Design Tech Homes Recognized with a 2014 ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes Market Leader Award


Houston, Texas (May 2, 2014) — Design Tech Homes is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with as a 2014 ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader. This award recognizes the important contribution Design Tech Homes has made to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by building more than 92 ENERGY STAR certified homes in 2013. Collectively, these homes will save homeowners approximately $27,600 on utility bills and reduce 342,608 pounds of carbon dioxide each year. The environmental benefits of these ENERGY STAR cert…

Floor Covering Cleaning & Maintenance

Carpet Vacuuming In order to extend the life and beauty of your carpet it is necessary to vacuum regularly. In high traffic areas this could be as much as once a day. Vacuuming not only keeps the carpet clean, but helps to keep the nap in an upright position. Spills Spills should be dabbed up and spot cleaned immediately. Be sure to color test your spot cleaner in a non visible place, i.e. a closet, first. Carpets should be cleaned professionally regularly, i.e. annually. Resilient Flooring No Wax The resilient flooring in your home is the no wax type. This means the floor is coated with a clear finish t…

Fireplace Maintenance

Always be sure the damper is fully open before starting a fire in the fireplace. It can, and should be closed during non-use to avoid conditioned air loss. Gas Starters When you have a gas starter, first arrange your logs and open the fresh air vent, if applicable, then start a small fire with newspaper before attempting to turn on the gas starter. Once the wood is sufficiently burning, you can turn off the starter. Do not leave the valve key in the valve to avoid unintentional gas leaks. Glass Doors Where provided be sure they are open while a fire is burning intensely. They can be closed when the fire h…

Fall Lawn Preparation

Care of your lawn in the fall is as important as in spring and summer. Regular care is the key to an attractive and healthy lawn through the fall and winter months. Here are few things you can do to help your lawn survive the winter and recover vigorously in the spring. Fertilization — Fall fertilization is the key to prolonging fall color and promoting early spring recovery of the lawn. It helps produce a dense turf that resists winter weeds. Fertilizer used in the fall should be higher in nitrogen and potassium and lower in phosphorus. Grasses fertilized this way have shown greater survival during…

End Of Summer Lawn And Garden Tips

Plant Fall color such as mums, asters, marigolds, zinnias, and celosia. Fall-flowering bulbs such as spider lilies, fall crocus, and fall amaryllis. Finish warm-season vegetable plantings of beans, corn, cucumbers, melons, and squash. Cool-season vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, spinach, potatoes, lettuce, carrots, beets, radishes, and English peas. Finish planting warm-season lawn grasses: buffalo, Bermuda, St. Augustine, and zoysia. Wildflower seed. Water Water deeply and as infrequently as possible. Your garden and landscape will usually need more water this month…

Core Aeration Gets To The Root Of Hard Soil

During March and April, homeowner thoughts turn to the quality of their lawns. Lawn quality is measured in terms of color, density and uniformity. Soil conditions, fertilization, and watering are the factors that affect lawn quality. Of these, the condition of your lawn's soil and your fertilization schedule have the greatest impact. It's entirely possible that the grass will be unable to take up the nutrients provided by spring fertilization due to poor soil conditions. Is the soil beneath your grass hard and lumpy? Does water run off after the grass has been irrigated? Does it always seem "thirsty", i…

Cleaning Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles are popular as design features within many areas of today's modern homes. They vary in size, style, color and cost, and are popularly used because of their beauty as well as their ease to clean. Whether used as flooring or on walls, ceramic tiles can be maintained easily if you follow some standard procedures for their upkeep. Ceramic tiles are made from clay that contain silicates. To produce a tile, this clay mixture is formed and baked at high temperatures. Ceramic tiles can be purchased in two forms: unglazed or glazed. Unglazed tiles typically require more cleaning maintenance because t…

Cleaning and Removing Mildew from Exterior Walls and Siding

Mildew is unsightly but easy to remove. Moisture, and therefore mildew, can be controlled to a degree by arranging landscaping so that natural breezes can flow near the houseand dry the siding if it becomes wet from rain or dew. Keep shrubs awayfrom the walls. Gutters and downspouts, as well as a moderate roofoverhang, will help also. Give special attention to air movementpatterns on northern exposures where sunlight cannot assist in drying.On sidings which may have a tendency to absorb moisture from rain ordew, a semi-gloss or gloss latex or oil paint with an appropriateprimer is recommended. When wood s…

Tips on Buying Land to Build a House

You want to build a custom home, but do not own a lot to build on yet. Buying land to build a house is your first step, an important one that needs your thought and careful planning. But don't let the idea of buying property intimidate you. By following the tips provided below, you can make the process easier and soon become a land owner ready to build your custom home. Determining Your Budget: Loans to Buy Land & Build a House Before you begin searching for land to buy, you need to know how much you can afford to pay. Keep in mind that you will also need a loan to finance construction for your new home…

Air Conditioning Maintenance

An air conditioner requires regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently throughout its years of service. Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases. Filters The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner is to routinely replace or clean its filters. Clogged, dirty filters block normal air flow and reduce a system's efficiency significantly. Most people recommend changing your air filter once a month during the hottest time of the year and every other…