Published: August 1, 2018

    Best Summer Home Renovation Projects

    The weather is perfect, the sun is in the sky, the kids are frolicking in the yard, and you actually have some free time. Summer is the ideal time to roll up your sleeves and finally complete those home renovation projects you’ve been putting off for months.

    Once you’ve toiled and sweated through the morning you can relax by the pool all afternoon – but before you don the flip-flops and sunscreen let’s cover the most logical and cost-effective home renovation projects you can tackle this summer:

    Low-Flow Shower Heads

    According to the Environmental Protection Agency 17% of the water use in your home comes from your shower, and if you haven’t updated your shower heads in years you could be using as much as 5 gallons of water per minute while you’re in the shower. Instead of trying to cut down your shower time to two minutes just install eco-friendly low-flow shower heads, a project you can complete in a single day.

    Pelican Water’s shower filter has a low-flow option that only uses 1.5 gallons of water per minute. You will also benefit from the multiple health benefits of reducing the chlorine and chloramines in your shower water, including healthier skin and softer hair.

    Dual-Pane Windows

    Upgrading your windows will save you a small fortune in heating and cooling costs year-round. Double-pane windows improve the energy efficiency of your entire home and will cut out a significant amount of noise from the street and surrounding area.

    Do some research before undertaking this summer home renovation, as the size of your home and the cost of the windows can run you several thousand dollars. In addition you will need a permit to execute the upgrade if you plan on cutting a hole in the wall, so contact a professional if you have any questions.

    Security System

    If you install a home security system you can reduce the annual rate of your home insurance premium by as much as 20%. If you install the system yourself you can spend just a few hundred dollars and promptly recover the cost in insurance savings alone.

    Installing a security system also carries benefits for your family, primarily peace of mind. Prominent security systems will deter burglars from breaking into your home. According to alarm.org 90% of convicted felons stated that they avoid homes that are outfitted with security systems.

    Tile Flooring

    Summers continue to get hotter and hotter, so if you’re sweating on the shag carpet it may be time to switch to tile flooring. Tiles are great for reducing the temperature of a room, as tiles do not retain any heat. They also are cool to the touch, and can help you cool down while walking across or standing on tile. To compare, carpet traps heat and raises the temperature of a room by several degrees.

    If you want to renovate your flooring more planning is involved – maybe do this renovation while the kids are at camp for a week, and rent a relaxing hotel room while you keep the furniture in the garage and switch out the flooring.

    Of course, one of the simplest ways to improve your home and the health of your entire family is to install a whole house water filtration system. Deliver cleaner, purer water to every tap and shower in your home with filters that utilize carbon media filters to reduce chemicals, contaminants, and other common impurities.