5 Creative Ways to Disguise a Thermostat

Most homes have an unattractive thermostat that, due to the nature of the device, is recommended to be mounted in plain sight, in a common room, at eye level. This makes it pretty easy to notice the unsightly device, and potentially make you yearn to have it gone. Getting rid of this incredibly functional device isn’t exactly an option, so the best solution is to find a smart and attractive way to cover up the device on your wall. Disguising the unit won’t make it go away, exactly, but it will be out of sight.

If you really dislike the look of your current thermostat, you could always invest in a new streamlined model, such as a smart thermostat or other modern programmable thermostat. But, if you’re not looking to spend a lot of money on an upgrade, you have several options. Here are a few of our favorite ways to cover up that extremely essential eyesore.

Floating Shelving

Install floating shelving on the wall where your thermostat is housed. Use knick-knacks and leaning paintings to cover up the thermostat and distract the eye from the device. This will also add a bit of depth and intrigue to a possibly otherwise uninteresting space.

Camouflage Gallery Style

Use a thick “gallery style” painting (aim for a canvas that is at least 2.5 inches thick) to cover up the thermostat and add a bit of design to your space. You can purchase a premade work of art, or DIY one! Art supply stores carry canvases in various sizes. Check out Pinterest for some great tips and tricks on how to DIY a painting fast!

Frame It!

It may seem eccentric, but sometimes the best way to distract from an eyesore is to call attention to it. Find a decorative ornamental frame from a craft store, a thrift store, or antique shop and use it to frame your thermostat. Add several more paintings and art with decorative frames to make the thermostat blend right in.

Two Way Mirror

This is a smart and useful way to cover up your thermostat. Buy a classy looking mirror, just big enough to cover the thermostat, and attach a swing hinge to the side, so that you can easily access the thermostat. This can also be done with artwork and or photographs of family, pets, or friends.

Block It, But Let It Breathe

An important consideration to keep in mind with covering your thermostat is to make sure that air from the room is able to circulate around the device so that it can take a proper temperature reading. One simple way to do this is to place a tall plant stand under the thermostat, and use a large leafy plant, like a yucca or fern, to cover the device on the wall.

 

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Eco-Friendly Summertime Ideas for Your Home

This summer, go greener at home. You don’t need to invest in a ton of expensive energy saving equipment to reap the rewards that come with a more sustainable living space, you can get started today! With just a few simple tweaks to your living space, you’ll be enjoying a more eco-friendly home in no time.

In this post, we’ve listed several great ways that you can make your home more eco-friendly this summer. With these easy to implement ideas, you can make your home greener and your energy usage lighter. Read on to find out how you can become more environmentally friendly and save money on energy costs at home.

Eco-Friendly Home Tips

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For an even more eco-friendly home, consider having a home energy appraisal. We at Hader Heating, Cooling, and Roofing Company have professionally trained technicians perform these appraisals, where we help you discover the very best energy improvements for you and your home’s needs. We also offer excellent incentives that help owners qualify for the best pricing. For more details, give us a call: (513) 612-9201

The Ultimate Guide to Weatherproofing

Your home is most likely where you spend the majority of your time; and because of this, energy costs in your home can quickly add up. This is why weatherproofing is so crucial. If your home has gaps, or leaks air to the outside elements, then your home will undoubtedly require more energy to heat or cool. This can have an impact not only on the environment but also your wallet.

Ultimate Guide to Weatherproofing

Follow these simple guidelines to make sure the temperature in your home is comfortable, no matter what the weather is doing outside.

Weather-stripping Works

Most air leaks in the home happen around windows, attic entryways, and around exterior doors and outlets. Applying weather-stripping to these areas can be an effective way to keep outdoor elements from entering into your home. Depending on the type of air leak, you’ll want to consider your weather-stripping options:

  • Compression weather-stripping is an excellent and durable choice for sealing paneled or “sashed” windows as well as doors that swing open.
  • Foam weather-stripping works well for sliding doors, typical windows, or doors that swing open.
  • Door bottom or threshold weather-stripping, as the name suggests, is for sealing the areas at the bottoms of exterior doors.
  • V-shaped weather-stripping strips are generally vinyl or bronze and form a “v” seal when the door or window is closed.

Caulk It Up

Experts estimate that a typical home has many small air leaks around windows and doors that can add up to the equivalent of one open window. That certainly isn’t very energy efficient during severe weather! Luckily, it is an easy thing to fix. Using a caulking gun is both easy and effective in combatting air leaks around your home. An easy way to check for air leaks is to run a lit candle or incense stick around exterior walls where you suspect a draft. If the flame flickers or the incense smoke moves suddenly in a certain area, then you’ve got an air leak that needs sealed.

Caulk leaks around the floor of your home first, paying particular attention to areas with air leak potential, such as dryer vents, cable and internet wiring, and attic doors and windows; then work your way up. Invest in a high quality caulk and fill any small gaps or replace older caulking that may be chipped or cracked.

Draw the Curtains

This is an effective and inexpensive way to add more energy efficiency to your home’s windows without investing in costly new windows for your home. Hang heavy drapes to seal off all windows in your home during the winter months, particularly in rooms that go unused or are extra drafty despite weather-stripping and caulking.

Draft Stoppers Can Help

Insulate your home’s exterior doors a bit better by adding draft stoppers to the bottoms of the doors. You may have seen these sold at department stores disguised as cute animals like snakes or giraffes, but they are simple to DIY as well. Even if your door has threshold weather-stripping, an extra layer of protection from a draft stopper can aid in keeping your home even more energy efficient.

Insulate Your Home and Don’t Forget the Ductwork!

The most effective way to protect the interior of your home from the outside elements is to make sure that it is properly insulated. Everywhere in our home should be insulated, and it’s especially important to have proper attic and roof insulation.

Leaky ductwork can create problems that will make it very difficult for your HVAC system to maintain a comfortable temperature within your home. The experts at Hader can help. We offer comprehensive assessments on your home’s insulation and can also assess how well your current ductwork is sealed. Give us a call today to find out more about how our comprehensive home assessments can help make your home more energy efficient and adequately guarded against the elements.

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