temperature based on the time of day and from a remote location, using your smart phone, tablet or desktop. Another key feature of some smart thermostats is that they learn and adapt to your behavior.

Most smart thermostats will also display your real-time energy consumption and even adjust this automatically based on factors such as humidity and weather conditions.

Why do I need one?

Here are 8 benefits to a smart thermostat!

Now that you have all of the information, how do you install one? It’s easy with this DIY video from Home Advisor. So grab your tools and let’s get to work!


Need an Ice Melt System?

December is here, and along with it comes ice and damage to your roof. It doesn’t have to be that way though….

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If you are interested in having Newhouse & Sun Construction evaluate your home or business for a rooftop ice melt system, give us a call! We install the state-of-the-art Bylin/Raychem Rim2 panel system, and as long as the snow and ice hold off, we are installing!

Beat the 10-15% price increase coming for 2016 by acting NOW!


Maintaining Your Roof

Winter is on its way, and along with it comes snow and ice build up. Inspecting and repairing your roof now can reduce the risk of damage to your home due to ice dams.  Here is a short video with all of the things you should look for to make sure your roof is ready for winter.

If your roof is in good shape but you still find that your home is prone to ice dams, you may want to consider installing an ice melt system. Newhouse & Sun offers state-of-the-art ice melt systems. If your hurry, you still may be able to get one installed before the snow comes.


How to Connect an Ice Maker

These days, just about every fridge comes with built in ice and water. It’s a wonderful feature, but how do you hook it up? Do you have to call a plumber? Not anymore. With this step by step video that caters to all DIY levels, you can hook it up yourself. So grab your tool belt and let’s get to it.


How to fix a leaky faucet

Did you know that a dripping faucet can waste up to 5 gallons of water per day? Knowing how to fix a leaky faucet is a basic every home owner should know. Here are 2 videos that show you how to fix both a single handle and a double handle design. If you can’t replace the faulty part immediately, tie a string around the faucet and let it fall into the drain: Dripping water will silently flow down the string and won’t drive you INSANE!




Decorative Painting

Nothing can freshen up a room like a fresh coat of paint. It’s a cheap and easy way to get a whole new look. But sometimes you want just a little bit more, but wallpaper and boarders can look dated. Why not try the latest trend? Decorative painting! Stripes, blocks, zigzag…you name it.

Here is a short how to video with some step by step techniques to help you achieve that look. I’ve also included the link to 100+ interior painting ideas. If you can dream it, it can happen!


How To Change A Light Fixture

One of the fastest and cheapest ways to update a room is to change the light fixtures. Most people don’t do it though because it’s intimidating. I mean, don’t you have to be an electrician to do that? Nope! It’s easier than you think.* Just watch this step by step video and you’ll be an expert in no time.

Note: ALWAYS turn off the power from the CIRCUIT BREAKER before doing any electrical work!

*When in doubt, hire a professional.


How Do I Unclog My Toilet?

It’s that time of year. The holiday’s are here and everyone is getting together for good food and good times. It never fails though, with all of those people in the house, the toilet clogs! How embarrassing! Sometimes we panic and don’t know what to do? Well watch this video and flush those fears away! You can thank me later 🙂