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Where To Build A Wine Cellar In Vegas

Living life in the fast lane is definitely the way to go when you live in Las Vegas. But there are also a few disadvantages when you indulge in such an exciting atmosphere. For one thing, it’s pretty much a crowded city, particularly during the peak season (which is just about every season) like the hot summer months. Indeed, the summer heat in Vegas can be just as feverish as the excitement that goes on when night time in the city rolls in. So here’s a tricky question: Is it possible for one to have a residential wine cellar when living right in the heart of the city?

The answer is a definite yes! Gone are the days when you have to settle for a passive wine cellar such as a basement wine cellar when the area you live in is literally cranking up the heat. Even under the Vegas sun, you can still build a custom wine cellar in your home to store your prized collection securely and comfortably. There are actually an extensive number of options! A spare room, closet, or creating a glass-enclosed cellar in your living space are just some of the more common ones.

You can also be more innovative and utilize seemingly useless nooks and crannies, like that empty space under the stairs. If space is really a bit of an issue, then a wine cabinet or compact wine tasting station are some space-efficient alternatives. You can have them in your dining area, kitchen, or even in the bedroom! The most important thing to keep in mind is that your cellar or cabinet should be kept under proper storage conditions which would be a temperature range of 55-58 degrees and 55-75% relative humidity. This is made possible by selecting the most appropriate wine cooling unit.

These days, you’ll find so many brands and models for these wine cooling units. But note that not all of them will serve your storage needs. You’ll have to make sure that the unit you purchase is best suited for your wine cellar, taking into account its location, size, and the maximum bottle capacity, among other factors. Since we’re looking into beating the Vegas heat, doing a heat load calculation to ensure your cellar meets the necessary specifications is indispensable. It’s especially the case if you’re looking into installing a ductless split system which is fairly common for enclosed residential spaces. That being said, it pays to seek professional assistance when selecting the right wine cellar cooling unit and installing the same.

So with that, you can keep your bottles safe, cool, and super comfy regardless of where your wine cellar will be in your Las Vegas home. Happy building! Cheers!

Author: Cynette Montoya is a blogger for Wine Cellar Innovations, a wine cellar and wine racks manufacturer out of Cincinnati, Ohio. They create DIY wine racks along with custom wine cellar solutions. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

When is the Right Time to Call for Plumbing Repair?

We use our plumbing systems every single day. In some cases, it can be easy to know when to call for plumbing repair. If your toilets are backed up or if your sink is leaking you know to call your plumber. But there are some plumbing problems that are harder to detect. For almost 20 years the experts at Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing have been offering quality plumbing repair to our customers. Our plumbers have responded to countless calls for service and know how to handle any kind of plumbing problem. We thought it would be a great idea to put together some of the things that you should look for that will help you find those hard-to-find issues.

Sewer and Water Main Leaks

Your home’s sewer and water mains are likely buried deep underground. Because of that it can be difficult to know when you may need plumbing repair. But there are a few signs that astute homeowners will be able to see.

• Smell of sewage – If you start to notice the smell of sewage around your property it could mean that you have a leak or crack in your sewer line. Not only is this unpleasant but it likely means that you will have to dig up the pipe and fix it or replace it. The friendly plumbers at Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing can definitely help with this.
• Soggy or raised patches – When you see soggy patches or raised patches of ground on your property call Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing. This is usually sign that your water line or sewer line is leaking and you need plumbing repair.
• Water bill – Another way that you can detect problems with your water main is if you start to see your water bill increase without any corresponding increase in usage. This likely means that there is a leak in your pipes somewhere and it could be in your water main.

Other Water Leaks

While some water leaks are easy to detect there can be others that are out of site. If you start to notice puddles of water around your home the leak might not necessarily be close to where those puddles are. Finding the leaks can actually be quite difficult without the proper equipment. Here at Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing we use advanced equipment to quickly find any leaks that you might be having so we can repair the problem as quickly as possible and avoid further damage.

When you need professional plumbing repair in Las Vegas make sure that you call the friendly experts at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We respond quickly and will be able to solve any issues that you might be having.

This guest post appears courtesy of Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing, a plumbing company in Las Vegas specializing in repair, leak detection, and other plumbing services. Call us when you need professional plumbing repair in Las Vegas.

The Secret to Saving on Energy Costs this Summer

Most homeowners are looking for energy savings for their air conditioning systems, especially during the summer. We run our AC systems a lot here in Nevada and making sure that your system is working as efficiently as possible is a big priority. Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing has over 20 years of experience providing quality services to our customers and helping them with their air conditioning energy savings. We wanted to put together some of the ways that you can potentially reduce your energy costs this summer.

Attic Insulation

One of the most important things that you can do to increase the energy savings of your home is to make sure that your attic has enough insulation and that it is in good condition. As your attic heats up, a lot of that heat can leech into your home. This means that your air conditioning system has to work harder to cool your home. By reducing the amount of work that your air conditioning system does you could increase energy savings.

Radiant Barriers

While insulation is a huge part of your home’s efficiency, it can only protect you against certain types of heat movement. Radiant barriers allow homeowners to add another layer of protection to their home. The heat that strikes your home from the sun is heat radiation. Traditional insulation normally protects your home from heat convection and heat conduction. Radiant barriers can greatly reduce the amount of heat that gets into your home through the walls and attic.

Attic Ventilation

A great way to lower the temperature of your attic is to give the heat someplace to go. Proper attic ventilation can allow much of that heat to escape outside. By getting proper ventilation systems for your attic you can potentially increase the energy savings of your air conditioning system because it will not need to work as hard to keep the house cool.

Duct Sealing

In some cases, duct leaks or cracks can allow up to 30% of the cooled air to escape outside. This is obviously very wasteful and can greatly reduce the energy savings of your air conditioning system. By sealing up your ductwork you can keep more of the cooled air inside your home where it belongs.

If you’re interested in increasing energy savings in your Las Vegas home call the air conditioning experts at Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We can visit your home and develop a good plan of action to reduce your energy usage and increase your efficiency.

About the Author:

This guest post appears courtesy of Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing, an HVAC company in Las Vegas specializing in air conditioning installation and repair. Call us today to talk with one of our friendly Las Vegas air conditioning experts.

Why You Should Insist on a Home Security System

By Ryan Huser 

Many people do not live in what they would necessarily consider permanent “homes” when they are starting out. For example, you may be accustomed to living in college dormitories, or in small apartments by yourself or with friends, or with a significant other. However, your living arrangements are likely change when you start a family. Many new parents, newlywed couples, or growing families tend to experience the exciting but sometimes daunting task of buying and moving into a new home. There are a ton of things to consider when making this change. Perhaps the most important one, however, is how secure your new living space is going to be for you and your family.

Many new Las Vegas homes, especially these days, come equipped with fairly strong basic security features (dead bolt locks on outside doors, smoke detectors, etc.). However, if you wish for your first home to be as safe and secure as possible, you will probably want to look into the features and benefits offered by professional security companies, so that you can make your family a "home security family". Again, the basics are very necessary: you will want dead bolt locks on your doors, smoke detectors and secure window locks. These are essentials for any home that you are thinking of purchasing. However, a professional home security company can offer you much, much more.

The house alarm is a good place to start when explaining the advantages of professional home security. While the basic house alarm is generally set to sound a loud alert and notify the authorities in the event of an attempted break-in, advanced house alarm systems are even more capable. Now, it is fairly common for people to hook their alarm systems up to their personal cell phone and the internet. So now while you are away you can access your system remotely through your phone, meaning that you can set your alarm, view security cameras and check on your house’s security from virtually anywhere there is cell phone service or an internet connection. Additionally, alarms can now contact the authorities via your cell network in the event that the home phone network fails, for whatever reason.

There are also innumerable other benefits offered by professional home security systems, in addition to advanced alarms. For example, they can install everything from laser trip wires to carbon monoxide detectors, fire alarms and even recording video equipment, depending on what level of security you desire for your home. Ultimately, these are decisions that you and your family will make depending on your own security needs. Aside from the obvious benefits of having a home security system, some home owner insurance companies will give you a discount on your home owner's insurance for having one installed.

About the Author:

Ryan Huser works for Home Security Family, an authorized ADT dealer.

FHA Loans Offering No Money Down Purchase Financing?

by Loan Officer Chris Goulart 

Yes, no money down financing is still alive in these days of tightening lending standards!  The Nehemiah program, in conjunction with an FHA loan can help a potential homebuyer obtain a home loan with no money out of pocket.  FHA guidelines state that you must have 3% of your own money into the deal through down payment and closing cost funds, but FHA also allows you to receive a gift that can be used for both your down payment and closing costs. This gift can come from either a family member or a non-profit organization (such as Nehemiah).

Nehemiah is a program that allows the seller to contribute up to 6% of the purchase price.  This contribution can be applied towards the buyer's down payment and closing costs. They charge a small processing fee for this service. This fee can be paid by the seller, buyer, or even the lender. You can also combine that 6% gift with the seller contributing up to another 6% as seller contribution.

Under this program, the seller agrees to pay Nehemiah the amount of the gift at closing.  Nehemiah brings the funds in as a gift, and that money never has to be repaid by the buyer.  There are no income limitations to this program, a buyer only needs to be approved for the FHA mortgage and be working with a seller willing to participate in the program.

Some other benefits of FHA loans include expanded credit requirements, higher loan to values than conventional loans on the market today (up to 97%), and excellent rates.  Additionally, if a borrower does not qualify for the loan with their income, you can add a non owner occupant borrower to the loan to help with the qualification.  This non owner occupant borrower can be a family member or another person whom the borrower can demonstrate a family type of relationship with.

Some recent changes made have opened FHA programs to many borrowers who may not have been able to access them only 6 months ago.  One of the biggest changes has been an increase in the loan limits.  These loan limits are now set county by county, making FHA loans a viable option in high cost areas (such as California).  Take a look at this article for the new loan limits by county for California.  These limits are only temporary for the time being, but there is legislation in the works right now that may extend or make these limits permanent.

FHA offers some great programs for both home buyers and existing homeowners looking to refinance.  FHA was a program created in the depression era to help bailout the housing issues of the 30's.  Once again FHA is poised to become the government's tool to help stabilize the mortgage and housing industry issues we are experiencing currently.

About the author

Chris Goulart is a direct hard money lender for transactions that fall outside of the conventional lending box. He authors a california mortgage blog full of insights into the loan and real estate industry.

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